Syncrude has a long history of energy conservation. Our operations incorporate extensive cogeneration processes in order to recover waste heat for reuse.
In 2011, we used about 135 billion BTUs of energy, or 1.27 million BTUs per barrel of crude oil produced. We also invented oil sands hydrotransport and low energy extraction in the 1990’s. These processes enabled us to move away from the energy-intensive draglines and bucketwheel reclaimer system, and reduced extraction water temperatures by around 50 percent.
These types of step-change advancements not only improve our energy efficiency, they also provide significant benefit to the bottom line
These types of step-change advancements not only improve our energy efficiency, while correlating directly to lower greenhouse gas emissions, they also provide significant benefit to the bottom line. As we continue to pursue the next generation of oil sands technologies and reliability improvements, such as de-sanding, energy efficiency remains a key factor when evaluating capital and maintenance projects.
As part of our adoption of ExxonMobil processes, Syncrude is currently implementing new operations management systems – the Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) and the Global Reliability System (GRS ) – to improve reliability and environmental performance. Regarding specific energy efficiency projects, our current focus is on improved monitoring of Key Energy Variables (KEVs), which typically are instrument tags or process parameters that panel operators and contact engineers can use to identify energy conservation opportunities. Additional initiatives include optimizing furnace operations, reducing flaring and repairing steam leaks.