Suncor has provided the following update regarding the situation in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB).
Suncor safely moved over 10 000 people, including employees, their families and Fort McMurray residents. Additionally, the company has shut down its RMWB operations in a controlled manner and worked with government to enhance fire protection measures in the region, including building firebreaks to protect people and our assets.
Although the fire reached the southern end of the mine at the oil sands base operations, fire mitigation efforts were successful. The situation is being closely.
There has been no damage to Suncor's assets.
"We have routinely brought down assets as part of planned maintenance and safely ramped them back up within days and we believe we can do so in these circumstances," said Steve Williams, Suncor president and chief executive officer. "Over the weekend, several hundred people including first responders, contractors and Suncor essential personnel protected our oil sands operations. I extend my heartfelt thanks for their tireless efforts. Because of their efforts, we're now in a position that when it is safe to restart, we can do so quickly."
Syncrude also completed a safe and orderly shut-down of its facilities and is in the process of planning its return to operations.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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