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Title: The Canadian Oil Sands Suncor


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The Canadian Oil Sands Suncors Experience
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Topics
  • Overview of Oil Sands Operations how water and
    energy are used in the operations
  • Growing a Sustainable Energy Company Suncors
    Experience
  • Water Governance in Alberta

3
Overview of Oil Sands Operations
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Suncor Operating Areas
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Oil Sands - the Resource
  • Thick, sticky mixture of sand, water and bitumen
  • Currently 35 of Canadas oil production growth
    projection to 68 by 2010
  • Suncor leases cover 1,800 square kilometers or
    1,118 square miles
  • Reserves and resources in place to produce a
    potential 14 billion barrels of crude oil

Suncor data includes proved plus probable
reserves and recoverable resources, as of
December 31, 2005 which is not comparable to most
competitors.
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Oil Sands -
High Quality Leases
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Oil Sands - Mining
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Steam flows tointerface andcondenses
SAGDIn-situprocess
Steam Chamber
Bitumen Water
Heated bitumenflows to well
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Water An Essential Resource
  • Water is used to convert oil sands into useable
    oil products
  • Hot water separation process
  • Transportation medium
  • Thermal transfer (heating and cooling)
  • Void replacement in reservoir
  • Potable and sewage systems
  • High degree of recycle, in excess of 75 for
    mines, 95 for in-situ
  • long term retention through water capture in the
    void space and deep-well disposal of waste waters
  • Surface mining uses 3-4 m3 water /m3 oil product,
    predominantly from Athabasca River
  • Closer to 2 m3/m3 for mature plants
  • In-situ less than 1 m3/m3 for mature
    operations, largely groundwater

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Water Regional Concerns
  • Water Quantity
  • Cumulative withdrawal from surface water bodies
  • In stream flow needs low flow during winter
    period
  • Water Quality
  • Discharge from reclaimed landscape
  • Regional Groundwater information not complete
  • Potable aquifers
  • Deep well disposal

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Current Net Licensed Water Allocation in the
Athabasca Basin
User of mean annual flow
Existing non-oil sands 0.7
Existing Approved Oil Sands 1.6
Planned Oil Sands 1.3
TOTAL 3.6
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Energy Inputs in the development of Oil Sands
  • Development is energy intensive
  • Natural gas heating, steam generation, power
    generation
  • Electricity lighting, pumps, motors, buildings
  • Diesel mobile fleet
  • Coke by-product is also used as fuel supply
  • Co-generation is natural fit Suncor is net
    exporter of electricity
  • Mobile fleet fuels generated on site

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Energy Efficiency
Outputs Crude Products Electricity By-products
(Coke, Sulphur)
Inputs Bitumen Natural gas Electricity
80 conversion
  • Energy efficiency technology, heat integration
    key levers to improving performance, reducing
    emissions
  • Intensity measured as energy use per unit of
    production is decreasing
  • 1996 9.9 (gigajoules/m3 production)
  • 2000 8.7
  • 2004 7.8

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Growing a Sustainable Energy Company Suncors
Experience
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Sustainable Development - concept
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Strategic drivers for sustainable development
  • stakeholder expectations(economic,
    environmental, social)
  • shareholder activism
  • increased investor interest
  • need for integrated view of business strategy
  • earning societal consent to operate/grow business
  • competitive advantage

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Suncors vision of sustainability
  • Suncors vision is to be a unique and
    sustainable energy company, dedicated to vigorous
    growth by meeting the changing expectations of
    our current and future stakeholders.

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Putting Suncors vision to workStrategic
framework
Sustainable Energy Company
Environmental Quality
Economic Prosperity
Social Well-Being
Stakeholder Expectations
  • Customers
  • Shareholders
  • Employees
  • Communities
  • Governments
  • General public

Operational Excellence
Products Services for the Future
Issues Management
Improved Decision Making
Stakeholder Relations
Organizational Capability Commitment
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Water Governance
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Water for Life Albertas Strategy for
Sustainability
  • Finalized in 2003 after extensive public
    consultation
  • Reaffirmed 3 goals and outcomes for Alberta
  • safe, secure drinking water
  • healthy aquatic ecosystems
  • reliable, quality water supplies for sustainable
    economy
  • 3 key directions identified
  • knowledge and research
  • partnerships
  • water conservation

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Strategic Changes in Water for Life Strategy
  • From water management to watershed management
  • From traditional regulator to shared
    governance/shared responsibility
  • Water Conservation goal 30 improvement by 2015
    (baseline 2005)

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Watershed Management - Partnerships
  • Water Council
  • Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils
  • 4 Basin Management Plans in development
  • 11 councils to be formed
  • Watershed Stewardship Groups

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Multistakeholder Engagement specific to Oil Sands
Region
  • Cumulative Environment Management Association
    (CEMA)
  • multi-stakeholder organization responsible for
    researching and making recommendations on the
    cumulative environmental impact of development in
    the Wood Buffalo Region.
  • Water quantity and quality Watershed integrity
  • Reclamation, end-pit-lakes, wetlands
  • Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program (RAMP)
  • joint environmental monitoring program that
    assesses the health of rivers and lakes in the
    Oil Sands Region of northeastern Alberta

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Multistakeholder Engagement specific to Oil Sands
Region
  • Wood Buffalo Environment Association (WBEA)
  • The mission of the Wood Buffalo Environmental
    Association is to monitor and provide accurate,
    credible, transparent and understandable
    information on environmental quality in the Wood
    Buffalo Region
  • Operates network of air-monitoring stations
  • Terrestrial effects monitoring

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Additional information from
  • www.suncor.com
  • www.cemaonline.ca
  • www.wbea.org
  • www.ramp-alberta.org
  • www.centreforenergy.com
  • www.capp.ca
  • www.eub.gov.ab.ca
  • www.gov.ab.ca
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