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Canada’s Saskatchewan province produced a record amount of oil in 2013, the provincial government said Monday.

In 2013, Saskatchewan produced 177.9 million barrels, up from 172.9 million in 2012.

Oil production in 2013 averaged 487,400 barrels per day.

A total of 3,371 wells were drilled in 2013, the third highest number for Saskatchewan.

About 66% of all drilling occurred in the Lloydminster, Kindersley and Kerrobert areas.

Tim McMillian, Saskatchewan’s energy and resources minister, said: “The importance of the oil industry cannot be understated, as a top employer and exporter it contributes positively to communities throughout our province.”

Source: The Global News