A message from Donald Austin, Vice President of the Commerce City Refinery
Message from Donald Austin, Commerce City Refinery Vice President
Donald Austin (00:04):
I’m Donald Austin, the head of Colorado’s Commerce City Refinery.
Donald Austin (00:08):
We are continuing on a journey to improve our performance and communications so that we can begin to regain the community’s trust. As a part of our 2020 settlement agreement with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, we heard our neighbor’s input, and we learned a lot about their need for us to provide more timely, transparent and accessible information… …We also heard their need for us to do better at explaining our operations and the improvements we’re making to minimize our environmental impact and ensure the safety of our people and the community.
Donald Austin (00:36):
Today, I want to share findings from an investigation conducted by Kearney – an independent, third-party expert – into the cause of our past emissions exceedances, as well as highlight some of the actions we’re taking.
Donald Austin (00:48):
The investigation found that our refinery is designed to meet environmental permits, and it is adequately funded… … It also found there are some areas where we can improve our systems and processes, increase training for our people and continue to foster a culture based on trust and confidence. Our Improvement Plan shows what we have done so far and what we plan to do to address these important areas.
Donald Austin (01:10):
We’re enhancing our safeguards by investing in automatic shutdown systems for our gasoline making units, which are also known as FCCUs. Simply put, these systems significantly reduce the potential and severity of future catalyst releases. In 2020, we completed the upgrade of an automatic shutdown system for the FCCU in Plant 2, and we will implement similar upgrades for the FCCU in Plant 1 by the end of 2021… … By the end of 2023, Plant 2 will also have a Programmable Logic Controller as well as upgraded instrumentation, automated shutdown valves and new hydraulic pressure units that will further increase the reliability and speed of the FCCU automated shutdown process.
Donald Austin (01:55):
This is just one example of what we learned and the actions we’re taking. I invite you to read the full report and Improvement Plan at Suncor.com/ccr-report.
Donald Austin (02:05):
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Donald Austin (02:12):
We are committed to regaining the community’s trust, and continuing to supply Colorado with quality, reliable and affordable energy.