Canada’s energy industry champions in operational and project excellence, innovation and research excellence, and exporting excellence were announced at the first annual Daily Oil Bulletin Energy Excellence Awards at the Devonian Gardens in Calgary on May 2, 2019.
Over 90 nominees from across Canada’s energy industry were chosen in 12 specialty subcategories within the broader categories of operational, innovation and exporting excellence. The Operational and Project Excellence category focused on the best projects – big or small, and on operational collaborations completed in Canada in 2018.
The judging was based on project and environmental performance; collaboration; unique technologies and processes; and corporate social responsibility.
Twenty-five applications were submitted in the four subcategories of oil and gas, oil sands, pipelines & facilities and industry accelerators.
Oil and Gas
The Oil and Gas subcategory received eight nominations. Judges reviewed the applications on project and environmental management, collaboration and overall industry impact.
The category finalists were Ambyint; Canadian Natural Resources Limited; and Modern Resources Ltd.
The champion in the Oil and Gas subcategory was Modern Resources Ltd.
Modern Resources Limited was selected for its Modern Ultra Low Emissions (MULE) sites for reducing methane emissions to zero. The MULE sites completely eliminate the combustion of propane, eliminating the release of methane and reduce the combustion of natural gas.
The MULE sites emit 100% less methane and 95% less CO2 compared to a conventional natural gas well site. The MULE sites have a lower capital cost and operating costs, and significantly reduce overall GHG emissions.
The Oil Sands subcategory received seven nominations, which were narrowed down to three finalists focused on unique technologies and processes, collaborations and environmental performance. The finalists were Canadian Natural Resources Limited; Imperial; and Suncor.
The champion for the Oil Sands subcategory was Suncor.
Suncor was selected for the Water Technology Development Centre. The Water Technology Development Centre (WTDC) is a $143 CAD million dollar live-fluid test facility being constructed at Suncor’s Firebag SAGD facility.
Pipelines and Facilities
Three nominee applications were received in the Pipelines and Facilities subcategory.
All three were unique in their stories of project and environmental excellence, including Canadian Natural Resources Limited; Hifi Engineering Ltd.; and Integrated Sustainability for the Whitefox Pipeline.
The champion for the Pipeline and Facilities subcategory is Canadian Natural Resources Limited.
Canadian Natural Resources Limited was selected for its Area Based Reclamation Project.
Five nominations were received in the Industry Accelerators subcategory with finalists chosen for collaborations to accelerate industry performance in development and environmental performance. The three finalists were the Alberta Energy Regulator; BlueSource Methane ULC; and Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada.
The champion in the Industry Accelerator subcategory wass BlueSource Methane ULC.
Bluesource was selected for its Bluesource Methane Reduction Program that assists oil and gas companies to efficiently and quickly meet provincial and federal methane regulations.
Press release information from Daily Oil Bulletin; Image Courtesy of Kelly Mulner/JWN.