Water Environmental Priority Area Update

SAGD Produced Water Treatment Pilot Project

Suncor is testing new water treatment technologies at their MacKay River steam assisted gravity drainage facility to improve the reliability and efficiency of in situ water treatment operations in an effort to reduce water usage and GHG emissions.

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John Brogly

John Brogly
Director, Water EPA

This year seems a little bit anti climactic now that the Water EPA has released its In Situ Performance Goal. A lot of the heavy lifting we’ve been doing over the last two years on goals and our strategic plan is done. We now need to standardize our approach to updating goal data with our members so that we can report each year on progress towards the goal and what changes, if any, we need to make.

The focus now is on projects. We closed out 27 last year, the results of which will need to be reported out to the rest of the EPA in order to determine next steps and the best way to apply the findings.

A number of those projects will be presented at COSIA’s first Innovation Summit, which will take place in Banff, March 31 to April 2, 2015. The Water EPA Steering Committee and I are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase some of the great work we’ve been doing, to the wider innovation community.

Obviously we will be continuing to progress the projects our members currently have underway, but we will also be developing a number of COSIA Challenges for mining, in addition to the four In Situ Challenges that were developed last year. COSIA Challenges help direct research and promote participation on new projects from third parties. More on that in the next issue of Collaborator.