Syncrude shuts down coker for 50 days of maintenance work

CALGARY, Alberta, June 10 Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:33am EDT

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CALGARY, Alberta, June 10 (Reuters) - Canadian Oil Sands Ltd , the largest shareholder in Syncrude Canada Ltd, said on Monday that a coker at the northern Alberta oil sands project would be shut for maintenance for the next 50 days.

The company said work on the unit, part of an upgrader that turns bitumen stripped from the oil sands into refinery-ready synthetic crude, was originally scheduled to begin in the second half of the year. However plans for the shutdown were advanced after an attached boiler unit was closed for unplanned maintenance last month.

Canadian Oil Sands said it still expected output from the project to range between 100 million and 110 million barrels in 2013.

Canadian Oil Sands has a 36.7 percent share of the Syncrude project, which produces about 350,000 barrels per day. Its partners include Imperial Oil Ltd Suncor Energy Inc , Sinopec Corp, CNOOC Ltd, Murphy Oil Co and Mocal Energy Ltd.

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