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OIL SANDS ENVIRONMENT NEWS Syncrude Commits to Emission Reductions

FORT McMURRAY, Alberta SYNCRUDE CANADA is filing the necessary regulatory requests for a $400-million project aim...


FORT McMURRAY, Alberta SYNCRUDE CANADA is filing the necessary regulatory requests for a $400-million project aimed at reducing emissions from the Mildred Lake upgrader. If the project is approved, it will cut total sulphur dioxide emissions by up to 60% from today’s 245 tonnes/day. Other emissions (particulate matter and metals) will also be reduced.

The emissions reduction program will involve retrofitting sulphur reduction technology into the operation of Syncrude’s two existing cokers. Approximately $12-15 million will be spent in 2003 on engineering work. Syncrude is currently constructing a sulphur dioxide reduction unit as a part of the company’s upgrader expansion. Of the total upgrader expansion budget of about $5 billion, about $1 billion has been allocated to initiatives that will improve environmental performance. The emission reduction program announced this week will commence construction after the upgrader expansion is complete.

Syncrude is one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Take a virtual tour of Syncrude’s operations near Fort McMurray by visiting www.syncrude.com.


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