Duane Kichton

Duane Kichton

Director Reliability Technical Services at Suncor Energy Inc.

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Location:
150 6 Avenue S.W, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
HQ Phone:
(403) 296-8000

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Project Lead for the Water Treatment Operator Program  - OSLI Companies

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Collaboration in Canada's Oil Sands Results in New Water Treatment Certification Program: Duane Kichton, Suncor Energy Inc.

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Collaboration in Canada's Oil Sands Results in New Water Treatment Certification Program: Duane Kichton, Suncor Energy Inc.

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"It's been two-and-a-half years of hard slogging by the OSLI team, SAIT and subject matter experts to put this program together, but receiving accreditation made it all worth while," says Duane Kichton, who as OSLI's project lead for the Water Treatment Operator program has worked on the project since its inception.
"We were asked to put together this program to address the need for higher levels of expertise to operate the complex water treatment plants that are critical to the success of SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) operations, and we've done just that." Kichton says water treatment has the biggest impact on SAGD so it is in industry's best interest to ensure operators are trained in chemical, mechanical and regulatory disciplines. "There will be some students who are straight out of Grade 12 and others who are switching jobs and see greater opportunity in SAGD operations," says Kichton, who is Director, Operations Excellence at Suncor. The students will be taking nine courses over three semesters including: general chemistry; SAGD water chemistry; lab techniques; industrial safety & environmental regulation; process control; process analysis; mechanical equipment; unit operations; and computer/communication skills. Recognizing that many SAGD operations require the water treatment operator to perform other technical tasks, Kichton says another module may be added to the program to ensure graduates also have a Third- or Fourth-Class Steam Engineer ticket. Now that the program is set to launch, Kichton says he and his team are ready to hand off their responsibilities to the next OSLI Water Treatment Operator program team, who will shepherd the program through its early years.

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