Operators report no major damage from Alberta fires to oil, gas facilities

Alberta’s wildfires have created havoc, but Alberta Energy Regulator said on May 10 it had no reports of damage to energy facilities (OGJ Online, May 5, 2016).

Shell Canada on May 9 said it restarted production at reduced rates at the Albian sands mining operation. That same day, ConocoPhillips Canada said it planned to restart its Surmont operations as soon as it is safe to do so. It said fire threat there has decreased substantially.

Also on May 9, Imperial Oil Ltd. confirmed it completed a shutdown of its Kearl operations.

Suncor Energy Inc. on May 8 shut its operations in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Athabasca Oil Corp. shut its Hangingstone operations on May 5.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. on May 9 said the fires were moving away from the Horizon oil sands project and that more than 5,500 workers were on site.

Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. said the fires were at least 50 km from the West Ells site.

Connacher Oil & Gas Ltd. had curtailed production at its Great Divide leases southwest of Fort McMurray, but on May 5 said access had improved and that it was bringing production back to normal levels.

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