February 9, 2010 / 8:51 PM / 8 years ago

UPDATE 1-Suncor reports another oil sands upgrader fire

* Midnight fire at upgrader unit

* Unit capable of producing 125,000 bpd

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO) said one of two oil sands upgraders at its massive project site near Fort McMurray, Alberta, caught fire just a week after it completed repairs to another unit after a December blaze.

The company said in a release that the fire broke out around midnight at its U1 upgrader, capable of producing up to 125,000 barrels of synthetic crude a day. The unit was closed after the fire. There were no injuries reported.

Suncor said it is assessing the damage to the unit, which converts tarry bitumen from the oil sands into refinery-ready crude. The company said the unit had been shut but spokesman Brad Bellows could not specify how much synthetic crude the unit was producing before the fire.

The incident is the third fire at one of the company’s upgraders in five months. In December, a blaze broke out in the coker unit at its larger upgrader 2 unit and repairs were only completed on Feb. 2.

Suncor shares were up 85 Canadian cents, or 2.7 percent, at C$32.13 late on Tuesday afternoon on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

$1=$1.07 Canadian Reporting by Scott Haggett; editing by Rob Wilson

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