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Part of Syncrude oilsands upgrader still down after fire

The fire place on the evening of March 1

March 6, 2020  The Canadian Press

CALGARY — Part of Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mining complex in northern Alberta remains out of commission following a fire on Mar. 1.

Spokesman Will Gibson said the fire was detected in one of the bitumen upgrader’s hydroprocessing units and was shut down, resulting in the fire going out by the time firefighters arrived.

He added that no one was in the building at the time and there were no resulting injuries.

Gibson said the company is assessing damage and investigating the cause, adding that the rest of the mining complex is operating normally.

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Syncrude is owned by Suncor Energy Inc. (58.74%), Imperial Oil Ltd. (25%), Sinopec (9.03%) and CNOOC (7.23%).

Suncor and Imperial did not immediately respond to a request for information.


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