Sulphur Recovery Unit fire update

CALGARY, AB - (May 31, 2016) -  On March 3, 2016, MEG responded to a fire in the Sulphur Recovery Unit (SRU) at the company’s Christina Lake facility. There were no injuries and the fire was quickly extinguished. Damage occurred to one tank associated with the sulphur unit, related piping and the secondary containment system around the tank. 

This communication is to update nearby communities and stakeholders regarding the ongoing status of repairs to the SRU.

Progress Update

Steps taken in the last seven days

  • Daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • SRU is maintaining 70% sulphur recovery rate as required under its approvals.
  • Performance and capacity testing of the unit continues.
  • Ongoing air monitoring continues to indicate no exceedances to the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives.

Steps anticipated to be taken in the next seven days

  • Ongoing daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • Ongoing performance and capacity testing to ensure continued design rates performance.

CALGARY, AB - (May 24, 2016)

Progress Update

Steps taken in the last seven days

  • Daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • SRU is maintaining 70% sulphur recovery rate as required under its approvals.
  • Performance and capacity testing of the unit continues.
  • Ongoing air monitoring continues to indicate no exceedances to the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives.

Steps anticipated to be taken in the next seven days

  • Ongoing daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • Ongoing performance and capacity testing to ensure continued design rates performance.

CALGARY, AB - (May 17, 2016)

Progress Update

Steps taken in the last seven days

  • Daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • SRU is maintaining 70% sulphur recovery rate as required under its approvals.
  • Performance and capacity testing of the unit continues.
  • Ongoing air monitoring continues to indicate no exceedances to the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives.

Steps anticipated to be taken in the next seven days

  • Ongoing daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • Ongoing performance and capacity testing to ensure continued design rates performance.

CALGARY, AB - (May 10, 2016)

Progress Update

Steps taken in the last seven days

  • Daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • SRU is maintaining 70% sulphur recovery rate as required under its approvals.
  • Performance and capacity testing of the unit is underway.
  • Ongoing air monitoring continues to indicate no exceedances to the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives.

Steps anticipated to be taken in the next seven days

  • Ongoing daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • Continue performance and function testing of instrumentation.
  • Ongoing performance and capacity testing to ensure continued design rates performance.

CALGARY, AB - (May 2, 2016)

Progress Update

Steps taken in the last seven days

  • Daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • Continued commissioning and start-up activities.
  • SRU brought back up to 70% sulphur recovery rate.
  • Performance and capacity testing of the unit.
  • Ongoing air monitoring continues to indicate no exceedances to the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives.

Steps anticipated to be taken in the next seven days

  • Ongoing daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • Continue performance and function testing of instrumentation.
  • Ongoing performance and capacity testing to ensure continued design rates performance

CALGARY, AB - (April 26, 2016)

Progress Update

Steps taken in the last seven days

  • Daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • Completed all discipline Pre Start-Up Safety Review inspections and documentation.
  • Operations training on updated procedures complete.
  • Loaded water into new storage tank.
  • Filled existing storage tanks.
  • Started facility pumps and controllers - all verified and ready.
  • SRU pressured up and ready for gas flow.
  • Introduced and slowly circulated initial produced gas from production facilities.
  • SRU returned to service at low rates.
  • Ongoing air monitoring continues to indicate no exceedances to the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives.

Steps anticipated to be taken in the next seven days

  • Ongoing daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • Continue Commissioning and Start-Up activities.
  • Increase SRU operational capacity to full production rates.
  • Ongoing performance and capacity testing to ensure design rates performance.

CALGARY, AB - (April 19, 2016)

Progress Update

Steps taken in the last seven days

  • Daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • Finalized electrical control systems connections.
  • Completed storage tank Electrical Heat Trace (EHT) installation.
  • Installed level gauges.
  • Completed all remaining civil grading work inside the containment area.
  • Installed pressure safety valves, flame arrestors, and emergency vent.
  • Completed installation and pressure testing of nitrogen piping.
  • Completed installation of instrumentation on the new storage tank.
  • Completed vessel closures.
  • Completed Operations personnel review and training on updated procedures.
  • Sanitized and filled safety shower.
  • Completed facility labeling.
  • Completed system turnover to Operations personnel.
  • Verified EHT connections and programming panels.
  • Verified fire detection system.
  • Commissioned all valves and pumps.
  • Tested safety alarms and hydrogen sulfide detection systems.
  • Completed system walk-downs.
  • Completed final site area clean-up.
  • Completed nitrogen purge of system.
  • Ongoing air monitoring continues to indicate no exceedances to the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives.

Steps anticipated to be taken in the next seven days

  • Ongoing daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • Load water into new storage tank.
  • Fill existing storage tanks.
  • Start-up of facility pumps.
  • Introduce and slowly circulate initial produced gas.
  • Complete final facilities commissioning work and implement plan for operational service.

CALGARY, AB - (April 12, 2016)

Progress Update

Steps taken in the last seven days

  • Daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • Completed installation and integrity testing on liner.
  • Commissioning and Start-up team began working and pre-start-up safety review checks on civil work were completed.
  • Hydro-testing and insulation installation completed on potable water line for emergency shower.
  • Cleaning of existing and new storage tanks completed.
  • Insulation install on tank piping lines completed.
  • Installed the safety shower on its base.
  • Started nitrogen supply line pipe welding.
  • Re-instated electrical heat trace (EHT) on potable water line.
  • Electrical cable trays, transformer and panel were mounted.
  • Electrical control systems connections initiated.
  • New storage tank EHT installation is underway.
  • Distribution Control System (DCS) cabinet connections completed.
  • Ongoing air monitoring continues to indicate no exceedances to the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives.

Steps anticipated to be taken in the next seven days

  • Ongoing daily monitoring of ambient air quality.
  • Complete installation and pressure testing of nitrogen piping.
  • Install level gauges.
  • Installation of pressure safety valves, flame arrestor and flameless heater.
  • Complete installation of instrumentation on the new storage tank.
  • Complete civil work and grading inside the containment area.
  • Complete outstanding system walk-downs.
  • Final site area clean-up.
  • Complete vessel closures.
  • Initiate nitrogen purge system commissioning.
  • Sanitizing and filling safety shower.
  • Complete facility labeling.
  • Verifying Electrical Heat Tracing connections and programming panels.
  • Verify fire detection system.
  • Initiate commissioning of valves and pumps.
  • Testing of safety alarms and hydrogen sulfide detection systems.
  • Complete installation of leak detection facilities.

CALGARY, AB - (April 5, 2016)

Progress Update

Steps taken since the fire

  • Daily monitoring of ambient air quality is underway.
  • Remediation and testing of soils and groundwater near affected areas on the facility site is ongoing.
  • Dismantled damaged storage tank.
  • Fabrication of new storage tank completed.
  • New storage tank installed.
  • New liner and dike wall installed.
  • Installation and testing of containment liner completed.
  • Clean asphalt/sand mix installed in tank area.
  • Backfill on outside of berm wall completed.
  • Surveys and measurements to determine the depth of material removed and to be replaced to establish proper drainage underway.
  • Gravel placement completed in the containment area.
  • New lines installed for potable water and tank feedlines.
  • Piping systems hydrotested.
  • Connection box installed for unloading on new storage tank.
  • Heat trace installed on potable water line and tank system.
  • Installation of mounts for electrical equipment supports ongoing.
  • Ongoing air monitoring indicates no exceedances to the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives.

Steps anticipated to be taken in the vext seven days

  • Installation of new nitrogen line, pressure safety valves, flame arrestor and flameless heater.
  • Complete insulation of piping.
  • Complete further non-destructive examination (NDE) testing.
  • Cleaning and painting of storage tanks.
  • Complete installation of leak detection facilities.
  • Complete electrical cable and junction box installations.
  • Complete installation of electrical cable tray.
  • Re-install electrical instrumentation.

For further information, please contact:

Rory O’Connor
Manager, Community Relations
Phone: 403-775-1853
Email: rory.oconnor@megenergy.com

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