​Pending pipelines, Cenovus has oilsands expansions in its five-year plan

A Cenovus Energy SAGD well pad. Image: Cenovus Energy

In situ oilsands leader Cenovus Energy presented its annual investor update this week, and included two major projects in its five-year outlook.

That is, if new pipeline takeaway capacity is built out of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.

The company completed the 50,000-bbl/d Phase G expansion at its Christina Lake oilsands project earlier this year but is currently unable to fully bring the new production online due to Alberta’s oil curtailment.

Analysts with Peters & Co. noted that, contingent on the outlook for oil takeaway capacity, the company is considering combining Phase H at Christina Lake with a tie-back of its proposed Narrows Lake project, for total capacity of 65,000 bbls/d.

The earliest possible sanction decision for the $1.2-billion to $1.3-billion project would be the second half of 2020, followed by first steam in 2025.

Cenovus is also considering Phase H at its Foster Creek project, which would add 40,000 bbls/d of production capacity for an estimated capital cost of $600 million to $650 million.

Again, contingent on the outlook for oil takeaway capacity, the earliest possible sanction for Foster Creek Phase H would be late 2020, followed by first steam potentially in 2023, the company said.

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