Imperial, Shell update status of Kearl, Albian Sands operations

Imperial Oil Ltd. said operations have returned to normal at its Kearl oil sands site and that the plant was not damaged by the Alberta wildfires (OGJ Online, May 4, 2016).

As a safety precaution in early May, the company cut workforce levels to essential staff only, reduced production, and then completed a controlled shutdown. On May 19, Imperial said it had restarted limited operations.

Shell Canada Ltd. meanwhile said production has returned to planned levels at the Albian Sands mining operations after being suspended on May 3. Production capacity is 255,000 b/d. Shell also said four Shell gas stations have reopened in Fort McMurray.

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