The entrepreneurial spirit rings strong and true at MEG Energy and it has since the very beginning. Learn how MEG has become the vibrant company that we are today by taking a look at where things began in 1999.

History 1999.jpgMarch 1999

Bill McCaffrey, Steve Turner and Dave Wizinsky formally establish the McCaffrey Energy Group Inc., now known as MEG Energy. Using personal savings, the group purchases MEG’s first land package totalling nine sections in the relatively unknown Christina Lake region.

Bill recruits the initial technical team of Jim Kearns, Al Siemens, Ken Marsh, Andrew Bonvicini and Brian Rottenfusser. Through effective cost-management and a well-defined strategic plan, the group continues to secure assets in the Christina Lake region during an economic downturn.


Andrew.JPG2000 – 2002
“Sweat-equity” and high net worth private equity investors finance the initial capital investment required. An additional nine sections of oil sands leases at Christina Lake are acquired.



MEG secures its first substantial institutional investor and uses proceeds to acquire an additional 34 sections of oil sands leases at Christina Lake. MEG’s ability to raise private equity would later be described as one of the most successful in North America. MEG initiates its first significant resource characterization work at Christina Lake, with core hole drilling and seismic data.

Phase1 Construction.jpg2005
Regulatory approval for Phase 1 is received and construction gets underway at Christina Lake.

MEG enters into a joint venture to construct and operate the Access Pipeline. Regulatory approvals are secured by the end of the year.


meg-history-dec-2011.jpgMEG identifies an innovative way to finance the construction of the Access Pipeline and further development at the Christina Lake Project. Rather than going public, the company remains private and secures the first institutional term loan for an oil sands project through U.S. debt capital markets. The deal closed in March 2006 and would later earn MEG the honour of the “2006 Americas Oil and Gas Deal of the Year” (Project Finance International).

2005 – 2009surmont.jpg
MEG acquires large lease positions at Surmont and its Growth Properties in the Southern Athabasca region of Alberta.

In March, Access Pipeline begins operating.

After receiving regulatory approvals, MEG commences construction of Phase 2 of the Christina Lake Project.

In July, an application to increase production at Christina Lake by 35,000 bpd (Phase 2B) is filed with regulatory authorities.

wellpad shot.jpg2008
Phase 1 reaches design capacity of 3,000 barrels per day.

Additional core holes, observation wells and 29 horizontal well pairs are completed on the Christina Lake lands and additional core holes are drilled on the Growth Properties.

MEG receives regulatory approvals for Phase 2B of the Christina Lake Project.

Steaming of the initial well pairs commences at Phase 2. Combined total design capacity of 25,000 bpd for Phase 1 and 2 is reached within just 10 months, a record-setting pace for industry. 

Cogen stack (daytime).jpg2009
MEG starts its cogeneration facility and by the end of the year is operating near capacity.

investors.jpgAugust, 2010
MEG completes its initial public offering (IPO).

History 2010.jpgDecember 2010
MEG is awarded the 2010 Producer of the Year Award by Oilsands Review magazine.



MEG Energy_TSXRingingBell2011.jpgMarch 2011
MEG wins the Canadian Dealmakers “2010 IPO of the Year Award”.

MEG rings the bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Pipeline.jpgDecember 2011
MEG announces plans to expand the capacity of the Access Pipeline to accommodate planned production growth.



Christina Lake facility.jpgJanuary 2012
MEG launches RISER, an initiative aimed at driving additional low-capital and operating cost production from existing assets through proprietary reservoir technology and plant modifications.



MEG20110628-8165.jpgFebruary 2012
MEG receives regulatory approval for a total of up to 210,000 bpd at Christina Lake.

History 2012.jpgSeptember 2012
MEG files a regulatory application for its Surmont properties, a proposed 120,000 bpd multi-phase project north of the company's Christina Lake operations.


PAD.jpgDecember 2012
A combined $800 million public and private placement equity offering is successfully completed, supporting MEG's ongoing growth plans. With the benefits of the RISER initiative, fourth quarter production reaches 32,292 bpd, 30 per cent above the Christina Lake Phase 1 and 2 original design capacity.

Third Quarter 2013 Phase 2B.jpg
First steam and the start of commissioning of the central processing facilities for Christina Lake Phase 2B are announced. 

Fourth Quarter 2013  MEG Energy Stonefell Terminal 2013 06 24.JPG
Stonefell Terminal is successfully commissioned. A proprietary pipeline connecting Stonefell Terminal to the Canexus rail-loading facility near Bruderheim, Alberta, is completed effectively establishing Canada's first well-head to rail pipeline connection.


MEG Energy Christina Lake Aerial w. Phase2B.jpgChristina Lake Phase 2B is successfully completed and ramp-up begins.

Fourth quarter production levels reach record highs of 42,251 bpd, driven by the strong start-up of Phase 2B and the success of MEG's RISER initiative. Annual production for 2013 averages 35,317 bpd, an increase of 23% over 2012 volumes. 


History 2013.jpgNovember 2013
The first MEG patent is awarded to the HI-Q® process.



meg-history-dec-2013.jpgDecember 2013
MEG's first unit-train shipment is made. 

MEG announces plans to construct a diluent removal facility. 


January 2014 History 2014.jpg
MEG Energy President and CEO Bill McCaffrey is named C-Suite Energy Executive Awards CEO of the Year.



February 2014  history Feb 2014.jpg
MEG is named as one of Alberta's Top 65 Employers. 



MEG Energy facility.jpgSecond Quarter 2014
Christina Lake Phase 2B commences production in the fourth quarter of 2013 and attains its full design capacity in the second quarter of 2014.

October 2014         EY photo.jpg
Bill McCaffrey of MEG Energy is named EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Prairies 2014



History page pipeline 2.jpgThird Quarter 2014
Expansion of MEG’s jointly owned Access Pipeline from our Christina Lake site to the Edmonton marketing hub is successfully completed.

December 2014                  Oilsands Review website.png
MEG is named Oilsands Review's 2014 Producer of the Year.                                                                       



meg-history-feb-2012.jpgFourth Quarter 2014

With the start-up of the Flanagan-Seaway system in late 2014, MEG has a direct pipeline conduit to the US Gulf Coast market.

History page.jpgFourth Quarter 2014
Annual production for 2014 averages 71,186 bpd, an increase of 102% over 2013 volumes.

MEG reaches record-high annual production of 80,025 barrels per day at record-low net and non-energy operating costs.

Stampede 2014.JPGFebruary 2015
MEG is named one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers for 2015.

MEG doubles capacity to the high-value US Gulf Coast to 50,000 barrels per day on the Flanagan-Seaway system.

MEG announces plans for the proposed 160,000 barrel per day May River Project (currently under regulatory review). Including 210,000 barrels per day from Christina Lake and an additional 120,000 barrels per day from Surmont, MEG has nearly half a million barrels per day of production approved or under regulatory review.

MEG achieves record annual production of 81,245 barrels per day while posting record-low per barrel net operating costs and per barrel non-energy operating costs for the full year.

Stampede 2014.JPGFebruary 2016
MEG Energy is named one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers for 2016.

MEG commences expansion of proven eMSAGP technology to Phase 2B wells. MEG's ongoing technological developments are enabling the company to meaningfully reduce its steam-oil ratio, making it possible to reduce capital requirements for steam and water handling and decrease operating costs.

2016January 2017
MEG completes a comprehensive refinancing which has contributed to a strengthened financial profile, with its equity component primarily funding MEG’s 20,000 barrel per day growth plans at Christina Lake.

Stampede 2014.JPGMarch 2017
MEG Energy is named one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers for 2017.