Sustainability

Our focus on sustainability touches every single aspect of our business – from research to operations, from environmental stewardship to our relationships with local communities.

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Reservoir untapped for 2021 due to limited storage capacity

Growing up in Saskatchewan, Dallas Heisler understood the importance of water from an early age.
“Water is prized given the prominence of farming where I grew up,” says Dallas, Syncrude’s Pit Lake Co-ordinator. “But we also recognize the value of water in the Wood Buffalo region. While agriculture isn’t a major industry here, the lakes, rivers and wetlands are very important. People want them to be protected. That’s no different than back home.”

Posted on August 31, 2021
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The beauty beneath the fen

The beauty of Sandhill Fen is more than skin deep. It goes deeper than the beauty of the plants and animals that thrive in its carefully designed wetland valleys and forested hills. It penetrates some 60 metres below the surface landscape, where a Syncrude-developed technology enabled the use of oil sands mine tailings to fill this former mine pit back up to grade. In fact, the Fen and its surrounding watershed is the oil sands industry’s first example of mine reclamation over a foundation of treated tailings.

Posted on July 8, 2021
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Shane and his team boost our bottom line.

As the final product touch point, hydrotreaters are critical units in Syncrude’s upgrading process—and ensuring they continue to run optimally is of vital importance. That’s where Shane Bissonnette and the rest of the Hydroprocessing team come in.

Posted on June 30, 2021
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New season, new calves

For some, the herd at Beaver Creek Wood Bison Ranch are a sight to behold as one of North America’s largest land mammals. For those who are involved in running the ranch it’s more than a sight. It’s a connection to the land and to the iconic symbol that bison has become for Syncrude.

Posted on June 30, 2021
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The road to improvement: champions improve haul tire life at Mildred Lake

“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness” wrote Seneca the Younger, a Roman philosopher. Roughly 2,000 years later, Diana Naca-Rowsell can relate to the Stoic philosopher’s advice after spending more than 13 years operating heavy equipment on the haul roads at Syncrude.

Posted on June 28, 2021
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Friction welding takes metal wear to the leading edge

When Dustin Stuyt and his team sought solutions to extend the life of tertiary sizer teeth in Syncrude’s ore crushing units, they looked internally to the Research and Development department for ideas.

Posted on June 22, 2021
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Warren’s innovation will help reclaim tailings ponds faster.

Warren Zubot is leading the team behind an exciting innovation that’s targeting faster, more e?ective reclamation of tailings areas.

Posted on May 28, 2021
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When a lake is more than a lake

When Rochelle Young first started working at Syncrude 20 years ago, she heard about plans to turn the west in-pit tailings pond into a lake. “I remember wondering, ‘How is that actually possible? I was working as an environmental scientist and it was hard to imagine.”

Posted on May 12, 2021
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A new partnership delivers benefits to Syncrude and McMurray Métis Local 1935

From clear blue summer skies to darkened, snowy winter days, Glen Noseworthy has made the same daily commute on Highway 63 between Fort McMurray to Syncrude’s Mildred Lake site for the past 17 years.

Posted on April 23, 2021
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Our team’s health is in good hands.

Proactive thinking and relentless efforts by Syncrude’s Health Services team have been pivotal in keeping our workforce safe and community protected during the pandemic.

Posted on April 19, 2021

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‘Cake’ truck rolls to 100,000-hour milestone

When Liebherr’s new T 282 truck 17-139 first started rumbling down the haul roads in the Syncrude’s North Mine on March 24, 2005, 50 Cent’s Candy Shop topped the charts while moviegoers in Fort McMurray were flocking downtown to see the animated hit Robots at the Landmark Cinema.

Posted on April 13, 2021

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Pathways 2021 magazine launches

There are many pathways to success. It can come from reconnecting ourselves with traditions through song and dance, from building outreach programs that connect students with communities, or from reflecting on the legacy of our parents and celebrating their impact on an entire community.

Posted on April 8, 2021

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Finding the footsteps of her ancestors

Growing up in Fort McMurray, Rochelle Young never celebrated her Indigenous roots, largely because her family didn’t talk about their heritage.
“I always knew I was Indigenous but there was no cultural practices in our home when I was growing up,” she says. “We just didn’t really talk about it very much.”

Posted on March 4, 2021

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Micro-organism ‘hunter’ sees signs of progress in Base Mine Lake’s microbial communities

Peter Dunfield has spent a long and distinguished career poking around rice paddies, peatlands, volcanoes and tailings ponds searching for nature’s tiniest grazers, single-celled micro-organisms that chew up methane.

Posted on February 26, 2021

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Syncrude 2021 Project Gryphon

We’ll complete our 2021 Project Gryphon scope safely and effectively with the support of the Building Trades unions and professional skilled tradespeople like you. For more than 50 years, Syncrude has been one of Canada’s most trusted, stable and reliable companies, and North America’s most respected oil sands operator.

Project Gryphon is a Turnaround Event on Syncrude’s 8-3 Coker and associated process units.

Posted on February 11, 2021

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