Canada’s Suncor Energy Inc. (SU) announced the start-up of its Syria-based Ebla onshore natural gas project. The C$1.2 billion development, inherited through Suncor’s acquisition of Petro-Canada last year, started selling natural gas into Syria’s domestic market with the commercial launch of the Ebla plant, northwest of Damascus.
The commercial gas flow, which was achieved ahead of schedule, within budget and with a strong safety record, follows the successful commissioning and testing of the project’s wells, pipelines and other equipments, approved by the Syrian government.
Located in the central part of the North African country, Ebla includes the Ash Shaer and Cherrife development areas, together covering about 300,000 acres (approximately 1,251 square kilometers). The project comprises gas producing wells, a gas gathering and compression station, roughly 80 kilometers of pipeline and a gas treatment plant.
The Ebla facility has been built in partnership with state-owned General Petroleum Corp. and is estimated to reach a maximum output of 80 million cubic feet of gas per day along with related LPG and condensate volumes, for use in the Syrian market. Suncor, which continues to operate under the Petro-Canada name in Syria, has 100% operated interest in the project. 
Calgary, Alberta-based Suncor Energy is Canada’s premier integrated energy company. Suncor’s operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore crude oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. Suncor’s business can be divided into five segments: Oil Sands, Natural Gas, East Coast Canada, International, and Refining and Marketing.

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