Tailings Consortium Appoints Executive Director

CALGARY, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - The Oil Sands Tailings Consortium (OSTC) today announced the appointment of Alan Fair as Executive Director.  In a bold industry move, the OSTC was formed in December 2010 by oil sands operators to share tailings research and technology in a unified effort to rapidly advance tailings management.

Mr. Fair, Manager of Research and Development for Syncrude, will retire at the end of June after 32 years of service to assume this role as Executive Director.

"The pledge to collaborate was a significant milestone in improving management of tailings and reflects the member companies' commitment to socially and environmentally responsible operations," said Shell's John Broadhurst, Chairman for the OSTC.  "As the Consortium continues to move forward, we will be well served by Alan's experience and dedication to improving tailings management."

With more than three decades of experience in the oil sands, Mr. Fair is familiar with the complexities of tailings management.  He has published several technical papers, including many focused on tailings.  Throughout his career, Mr. Fair has been involved in many aspects of reclamation including the development of new tailings technologies.  Mr. Fair also has served as the Chair for the Canadian Oil Sands Network for Research and Development (CONRAD).

"It has been a long held personal desire of mine to see industry come together on tailings research in a truly collaborative fashion to work towards improved solutions.  Having been involved in tailings management throughout my life, I look forward to dedicating the next chapter of my career directly to this, " said Mr. Fair.  "I am deeply honoured to oversee the direction of the group as we move forwards to advance tailings reclamation."

The membership of the OSTC is comprised of Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Imperial Oil, Shell Canada, Suncor Energy, Syncrude Canada Ltd., Teck Resources and Total E&P Canada.  Following a landmark agreement announced in December 2010, member companies pledged to share existing tailings technology and research and to work together to accelerate the pace of reclamation.

SOURCE Oil Sands Tailings Consortium

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or to schedule an interview, contact:

Sean Beardow
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Email: sean.beardow@cohnwolfe.ca

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