Syncrude, Petro-Canada among winners of fifth CAPP Steward of Excellence awards
Syncrude Canada, ExxonMobil Canada, Quicksilver Resources Canada (formerly MGV Energy) and Petro-Canada are this year's recipients of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers' (CAPP) fifth annual Steward of
Excellence Awards. The presentation ceremony brought together more than 350 representatives of the upstream oil and gas industry and stakeholders from government, community groups and environmental organizations to recognize exceptional efforts by CAPP member companies.
Awards were presented in three categories, plus a special President's Award.
Syncrude Canada received the Environmental Performance award for its creation of a water conservation task force.
Water conservation has been a guiding principle throughout the company's operating history. Since the 1980s, Syncrude reports that its water use has declined by 60%. Over the last few years alone, the company has reduced its water import by seven million cubic metres annually and is now looking at further efforts with the potential to reduce water intake by a further five million cubic metres per year.
While production growth will inevitably mean a rise in water use, Syncrude has pledged to stay within the water withdrawal limits set out in the licence granted to it in the 1970s, with no plans for seeking any increase in these limits.
The Health and Safety Performance award went to ExxonMobil Canada in recognition of its formation of a Marine Safety Council. Quicksilver Resources Canada received the Social Performance award for its development of a community consultation template.
The President's Award was presented to Petro-Canada for its innovative partnership with the city of Edmonton to divert membrane-treated municipal treated wastewater from Edmonton's Gold Bar treatment plant to Petro-Canada's Strathcona refinery through a 5.5-kilometre pipeline. The company will use the recycled water in its industrial processes, with the surplus directed to municipal and recreational uses (EcoWeek April 3, 2006).
Kathy Sendall, CAPP chair and Petro-Canada senior vice-president for North American natural gas, said, "These award winners epitomize the tremendously innovative strides our industry is taking in the pursuit of continuous improvement in environment, health, safety and social performance."
Characteristics common to the four award-winning companies included: a systematic approach to improved performance; actions above and beyond regulatory performance; and improved performance across the industry through shared data and best practices.
The winners were selected from 27 entries submitted to a panel of independent judges that included representatives from industry stakeholders. The projects nominated demonstrated the companies' continued commitment to stewardship in environment, health and safety or social performance.
CAPP's 150 member companies are involved in exploration, development and production of natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil, oil sands, and elemental sulfur throughout Canada. Together, they produce more than 95% of Canada's natural gas and crude oil. CAPP also has 130 associate members providing a wide range of support services. More information is available from Jessica Whiteside at CAPP, 403/267-1117, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, Web site www.capp.ca.