Alberta Oilsands Hit New Production Record In 2018: AER

The oilsands industry hit a major milestone last year.

According to new data from Alberta Energy Regulator released last month, the province averaged 3 million barrels of raw bitumen production per day for the first time in 2018.

In 2017, production reached 2.8 million bbls/d.

Part of last year’s growth can be credited to two major projects in our region, Suncor Energy’s Fort Hills project and Canadian Natural Resources’ Horizon Phase 3 – both of which saw an increase in production year over year.

Production first hit 1 million bbls/d in back in 2004, and the Regulator is predicting it will reach more than 4 million bbls/d by 2027.

As for the price of oil, AER is projecting WTI to hit US$60 per barrel in 2019, which is roughly a $4 drop from last year, and average US$81.08 per barrel by 2028 as global supply and demand remains in balance.

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