Factbox: Oil production shut in by Alberta wildfires

Thu May 19, 2011 4:48pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Wildfires raging through northern Alberta are forcing oil companies to chop production, with more than 100,000 barrels per day shut in, while smoke from the blazes prompts oil sands operations to evacuate staff.

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.

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. The company said on Thursday it had no indication of when it will restart, but the chances of that happened Thursday was deemed unlikely.

* Cenovus Energy Inc said its 22,000 bpd Pelican Lake heavy oil field, served by the Rainbow line, has cut output to 4,000 bpd as oil is pumped into storage tanks. They were expected to be full later Thursday, which would force a complete 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, also because of the Rainbow outage.

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 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.

* Penn West Energy Inc has 25,000 to 35,000 bpd shut in the region affected by the fires. Along with some lost output because of flooding in Manitoba, the company has suspended up to 40,000 bpd of oil.   Continued...