SGS Announces First Applied Research and Training Facility in Alberta's Oil Sands



    CALGARY, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - A new applied research and testing facility
opening in Fort McKay today will allow companies operating in Alberta's oil
sands to speed up technology testing - reducing testing costs and increasing
operational efficiency.
    SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and
certification company says its new facility, the first of its kind in Alberta
for oil sands, provides companies with access to new capabilities and
increased capacity for process testing and piloting of new technologies.
    "Oil sands companies in Alberta face a number of challenges as they
address escalating project costs, environmental pressures, energy
conservation, and improvements for extraction, upgrading, and tailings
processes " said Chris Kirk, Chief Executive Officer, SGS. "Our facility,
located in the heart of the oil sands region, will help companies address
those challenges."
    Kirk says the Fort McKay applied research and training facility will
support technology research, development and commercialization, and contribute
to innovation in water, energy and environment stewardship for oil sands
operators and stakeholders.
    "Companies working in the oil sands strive to increase shareholder value
while reducing their environmental footprint," said Kirk. "SGS helps clients
maximize their rate of return and lower the resources and costs required in
extraction while supporting long-term sustainable development."
    SGS Fort McMurray Applied Research and laboratory facilities will employ
140 technicians with expertise in mining and process technologies, technical
staffing services, environmental services including climate change, oil, gas
and chemical services, certification services and industrial services
including non-destructive testing.
    Hermann Teichtmeister, Director, Oil Sands and Technical Services, says
"the SGS facility closes a gap in Alberta's oil sands locally for industry by
offering large scale, third-party testing capabilities and creates new
opportunities for innovation.
    "With SGS's expertise and more than a century of global experience, this
facility is sure to become an integral part of testing in Alberta's oil
sands."

    SGS

    The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection,
verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is
recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than
48,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and
laboratories around the world.

    http://www.sgs.com/

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