Suncor plans turnaround work for Alberta oil sands plant

Uchenna Izundu
OGJ International Editor

LONDON, Oct. 12 -- Suncor Energy Inc., Calgary, let a contract to KBR Canada to carry out turnaround services next year for its oil sands plant in Fort McMurray, Alta.

KBR Canada will provide turnaround planning, management, and execution for the shutdown and maintenance of the plant, including direct-hire labor resources and management of subcontractors.

Other services include planning, scheduling, change management, cost estimating, forecasting, and integrating KBR’s work with Suncor and other turnaround participants.

Over the next decade, Suncor plans to double oil sands production from the plant to more than 500,000 b/d.

Last month Suncor Energy reported average oil sands production of 302,000 b/d. Year-to-date, oil sands production at the end of September averaged 295,000 b/d. “Production volumes were impacted by planned maintenance to a vacuum unit, which began on Sept. 8,” the company said.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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