syncrude shutdown 2020 cancelled
Email reporter Jamie Malbeuf at jamie.malbeuf@cbc.ca. to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire about Gibson referred questions about the impact on production to members of the consortium that own Syncrude, one of the largest producers in the oilsands mining sector. Its owners are Suncor Energy Inc. (58.74 per cent), Imperial Oil Ltd. (25 per cent), Sinopec (9.03 per cent) and CNOOC (7.23 per cent). But not all employees are convinced enough is being done. MacLean said Civeo is working with medical professionals, government, customers and third-party experts. CALGARY - Part of Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mining complex in northern Alberta remains out of commission following a fire last Sunday evening. The Alberta Energy Regulator gave MLX the green light in July 2019, which would extend the life of the mine by another decade.. Syncrude spokesperson, Will Gibson said the cause of the delay is because the company is minimizing work activity during the pandemic. presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution According to the Building Trades of Alberta, Syncrude is also indefinitely delaying spring shutdown due to the threat of COVID-19. A subcontractor working at a Syncrude site, whom CBC agreed not to name for fear of reprisal, is worried about how quickly the virus would spread if someone was infected. He said he recently cancelled a trip to Fort McMurray, instead opting for a teleconference appearance to a meeting. Part of Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mining complex in northern Alberta remains out of commission following a fire last Sunday evening. Have a story? Gibson said the company is also taking precautions on site and encouraging employees to practise good hygiene and follow Alberta Health Services guidelines. "We are transitioning our workforce to essential-only for our work sites," Gibson said. Newspapers Limited, One Yonge Street, 4th floor, Toronto, ON, M5E 1E6. Gibson conducted the CBC interview from his home in Edmonton as all Syncrude employees who can work from home have been sent home. Companies in Alberta's oil patch are taking aggressive steps to curb the spread of COVID-19, with Syncrude and Suncor both sending non-essential employees home. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. "We're doing what we can to help flatten the curve, to help reduce the spread of the virus and the burden on public health organizations,"she said, adding the focus is on prevention. read CALGARY - Part of Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mining complex in northern Alberta remains out of commission following a fire last Sunday evening. Syncrude and Suncor both said they don't have any reports of coronavirus at the time of interview. This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. As well, the company has a travel protocol in place to create a criteria it can use to "mitigate community exposure related to the virus.". "Do I feel safe? Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors. The employee said it would be really difficult to keep people safe in a site environment. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. "I've been in camps before and someone gets a cold and half the camp is sick.". Alberta Health Services was not able to provide comment at the time of publication. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. Companies in Alberta's oilpatch are taking aggressive steps to curb the spread of COVID-19 with Syncrude and Suncor both sending non-essential employees home. "Only way they can keep you safe is shut it down and send you home, but obviously that's not going to happen.". He says the company is assessing damage and investigating the cause, adding that the rest of the mining complex is operating normally. To order Fri., March 6, 2020 timer 1 min. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2020. "I've encouraged all of our employees to speak to their leaders, continue to follow the updates that the company is posting regularly and understand that they need to be doing the right thing," he said. expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Toronto By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Now the company has consulted experts and updated the plan to suit the novel coronavirus. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Suncor spokesperson Erin Rees said the company is also opting to change its buffet-style cafeteria for a full-service cafeteria to eliminate high-traffic touch points for things like tongs. Ken MacLean, director of communications for workforce housing provider Civeo, said in an email the company is "implementing measures to manage against the spread of any illness at our facilities.". The latest oil and gas project to be postponed due to COVID-19 is Syncrude’s Mildred Lake Extension (MLX) project. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. Republication or distribution of this content is Spokesman Will … Spokesman Will Gibson says the fire was detected in one of the bitumen upgrader’s hydroprocessing units and it was shut down, prompting the fire to go out by the time firefighters arrived. Companies in this story: (TSX:SU, TSX:IMO), Copyright owned or licensed by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. Toronto Star articles, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com, The Toronto Star and thestar.com, each property of Toronto Star permissions/licensing, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com. To order copies of Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Absolutely not," the employee said. He said the company has dealt with similar issues in the past, like SARS and H1N1, so it already had some protocols prepared. "Sometimes there's six sitting at a table and their trays are touching.". "We're proactively taking a lot of steps to limit the number of people on site.". Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. rights reserved. Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal said her company is working with Syncrude to better understand the situation and it’s therefore premature to provide comment. The employee said that while people have separate rooms and bathrooms, they're sometimes packed in tight at the cafeteria. Gibson said Syncrude doesn't operate its camps but contracts them out. Alberta oilpatch companies sending home non-essential employees in preventative bid to combat COVID-19, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Suncor has also put in measures to prepare for COVID-19, including cutting down its workforce to only essential staff. "We applaud Syncrude for taking this exceptional, but highly necessary move, to ensure its workforce is safe," the BTA said in a news release. He says no one was in the building at the time and there were no resulting injuries. The company has implemented safety measures such as stationing a security guard at the entrance of the dining room to make sure everyone entering is using hand sanitizer. Companies in Alberta's oilpatch are taking aggressive steps to curb the spread of COVID-19 with Syncrude and Suncor both sending non-essential employees home. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. "The safety and well-being of everyone at our sites is our top priority," said Syncrude spokesperson Will Gibson. All Comments are welcome while open.

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