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 085. This Directive specifies performance criteria for the reduction of fluid tailings and achievement of RTR (Ready to Reclaim) status.

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 (COSIA), which exchanges findings amongst industry operators.

Syncrude is committed to responsible oil sands development, which includes improving our environmental performance and meeting the targets set out in this new directive. Visit our Sustainability Report for further information on how we are meeting tailings regulatory requirements and current performance data.