Suncor oilsands upgrader hit by fire
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | 2:24 PM MT
CBC News A fire broke out at a Suncor oilsands upgrader north of Fort McMurray, Alta., around midnight Monday night.
Suncor said the area around one of two upgraders was immediately secured and all employees and contractors in the area were safely evacuated.
“Suncor officials are currently assessing damage and will provide an update on scheduling of repairs when the assessment is complete,” the company said in a release. The affected upgrader produces 125,000 barrels a day but the second upgrader is still producing 175,000 barrels a day.
In August, Suncor’s refinery in Sherwood Park, Alta., was shut down for several days after a hydrogen shortage. Last year, Suncor Energy Inc. became Canada’s biggest integrated energy company when it merged with Petro-Canada Inc.
The company’s operations include oilsands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand.