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ConocoPhillips restarts Surmont after wildfire shutdown

Ramping up production back to pre-shutdown levels of roughly 60,000 barrels a day.


CALGARY — ConocoPhillips Canada says it has restarted production at the Surmont oil sands facility after the site was shut down because of the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alta.

The company says there was minor damage to the Surmont infrastructure because of the fire, with no impact on ongoing operations.

It expects to gradually ramp up production back to pre-shutdown levels of roughly 60,000 barrels a day and have the majority of its 700 workers back on-site by the end of the week.

ConocoPhillips is the operator and 50% owner of the Surmont oil sands project, with Total E&P Canada Ltd. controlling the other 50%.

The news comes a day after Suncor Inc. said it expects its oil sands operations in Fort McMurray to be back at full production by the end of this month.

Suncor also said the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands operation should return to production starting in late June with a full ramp-up of production by mid-July.

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