Petro-Canada, Edmonton awarded GE ecomagination award
EDMONTON, ALTA-Petro-Canada and the city of Edmonton have become the joint recipients of Canada's first 2007 Global ecomagination Leadership Award from GE Water and Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric. This is the latest in a number of awards for the project and honours the company and the city for their private-public partnership which led which led to the construction of a 5.5-kilometre water pipeline to carry membrane-treated wastewater from Edmonton's Gold Bar treatment plant to Petro-Canada's Strathcona refinery (EcoWeek April 3, 2006). The project, the first of its kind in Canada, provides high-quality recycled water as an alternative to river water for use as process water at the refinery and saved over 2.65 million cubic metres of fresh water while significantly reducing the amount of wastewater discharged into the North Saskatchewan River. Ecomagination awards honour fewer than 1% of GE customers, whose measures have saved millions of gallons of water and reduced effluent and emissions, while conserving energy and lowering overall operating costs.