Suncor Energy and partners approve new facility to test water treatment and recycling technologies

Suncor Energy and partners approve new facility to test water treatment and 
recycling technologies 
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/14 --  Suncor Energy and
five industry partners today announced an estimated $165 million
funding commitment to sanction the construction of a dedicated Water
Technology Development Centre (WTDC). The WTDC, to be located at
Suncor's Firebag facility, will be used to test water treatment and
further develop recycling technologies. The goal of the WTDC is to
shorten the timeframe needed to develop and commercialize new
technologies, as well as significantly enhance existing technologies. 
"The WTDC will help us speed up the pace of innovation, while
collaboratively managing the risks and costs of technology
development," said Steve Williams, Suncor president and chief
executive officer. "We expect to see strong benefits by conducting
different tests simultaneously, using process fluids in real world
conditions to pilot new technologies and prove their commercial
The centre is being pursued as a joint industry project convened
under Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), with testing to
begin by early 2017. In addition to Suncor, the partner companies
include Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Devon Canada Corporation,
Nexen Energy ULC, Shell Canada Energy and Husky Oil Operations
"Moving forward on the WTDC is a demonstration of the tangible
progress that COSIA is making by bringing companies together to share
knowledge and advance innovation," says Dan Wicklum, chief executive
of COSIA. "The research and testing conducted at the WTDC will allow
participating companies to test drive more technologies than could be
evaluated by each company alone. This helps to deliver our vision of
accelerated environmental performance improvement in Canada's oil
The structure of the joint industry project will see Suncor
construct, own and operate the WTDC while collaborating with the
other partners on design, construction and operations - including
specific tests. As a dedicated test facility, the WTDC is expected to
overcome the barriers that are common to field testing at commercial
production facilities, which are not typically designed to
accommodate simultaneous testing of water treatment technologies. 
Testing priorities will include minimizing fresh water use and
maximizing reliability for steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD)
production. The facility is expected to provide industry with the
opportunity to develop new ways of approaching water treatment and
recycling, resulting in positive environmental, social and economic
"Water is one of the world's most precious resources, and there is
rising concern about how water is used in almost every industry and
every country," said Williams. "By working together on new
technologies, we in the oil sands industry hope to deliver results
sooner. Our objective is to develop new processes that will allow us
to use less water, and we expect that technologies for reducing water
usage will also aid in reducing industry costs - this is truly about
a triple bottom line approach." 
Longer term, the WTDC is also expected to help foster deeper
technical expertise in the employees who are involved in the project,
which is important to Suncor as the company continues to progress its
oil sands water management strategy.  
Forward-looking statements in this news release include those related
to the Water Technology Development Centre, including funding
commitments, benefits, priorities and goals of the technology.
Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance
and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some that are
similar to other oil and gas companies and some that are unique to
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