Suncor to Spend $1 Billion into Reducing Contaminated Tailings

Suncor Energy Inc., which include the former Petro-Canada, said Fri it will spend $1 billion to apply brand new technologies to reduce the actual contaminated tailings which are produced by its oilsands plant in north Alberta.

It’s plan may speed up reclamation from the tailings fish ponds in order to convert the actual liquid waste through synthetic oil production to solids.

The tailings created by oilsands production were the focus associated with angry public protests two years ago when hundreds of ducts died following landing in a pond owned through Syncrude Canada Ltd. The occurrence received globally consideration from environmentalists.

Suncor has developed technologies that blends the actual tailings’ fine contaminants with a polymer bonded material. The mix is actually then spread out very finely to dry. Finally, the dried tailings are planted over or even moved in order to another area.