Water

MEG does not use any fresh water from streams, rivers or lakes to generate steam in its thermal operations.

The majority of the water used in MEG’s process to generate steam is recycled produced water (meaning water that we originally put into the reservoir as steam to heat the bitumen). In 2019, MEG recycled 88% of the water recovered from the reservoir to produce steam. The remaining water needed for MEG’s thermal operations comes from undrinkable sources located deep under the ground. This water is unsuitable for human consumption or for agricultural purposes.

Between 2013 and 2019, MEG’s eMSAGP process, eMVAPEX process and optimization of recycling technology enabled MEG to reduce its total make-up water withdrawal intensity by over 82%. MEG’s 2019 total make-up water withdrawal intensity was 0.10 (bbl H2O/bbl bitumen) which is 77% lower than the industry average. MEG employees are committed to water conservation and we continue to look for opportunities to optimize the way we use it.

In 2019, MEG recycled over 88% of the water recovered from the reservoir to produce steam.

 

Between 2013 and 2019, MEG’s eMSAGP process, eMVAPEX process and optimization of recycling technology enabled MEG to reduce its total make-up water withdrawal intensity by over 82%.