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Syncrude to return to full service in June

Accelerated repair scheduled developed to achieve restart of oil sands facility at 50% in early May

Syncrude Canada is expected to return to full capacity by the end of June after an upgrader fire forced a shutdown of the facility.

An accelerated repair schedule has been developed to restart pipeline shipments at about 50% capacity in early May, Syncrude majority owner Suncor said.

Production at the 350,000 barrels day oil sands project in Northern Alberta was curtailed in mid-March when an explosion occurred inside a hydrotreater at one of its two upgraders.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a line failure of treated naphtha.

Suncor does not expect the outage to change overall production guidance for 2017.