ALBERTA Upward cost pressures have pushed the cost of reducing stack emissions at the SYNCRUDE oil sands project near Fort McMurray to $1.6 billion, up from an earlier estimate of $772 million. CANADIAN OIL SANDS TRUST says the cost increase reflects a delay in the target completion date as well as inflation. About $412 million have been spent on the project to reach 14% completion.
When combined with already completed Stage 3 improvements, the stack emissions reduction project is anticipated to cut stack emissions of sulphur compounds by about 60% from current approved levels. Emissions of particulate matter also should be significantly reduced. The project involves retrofitting sulphur scrubbing technology into the operation of Syncrude’s original two cokers. The third coker that was constructed as part of the Stage 3 expansion already incorporated flue gas desulphurization technology that virtually eliminates sulphur dioxide emissions from the newest unit.
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