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Emissions reducing cogeneration project nears finish line in Alberta’s oil sands

By District Energy posted 05-28-2024 14:16

  

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Summary

Suncor Energy is nearing completion of its upgraded cogeneration project, providing a boost to Alberta’s electrical grid while reducing emissions intensity for the oil sands giant.

The $1.4 billion Coke Boiler Replacement Project is swapping out three aging petroleum coke-fired boilers with two high-efficiency natural gas cogeneration units at Suncor’s Base Plant, 25 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.

Cogeneration units are crucial cog for oil sands operations. They generate heat to extract bitumen while producing electricity and steam.

Announced in 2019, the new units remain on course to begin operations in late 2024. They will produce approximately 800 megawatts to Alberta’s electric grid while reducing the intensity of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for both Suncor and the oil sands industry as a whole.

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