CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2011) - Suncor Energy today reported it has won the Major Reclamation Award from the Alberta Chamber of Resources. The award recognizes the importance of long-term corporate commitment to reclamation through innovation and improved reclamation techniques.

"We are very proud to receive this type of award," said Anne Marie Toutant, vice president, Mining Operations. "This award demonstrates that we deliver on our commitments to stakeholders by investing in technologies that help advance our environmental performance and reduce our tailings footprint."

Suncor has developed a new approach called TROTM for managing tailings at its oil sands mining operations near Fort McMurray. The process, which received regulatory approval in June 2010, is expected to result in significant improvement in the speed of oil sands tailings reclamation. Suncor plans to invest more than $1 billion over the next couple of years to implement the technology across its existing mining operations. Implementation towards full commercial scale operations is well under way.

Suncor and six other oil sands companies announced plans in December 2010 to work together in a unified effort to advance tailings management. Each company has pledged to share its existing tailings research and technology and to remove barriers to collaborating on future tailings research and development. Suncor intends to share details specific to its TROTM process. The companies are committing to future research investments to further accelerate tailings technology advances.

In 2010, Suncor marked an industry milestone by becoming the first oil sands company to achieve a solid surface on a decommissioned tailings pond - Pond 1, now named Wapisiw Lookout. A 220-hectare site located at Suncor's oil sands mining operations north of Fort McMurray, Pond 1 was Suncor's first storage pond for oil sands tailings when commercial production began in 1967.

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Suncor Energy Inc. is Canada's premier integrated energy company. Suncor's operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. While working to responsibly develop petroleum resources, Suncor is also developing a growing renewable energy portfolio. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

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