Sturgeon Refinery

Carbon Footprint Reduction

By Geoff Braat, Manager - Construction Services
June 8, 2015

NWR has been working closely with our equipment suppliers, facility suppliers and contractors to reduce our carbon footprint, improve site conditions, reduce fuel usage and maintain a safe site. Common Services has utilized a couple of very simple changes that not only save the Project money, but reduce our carbon footprint significantly.

It was decided more than 2.5 years ago that all facilities would be supplied with LED Entrance lights versus the traditional 60 or 100 watt bulb. The LED lights spread more than 10X the light and are approximately ¼ of the cost overall which includes operation of and initial purchase / install. This is an easy sell for our business case as the entrances are all very well lit and with additional light coverage and reducing the need for additional lights.
LED flood lights on facilities are another option that Common Services is proud of and utilizing as much as possible. These lights are used on masts and significantly reduce the need for light plants. Main focus for these lights has been to increase visibility in walkways, parking lots and high traffic areas.

Light Plants
Common Services has been studying over the last 6 months the efficiency of utilizing solar light plants versus diesel powered. The carbon footprint is obvious, but with a higher rental price and the possibility of lighting reduction, it was necessary to run them for a few months, crunch some numbers and do a feasibility study. Overall, the solar option won out! The maintenance and fuelling requirements were the main drivers in the decision to bring out more solar units. In the near future we will have 24 units in service and with LED lights. Between the reduced carbon footprint, reduced maintenance, reduced noise pollution and lowering the risk to personnel that have to work on the units, solar units are the answer. NWR will also continue to utilize electric powered light plants that can be seen around our site.

Next Steps
NWR Common Services continues to look at options to reduce our carbon footprint and look forward to taking the next steps towards improvement. These include, usage of high mast lighting, reducing generators, connecting to temp power grid, bringing on additional solar light plants, continuing with the installation of LED lighting options and working with EPCM’s to encourage positive change.

Light Bulb Savings table
LED Light Tower