Alberta Wildfires Prompts Temporary Shutdown of Crude Oil Production

An approximately 65,000 barrels per day of crude oil production was temporarily shut down due to wildfires in northwest Alberta, Canadian Natural Resources said.

“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.” 

Canadian Natural had to evacuate all 240 of its personnel in its Pelican Lake and Woodenhouse operations on Thursday. They are concerned about the wildfires, particularly in the Wabasca and Slave Lake areas.