Canada’s Suncor Energy Inc. has restarted operations at its Fort Hills oil sands mine in northern Alberta, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday, after operations were halted last week following the deaths of two workers in a vehicle collision.
“We have started a slow and safe restart at our Fort Hills operation and are prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of our people through this process,” spokeswoman Lauren King said in an e-mail.
Suncor paused mining operations on Dec. 28 after a bulldozer hit a light vehicle truck, resulting in the deaths of two workers employed by ClearStream Energy Services Inc., a company that provides mining services at Fort Hills.
Calgary-based Suncor is Canada’s second-largest oil producer and its Fort Hills mine, 90 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, produced around 120,000 barrels a day in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The mine has capacity to produce 180,000 b/d, but shut in barrels last year as the COVID-19 pandemic crushed global oil demand. Suncor restarted an idled production train at Fort Hills in the third quarter of 2020 and is restoring that lost output.
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