MEG Energy is committed to building modern, energy-efficient facilities that minimize emissions.
We have incorporated technologies throughout our facilities that significantly reduce nitrous oxide emissions and we carefully manage production of natural gas that is trapped in the bitumen resource – more than 99% of produced and production lift gases are captured for re-use in steam generation.
To ensure compliance with air quality standards, we continuously monitor air quality both on- and off-lease areas.
MEG also takes a progressive approach to managing emissions that can have an impact beyond our operating area: greenhouse gases.
Key to our greenhouse gas management is the use of cogeneration technology. Cogeneration is the process of simultaneously producing steam and electricity. In MEG's operations, the steam is used for SAGD bitumen recovery, while the electricity is used at the plant site, with excess power sold to Alberta's power grid. The electricity provided to the power grid has a lower carbon footprint than the provincial average, helping to reduce total greenhouse gas intensity for provincial consumers.
MEG’s greenhouse gas reduction efforts are also supported by a high quality resource and our expert reservoir and operations teams. Careful reservoir management results in a lower steam-oil ratio. Less steam means a lower energy requirement and lower greenhouse gas intensity.
With the benefits of MEG's cogeneration facilities and low steam-oil ratios, MEG produces one of the lowest greenhouse gas intensity barrels in the oil sands industry. In fact, MEG's production has a smaller carbon footprint than many conventional sources of oil.