Small fire cuts July production at Syncrude

Small fire cuts July production at Syncrude

A small fire at Syncrude's sulphur emissions reduction unit earlier this week has cut output once again at the oil sands facility.

According to a Syncrude spokesperson, the fire was extinguished within two hours. No injuries were reported but the company has yet to assess the extent of the damages.

July's production figures were trimmed back from an initial forecast of 8.4 million to 5.2 million barrels. Syncrude's Mildred Lake upgrader has the capacity to produce about 10.5 million barrels of light, sweet crude per month. The facility was still in the process of returning to normal after a March fire at the upgrader's hydrotreater unit cut production for several months.

Neither Suncor Energy or Imperial Oil have provided any further details.

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