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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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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Managing energy use to lower greenhouse gases

If Chris Austin had his way, Syncrude’s production engineers and operators would start their shift by asking, “How can I save my weight in emissions today?” And then they would access the tool Chris developed to show the most current data related to production versus energy use throughout the operation.

Posted on February 5, 2021
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Heavy hauler rolls its way to a record

Haul truck 17-100 – a shiny new Cat 797 – went into service at Syncrude’s North Mine in June 1999, about the same time that the Dallas Stars were lifting their first Stanley Cup after defeating the Buffalo Sabres. Twenty one years later with 55,803,015 tons of material hauled over 157,051 trips, the truck continues to roll along the haul roads at Syncrude’s Aurora Mine to achieve a world-record 150,000 operating hours.

Posted on December 16, 2020
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Medical equipment helps solve Base Mine Lake monitoring mysteries

A need to solve monitoring mysteries for Base Mine Lake prompted one Syncrude researcher to turn to medical equipment and the results have been great.

Posted on December 4, 2020
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Bison skull unearthed at Aurora is a significant find for Ice Age paleontologist

Sheldon Aylward was walking down the right of way for a new access road being built for Syncrude’s Aurora site on July 25 when something white caught his eye in the dark reclamation material being salvaged.

Posted on September 15, 2020
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Syncrude recognizes Carla Wytrykush

Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. That’s why Syncrude has a long history of collaborating with leading researchers and scientists from universities and institutions across Canada.

Posted on August 31, 2020
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11 million trees and shrubs now planted at Syncrude sites

Since reclamation began at Syncrude, more than 11 million trees and shrubs have now been planted at reclamation sites. This year alone, more than one million trees and shrubs were planted which led to reaching that record.

Posted on August 26, 2020
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Water is in her blood

As a daughter of a sailor, Lesley Warren always felt a close connection to water. But rather than following her father into the Royal Navy and exploring the briny deep, she followed her passion for water through scientific pursuits.

Posted on March 6, 2020
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Syncrude preparing to commission full-scale closed circuit water return treatment demonstration project

Syncrude’s full-scale closed circuit water return demonstration project will start operating this summer, 14 years after initial research began on treating mine water using petroleum coke.

Posted on May 17, 2019
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Environmental student earns award for researching reclaimed land at Syncrude

Learning in a classroom and applying that knowledge in the workplace can be a daunting task for some students, but Stephanie over proved it was a seamless transition.

Posted on April 18, 2019
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Syncrude researchers trek through kilometres of snow as part of annual survey

Syncrude annually conducts a variety of reclamation research studies and one of the largest is our snow survey. The Snow Survey Field Program quantifies snow depth, snow quality and snow chemistry across reclaimed sites. With snow shoes and sample jars in hand, Syncrude staff and contractors head out to collect snow samples and record snow measurements just before the start of spring.

Posted on April 17, 2019
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