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Suncor Commerce City Refinery Unit Returns to Planned Rates

October 12, 2011

(Updates with company comment in second paragraph.)

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Suncor Energy Inc. restarted a gasoline-producing unit at its Commerce City refinery in Colorado and returned to planned rates, the company said.

Sneh Seetal, a Suncor spokeswoman, said by telephone that the unit was down “for a short period of time” and there was “no material impact to production.” The refinery returned to full service Oct. 10.

After the unit was back online, “Suncor experienced problems with the compressor on the Plant 1 flare gas recovery system,” Shannon McMillan, a unit supervisor for Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division, said in an e-mail. “With the compressor being down, gases that would normally be captured by the recovery system were instead flared.”

The compressor was back online about 2 a.m. yesterday, McMillan said.

The refinery has a capacity of 104,000 barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

--Editors: Charlotte Porter, Bill Banker

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