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Suncor delays planned maintenance as COVID-19 cases surge in Fort McMurray area

Suncor delays planned maintenance as COVID-19 cases surge in Fort McMurray area
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Suncor Energy Inc. will delay a planned maintenance shutdown at its Base Plant oilsands mine upgrader in view of surging COVID-19 outbreaks that led to a last week for the Fort McMurray area of northern Alberta.

CEO Mark Little says the delay of the maintenance “turnaround” for one of the coker units in the upgrader will allow the company to reduce the number of contractors in the region until after similar work now underway at the nearby Syncrude oilsands mine is completed, without affecting production guidance.

Suncor produced 519,900 barrels per day of upgraded synthetic crude in the first quarter, up from 503,600 bpd in the first quarter of 2020, due in part to efficiencies from completion of a project to add pipeline connections between upgraders at its Base Plant and Syncrude (which is 58.74 per cent owned by Suncor).

Suncor’s total production was 785,900 barrels of oil equivalent per day, compared with 739,800 boe/d in the same quarter of 2020, as steam-driven production of bitumen from wells reached a record level of 170,700 barrels per day.
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