FORT MCMURRAY, AB, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - Suncor Energy is taking steps to
comply with an Environmental Enforcement Order issued today by Alberta
The order relates to emissions at Suncor's Firebag in-situ oil sands
operation north of Fort McMurray. During two months of ambient air quality
monitoring at the Firebag site, the amount of hydrogen sulphide emissions has
exceeded ambient air quality guidelines. While the emission levels are within
Alberta occupational health and safety limits, they do cause odours.
"We take this situation very seriously and are committed to getting it
resolved as quickly as possible. We're focused on generating safe, reliable
production and that includes resolving issues that impact air quality," said
Kirk Bailey, Suncor's executive vice president, oil sands.
Bailey said Suncor will develop an action plan by Sept. 28 that outlines
immediate actions to be taken to minimize emissions. A more comprehensive plan
that reflects longer term actions, will be submitted by Oct. 22. This will
detail how Suncor will bring the plant into compliance, including plans to
construct vapour recovery units and/or emission abatement equipment.
These future improvements to control emissions are aligned with work
already underway at the site. Suncor has launched four separate projects to
address venting issues and this work is being expedited. The company has also
introduced process control changes to mitigate emissions as well as under
taking comprehensive air monitoring.
The work to control emissions at the Firebag site is expected to occur
without impacting crude oil production.
This news release contains forward-looking statements that address goals,
expectations or projections about the future. These statements are based on
Suncor's current goals, expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions,
as well as its current budgets and plans for capital expenditures. The
forward-looking statement may be identified by the word "expected". These
statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results could
differ materially, as a result of factors, risks and uncertainties, known and
unknown, to which Suncor's business is subject. Further discussion of the
risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect these plans, and any
actual results, is included in Suncor's annual report to shareholders and
other documents filed with regulatory authorities.
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.
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