SGS Opens Oil Sands Research & Training Facility in Fort McKay

A new applied research and testing facility opening in Fort McKay will allow companies operating in Alberta's oil sands to speed up technology testing - reducing testing costs and increasing operational efficiency.

SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company says its new facility, the first of its kind in Alberta for oil sands, provides companies with access to new capabilities and increased capacity for process testing and piloting of new technologies.

"Oil sands companies in Alberta face a number of challenges as they address escalating project costs, environmental pressures, energy conservation, and improvements for extraction, upgrading, and tailings processes " said Chris Kirk, Chief Executive Officer, SGS. "Our facility, located in the heart of the oil sands region, will help companies address those challenges."

Kirk says the Fort McKay applied research and training facility will support technology research, development and commercialization, and contribute to innovation in water, energy and environment stewardship for oil sands operators and stakeholders.

"Companies working in the oil sands strive to increase shareholder value while reducing their environmental footprint," said Kirk. "SGS helps clients maximize their rate of return and lower the resources and costs required in extraction while supporting long-term sustainable development."

SGS Fort McMurray Applied Research and laboratory facilities will employ 140 technicians with expertise in mining and process technologies, technical staffing services, environmental services including climate change, oil, gas and chemical services, certification services and industrial services including non-destructive testing.

Hermann Teichtmeister, Director, Oil Sands and Technical Services, says "the SGS facility closes a gap in Alberta's oil sands locally for industry by offering large scale, third-party testing capabilities and creates new opportunities for innovation.

"With SGS's expertise and more than a century of global experience, this facility is sure to become an integral part of testing in Alberta's oil sands."

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 48,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.