OKLAHOMA CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Devon Energy Corp. (NYSE: DVN) today reported that additional facilities work at its Jackfish 1 heavy oil project in Alberta, Canada, is now complete and full-scale operations have been restored. The work at Jackfish 1 was related to minor facility repairs the company identified during recent turnaround startup activities. Devon elected to perform the incremental maintenance work that temporarily curtailed production as opposed to deferring the repairs to a future date.
Devon estimates that its third-quarter 2018 net production in Canada will be approximately 104,000 barrels of oil equivalent (Boe) per day as a result of the maintenance at Jackfish 1. The temporary curtailment of volumes at Jackfish represents less than 1 percent of total expected company-wide production in 2018. Production at the company’s Jackfish 2 and Jackfish 3 facilities were at nameplate capacity for the entire third quarter.
With the Jackfish complex resuming full-scale operations, the company expects fourth quarter net production in Canada, after the impact of higher sliding-scale royalties, to increase to an average of 115,000 to 120,000 Boe per day. This operational momentum will carry into 2019, with Canadian net production estimated to exit the current year in excess of 120,000 Boe per day.
Third-Quarter U.S. Production Exceeds Guidance; Capital Spending Below Expectations
Devon estimates that net production in the U.S. will be approximately 418,000 Boe per day during the third quarter of 2018. During the quarter, Devon monetized minor, non-core assets with an associated production impact of approximately 2,000 Boe per day. This production result exceeds the company’s third-quarter guidance range, adjusted for the non-core asset sales, of 398,000 to 417,000 Boe per day.
A key driver of the third-quarter production outperformance was higher natural gas liquids yields and recoveries, which benefit from access to premium pricing in the Mont Belvieu market. Devon’s U.S. oil production in the third quarter was in line with the midpoint of guidance.
The company effectively controlled capital costs during the third quarter. Devon’s upstream capital spending was $523 million in the quarter, which was $52 million, or 9 percent below the company’s midpoint guidance.
About Devon Energy
Devon Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in finding and producing oil and natural gas. Based in Oklahoma City and included in the S&P 500, Devon operates in several of the most prolific oil and natural gas plays in the U.S. and Canada with an emphasis on achieving strong returns and capital-efficient, cash-flow growth. For more information, please visit www.devonenergy.com.