Feb 29, 2016 Syncrude employees improve reliability one idea at a time Each year, Syncrude employees develop and implement technology that enables the company to be more reliable and improve environmental performance. Over the past five years, there has been a significant increase in patent activity within Syncrude and the oil sand industry.
Jan 30, 2016 Fort McKay Hockey Academy scores in the community For many youth, hockey is not only an after-school sport with friends, but a way to develop leadership and life skills. The Fort McKay Hockey Academy (FMHA) is designed to do just that for the children and teens of Fort McKay First Nation. The FMHA program recently got a boost from Syncrude with a $30,000 donation.
Mar 29, 2016 Tremie technology hailed a success after trial ends What started out as an experiment in 2011 has proven its value in more ways than one. The new Tremie device was designed and built by the Operations division and will ultimately save Syncrude millions, while also improving its environmental performance on reclamation and closure of tailings ponds.
Apr 25, 2016 Dung beetles reveal heaps of research findings Research continues year-round to constantly monitor and assess Syncrude’s reclamation and environmental initiatives, including the bison herd which resides on reclaimed land, 40 kilometres north of Fort McMurray. When a species of dung beetle was found on Syncrude’s North Bison Pasture, researchers took notice, including Canada’s leading expert in bison and bison habitats, Wes Olson.
Jul 18, 2016 Co-Mixing: Simple Technology Tackles Tailings Syncrude has a suite of options to deal with fluid fine tailings – the layer of water, clay and fine solids that results from the bitumen extraction process. Composite tailings (dewatering), centrifuge and water capping are methods used to draw out the solids and free up water for evaporation or to recycle for extraction.
Aug 15, 2016 Syncrude invests in Aboriginal career development An initiative designed to connect prospective Aboriginal workers with employers recruiting for construction careers has received a major boost from Syncrude. The company has invested $100,000 in the NorQuest College Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre (AACCC), becoming the largest single contributor to date.
May 27, 2016 Syncrude employees spend seven days on frontlines of fire Syncrude’s Emergency Services received a call for help from the Fort McMurray Fire Department shortly before 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, as residents living in Abasand, Grayling Terrace and Beacon Hill received mandatory evacuation notices. Ten minutes later, Pumper Truck #5, two Emergency Services Fire Specialists and an Emergency Services Captain departed Mildred Lake for Fort McMurray to battle the flames.
May 27, 2016 Bison herd grows with more than 50 new calves Despite wildfire moving through the region, Syncrude’s herd at the Beaver Creek Wood Bison Ranch, located approximately 45 kilometers north of Fort McMurray, has fared well and even increased with the addition of more than 50 calves this spring.
Jun 22, 2016 Calgary Father’s Day tribute honours Syncrude employee Heroes come in all different forms – they are our neighbours, co-workers and friends. They are people like Matt McLean, Syncrude employee and father to a five-year-old son and two-year-old daughter. Matt and his family lost their home last month in the wildfire.
Sep 21, 2016 Syncrude says thanks to Edmonton for wildfire support On September 17 at the Lois Hole Harvest Celebration, Syncrude CEO Mark Ward provided words of gratitude and donation announcement to thank Alberta’s capital city region for the critical support residents provided during the wildfire evacuation in May.
Jun 23, 2016 Steam Team successfully recommissions steam systems from cold start For the first time since the Mildred Lake plant was commissioned in 1977-78, Syncrude’s four critical steam systems underwent a cold system start-up, more than four weeks after the plant was completely shut down due to the region’s wildfire evacuation.
Oct 19, 2016 Syncrude hosts Mildred Lake Extension Project Fort McMurray Open House Syncrude is hosting a series of open houses to inform and engage members of the public on the proposed Mildred Lake Extension Project (MLX). A Fort McMurray session open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 4 to 7p.m. at Shell Place on MacDonald Island. (Ballroom D).
Dec 15, 2016 Tackling the Tailings Challenge through R&D Decades of oil sands development has produced billions of barrels of oil and benefitted Canadians from coast to coast to coast. It’s a unique industry with its own particular challenges, and one that’s been of special interest to researchers is tailings – a byproduct of the bitumen extraction process.
Feb 15, 2017 Pathways magazine is now available Pathways is an annual magazine which profiles success stories and inspiring role models from Aboriginal communities across Canada. It also provides an update on Syncrude's performance in areas of interest to Aboriginal communities. The new issue is now available.