More Canadian oil sands workers evacuated

27 May 2015, News Wires – Operators have evacuated more staff from Canada’s oil sands region in north-east Alberta as wildfires continue to burn through the area.

Alberta fire

Alberta fire                   (Reuters/ScanPix)


The fires have seen the shut-in of at least 233,000 barrels per day of production across several projects, according to Reuters.

The news agency reported late Tuesday that Cenovus had now also evacuated 90 workers from its Narrow Lake oil sands project, while Norwegian company Statoil has evacuated 110 non-essential employees from its Leismer project.

Statoil says its staff were evacuated as a precaution and does not expect it to affect production, with roughly 75 employees remaining to keep operations running.

“We will evacuate and pare down even further by Friday and keep the bare minimum of people on site,” a Statoil spokeswoman told Reuters.

Upstream had previously reported MEG Energy evacuated staff from its Christina Lake oil sands facilities, while Cenovus Energy also shutdown production at its Foster Creek oil sands project, as well as its Athabasca natural gas operations.

Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) also evacuated all workers from its Primrose operations over the weekend, resulting in the shutdown of 80,000 bpd of production.

CNR also stated the precautionary shutdown of facilities and pipelines in the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range had reduced production at its at Kirby South thermal in situ operations by about 18,000 bpd, to roughly 12,000 bpd.

The Alberta government says there are about 70 fires now burning in the region, with 20 considered to be burning out of control.

– Upstream

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