See an overview of the past year’s operational incidents and the actions Suncor took to address them in the 2016 Report on Sustainability

Learn more about Suncor's operational incidents and the actions we took to address them

See an overview of the past year’s operational incidents and the actions Suncor took to address them in the 2016 Report on Sustainability

See an overview of the past year’s operational incidents and the actions Suncor took to address them in the 2016 Report on Sustainability

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Operational issues 2015 – 2016

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Safe, reliable, environmentally and socially responsible operations are integral to our success. The following are brief descriptions of incidents that occurred between June 2015 and June 2016.

Incidents impacting operations

Temporary production shutdowns at Terra Nova

On August 7, 2015 we completed a precautionary controlled manual shutdown of the offshore Terra Nova facility following a loss of communication between the electronic control system screens, which monitor valves between the subsea equipment and the swivel.

On October 2, 2015 we initiated a controlled and voluntary shutdown of the offshore Terra Nova facility to more fully complete an investigation into operational issues. Operational issues included a methanol release, hydrocarbon gas release, a hydraulic issue and a flame onboard the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO). Each of these issues was reported to the appropriate regulatory authorities.

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Forest Fires

Early in May 2016, as a result of the forest fires in the RMWB area, Suncor safely moved over 10,000 people, including employees, their families and Fort McMurray residents, out of the RMWB region; shut down its RMWB operations in a controlled manner and worked with government to enhance fire protection measures.

On June 6, 2016 Suncor confirmed it was ramping up production in a staged manner to bring oil sands production back to normal rates. There was no damage to Suncor's assets as a result of the fires. Working with government and the region Suncor safely returned thousands of people to work and restarted operations in a safe manner.

Third-party incidents impacting operations

Worker injuries during construction of Cedar Point II Wind Farm

On both July 21, 2015 and August 28, 2015, our contractor AMEC regretfully reported employee injuries during the construction of the Cedar Point II wind farm in Forest, Ont. In each instance, the Ministry of Labour was contacted and completed an investigation.