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The industry's first demonstration of capping fine tails with water to form a lake is now taking shape. Pictured here, a view of the water body from the south shore.

Tailings Reclamation

We believe our multi-pronged approach to tailings management will enable us to meet the long-term intent of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) Directive 074. This Directive, established in 2009, specifies performance criteria for the reduction of fluid tailings and the formation of trafficable deposits. Our submission was one of the first to be approved by the ERCB.

As we work towards achieving our plan, three technologies are now being deployed: water capping, composite tails and centrifuging. At the same time, we continue to research additional methods while also participating in Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, which exchanges findings amongst industry operators.