Sustainability

Our focus on sustainability touches every single aspect of our business – from research to operations, from environmental stewardship to our relationships with local communities.

Heavy hauler rolls its way to a record

Haul truck 17-100 – a shiny new Cat 797 – went into service at Syncrude’s North Mine in June 1999, about the same time that the Dallas Stars were lifting their first Stanley Cup after defeating the Buffalo Sabres. Twenty one years later with 55,803,015 tons of material hauled over 157,051 trips, the truck continues to roll along the haul roads at Syncrude’s Aurora Mine to achieve a world-record 150,000 operating hours.

Posted on December 16, 2020
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Medical equipment helps solve Base Mine Lake monitoring mysteries

A need to solve monitoring mysteries for Base Mine Lake prompted one Syncrude researcher to turn to medical equipment and the results have been great.

Posted on December 4, 2020
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Bison skull unearthed at Aurora is a significant find for Ice Age paleontologist

Sheldon Aylward was walking down the right of way for a new access road being built for Syncrude’s Aurora site on July 25 when something white caught his eye in the dark reclamation material being salvaged.

Posted on September 15, 2020
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Syncrude recognizes Carla Wytrykush

Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. That’s why Syncrude has a long history of collaborating with leading researchers and scientists from universities and institutions across Canada.

Posted on August 31, 2020
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11 million trees and shrubs now planted at Syncrude sites

Since reclamation began at Syncrude, more than 11 million trees and shrubs have now been planted at reclamation sites. This year alone, more than one million trees and shrubs were planted which led to reaching that record.

Posted on August 26, 2020
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Environmental student earns award for researching reclaimed land at Syncrude

Learning in a classroom and applying that knowledge in the workplace can be a daunting task for some students, but Stephanie over proved it was a seamless transition.

Posted on April 18, 2019
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Water is in her blood

As a daughter of a sailor, Lesley Warren always felt a close connection to water. But rather than following her father into the Royal Navy and exploring the briny deep, she followed her passion for water through scientific pursuits.

Posted on March 6, 2020
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Syncrude preparing to commission full-scale closed circuit water return treatment demonstration project

Syncrude’s full-scale closed circuit water return demonstration project will start operating this summer, 14 years after initial research began on treating mine water using petroleum coke.

Posted on May 17, 2019
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Syncrude researchers trek through kilometres of snow as part of annual survey

Syncrude annually conducts a variety of reclamation research studies and one of the largest is our snow survey. The Snow Survey Field Program quantifies snow depth, snow quality and snow chemistry across reclaimed sites. With snow shoes and sample jars in hand, Syncrude staff and contractors head out to collect snow samples and record snow measurements just before the start of spring.

Posted on April 17, 2019
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VIDEO: Syncrude celebrates 25th anniversary of Beaver Creek Wood Bison Ranch as a third of the herd settles into new home

It was a blustery winter day on February 16, 1993 when six mature wood bison cows and 24 calves were offloaded from trucks onto snow-covered reclaimed land at Syncrude’s Mildred Lake mine. The small herd had come from Elk Island National Park, nearly 400 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, and was blessed in a ceremony by Elders from the Fort McKay First Nation.

Posted on December 5, 2018
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New calves born at Syncrude as bison herd celebrates 25th anniversary

Calving season is well underway at the Beaver Creek Wood Bison Ranch. The first calf, a female, was born on April 22 and has since been joined by more than 70 furry friends. Around 100 new calves are expected to be born on site this year.

Posted on May 28, 2018
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Syncrude supporting creation of protected forest in Northern Alberta

Syncrude joined the governments of Alberta and Canada as well as the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Tallcree First Nation today to announce the creation of the world’s largest protected area of boreal forest.

Posted on May 15, 2018
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