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Suncor stops operations at base plant after ‘process upset’ knocks out power

The Suncor oil sands facility seen from a helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alta., Tuesday, July 10, 2012.
The Suncor oil sands facility seen from a helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alta., Tuesday, July 10, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Suncor Energy Inc. says operations have ceased at its oilsands base plant near Fort McMurray, Alta., after a temporary power loss Wednesday afternoon.

Company spokesperson Erin Rees would only describe the cause of the power loss as a “process upset” but said power was restored as of Wednesday night.

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Rees said she couldn’t provide more detail because it’s a “day-to-day operational issue.”

She said the incident does not impact the safety of the company’s employees or contractors.

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Suncor is currently focused on a safe return to operations, Rees said.

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She said during that return to operations, there is potential for additional flaring at the plant.