Suncor seeks gas supplies for oil sands project

To combat rising costs and possible future shortages of natural gas for its oil sands operation, Suncor Energy Inc., Calgary, is producing its own gas and experimenting with a process to gasify petroleum coke.“Petroleum coke is a byproduct of the upgrading process, and with gasification technology, it can be turned into synthetic gas that can provide us with both fuel for energy and for electricity, as well as providing us hydrogen to sweeten our sour crudes,” Suncor spokesman Brad Bellows told OGJ. This is existing technology that “is fairly widely used, but not in the oil and gas business,” he said.“It’s similar technology to clean coal technologies. ...

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