Suncor moves ahead on water-testing plant

Suncor project: Company pushing ahead with water testing facility

Suncor Energy, along with a consortium of partners, will build a C$165 million ($153.7 million) water testing facility at its Firebag operation in northern Alberta, Canada.

The dedicated Water Technology Development Centre will test water treatment and develop water recycling technologies in the hopes of speeding up innovation, according to Suncor president and chief executive officer Steve Williams.

Suncor will construct, own and operate the WTDC, a joint industry initiative under Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).

Partner companies include Canadian Natural Resources, Devon Canada, Nexen Energy, Shell Canada, and Husky Energy, who will collaborate on the project's design, construction and operations.

"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 sands," said COSIA chief executive Dan Wicklum.

Testing priorities include minimising fresh water use and maximising reliability for steam-assisted gravity drainage production.

Testing will begin in early 2017.

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