December 20, 2007 at 10:18 am #3841
The Syncrude Refinery near Ft. McMurray, Alberta shut down coker 8-3 after a fire on December 5th. The Coker continued making gas despite damage to the electrostatic precipitators (ESP) which are used to knock out fine dust particles from coker flue gas. Eventually government regulations require they discontinue operating at the reduced rates because of a limit on how long they can bypass the flue gas stream.
Syncrude’s other 2 cokers have a capacity of 70,000 to 90,000 barrels per day.
Production from the rest of the facility which operates at 350,000 barrels/day is not expected to be affected. The unit will be back on line in about 2 to 4 weeks.
January 1, 2008 at 10:29 am #7118
The Coker 8-3 has restarted.
Syncrude restarts coker after fire
By Upstream staff
Syncrude Canada has restarted its 100,000 barrel-per-day Coker 8-3 after it was shut down to repair damages from a 5 December fire.
A spokeswoman for Canadian Oil Sands Trust, which holds the biggest interest in the Syncrude oil sands joint venture, told Reuters today that bitumen was being fed into the unit and it was producing some synthetic crude, but she declined to specify its current output.
A coker plays a key role in converting bitumen mined from the oil sands into refinery-ready synthetic crude. Syncrude Coker 8-3, the newest of the project’s three cokers, was shut down earlier this month to fix damage after a fire in its electrostatic precipitator unit.
Syncrude is Canada’s biggest oil sands producer, with a nominal capacity of 350,000 barrels per day. However output was likely cut to about 290,000 bpd while repairs took place.
The trust owns a 37% stake in Syncrude’s Fort McMurray, Alberta mine and upgrading operations.
Its partners include Canada’s Imperial Oil, Petro-Canada and Nexen, US supermajor ConocoPhillips, Nippon Oil unit Mocal Energy and US producer Murphy Oil.
18 December 2007 23:17 GMT | last updated: 18 December 2007 23:17 GMT
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