Factbox: Oil production shut in by Alberta wildfires

Tue May 17, 2011 4:47pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Oil companies cut more production in northern Alberta on Tuesday as they moved to protect employees and installations from wildfires raging through the region and cope with the shutdown of a key pipeline.

Spurred by warm temperatures and gusting winds, 100 wildfires were burning in Alberta with 23 considered out of control. The worst damage was concentrated in the Lesser Slave Lake region, about 200 km (125 miles) north of Edmonton.

Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the United States, exporting more than 2 million barrels a day. The amount shut in by fires and outages is a small percentage of that total.

Following is a list of energy companies affected by the wildfires.

Plains All American Pipeline LP shut the southern portion of its Rainbow pipeline on Sunday, from the Nipisi terminal 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Slave Lake, Alberta. The southern leg of the line carried about half the line's 187,000 barrel per day capacity at last report.

Cenovus Energy Inc said its 22,000 bpd Pelican Lake heavy oil field, served by the Rainbow line, has cut output to 11,000 bpd as oil is pumped into storage tanks. They are expected to fill early on Thursday unless the company further slows production to buy additional time before a full shutdown.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd said it was slowing output at its 40,000 bpd Pelican Lake heavy oil operation ahead of an increasingly likely shutdown by Wednesday, when the tanks will be full.

Another 3,125 barrels of oil and 8 million cubic feet of gas a day have been shut in by the company in areas threatened by fire.

As well, it has evacuated about 1,300 people from work camps near its Horizon oil sands project near Fort McMurray, Alberta. Repair operations to the facility, following an explosion in January, have been halted in recent days.   Continued...