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Syncrude Premium Rises on Upgrader Maintenance, Lower Production

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Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Syncrude strengthened after Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. said it would conduct 12 days of maintenance on the Horizon upgrader this month and Suncor Energy Inc. said September oil-sands output fell 20 percent.

Canadian Natural said maintenance previously planned for the third quarter had been delayed and is scheduled to begin at its 110,000 barrel-a-day Horizon upgrader on Oct. 11. Suncor said oil-sands output averaged 300,000 barrels a day last month, down from August because of planned maintenance.

Syncrude’s premium to West Texas Intermediate widened $1 to $12 a barrel at 2 p.m. in New York, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, the highest level for the grade since Sept. 19.

The discount for Western Canada Select, a heavy-oil blend from Alberta, narrowed $1.25 to $10.25 a barrel below the U.S. benchmark. Bakken’s premium to the benchmark widened $3.50 a barrel to $5.

U.S. Gulf Coast oils weakened. Heavy Louisiana Sweet’s premium to WTI decreased 70 cents to $19.80 a barrel. Light Louisiana Sweet lost 45 cents to $18.80 over the U.S. benchmark.

Poseidon’s premium narrowed $2 to $11.25. Mars Blend’s lost $1 to $12.50 a barrel over WTI and Southern Green Canyon decreased $1.25 to $11.25.

The premium for Thunder Horse, a sour crude with lower sulfur content than Mars, Poseidon and Southern Green Canyon, narrowed 50 cents to $17 above WTI.

To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Clark in New York at aclark27@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net