Suncor Energy Inc.

Suncor Energy Inc.

21 mars 2007 23h59 HE

Suncor Energy recognizes safety and environmental leaders at President's Operational Excellence Awards

Fort McMurray, Alberta (March 21, 2007) — Suncor Energy Inc. presented its President's Operational Excellence Awards to employees and contractors who showed exceptional health, safety and environmental leadership in 2006. The awards were presented last night at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

"This year's finalists represent the spirit of operational excellence at Suncor," said Rick George, Suncor's president and chief executive officer. "They know how to work safely and be responsible to our environment while also achieving strong business results."

The mining team at Suncor's oil sands operation and the employees of Flint Energy Services received the divisional awards for achieving exceptional health and safety performance in 2006. The mining team enjoyed a particularly strong year, working 2.63 million hours without a lost-time incident. Flint, an integrated construction company that does contract work at Suncor's in-situ operations, achieved 1.3 million hours without a recordable injury.

This year's 28 award recipients were chosen from more than 150 nominees. They included:

  • Oil Sands employee Ken Flaherty who was involved in many safety projects including leading the rollout of the environment, health & safety learning unit and assisting the Oil Sands Safety Association with classroom and field training. 
  • Commerce City employee Douglas Pumphrey who led the refinery's single largest terminal upgrade project in the site's history, completing the work ahead of schedule, under budget and with no injuries or environmental contraventions.
  • The Sarnia refinery's Waste Water Treatment processing team who improved the refinery's storm water system to prevent discharge to the St. Clair River during rainstorms.
  • The Natural Gas and Renewable Energy caribou habitat and caribou calf protection team who worked in conjunction with the Alberta government and industry peers to restore important caribou habitat along the North Cabin Pipeline. The pipeline is used to transport natural gas from the Cabin Creek and Solomon fields to the Simonette gas plant southeast of Grande Prairie.

For a full list of President's Operational Excellence Award recipients, visit

Suncor launched the annual President's Operational Excellence Awards in 2002 as part of its Journey to Zero initiative to eliminate occupational illness and injuries. The program was expanded in 2004 to include recognition for environmental excellence.

Suncor Energy Inc. is an integrated energy company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Suncor's oil sands business, located near Fort McMurray, Alberta, extracts and upgrades oil sands and markets refinery feedstock and diesel fuel, while operations throughout western Canada produce natural gas. Suncor operates a refining and marketing business in Ontario with retail distribution under the Sunoco brand. U.S.A. downstream assets include pipeline and refining operations in Colorado and Wyoming and retail sales in the Denver area under the Phillips 66® brand. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. is an authorized licensee of the Phillips 66® brand and marks in the state of Colorado. Sunoco in Canada is separate and unrelated to Sunoco in the United States, which is owned by Sunoco, Inc. of Philadelphia.

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