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Syncrude Canada Ltd.'s oil sands processing facility stands in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. The Syncrude Project is a joint venture between Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., Imperial Oil Ltd., Mocal Energy Ltd., Murphy Oil Company Ltd., Nexen Inc., China Petrochemical Corp. (Sinopec) and Suncor Energy Inc.Jimmy Jeong/Bloomberg

Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. says production at the massive Syncrude project north of Fort McMurray, Alta., will come in slightly below the lower end of its October 2014 guidance.

The company, which has a 36.74 per cent stake in Syncrude, says it now expects full-year production of about 94 million barrels, down from what its said was October guidance of between 95 million and 100 million barrels.

The decrease is due to an outage in a sour water treater. Repairs to this unit are expected to be complete by the end of this month, it said Monday.