Our focus on sustainability touches every single aspect of our business – from research to operations, from environmental stewardship to our relationships with local communities.
Two become one
It’s been two months since long-standing neighbours and oil sands pioneers, Suncor and Syncrude, joined in commerce matrimony. The two companies officially became one on Sept. 30, 2021—a critical step towards driving greater integration, efficiencies and competitiveness across all Suncor-operated assets in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB).Learn More
Syncrude readies for historic ‘retirement’ of dam
It’s a “retirement” nearly 10 years in the making after almost 40 years of service. And it marks a significant milestone for Syncrude and the oil sands industry.Learn More
New technology tested to dredge bitumen from Base Mine Lake
From a mine pit to a tailings pond to an industry-first commercial demonstration of a pit lake, Base Mine Lake has gone through a series of changes over the years.Learn More
The science beneath the surface of Base Mine Lake
To the untrained eye, Base Mine Lake looks like an unremarkable body of water with the sole oddity of having mechanical falcons and other noise-makers floating on buoys to deter waterfowl from landing on its surface.Learn More
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.”
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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
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
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
‘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