July 3, 2006

Syncrude selects Washington Group for Mildred Lake FGD project

CALGARY, ALTA-Syncrude Canada has chosen Washington Group International, based in Boise, Idaho, to provide detailed engineering and procurement services for the Mildred Lake emissions reduction project in northern Alberta. The contract is valued at approximately $44 million ($40 million U.S.). The project will retrofit a flue gas desulfurization (FGD) system into the operation of the two existing fluid cokers at Syncrude's synthetic crude oil production facility in Mildred Lake. During oil processing, cokers use heat to break down petroleum into various commercial products such as gas oils and chemical feedstocks. An FGD system can be installed to reduce the amount of sulfur dioxide (SO2) released during the process. The project is expected to remove more than half of the total SO2 emissions from the currently approved level of 245 tonnes per day, while significantly reducing other emissions, such as particulate matter and heavy metals, as well. Washington Group International previously provided conceptual engineering, preliminary engineering and procurement, and pre-construction planning services for the project.

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