April 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm #3657
UPDATE 1-Syncrude plans maintenance work on coker units
Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:26am IST
CALGARY, Alberta, April 28, 2008 (Reuters) – Syncrude Canada Ltd, the biggest oil sands producer, has shut one of its cokers for 45 days for maintenance, and another of the units is scheduled to be worked on in the third quarter, its largest shareholder said on Monday.
Canadian Oil Sands Trust (COS), which owns 37 percent of the Syncrude joint venture, said Coker 8-1, a key unit in an upgrading complex that converts tar-like bitumen into refinery-ready synthetic crude, will be closed in the current quarter but did not specify when the shutdown would begin.
Canadian Oil Sands Chief Executive Marcel Coutu said at the trust’s annual meeting that the work was under way.
A maintenance turnaround of Coker 8-3, as well as associated maintenance on other units, will go ahead in the third quarter, but the trust gave not further details.
Each of the coker units produces about 100,000 barrels a day, according to Syncrude spokesman Alain Moore.
Syncrude has the capacity to produce 375,000 barrels of synthetic crude a day but unplanned shutdowns because of cold weather cut output to 266,800 barrels a day during the first quarter, the trust said.
Canadian Oil Sands’ partners in Syncrude include Imperial Oil Ltd. (IMO), Petro-Canada (PCA), ConocoPhillips (COP), Nexen Inc. (NXY), Nippon Oil Corp. unit Mocal Energy Ltd., and Murphy Oil Corp. (MUR).
($1=$1.01 Canadian) (Reporting by Scott Haggett and Jeffrey Jones; editing by Rob Wilson)
April 30, 2008 at 5:14 pm #6891
Here is news update on Syncrude coker maintenance plans. The Coker 8-3 was last S/D after Dec 5, 2007 fire incident on ESP (Electro-Static Precipitators on coker flue gas and the coker was shut for 2-4 weeks for repairs (see Jan 2008 Upgrader News post).
June 16, 2008 at 2:47 pm #6784
Suncor extends maintenance work on upgrader
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Suncor Energy Inc said on Monday it expects scheduled maintenance work on an upgrader at its Fort McMurray, Alberta, oil sands operation to last longer than the 30-day period it had first forecast.
Suncor spokesman Brad Bellows said the work would continue a few days longer than original expectations, which would have seen the 125,000 barrel per day unit resume operations over the weekend.
Upgraders convert tar-like bitumen from the oil sands into refinery-ready synthetic crude.
(Reporting by Scott Haggett; editing by Rob Wilson)
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