At Sunrise, specific control technologies in both process and in equipment will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality, through:

  • Energy efficient designs to reduce steam oil ratios;
  • Ultra-low nitrogen oxide (NOx) boiler technologies with flue gas recirculation that significantly reduce NOx emissions;
  • Technologies for sulphur recovery adopted to reduce sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions;
  • Recovering gas vapours from tanks and process vessels so that they can be used as fuel and do not enter the atmosphere;
  • Emissions scrubbing for air pollution control; and
  • No venting of produced gases or flaring facilities at the well pads.

Throughout the life of the project, Husky will participate in comprehensive air monitoring programs, both at the Sunrise project and regionally, while its Environmental Performance Reporting System (EPRS) will facilitate and make available the provision of accurate environmental data.


The water required to process bitumen at Sunrise will not be sourced from surface lakes, rivers or streams. Water required for production will be sourced in part from the non-potable Basal McMurray aquifer below the McMurray bitumen formation. When Sunrise ramps up to full production, more than 90 percent of the produced water will be recycled and used to generate steam. Sunrise will also treat process-affected water from a nearby operation and use it to generate steam.



Sunrise will be developed sequentially and reclamation of disturbed land will be undertaken as drilling and production moves onto the next phase. Under the current plan, the development of Sunrise will affect less than five percent of the lease area, and only three percent will be under development at any given time. The wells will be drilled directionally from pads to minimize surface disturbance.

When work is completed at a site, the land will be restored to an equivalent pre-disturbed condition.


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