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Adds 194,000 barrel capacity

Suncor Energy Inc. (ticker: SU) will steadily ramp up its Fort Hills production following the safe startup of secondary extraction on January 27, 2018. Fort Hills, which is located 90 kilometers north of Fort McMurray, has a capacity of approximately 194,000 BOPD, of which 103,000 BOPD is net to Suncor.

As planned, the first of three trains from secondary extraction is now online and production on this train will continue to ramp up through the first quarter.

Suncor Energy Switches on Production at Fort Hills

Fort Hills Infographic, Oct. 2017

“With operations at Fort Hills now in continuous production, we’ve brought one of the best long-term growth projects in our industry into service and we’re now focused on the safe and steady ramp up through 2018,” said Steve Williams, Suncor president and CEO.

At peak construction, Fort Hills employed an average of 7,900 people, the company said. Now in operation, Fort Hills employs approximately 1,400 direct employees and the majority have been hired from Alberta.

The Fort Hills project was sanctioned by the Fort Hills partners in 2013. The project was designed in stages in order to level load resources through construction and development. According to Suncor, this phased approach provided for a progressive turnover of assets to operations over time, avoiding a commissioning bottleneck in the final stages of the project, and enabling early testing of the mine, primary extraction and utilities facilities. The project has already completed five test runs of the plant, producing 1.4 million barrels of froth.

The second and third trains of secondary extraction are being insulated and expected to start up in the first half of 2018, as planned. Fort Hills remains on track to reach 90% capacity by the end of 2018, as per the corporate guidance issued in November 2017.

Fort Hills is operated by Suncor which holds a 53.06% interest in the project. The Fort Hills joint venture partners are Total E&P Canada Ltd. (26.05%) and Teck Resources Limited (20.89%). Fort Hills bitumen production is blended for shipment to market at the East Tank Farm Development, a joint venture between Fort McKay First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation and Suncor.

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