Cenovus and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. are on their way to fully restoring operations in the Alberta oil sands, following shut-downs due to wildfires at the end of last month, reports the Calgary Herald.
Approximately 230,000 bbl/d of oil sands production was taken off line, and thousands of employees evacuated, due to uncontrolled wildfires burning near Cenovus’ Foster Creek operation and CNRL’s Primrose site, as the access road into the area was threatened by the fires. Staff began to return to the Foster Creek operation on Monday, and operations will resume at the Primrose site with normal rates of production expected to be achieved by end of week.
While provincial wildfire authorities confirmed the 32,000 hectare fire still burns, it has not grown significantly over the last week, and fire fighters continue to extinguish hot spots as necessary.
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