EDMONTON – Syncrude shutdown operations at its Mildred Lake site Saturday morning after smoke moved into the area.
The company tweeted it made the decision to ensure the safety of workers and the integrity of its operations.
The CEO of Northlands told Global News workers were making their way to the reception centre in Edmonton.
“We do know that there is a convoy of buses leaving Syncrude right now,” Tim Reid said Saturday morning.
Syncrude said despite the smoke there was no imminent threat of fire to the site.
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“It’s Syncrude’s intention to have all units suspended and all personnel removed from Mildred Lake this weekend,” a company release said.
“We have sufficient busing and air capacity to execute this in a timely manner. The evacuation of personnel began early Saturday morning.”
The site will start up again when there is no risk to personnel or operations, the company said.
Syncrude added the jobs of its 4,800 employees are secure despite the shutdown.
Mildred Lake is located about 40 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.
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