Suncor delays maintenance plans as COVID-19 cases increase in Fort McMurray area

Suncor Energy Inc. will delay a planned maintenance shutdown at its base plant, the Oillands, which will escalate in view of the outbreak of COVID-19, which declared a state of emergency for the Fort McMurray area of ​​northern Lanka last week It was done.

CEO Mark Little says that a delay of maintenance “turnaround” for one of the Coker units at Upgrader will allow the company to reduce the number of contractors in the area, until after similar work is done at the adjacent Syncdril Oils mine The work is not completed without affecting production guidance.

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Suncor produced 519,900 barrels per day of synthetic crude upgraded from 503,600 bpd in the first quarter of 2020, due to capacity reductions from the completion of a project to add pipeline connections between its base plant and Syncrude (which is a pipeline connection between the upgradeers) Suncor owned 58.74 percent).

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Suncor’s total production was equivalent to 785,900 barrels of oil per day, while steam-driven production of bitumen from wells reached a record level of 170,700 barrels per day, compared with 739,800 bo / d in the same quarter of 2020.

The Calgary-based oil producer and refiner says it earned $ 821 million in the first three months of 2021, including tax foreign exchange gains on revaluation of debt of $ 181 million and post-tax restructuring charges of $ 126 million. Workforce reduction.

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Several large COVID-19 outbreaks in oil camps in northern Alberta – April 26, 2021

Suncor said that recently it has reduced its workforce to around 600 in 2020 and will make further cuts this year. In October, the company announced that it would reduce its workforce by 10 to 15 percent, or 1,930 jobs, in 18 months.

“Currently, the third wave of epidemics in Canada is significantly affecting the area of ​​Fort McMurray,” Little said on a conference call.

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“Given this situation, and with Syncrude in the middle of the turnaround schedule, we have delayed the start of our U2 turnaround at base plant until at least June… This decision supports completion of the sinkar turnaround. And minimizes overlap between two assets. “

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In the first quarter of 2020, Suncor incurred a loss of $ 3.5 billion, including $ 1.8 billion non-cash after tax-asset repair charge and an undeclared $ 1 billion due to a tax-foreign exchange loss on revaluation of denominated debt of US $ Damage done.

According to information provided by Alberta Health to Global News on Monday, Suncore’s base plant was listed on the COVID-19 outbreak list with 616 total cases. Of them, 159 were active on Monday.

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