- TOWN HALL
Update for Residents
To: Residents of the Town of Norman Wells
From: Mayor, Council and Town Administration
Date: January 26, 2017
Re: Imperial Oil Suspension of Operations in Norman Wells
CBC News released an article today and announced that Imperial Oil will be suspending oil production at its field in Norman Wells. This suspension is in response to the continued shutdown of the Line 21 pipeline to Alberta that was closed due to concern over slope stability on a section of the pipeline that runs underneath the Mackenzie River near Fort Simpson.
Imperial Oil has stated that the shut-in will begin in early February and it will be transitioning the operation into a care and maintenance phase.
Imperial Oil has stated that the decision to shut-in the field does not preclude its reopening but could not state whether a revival of the pipeline would prompt Imperial Oil to re-start production.
Council and Administration recognize that this shutdown may have a significant effect on the local economy but is prepared for this potential shift.
The Town and the Northwest Territories Power Corporation are prepared to use the community’s standby diesel generators when this shut-in begins. The Town does not expect an increase to resident’s power bills shortly after the transition.
Council and Administration will continue to work with Imperial Oil on this matter and will update residents as more information becomes available.
The full CBC article can be read at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/imperial-oil-norman-wells-suspend-production-pipeline-1.3954051