• Canadian Natural Resources reported production at an average of 86,995 bpd of synthetic crude at its Horizon oil sands mine during the first quarter of 2010. The company expects April totals to be at an average of between 99,000 and 102,000 bpd, following March’s production average of 103,850 bpd.
  • Japan Canada Oil Sands Limited, a unit of Japan Petroleum Exploration, recently submitted applications to the Alberta government to expand its demonstration scale steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project at Hangingstone into a full scale commercial operation. This expansion would increase production from its current average of 7,000 bpd of bitumen to a projected 25,000 to 35,000 bpd. The company has not made a final decision to build the project at full scale.
  • OPTI Canada reported that bitumen production is on the rise at the Long Lake oil sands, up from its first quarter average of 18,700 bpd. In March, the company produced an average of 22,000 bpd. OPTI expects that each of its available wells will be on production over the next few months.  
  • Cenovus is speeding up the development of its Christina Lake project’s fourth phase by six months, and the following stage by a full year. Christina Lake output is expected to rise from 18,000 bpd of bitumen to approximately 58,000 bpd next year. In combination with Cenovus’ Foster Creek project, which currently produces more than 100,000 bpd, consultants have estimated that peak bitumen output from Cenovus could range between 445,000 and 840,000 bpd. The company’s estimate of bitumen economic contingent resources, at the end of 2009, resulted in a best estimate of 5.4 bbbl of bitumen. Sunshine Oilsands has made regulatory applications with respect to the development of a SAGD project at its West Ells property. The company expects the project to produce at a rate of 10,000 bpd of bitumen by 2011.
  • Second Wave Petroleum recently stated that it has drilled, completed and tied in six horizontal wells and two vertical wells in its Judy Creek Pekisko play. The company noted that this has increased its overall production to approximately 1,800 boepd. The company plans to drill 15 to 20 horizontal delineation wells during the second half of this year.  
  • Connacher recently finished construction of its second SAGD oil sands operation at Great Divide, in an attempt to ramp up bitumen production to 10,000 bpd by the second half of 2011. Connacher anticipates eventual production of 34,000 bpd of bitumen as a result of this expansion.