(Reuters) - Oil producers and refiners braced on Monday for a prolonged shutdown and possible supply constraints from Canada’s vast oil sands region as nearly 1.07 million barrels per day of capacity remained offline with a destructive wildfire continuing into a second week.
Cooler and possibly wetter weather was set to help firefighters battling the massive blaze as Canadian officials got their first glimpse of the oil sands boomtown of Fort McMurray since the blaze erupted and saw a “heartbreaking” number of destroyed homes but a largely intact downtown business area.
About half of the nation’s oil sands capacity remained shut, according to Reuters calculations, as energy firms kept facilities closed as a precaution, forcing at least three major oil companies to warn they will not be able to meet all contracts for Canadian crude.
Syncrude Canada Ltd will cut forecast May crude production volumes by some 35 percent, three trading sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.
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Following is a list of what oil producers and pipeline companies have said about nearby operations:
Operator Asset Status Size of cut Total capacity Date Link to
Athabasca Oil Hangingstone Shut 12,000 bpd 12,000 bpd by Q4 5-May
Corp project 2016
Suncor Energy Main mining site Shut 350,000 bpd 350,000 bpd. Was 7-May
Inc and MacKay River operating at
and Firebag reduced rate
thermal oil before closure.
Connacher Oil Great Divide Output cut 6,000 bpd 14,000 bpd in Q4 5-May
and Gas Ltd 2015
Syncrude Aurora bitumen Shut 315,000 bpd 315,000 bpd 6-May
at minimal levels
ConocoPhillips Surmount Shut 30,000 bpd 30,000 bpd 5-May
Shell Muskeg River and Shut 255,000 bpd 255,000 bpd 4-May
Statoil Leismer facility Shut 20,000 20,000 8-May
Imperial Oil Kearl operation Output cut Unspecified 12,000 bpd in Q4 5-May
Husky Energy Sunrise Shut 30,000 30,000 8-May
Nexen Long Lake Shut 50,000 50,000 bpd. Was 4-May
Canadian Horizon Output cut Unspecified 5-May
Enbridge Inc Cheecham Shut 4-May
Inter Pipeline Corridor Ready to be reopened when 5-May
Ltd pipeline Shell’s resumes
Polaris diluent Reopened after one-day 5-May
Keyera Corp South Cheecham Shut 5-May
rail and truck
Reporting by Barani Krishnan in New York, Ethan Lou, Euan Rocha and Jeffrey Hodgson in Toronto and Nia Williams in Calgary; Compiled by David Gaffen and Josephine Mason in New York; Editing by Mary Milliken and Matthew Lewis
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