Canadian Natural shuts in 65,000 bbls/d due to Alberta wildfires

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Canadian Natural Resources says it has temporarily shut in approximately 65,000 bbls/d of crude oil production due wildfires in northwest Alberta.

While evacuated residents of High Level have been given timelines to return home, an additional 12,000 people were put on evacuation alert over the weekend as a number of out-of-control wildfires continue to burn.

Wildfires in the Wabasca and Slave Lake areas are of particular concern to Canadian Natural. The company said that on Thursday it evacuated all 240 personnel in its Pelican Lake and Woodenhouse operations, and has completed the safe, temporary shut-in of approximately 65,000 bbl/d of crude oil production.

“Canadian Natural personnel are working together with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry as well as local officials during their response to the wildfire,” the company said in a statement.

“Canadian Natural is continuously monitoring the situation with officials, and we will provide a public update when operations can be re-started, once safe and permitted to do so.”