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Canadian total oil production expected to rise by a third by 2035

From CBC News
The following text was excerpted from the media outlet cited on June 12,2018 and is provided to Noia members for information purposes only. Any opinion expressed therein is neither attributable to nor endorsed by Noia.

Industry forecast says rise in production expected to be driven largely by oilsands

Canada's total oil production should increase to 5.6 million barrels per day by 2035 — a 33-per-cent increase over 2017 levels, according to a new industry forecast.

According to a report from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the rise in production is expected to be driven largely by an increase in oilsands production — to 4.2 million b/d from 2.7 million b/d — even with a decrease in capital spending in the oilsands for the fourth consecutive year.

But CAPP's forecast, released on the opening day of the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary, expects conventional production through 2035 will remain flat — rising to 1.33 million b/d from 1.32 million b/d in 2017.
 
Western Canada production is anticipated to account for the bulk of the country's total production, roughly 95 per cent.

The industry group identified the greatest potential for growth in the Montney and Duvernay formations in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, which are expected to contribute about 500,000 b/d of pentanes and condensates by 2026.

"In Eastern Canada, oil production will rise to 290,000 b/d by 2025 from major offshore projects including Hebron, Hibernia, Terra Nova, and White Rose," according to the annual forecast. 

"Hebron will account for the bulk of the production highs between now and 2025 as the region's newest producing project ramps up. Beyond 2025, production will drop to 70,000 b/d by 2035."

CAPP's report also takes aim at a number of challenges it sees for the industry in the years ahead.

The group says the struggle to get major pipelines built, the country's regulatory policies, and uncertainty related to provincial and federal climate change policies, as well as a series of cancelled projects, have had a negative impact on investor confidence in Canada's energy sector.

"Canada needs to improve its competitiveness and get pipelines built if it wants to transport an additional 1.5 million barrels per day (b/d) of oilsands production growth by 2035 to new emerging markets," it says.

"A lack of competitiveness continues to be one of Canada's biggest impediments when it comes to attracting foreign investment." 

However, CAPP president Tim McMillan told an audience at the Global Petroleum Show that he supports the steps that the federal government took to push ahead development of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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