Suncor Energy and partners receive funding for clean technology research projects
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 2, 2010) - Suncor Energy today reported it has received funding from Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) for two Suncor-led clean technology research and development projects. The projects are two of sixteen projects chosen from over 200 initial submissions, and address carbon capture and storage and energy efficiency.
"Together with our industry partners we are pleased to have received funding for the two projects we submitted," said Gord Lambert, vice president sustainable development. "Suncor has a strong foundation of innovation and performance improvement. We continue to seek ways to reduce our emissions through technology and efficiency initiatives and will work to test these technologies with the aim of proving their commercial viability and application."
Today, CCEMC announced that the OTSG Oxy Fuel Demonstration Project will receive $2.5 million in CCEMC funding. The project was initiated by the CO2 Capture Project (CCP), of which Suncor is a member, along with non-CCP members Praxair, Devon Canada, Cenovus and Statoil. It focuses on developing a lower-cost solution for capturing CO2 from once through steam generators (OTSG). By replacing air with oxygen in the fuel mix on steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) boilers, the CO2 produced will be more concentrated making it easier to capture, while at the same time greatly reducing oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions. As part of this test project, the partners will refit one steam boiler at the Christina Lake in situ site operated by Cenovus. The pilot is scheduled to begin in 2011 with results available in 2012.
The second project, the Alberta Oil Sands Energy Efficiency and GHG Mitigation Roadmap study, will quantify potential GHG emissions reductions from technology and operational improvements in energy use at Suncor's bitumen mining, SAGD and upgrading facilities in the Fort McMurray area. Using Suncor's existing plant operations as a basis, this study will analyze the theoretic best energy efficiency that could be achieved in developing the oil sands resource. Suncor will be assisted by Jacobs on this project. CCEMC announced funding of $790,900 for this project on June 23, 2010.
In addition to the two Suncor-led projects mentioned, Suncor is also supporting a third project to receive CCEMC funding. Led by Laricina Energy Ltd., a multinational consortium of companies will explore a new in situ extraction method using a combination of electromagnetic heat and solvent. This could result in substantial greenhouse gas reductions if it is successful.
"The Alberta Government, through the CCEMC, should be praised for taking climate change payments and encouraging industry to continue its research and technology development activities and its history of development and sharing best practices," continued Lambert.
The CCEMC is a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to establish or participate in funding for initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support adaptation. The CCEMC invests in discovery, development, and operational deployment of clean technologies. For more information on CCEMC, visit www.ccemc.ca.
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