Syncrude oil sands plant back to full production in Sept. – Suncor


Syncrude produces 350,000 b/d of crude oil

Syncrude Oil Sands operations will ramp up to full production in early to mid-Sept. after a site-wide power disruption on June 20, Suncor announced Monday.

The company said in a press release that preliminary investigation results show the cause of the disruption was a transformer trip in Syncrude’s power house, resulting in a rapid loss of power and steam generation.

As a result, all process units were brought down.

There were no injuries or safety incidents as a result of the outage, the company said.

Syncrude says it has developed a return to service plan.

Power and steam systems have been fully restored, the assessment and repair for the transformer is underway, and the safe and staged return to operations has begun.

One coker, producing approximately 150,000 b/d is expected to return to service during the second half of July.

A second coker producing approximately 100,000 b/d is expected to return to service during the first half of August.

However, coke removal is required on the remaining coker due to the nature of the shutdown. In order to mitigate the impact, Syncrude will investigate advancing some of the planned maintenance for this coker that had been originally scheduled for the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019.

Pipeline shipments of treated product are estimated to be approximately 60% to 70% of capacity for August.

Suncor expects Syncrude will ramp up to full production in early to mid-September.

Syncrude is located just outside Fort McMurray in northern Alberta and has a nameplate capacity of 350,000 b/d of oil, equivalent to about 13 per cent of Canada’s consumption, according to Wikipedia.

It has approximately 5.1 billion barrels of proven and probable reserves (11.9 billion when including contingent and prospective resources) situated on eight leases over three contiguous sites

The Syncrude joint venture participants are Suncor (58.74%), Imperial Oil Resources (25%), Sinopec Oil Sands Partnership (9.03%) and Nexen Oil Sands Partnership (7.23%).

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