Driving operational efficiencies to protect the environment

Corporate Responsibility

Driving operational efficiencies to protect the environment

Our commitment to proactive environmentally responsible operations is reflected throughout all phases of our projects and extends from planning through design, operation, and final reclamation.

At our Kirby South thermal in situ operations, we are reducing our operational footprint and driving operational efficiencies by applying best practices and innovation. To reduce the total land disturbed, we designed more compact, highly efficient sites with multiple wells on a single pad, and re-utilized existing disturbed sites, such as roads and clearings. Also, through the installation of evaporators for water treatment we have increased water recycling and, therefore, reduced fresh water use. These evaporators are a highly effective system for treating de-oiled produced water. This treated water is then re-used to generate steam for our production process.

Protecting wildlife is another important aspect that we factor into our environmental practices. Canadian Natural also continues collaborative work with industry on woodland caribou habitat restoration at Kirby South using a series of reforestation treatments on linear features (pipelines, roads, etc.) to discourage predator (wolves and bears) while reclaiming the landscape. During 2015, we successfully treated 53 km of disturbed corridors, and our winter tree plant assessment showed 80-90 per cent tree survival rate.
Multi-well pad at Kirby South thermal in situ operations