Suncor Energy recognizes safety and environmental leaders at President's Operational Excellence Awards



    FORT MCMURRAY, AB, March 21 /CNW/ - Suncor Energy Inc. presented its
President's Operational Excellence Awards to employees and contractors who
showed exceptional health, safety and environmental leadership in 2006. The
awards were presented last night at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre in
Fort McMurray, Alberta.
    "This year's finalists represent the spirit of operational excellence at
Suncor," said Rick George, Suncor's president and chief executive officer.
"They know how to work safely and be responsible to our environment while also
achieving strong business results."
    The mining team at Suncor's oil sands operation and the employees of
Flint Energy Services received the divisional awards for achieving exceptional
health and safety performance in 2006. The mining team enjoyed a particularly
strong year, working 2.63 million hours without a lost-time incident. Flint,
an integrated construction company that does contract work at Suncor's in-situ
operations, achieved 1.3 million hours without a recordable injury.
    This year's 28 award recipients were chosen from more than 150 nominees.
They included:

    
    -  Oil Sands employee Ken Flaherty who was involved in many safety
       projects including leading the rollout of the environment, health &
       safety learning unit and assisting the Oil Sands Safety Association
       with classroom and field training.
    -  Commerce City employee Douglas Pumphrey who led the refinery's single
       largest terminal upgrade project in the site's history, completing the
       work ahead of schedule, under budget and with no injuries or
       environmental contraventions.
    -  The Sarnia refinery's Waste Water Treatment processing team who
       improved the refinery's storm water system to prevent discharge to the
       St. Clair River during rainstorms.
    -  The Natural Gas and Renewable Energy caribou habitat and caribou calf
       protection team who worked in conjunction with the Alberta government
       and industry peers to restore important caribou habitat along the
       North Cabin Pipeline. The pipeline is used to transport natural gas
       from the Cabin Creek and Solomon fields to the Simonette gas plant
       southeast of Grande Prairie.
    

    For a full list of President's Operational Excellence Award recipients,
visit www.suncor.com/awards.
    Suncor launched the annual President's Operational Excellence Awards in
2002 as part of its Journey to Zero initiative to eliminate occupational
illness and injuries. The program was expanded in 2004 to include recognition
for environmental excellence.

    Suncor Energy Inc. is an integrated energy company headquartered in
Calgary, Alberta. Suncor's oil sands business, located near Fort McMurray,
Alberta, extracts and upgrades oil sands and markets refinery feedstock and
diesel fuel, while operations throughout western Canada produce natural gas.
Suncor operates a refining and marketing business in Ontario with retail
distribution under the Sunoco brand. U.S.A. downstream assets include pipeline
and refining operations in Colorado and Wyoming and retail sales in the Denver
area under the Phillips 66(R) brand. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are
listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
    Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. is an authorized licensee of the Phillips
66(R) brand and marks in the state of Colorado. Sunoco in Canada is separate
and unrelated to Sunoco in the United States, which is owned by Sunoco, Inc.
of Philadelphia.





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