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Cenovus set to restart production at Foster Creek project

Facility has been offline since May 23 because of a large wildfire in the area.


June 8, 2015
by The Canadian Press

CALGARY — Cenovus Energy says it expects to restart production at its Foster Creek oil sands operation by June 8.

The 135,000-barrel-a-day facility, which is jointly owned by ConocoPhillips, has been offline since May 23 because of a large wildfire in the area.

Cenovus Energy says it will take several days to return to full production, but it expects camps to be fully operational at the start of next week.

On June 3, Canadian Natural Resources said production was ramping back up at its Kirby South operation and that it was still preparing to restart production at its 80,000-barrel-a-day Primrose operation.

Alberta’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry reports that the 31,000-hectare wildfire is about 60% contained, though the direct threat to oil sands operations in the area has receded.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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