Water Use

Water Use and Conservation Analysis

Syncrude's total import of fresh water from the Athabasca River increased to 36 million cubic metres in 2007 due to a substantial increase in crude oil production. However, successful efforts to use recycled water in our processes resulted in a more than 10 percent decrease in water intensity per barrel of production as compared to 2006. Syncrude's use of fresh water, at 2.03 cubic metres per cubic metre of production, is the most efficient in the oil sands industry. About 88 percent of all water used at Syncrude now comes from a continuous recycle loop.

Efforts to increase water efficiency continue through the work of our water management team and our tailings steering committee, which are focused on identifying and implementing further conservation and re-use opportunities.

 

 

 

Fresh water resources from the Athabasca River need to be conserved.

We are the most efficient user of fresh water in the oil sands. 88 percent of all water used at Syncrude now comes from a continuous recycle loop.


10%
decrease in water
intensity per barrel
of production in 2007 
Water Use
2007 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Actual Target
Imported from Athabasca River
Millions of cubic metres per year 36.0 44.3 33.9 28.2 30.6 32.3
Cubic metres per cubic meter SSB produced 2.03 2.40 2.26 2.28 2.21 2.63
Process Water Recycled 1
Millions of cubic metres per year 256.0 240.0 234.5 228.0 228.4 189.1
Recycled as % of total water used 88 87 87 88 88 86
Treated Waste Water Discharged to River (thousands of cubic metres)
Sanitary 261.0 314.5 382.4 345.4 353.2
Other 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1. Recycled water volumes reflect the combined volumes for Syncrude’s Mildred Lake and Aurora facilities.
  2. Syncrude does not discharge any process-affected water to river systems.