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Alberta Fires: Oil Production Down 200,000 bpd

Posted by feww on May 19, 2011

Oil companies order more evacuations, as fires threaten facilities

The wildfires raging across northern Alberta have forced a sharp drop in the province’s crude oil production.

Summary of Details

  • Wildfires are forcing the closure of roads and  pipelines.
  • Oil and gas companies have been forced to close down wells in several areas.
  • Crude production has been reduced by at least 100,000 bpd.
  • CEO of Penn West Exploration said: “I would think the number is probably closer to 200,000 barrels per day.” [That’s the equivalent of about 10 per cent of Alberta’s total output.]
  • Fires have already destroyed/affected some production facilities and infrastructure.
  • Production around Slave Lake is said to be the worst affected.
  • “The fires are viciously out of control,” Penn West chief executive officer Bill Andrew said.
  • FIRE-EARTH said: Murphy’s law has no time vector!

Slave Lake Complex Fire Map


Source: industrymailout. Click image to enlarge. PDF file available HERE

WILDFIRE UPDATE [md124 – May 17: 9:15 PM]

(provincial fire ban in effect for all public and park lands)

  • Currently 100 wildfires in Alberta:
  • 23 out-of-control wildfires (15 in Lesser Slave Lake area)
  • More than 100,000 hectares of forest have burned since April 1 – more than the area burned over Alberta’s entire 2010 wildfire season.

Alberta Fires (YTD)

  • Total Fires: 459 (Five-year Average: 395)
  • Total Hectares Burned:  186,897.40  (Five-year Average: 2,145.71 Ha)

Official Sites:

Provincial Wildfire Situation Report:

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