News Release 2010-09-16


News Release 2010-09-16

News Release 2010-09-16 (NR2010-12)

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ERCB approves TOTAL E&P Canada Ltd. upgrader with conditions

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Calgary, Alberta (Sep 16, 2010)… The Energy Resources Conservation Board has issued , that approves an application by TOTAL E&P Canada Ltd. to construct and operate a 300,000 barrel-per-day oil sands upgrader in the Alberta Industrial Heartland area of Strathcona County.

In a 62-page decision report, the ERCB places seven conditions on the company. Those conditions require the company to:

  • Achieve a sulphur recovery rate of 99.5 per cent within six months of project commencement.
  • Conduct a full-scale emergency response exercise prior to project start-up.
  • Submit a site-specific emergency response plan and assessment of all hazards for the ERCB’s approval following the engineering and design phase and following the emergency response exercise.
  • Submit a revised noise impact assessment six months prior to the start of construction.
  • Update the baseline sound monitoring surveys in accordance with ERCB regulations.
  • Conduct a sound monitoring survey three months after project start-up to ensure compliance with ERCB noise regulations.
  • Satisfy the Board by not later than October 1, 2016, that construction of the project has commenced, or the approval will expire on December 31, 2016, unless the Board stipulates a later date.

The ERCB also expects TOTAL E&P Canada Ltd. to fulfill all 86 commitments made in the company’s application and during a public hearing held in Fort Saskatchewan. Commitments made by the company relate to stakeholder engagement, public safety, operations, construction and design.

In the decision, the ERCB makes five recommendations to government related to air quality, water quality, and human health studies.

The Board held a public hearing on the proposed project from June 1 to 11, 2010 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. ERCB hearings are formal, quasi-judicial proceedings during which evidence is given and cross examination and argument takes place. Hearings allow public testing of all technical, environmental, socioeconomic, and other relevant evidence.

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For more information, please contact:

Darin Barter, ERCB Communications
Phone: 403-681-0946
Media line: 1-855-474-6356