FIREWATER PROTECTION – SULPHUR RECOVERY UNIT
PROJECT OWNER: Suncor Energy Inc.
PROJECT LOCATION: Ft. McMurray, AB – Suncor Energy Firebag Site
PROJECT SCHEDULE: October, 2007 – March, 2008
PROJECT VALUE: $1,400,000
The Suncor Firebag facility is located 40 km northeast of Suncor’s main oil sands plant. Firebag is an in-situ operation, which taps into oilsands that are too deep to mine.
The Firebag facility uses Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD). Parallel pairs of horizontal wells are drilled – one for steam injection and one for oil recovery. The recovered bitumen is then sent by pipeline to an upgrader.
Increased bitumen production meant increased environmental regulations. To meet these regulations, Suncor constructed a Sulphur Recovery Unit (SRU). As part of this project, Carmacks was awarded the contract to provide firewater protection for this unit.
Carmacks successfully completed the multiple tie-ins and fire hydrant installations to the existing system with minimal down time and effect on the live operating plant.