Suncor Fires Up Gas Production in Syria

Suncor announced that first commercial gas has been achieved from the Cdn $1.2 billion Ebla gas development in central Syria. First commercial gas follows the successful completion of commissioning, including the required performance testing, which has been approved by the Syrian Government. Suncor started selling production into the domestic market on April 19.

"The team has delivered ahead of schedule, within budget and with a strong safety record," said Mark Little, senior vice president, International & Offshore. "Achieving this significant milestone at the Ebla development is an outstanding example of the company's project execution expertise."

Located in the Central Syrian Gas Basin, Ebla includes the Ash Shaer and Cherrife development areas, which cover more than 300,000 acres (approximately 1,251 square kilometers) combined. The Ebla development comprises the gas producing wells, a gas gathering and compression station, approximately 80 kilometers of pipeline and a gas treatment plant. The facility is designed to produce 80 million cubic feet per day (2.3 million cubic meters per day) of gas along with related LPG and condensate volumes. Natural gas is delivered into the Syrian national gas grid for the local market.

"This has truly been a team effort by our employees in Syria, together with our partners, the General Petroleum Corporation, our contractors and the entire workforce on the project," added Jón Ferrier, country manager, Syria. "As we move into the operational phase, I am confident that the investment we have made in training and preparing the workforce will ensure that we maintain our strong performance in operations and safety."