Tailings Management

Suncor recognizes the importance of addressing the tailings challenge associated with the development of oil sands mines. Oil sands mines produce tailings – left over material produced during the extraction process that separates bitumen from the oil sand. 

Oil sands tailings are a mixture of water, clay and residual hydrocarbons produced during the mine extraction process. (In situ drilling of oil sands does not produce tailings.)

We have pioneered development of new technologies, including the TRO™ process, to manage oil sands tailings. We are also working with other oil sands producers to accelerate tailings management performance improvements.

Learn more in our Report on sustainability 2014:

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