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A pickup truck passes a mining shovel at the Shell Albian Sands oils sands mine near Fort McMurray, Alta., on July 9, 2008.

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Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. on Wednesday cut its May and June production owing to continuing maintenance at one of its oil sands upgraders at the Albian mines in Alberta that was damaged in a fire incident.

The average gross production at the Albian oil sands mine, which supplies the upgrader with bitumen, for May and April has now been revised at about 245,000 barrels a day (b/d) from the company’s previous target of about 255,000 b/d.

The company continues to optimize other assets in Alberta to mitigate the impact of production curtailment, it said in a statement.

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The cause of the fire at the upgrader, in which the company has a 70-per-cent stake, is being investigated by Shell Canada, which operates it.

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