Suncor's oil sands production during September averaged approximately 302,000 barrels per day (bpd). Year-to-date oil sands production at the end of September averaged approximately 295,000 bpd. Production volumes were impacted by planned maintenance to a vacuum unit, which began on September 8. Maintenance work was completed ahead of schedule and the unit was restarted on October 3, 2009. Suncor is targeting average oil sands production of 300,000 bpd (+5%/-10%) in 2009.
Production numbers include upgraded sweet and sour synthetic crude oil and diesel, as well as non-upgraded bitumen sold directly to the market, from all Suncor-operated facilities. Reported volumes include those previously processed for Petro-Canada on a fee-for-service basis but do not include Suncor's proportionate production share from the Syncrude joint venture.
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 November 6.
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