March 3, 2016 11:48 pm
Updated: March 4, 2016 1:49 pm

Fire shuts down operations at northern Alberta sulphur plant

A drilling rig being built at the MEG Energy site near Fort McMurray.

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Production at a sulphur plant in northern Alberta was temporarily shut down Thursday night following a fire at the site earlier in the day.

The Alberta Energy Regulator said an explosion at MEG Energy’s Christina Lake site led to the fire. It happened at around noon, at the sulphur treatment facility about 150 kilometres south of Fort McMurray.

MEG Energy said in a media release the fire was extinguished and “did not impact the integrity of the main processing facilities.”

The fire was contained to the sulphur plant and no one was injured in the blaze.

Operations at the Christina Lake sulpher plant resumed on Friday.

The company said in a release it was working with regulatory authorities to restore operations.

“At this time, there is no change to the annual production guidance range of 80,000 to 83,000 barrels per day.”

MEG Energy is a Canadian oilsands company that focuses on steam-assisted gravity drainage operation, according to its website.

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