March 18, 2009 / 2:31 AM / in 9 years

RPT-Syncrude Canada starts planned coker maintenance

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CALGARY, Alberta, March 17 (Reuters) - Syncrude Canada Ltd has taken one of its main processing units offline for two months of planned maintenance, the oil sands joint venture’s largest owner said on Tuesday.

Canadian Oil Sands Trust COS_u.TO said coker 8-3, part of Syncrude’s upgrading operations, will undergo modifications to improve yield and run length during the turnaround.

Syncrude, which can produce as much as 350,000 barrels a day, has two other coker units that turn tar-like crude from the oil sands into refinery-ready light oil.

Located north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Syncrude is the world’s largest producer of synthetic oil.

Its other partners are Imperial Oil Ltd IMO.TO, Petro-Canada PCA.TO, ConocoPhillips COP.N, Nexen Inc NXY.TO, Nippon Oil Corp 5001.T unit Mocal Energy Ltd and Murphy Oil Corp MUR.N. (Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; Editing by David Gregorio)

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