Flue gas recirculation

Flue gas recirculation recycles exhaust from steam generators used in the steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) process, just like exhaust is recycled in our cars. The technology reduces the amount of nitrogen oxides emitted into the air during the combustion of fuel and gas.

In the oil sands we use natural gas in our steam generators. By using a tube to take exhaust from the steam generator, we can recycle the exhaust back into the burner. The exhaust helps cool the burner flame, reducing emissions going into the air.

Results show our emissions from the boiler are down to 20 parts per million (ppm) from 40 ppm – a 50 percent reduction.The Foster Creek phase G and Christina Lake phase F expansions are on track with first oil from both projects anticipated in the third quarter of 2016. We’re also planning to incorporate this technology in future facilities.