Pelican Lake fire response


June 13, 2016, 6:00 p.m. MT

Updates about our fire response since we last provided a statement:

  • Our Pelican Lake operation has returned to normal production levels.
  • Non-essential staff have now returned to the facility.
  • According to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, the fire near our facilities is now ‘under control’.

June 9, 2016, 1:45 p.m. MT

Updates about our fire response since we last provided a statement:

  • Essential staff returned to our Pelican Lake operations late yesterday and are now in the process of restarting oil production in a safe and orderly manner.
  • The main Pelican Lake complex is fully functional, including our offices, camps and oil battery. Wells are currently being brought back online.
  • We expect to have more than 50 essential staff back at site by the end of today.
  • The fire in the vicinity of our facilities continues to burn but is being held by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry first responders.
  • Air quality at our Pelican Lake main complex is currently at acceptable levels. We continue to monitor air quality regularly.
  • To ensure the safety of our staff, Cenovus has a comprehensive evacuation plan in place to promptly evacuate personnel from site again if fire or air quality conditions change.
  • We will provide a further update when production at Pelican Lake has returned to normal levels.

June 8, 2016, 3:30 p.m. MT

Updates about our fire response since we last provided a statement:

  • Our Pelican Lake operations remain shut down. There is currently no damage reported to our facilities or infrastructure.
  • 118 staff were safely evacuated from the facilities by 9:00 p.m. on June 7 to a temporary evacuation centre in Wabasca. All non-essential staff have since been sent home. Essential workers remain on standby in Wabasca and a small group of six staff have returned to site this morning to inspect our facilities from a safe location.
  • The wildfire is currently estimated to be approximately 90 hectares in size. As of 9:00 p.m. on June 7, the fire was approximately one kilometre from the main complex at our Pelican Lake operations. Its current proximity to our facilities is unknown.
  • Emergency responders from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry are fighting the wildfire and we will continue to work with them to determine when it is safe to return to site.
  • We continue to monitor air quality regularly. Currently, air quality remains at acceptable levels at our Pelican Lake main complex.

June 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m. MT

Updates about our fire response since we last provided a statement:

  • Our Pelican Lake operations remain shut down. There is currently no damage reported to our facilities or infrastructure.
  • 118 staff were safely evacuated from the facilities by 9:00 p.m. on June 7 to a temporary evacuation centre in Wabasca. All non-essential staff have since been sent home. Essential workers remain on standby in Wabasca and a small group of six staff have returned to site this morning to inspect our facilities from a safe location.
  • The wildfire is currently estimated to be approximately 90 hectares in size. As of 9:00 p.m. on June 7, the fire was approximately one kilometre from the main complex at our Pelican Lake operations. Its current proximity to our facilities is unknown.
  • Emergency responders from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry are fighting the wildfire and we will continue to work with them to determine when it is safe to return to site.
  • We continue to monitor air quality regularly. Currently, air quality remains at acceptable levels at our Pelican Lake main complex.

June 7, 2016, 7:30 p.m. MT

Updates about our fire response since we last provided a statement:

  • Our Pelican Lake facilities have now been safely shut down. We produced just under 23,000 barrels per day of heavy oil at our Pelican Lake operations in the first quarter of 2016.
  • We had 118 staff working at Pelican Lake when the evacuation began. The majority of them have been safely transported by bus or personal vehicle to our temporary evacuation centre in Wabasca. Remaining staff are being evacuated in an orderly fashion. This includes some staff who were working in the northern part of our Pelican Lake operations who are being evacuated by helicopter.
  • We continue to monitor air quality regularly. Air quality at site remains at acceptable levels.
  • The fire currently remains approximately one kilometre from the main complex at our Pelican Lake operations. The size of the fire has not yet been determined.
  • There is currently no damage reported to our facilities or infrastructure.

June 7, 2016, 4:50 p.m. MT

At 2 p.m. today, a wildfire was discovered approximately one kilometre from the main complex at Cenovus’s Pelican Lake facility, located approximately 300 kilometres north of Edmonton and 27 kilometres northeast of the hamlet of Wabasca.

Due to the proximity of the fire, we are undertaking the precautionary shutdown and orderly evacuation of all facilities at our Pelican Lake operations. The safety of our staff is our top priority. There is currently no damage to our facilities or infrastructure. Our emergency response plan is fully activated and we’re working with provincial authorities to ensure the safety of our staff and our operations.

Emergency responders from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry are assisting with the wildfire and the Alberta Energy Regulator has been notified.

We will continue to monitor the wildfire situation and update our website if more information becomes available or you can contact Cenovus's media line at 403-766-7751 or media.relations@cenovus.com.