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Syncrude November Production Fell 5.9% From Previous Month

December 01, 2011

(Updates with maintenance work in third paragraph.)

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Syncrude Canada Ltd. November production fell 5.9 percent from October because of maintenance on a hydrogen unit and a malfunction in a coker.

Production of synthetic oil averaged 229,400 barrels a day last month, according to information on the website of Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. October output was 243,800 barrels a day.

November production was affected by work on the hydrogen unit and an upset on Coker 8-1, Canadian Oil Sands said. The Calgary-based company said it would provide more detail on the coker upset when it’s available.

Syncrude’s oil-sands mine and upgrader in northeastern Alberta is capable of producing up to 350,000 barrels daily. Canadian Oil Sands is the biggest holder in the Syncrude venture, which includes the Canadian unit of Exxon Mobil Corp. and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.

--Editors: Dan Stets, Margot Habiby

To contact the reporter on this story: Gene Laverty in Calgary at glaverty@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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