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Imperial Oil shutdown production at its Kearl oil sands mining project as a “precautionary” measure after vibration issues with the plant’s ore-crusher unit were detected.

Replacement parts are currently being installed to fix the problem, the Alberta based company said Wednesday.

Production at the site is expected to resume in the next several weeks.

The ore-crusher separates bitumen from clay and water so the bitumen can be used to produce crude.

No bitumen can be produced while the ore-crusher is shutdown for repairs.

Kearl is located about 43 miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta in the Athabasca oil sands region.

The site began production in 2013 and has a capacity of 110,000 barrels per day but averaged 92,000 barrels per day during the third quarter, excluding a 14 day planned turnaround.