By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Oct. 05 -- Suncor Energy Inc., Calgary, has commissioned an expansion of its oil sands upgrading operation at Fort McMurray, Alta., increasing production capacity to 260,000 b/d of upgraded crude oil from 225,000 b/d.
The $425 million project added a vacuum unit to Suncor's Upgrader 2. It will enable bitumen produced from the company's in situ operation, now mostly sold, to flow through the base operation for upgrading.
Suncor plans to increase production capacity of the upgrader to 350,000 b/d in 2008. That phase of expansion will include investments in mining and in situ operations and addition of a third pair of cokers to Upgrader 2. Fabrication and placement of coke drums is complete.