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Alberta’s Oil Production Fell in Sept Amid Upgrader Maintenance


Alberta’s oil production fell to three-month low in September amid a fall in synthetic crude due to upgrader maintenance according to Alberta Energy Regulator data.

  • Total oil output from the region dipped down to 3.55m b/d from 3.56m b/d in August
  • Production from oil sands upgraders fell to the lowest since April 2017 falling by 22% to 756k b/d. Synthetic crude is produced by running oil sands through an upgrader.
  • Non-upgraded output rose 11% to a record in data back to 2010 at 2.2m b/d.
  • Upgraders are now resuming operations after Syncrude and Strathcona were undergoing works in September and with Suncor Base Plant upgrader maintenance extending from September into 4Q.

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