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Minimizing environmental impacts of our own operations and our customers’

SECURE is committed to minimizing environmental impacts. Some of the ways SECURE has integrated environmental responsibility into our corporate strategies, include:

  • Building and operating reliable, safe and environmentally responsible infrastructure;
  • Reducing customers’ environmental footprint and transportation costs by strategically placing facilities near customer production and pipeline connecting volumes;
  • Aggregating volumes from multiple customers, reducing cost and environmental impact of redundant infrastructure; and
  • Mitigating our customers’ environmental impacts and enabling proper management of waste and contaminated soil through a broad range of industrial and oilfield activities.

How we support our customers in achieving their environmental goals

SECURE’s business was built on recovering crude oil from waste. In 2020 we safely recovered 1.7 million barrels of crude oil from waste. Our midstream infrastructure network is strategically located to reduce trucking – which reduces transportation greenhouse gas emissions and trucking costs, and we have contracted pipeline connected volumes with strategic customers eliminating the need for trucking altogether.

  • Connecting our East Kaybob and Kakwa Pipelines directly to our customers results in the avoidance of approximately 12,000 tonnes CO2e annually by eliminating the requirement for trucking. An added benefit of fewer trucks on the road will also make roads safer.

Our environmental business lines support our customers with experience and expertise for managing their environmental projects and liabilities. Environmental Services provided to customers include (these can all be links to the appropriate service):

  • Environmental risk assessment and planning
  • Decommissioning
  • Remediation and reclamation
  • NORM management
  • Well abandonment
  • Waste management
  • Metal recycling

In 2020, we partnered with our customers to:

  • Recover and recycled 150 million kilograms of scrap metal
  • Reclaim approximately 3.5 million square meters of land
  • Complete over 100 projects for the Alberta Orphan Well Association
  • Recover over 1.1 million cubic meters of pipeline specification crude oil from our customers’ waste.
  • Responsibly handle over 16 million cubic meters of fluids from the oilfield
  • Safely receive and contain over 3 million tonnes of solids in our engineered landfills

Our suite of environmental services provides our customers with trusted, environmentally responsible results.


Our Environmental Performance

While the greatest impact is in the work we do for our customers, SECURE has also undertaken measures to reduce our own environmental impact. Some targets and programs SECURE have set to reduce our environmental impact, include:

  • Our long-term goal is to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 with a commitment to setting near-term goals starting in 2021.
  • Committed to reducing leachate production by 10% through applied technology.
  • Digital transformation of Operations by implementing PI System at additional facilities to monitor energy consumption to set near term reduction goals in 2022.
  • In 2021, pipeline connected anchor tenants at East Kaybob & Kakwa avoiding 17,000 tonnes CO2 emissions/year.

Minimizing our Impact

We are working hard to deliver solutions to our customers with minimal impacts to the air, land and water while striving to continue to improve our own environmental performance. Our facility design, asset integrity management programs, energy efficiency systems and shared best practices between facilities are key elements for success. We develop sustainable environmental approaches that are customized to the specific conditions and minimize damage to:

We are continually improving our processes to further enhance the sustainability of our business and the impacts we have on our people, the environment and the communities where we live and work in a way that balances the needs of present and future generations.

Air

At SECURE, we are committed being a part of the solution and the energy transformation. In 2020, we created a road map for achieving our long-term emission targets. Aligned with the Canadian Government’s target of moving to net-zero emissions by 2050, our long-term goal is to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 with a commitment to setting near-term goals starting in 2021.

SECURE’s operations primarily generate greenhouse gases through natural gas and fleet fuel consumption, as well electricity consumption. We believe that it is our responsibility to continually strive to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Some of the ways SECURE is reducing emissions generated through our operations, include:

  • Energy Optimization Pilot Program - using data analytics to identify areas of opportunity and realize energy efficiencies across some of our midstream operations. This has resulted in a reduction of electricity intensity at select facilities by over 10%, equivalent to 2,600 tonnes of CO2 annually.
  • Reducing Fleet Fuel Consumption and fuel conversion opportunities. Currently piloting a CNG truck in Alberta.

We are engaged at all levels of the organization to not only reduce the emissions created by our current operations, but to ensure all future capital investments are made with our targets in mind.

Water

Water is integral for all life. Responsibly managing this resource for our customers and our operations is a priority. We are making efforts and seeking opportunities to manage water more responsibly. Whether its water storage, water transfer or water diversions, a crucial water management practice becomes an integral part of our customers’ success.

Many of our fixed facilities are required to tightly control surface water run-off to ensure the water coming in contact with our developed areas does not impact surrounding lands. In 2020, SECURE returned over 972,000 cubic meters of this water back to the watershed because the quality met surface water discharge criteria.


Leachate Management

Leachate is the by-product of precipitation filtered through a landfill cell. We are continuously improving our leachate management strategy to reduce and reuse the volume produced at our landfills, efforts on ongoing and include:

  1. Temporary capping
  2. Leachate evaporation
  3. Reduced emissions from reduced trucking
Sustainability Reports

Land

SECURE has project development and operating procedures in place to identify any potential impact to land or wildlife that our assets and operations may have. We develop plans based on these results and take avoidance measures and all necessary mitigation steps. Our objective is to meet or exceed all regulatory requirements. As such, SECURE:

  • Completes land risk assessment and consulting on well suspension and remediation, with the intent of returning land back to its natural state after operations utilizing specialists, including those from our Environmental Solutions business.
  • Conducts environmental and cultural assessments to identify sensitive areas prior to planning pipeline right-of-ways.
  • Designs pipeline right-of-ways to minimize surface impact by following existing routes or otherwise cause the least environmental disturbance for landowners, roads and other infrastructure.
  • Monitors wetland and watercourse crossing sites regularly following construction, to ensure they are fully restored to their previous function.
  • Selects sites for greenfield projects to meet stringent geological standards
  • Designs facilities in a compact but expandable manner, thereby providing the ability to increase capacity with minimal impacts on the land.
  • Maintains wells properly, extending the useful life of existing assets, and reducing the surface impact from additional processing and disposal capacity requirements.
  • Strives to cap landfill cell sites on a timely basis to reduce leachate water requiring trucking, treating and disposal.

By nature of the services we provide to customers through environmental solutions such as remediation and reclamation, our goal is to return land to its natural state. In 2020, we reclaimed over 370 hectares of land to help clean up our customers’ environmental liabilities.

Spill Prevention

Our goal is zero spills. Tied to our strong reporting culture of hazard identification, it has resulted in potential spills being identified before a larger spill can occur. SECURE introduced the education campaign, Every Drop Matters, to encourage best practices and reduce the number and severity of spills.

Waste Management

SECURE’s midstream processing facilities are designed and operated to maximize hydrocarbon recovery and reduce water and solid waste, adding value for our customers, extending the life of our disposal wells and landfills, and minimizing the overall environmental impact. During 2020, our processes resulted in:

  • 96,000 m3 of recovered oil shipped to market.
  • Processed water filtered down to 10 microns (smaller than a single white blood cell) prior to injection into disposal wells associated with the facility, ensuring safe and responsible disposal and longevity of our wells.
  • Solids generated by processing and treatment at our facilities disposed at an approved landfill or cavern. Prior to disposal, solids are stored on purpose-built solids pads for additional processing to increase hydrocarbon recovery, remove contaminants and minimize fluid content, limiting the volume sent to landfills. A portion of the solids generated in association with the Corporation’s operations are classified as hazardous in the jurisdiction of operation.

Approximately 10,000 tonnes of hazardous materials were generated at our Canadian facilities in 2020, all of which were disposed at the Corporation’s Pembina Class I landfill, which is approved for hazardous waste disposal.

Asset Integrity

SECURE’s asset integrity management programs are essential to protecting the environment and the health and safety of our employees and the communities in which we operate. Our robust asset integrity management system was established to ensure that all SECURE assets are designed, constructed, operated, and maintained to a high standard of integrity throughout their entire lifecycle, from the initial design and construction through to day-to-day operations and decommissioning and abandonment. Efficient operation of our assets ensures we are taking all necessary steps to minimize our emissions.

Clean Technology and Renewable Energy

The energy transition to clean technology is not just a global concept, it starts with SECURE. From new ways of doing old processes to introducing new technologies all together, SECURE continues to research new technologies and to explore ways to apply existing technology in new ways to lessen our and our customers’ impact on the environment. Some examples include Leachate Management technology and the implementation of solar panels.