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We minimize our emissions through safe, reliable plant operations, ongoing research and development, equipment modifications and replacement, and improved operating procedures.




SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) 

We are currently investing $1.6 billion on the Syncrude Emissions Reduction Project which involves the retrofit of flue gas scrubbers into the operation of our two original cokers. In combination with existing emission reduction technology incorporated into a third coker, the project will reduce stack emissions of sulphur compounds by 60% from current approved levels of 245 tonnes per day.


The emission reductions will gradually be achieved over the course of a two-year period after start-up in early 2013. Particulate emissions will also be reduced by 50% as a result of this project.


In 2006, a flue gas desulphurization unit was installed in conjunction with a new fluid coker. This unit captures and converts SO2 emissions into ammonium sulphate which is then used to produce fertilizer at an on-site third-party facility.


Since the mid-1980s, Syncrude has reduced SO2 emissions per barrel by 66%. 



On occasion, usually due to an unforeseen plant upset, odours are reported by staff or community residents. In such cases, we examine the data recorded by regional air monitoring stations and, when necessary, track down the sources in our air quality monitoring vehicle. In cooperation with the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association, all data is forwarded to Alberta Environment.



Emissions from the main stack are controlled by a particulate removal system. Our Syncrude Emissions Reduction Project will gradually achieve a further 50% reduction in particulate emissions over the course of a two-year period after start-up in 2013.


Working with Our Community 

Air monitoring vehicle

Syncrude is a founding member of the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA), which is responsible for maintaining the region's air monitoring program. Currently, the air monitoring system includes 15continuous monitoring stations which record levels of sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, hydrocarbons, particulates, oxides of nitrogen, total reduced sulphur compounds, ozone and static analyzers to measure volatile organic compounds. Air quality statistics are available 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year, to all stakeholders on the WBEA website at


Syncrude's involvement and commitment has helped lead to the establishment of the Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program (RAMP) and the Cumulative Effects Management Association (CEMA). More information on these programs can be found at and