​Suncor to process Syncrude volumes following fire, turnaround moved up

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Beginning this week, Suncor expects to handle volumes of untreated Syncrude production to assist in managing inventory following a fire at the facility on March 14.

One employee was injured in the incident, which investigation indicates was caused by a loss of containment on a line near one of the naphtha hydrotreating units, Suncor says, adding that damage has largely been isolated to a piperack adjacent to the hydrotreater, containing piping, cables, and electrical circuits.

Syncrude has advanced a planned eight-week turnaround originally scheduled to begin in April in order to mitigate the impact of the unplanned outage, Suncor says.

Pipeline shipments of treated product are expected to resume at up to 50 percent capacity in April, gradually ramping up to full rates after the turnaround is completed.

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