​Imperial reduces Montney/Duvernay plans following new oilsands project sanction

Imperial Oil is putting its focus into its oilsands assets. The company announced it is reducing growth plans in the Montney and Duvernay following its decision to proceed with the $2.6-billion Aspen in situ project.

“With Aspen sanctioned, Imperial has elected to pare back its Montney/Duvernay program versus the initial plans presented at last year’s investor day,” analysts with Peters & Co. wrote after the company’s 2018 investor day this week in Toronto.

“Imperial now expects the program to reach ~20,000 boe/d in 2020 (potentially reaching 30,000 boe/d in 2023), which is roughly 50 percent below last year’s plans to reach 30,000 to 50,000 boe/d in 2020.”

Imperial plans to spend $1.0 billion to $1.1 billion in growth capital annually over the next five years, which will be primarily directed to Aspen and to increasing production at the company’s Kearl oilsands mine.

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