1 person injured in electrical fire at CNRL’s Horizon oilsands site

CNRL (Canadian Natural Resources Limited) Horizon oilsands upgrader near Fort McMurray, Alta. The Canadian Press Images/Larry MacDougal

Both the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) said they are investigating after a fire broke out at Canadian Natural Resources’ (CNRL) Horizon oilsands site north of Fort McMurray, Alta.

A spokesperson for CNRL said there was “an electrical building fire” at the plant in the evening of Monday, Sept. 11. Staff responded immediately and on-site first responders extinguished the fire.

CNRL said workers in the immediate area were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The company said one person was sent “for medical evaluation and treatment for minor injuries” and regulatory agencies were notified.

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The AER said it was investigating to ensure all environmental and safety protocols were being followed at the site.

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OHS confirmed it was investigating but declined to say if the fire resulted in injuries or provide any other details. According to OHS’ website, it is mandated to work “in consultation with industry to help prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities.”

CNRL said the cause of the fire is being investigated and the company is trying to determine the extent of damage to the building.

The Horizon facility was fully shut down early Monday ahead of a planned 45-day turnaround for maintenance activities, CNRL said. There has been no impact to operations or production.

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