12 Months-end Deadline Looms As Development At Suncor’s Fort Hills Continues

CALGARY — Development at Suncor Power Inc.’s new $17-billion Fort Hills oilsands undertaking continues to be happening as crews attempt to end on time and produce the power’s first barrel of oil by the tip of December.

“We proceed to have glorious progress at Fort Hills,” Suncor spokesperson Sneh Seetal mentioned, including that development crews on the positioning north of Fort McMurray, Alta., are “largely supporting commissioning actions.”

The final a part of the plant to be commissioned is the “secondary extraction” facility, which processes bitumen froth into bitumen. All different components of the oilsands mine and processing facility — an enormous three way partnership between Suncor, Paris-based Complete SA and Vancouver-based Teck Ltd. — are full and able to start producing oil.

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Seetal couldn’t say whether or not Fort Hills would be capable to produce its first barrel of oil by the tip the month as deliberate, however it’s nonetheless the corporate’s aim.

Suncor throughout investor displays originally of December communicated three key messages to analysts, one in every of which was that the Fort Hills undertaking was on observe to provide first oil by the tip of the 12 months, BMO Capital Markets analyst Randy Ollenberger mentioned in a word.

Seetal mentioned Suncor has performed 5 check runs on the oilsands undertaking and produced 1.four million barrels of bitumen froth to date. She mentioned the froth has been loaded onto vans and despatched to the corporate’s present oilsands base plant nearer to Fort McMurray for processing.

Progress on the final portion of the extraction plant at Fort Hills is being intently watched and analysts anticipate the power, which is able to be capable to course of 194,000 barrels per day, to value about $17 billion when completed. Suncor has mentioned it expects Fort Hills to function at 50 to 60 per cent capability over the course of 2018.

Suncor has been paying Complete’s share of development prices for the reason that French oil main in July introduced it will not present any extra funding as prices rose.

“We anticipate that Suncor will ultimately recoup these prices from Complete both within the type of money or an elevated working curiosity within the undertaking,” GMP FirstEnergy analyst Michael Dunn mentioned in a analysis word.

“Provided that we suspect Suncor has a standing bid for Complete’s working curiosity that’s properly under value, this standoff could also be a method for Complete to successfully promote a small portion of its working curiosity at value.”

Dunn pegged Fort Hills’ anticipated working prices subsequent 12 months at $37.50 per barrel subsequent 12 months, which is greater than the $24.50 common at Suncor’s different oilsands undertaking, however that value is projected to fall over time.

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