Syncrude is a leader in Canada’s oil sands industry, with a productive capacity of 350,000 barrels per day of high quality light, low sulphur crude oil. Cumulative production today exceeds 2.4 billion barrels. Syncrude Canada Ltd. was incorporated in 1964 and started operations in 1978. With the industry’s first and only dedicated research and development centre, Syncrude has pioneered many of the technologies used today in the oil sands. Syncrude employs 5,000 people directly and an average of about 3,500 contractor employees. Its operations provide jobs for many more thousands of people directly and indirectly across Canada.