June 30, 2016 / 8:51 PM / 3 years ago

FACTBOX-Oil sands production shuttered by northern Alberta wildfires

(Updates Husky, ConocoPhillips and Cenovus operations)
    CALGARY, Alberta, June 30 (Reuters) - Two separate wildfires shuttered oil sands operations in northern
Alberta in May and June, forcing producers to halt hundreds of thousands of barrels per day of production.
    A blaze in the Wabasca region prompted Cenovus Energy and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd
 to shut in 23,800 barrels, while oil companies have been ramping up operations in the region around
Fort McMurray, Alberta, following a huge wildfire last month that forced many sites to evacuate as a
precaution.
    At its height, the Fort McMurray wildfire cut daily production by more than 1 million barrels. Around
350,000 barrels per day of production is still offline at the joint venture Syncrude project and Suncor
Energy's Mackay River thermal plant. Most other operations are now back to normal.
    
    The following is a list of what oil producers have said about operations impacted by wildfires:   
    
    Wabasca region:  
 Operator         Asset             Status            Size of cut   Total capacity     Date     Link to
                                                                                                story
                                                                                                
 Cenovus Energy   Pelican Lake      Returned to       23,000 bpd    23,000 bpd         13-June              
                  thermal project   normal                                                      
                                    production                                                  
                                                                                                
 Canadian         Pelican Lake      Returned to       800 bpd       47,600 bpd         09-June              
 Natural                            normal                                                      
 Resources Ltd                      operations                                                  
                                                                                                
 
   Fort McMurray region: 
 Operator         Asset             Status            Size of cut   Total capacity     Date     Link to
                                                                                                story
 Athabasca Oil    Hangingstone      Resumed           12,000 bpd    12,000 bpd by Q4   24-May               
 Corp             project           operations                      2016                        
                                                                                                
 Suncor Energy    Base plant mine   Operations        350,000 bpd   350,000 bpd at     06-June              
 Inc              and upgrader and  restarted,        at base       base plant. Was             
                  Firebag thermal   return to normal  plant. Other  operating at                
                  oil sands         production        sites         reduced rate                
                                    expected by       unspecified   before closure              
                                    end-June.                       because of                  
                                                                    maintenance                 
 Suncor Energy    Mackay River      Expected to       38,000 bpd    38,000 bpd         22-June              
                  thermal project   return to normal                                            
                                    operations by                                               
                                    mid-July                                                    
                                                                                                
 Connacher Oil    Great Divide      Output cut,       6,000 bpd     14,000 bpd in Q4   17-May              
 and Gas Ltd                        company has                     2015                        
                                    filed for                                                   
                                    creditor                                                    
                                    protection                                                  
                                                                                                
 Syncrude,        Aurora bitumen    Expects to        315,000 bpd   315,000 bpd. Was   6-June               
 majority-owned   mine, Mildred     return to full                  operating at                
 by Suncor        Lake upgrader     production by                   reduced rate                
                                    mid-July                        before fire                 
                                                                    because of                  
                                                                    maintenance                 
                                                                                                
 ConocoPhillips   Surmont           Production back   30,000 bpd    60,000 bpd         27-June              
                                    to normal         net to                                    
                                                      Conoco,                                   
                                                      30,000 bpd                                
                                                      net to Total                              
                                                      SA                                        
                                                                                                
 Shell            Muskeg River and  Back to normal    255,000 bpd   255,000 bpd        03-June              
                  Jackpine          rates                                                       
                                                                                                
 Statoil          Leismer facility  Back to normal    20,000 bpd    20,000 bpd         01-June              
                                    production                                                  
                                                                                                
 Imperial Oil     Kearl operation   Back to normal    Unspecified   196,000 bpd in Q1  03-June              
                                    production                      2016                        
                                                                                                
 Husky Energy     Sunrise           Back to normal    30,000 bpd    30,000 bpd         01-June              
                                    production                                                  
                                                                                                
 Nexen            Long Lake         Work camps        50,000 bpd    50,000 bpd. Was    24-May               
                                    reopening                       operating at                
                                                                    reduced rate                
                                                                    before closure              
                                                                    because of an               
                                                                    explosion on site           
                                                                    in January                  
                                                                                                
 Canadian         Horizon           Operations        Unspecified                      17-May               
 Natural                            stable                                                      
 Resources Ltd                                                                                  
                                                                                                
 
    
 (Reporting by Barani Krishnan in New York, Ethan Lou, Euan Rocha and Jeffrey Hodgson in Toronto, Nia
Williams and Eric M. Johnson in Calgary; Compiled by David Gaffen and Josephine Mason; Editing by James
Dalgleish and Richard Chang)
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