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Oil sands gets first applied research and training facility


Calgary, AB – A new applied research and testing facility in Fort McKay will allow companies operating in Alberta’s oil sands to speed up technology testing – reducing testing costs and increasing operational efficiency.

SGS, an inspection, verification, testing and certification company, says its new facility, the first of its kind in Alberta for oil sands, provides companies with access to new capabilities and increased capacity for process testing and piloting of new technologies.

“Oil sands companies in Alberta face a number of challenges as they address escalating project costs, environmental pressures, energy conservation, and improvements for extraction, upgrading, and tailings processes,” says Chris Kirk, the company’s chief executive officer. “Our facility, located in the heart of the oil sands region, will help companies address those challenges.”

He says the Fort McKay applied research and training facility will support technology research, development and commercialization, and contribute to innovation in water, energy and environment stewardship for oil sands operators and stakeholders.

SGS Fort McMurray Applied Research and laboratory facilities will employ 140 technicians with expertise in mining and process technologies, technical staffing services, environmental services including climate change, oil, gas and chemical services, certification services and industrial services including non-destructive testing.