January 29, 2008 / 9:13 PM / in 10 years

Syncrude production suspended after extreme cold

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Production at the 350,000 barrel per day Syncrude Canada Ltd oil sands project has been suspended after instruments began freezing up due to a bitter cold snap in northern Alberta, the joint-venture’s biggest shareholder said on Tuesday.

Canadian Oil Sands Trust COS_u.TO said operations have been disrupted by the bitter cold, with the region expecting a low temperature on Tuesday of -39 Celsius (-38 Fahrenheit).

It will take several days to restore normal operations, the trust said. (Reporting by Scott Haggett; Editing by Peter Galloway)

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