CALGARY, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Suncor Energy Inc. reported today that production
at its oil sands facility during September averaged approximately 235,000
barrels per day (bpd). Year-to-date oil sands production at the end of
September averaged approximately 223,000 bpd. Suncor is targeting average oil
sands production of 240,000 to 250,000 bpd in 2008.
During the previous two months, the proportion of sweet (low-sulphur)
crude oil products was lower than planned due to an unscheduled shutdown of a
plant which supplies a portion of the hydrogen used to remove sulphur from
synthetic crude oil and diesel fuel. Repairs to the plant have now been
completed and startup preparations are underway.
On a monthly basis, Suncor reports production numbers from its oil sands
operation in order to provide stakeholders with a more timely review of
operational performance. These numbers are preliminary and subject to
adjustment. Monthly totals may differ from year-to-date total due to rounding,
the impact of sales and changes in inventory. Production volumes will be
confirmed when Suncor's third quarter results are released on October 29,
This news release contains a forward-looking statement identified by the
word "targeting" that is based on Suncor's current expectations, estimates,
projections and assumptions made in light of its experiences and the risks,
uncertainties and other factors related to its business. Actual events could
differ materially as a result of changes to Suncor's plans and the impact of
events, risks and uncertainties discussed in Suncor's current annual
information form, annual and quarterly reports to shareholders and other
documents filed with regulatory authorities.
Suncor Energy Inc. is an integrated energy company headquartered in
Calgary, Alberta. Suncor's oil sands business, located near Fort McMurray,
Alberta, extracts and upgrades oil sands and markets refinery feedstock and
diesel fuel, while operations throughout Western Canada produce natural gas.
Suncor operates a refining and marketing business in Ontario with retail
distribution under the Sunoco brand. U.S.A. downstream assets include refining
operations in Colorado and retail sales in the Denver area under the
Phillips 66(R) brand. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the
Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
Sunoco in Canada is separate and unrelated to Sunoco in the United
States, which is owned by Sunoco Inc. of Philadelphia. Suncor Energy (U.S.A.)
Inc. is an authorized licensee of the Phillips 66(R) brand and marks in the
state of Colorado.
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For further information: Shawn Davis, (403) 920-8379