CALGARY — Suncor announced on July 9 that the Syncrude Oil Sands facility will ramp up to full production by early to mid-September. Production was disrupted on June 20 by a power outage.
The company stated the power outage was the result of a transformer trip in the facility’s power house, which then caused a rapid site-wide loss of power and steam generation.
Syncrude has developed a return to service plan and power and steam systems have been fully restored. The transformer is being assessed and repaired, and according to Suncor, “the safe and staged return to operations has begun.”
One coker producing 150,000 barrels per day (bpd) is expected to return to service in the second half of July, with a second coker producing approximately 100,000 bpd returning to service by the first half of August.
Coke removal is required on one other coker, and Syncrude is investigating advancing planned maintenance which was previously scheduled for the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019.
Pipeline shipments of treated product are estimated at 60 per cent to 70 per cent of capacity throughout August before ramping up to full production in September.