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Suncor Energy Deploys First Autonomous Haul Trucks in the Oil Sands

Suncor announced it will proceed with the phased implementation of autonomous haulage systems (AHS) at company-operated mines, starting with the North Steepbank mine. Over the next six years, the company expects to deploy more than 150 autonomous haul trucks in the full program, which will be one of the largest investments in electric autonomous vehicles in the world. Following thorough ...

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Fire evacuation orders lifted north of Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray, fire evacuation

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Alberta officials on Saturday lifted mandatory evacuation orders in some areas north of Fort McMurray, where a raging wildfire has forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 people and the closure of oil sands operations. Officials said conditions have improved in some parts north of the oil sands city. Suncor Energy Inc. and Syncrude will ...

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Mixture of loss, hope for Canadian town hit by wildfire

Canada, wildfire, Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Charred bicycles lean on a fence in front of incinerated townhomes. Just across the street, a school and playground are untouched. Across this Canadian oil sand town, the contrast is repeated: neighborhoods that burned to their foundations, while other neighborhoods, strip malls, car dealerships, schools and hospitals are still standing. Nearly a week after people ...

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Massive Alberta wildfire expected to burn for months

Alberta wildfire

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — The images are ones of devastation — scorched homes, virtually whole neighborhoods burned to the ground. It rained a little Sunday morning in Fort McMurray, but Canadian officials say they expect to fight the massive wildfire that has destroyed large parts of Alberta’s oil sands town for months. There’s fear the growing wildfire could double ...

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Alberta wildfire evacuees moved a 2nd time as weather shifts

Alberta fire

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — A raging Alberta wildfire has moved south, forcing three more communities to evacuate and an emergency operations center to move again — taking it far from the devastated oil sands city of Fort McMurray. Officials with the Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo had been notified of changing weather patterns and weren’t taking chances, ordering the ...

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Global oil production cash negative at current prices

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3.4 Million barrels per day (b/d) of oil produced globally is produced at cash negative number, according to an analysis by Wood Mackenzie. This has resulted in an unexpectedly low rate of stopped production of less than 100,00 b/d globally. Companies continue to pump oil despite these low rates in hopes oil prices will rebound. Restart costs and covering fixed ...

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Shell halts construction on new Alberta oil sands project

CALGARY, Alberta – Royal Dutch Shell Plc will not continue construction of its 80,000 barrel per day Carmon Creek thermal oil sands project in northern Alberta because of the lack of infrastructure to move Canadian crude to market, the company said on Tuesday. Shell said the decision to halt the project was also the result of “current uncertainties” and chief ...

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