Suncor Energy announces 2013 capital spending plan and

Suncor Energy announces 2013 capital spending plan and production
outlook 
Suncor and joint venture partner agree to minimum spend on Voyageur
Project with immediate effect 
(All financial figures are approximate and in Canadian dollars unless
otherwise noted) 
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/03/12 -- Suncor Energy
released its 2013 corporate guidance today, which includes $7.3
billion in capital spending balanced between growth and sustaining
projects and planned average production of 570,000 to 620,000 barrels
of oil equivalent per day, representing an increase of approximately
8% in overall production and approximately 12% in oil sands
production year over year.  
Approximately $3.3 billion of the 2013 capital spend is expected to
go towards growth projects, with nearly half of that growth capital
earmarked for advancing Exploration and Production projects including
Hebron, Golden Eagle and East Coast Canada asset development. In Oil
Sands, the company anticipates spending over $1.2 billion to support
near-term production growth in In Situ and Base and funding
longer-term growth projects. Refining and Marketing growth capital of
$55 million will largely be deployed on projects to prepare the
Montreal refinery to receive shipments of western crude.  
"Our 2013 capital plan demonstrates our commitment to be absolutely
diligent in pursuing those projects expected to provide profitable,
long-term growth for shareholders," said Steve Williams, president
and chief executive officer. "As a result of our disciplined and
prudent spending in 2012, we will begin 2013 with a strong balance
sheet and the ability to fund our capital program completely from
internal cash flow." 
With the early commissioning of Firebag 4 and first oil expected by
the end of 2012, In Situ growth capital is expected to be reduced
substantially as compared to prior years. Suncor will continue to
carefully manage spending on oil sands joint venture projects as it
drives towards project sanction decisions. 


 
Capital Expenditures (millions $) (1)                                       
                                                                            
                                                           Capital (2)      
                                        2013 Outlook  Sustaining      Growth
                                        Dec. 3, 2012                        
============================================================================
Oil Sands                                      4,195       2,960       1,235
  Oil Sands                                    3,110       2,540         570
  Oil Sands Ventures                           1,085         420         665
E&P                                            1,845         205       1,640
Refining & Marketing                             730         675          55
Corporate                                        530         155         375
Total                                          7,300       3,995       3,305
                                                                            
(1) Capital expenditures exclude capitalized interest of $450 million - $550
    million.                                                                
(2) For definitions of growth and sustaining capital expenditures, see the  
    Capital Investment Update Section of Suncor's Management's Discussion   
    and Analysis dated October 31, 2012. Capital expenditures attributed to 
    Corporate include a $250 million growth capital pool to be allocated to 
    the Business Units for spending at the discretion of management.        

 
"Together with our joint venture partner, we have accelerated the
review of the Voyageur project with the intent to reach a decision by
the end of the first quarter in 2013," said Williams. "Until a
decision is made, we have agreed to minimize spending on this
project." 
Approximately $4 billion of the 2013 capital spend is expected to go
toward sustaining capital investments focused on improving
reliability across the company's assets, maintaining current
production capacities through planned maintenance activities and
ensuring the safety and efficiency of existing operations. 
2013 Production Outlook 
"We undertook significant maintenance in 2012 across our operations
and we've made good progress during the year in terms of operational
excellence and reliability," said Williams. "We will continue to
maintain a relentless focus on operational excellence and reliability
in order to maximize the value from Suncor's broad portfolio of
assets." 
"I'm pleased with the steps we've taken in terms of reducing and
carefully managing costs," said Williams. "We're focused on
continuing to reduce oil sands cash costs and, based on our
performance to date, I'm optimistic that we will reach this goal." 
International production ranges assume production from assets in the
U.K. sector of the North Sea and from Libya but do not include
production from Syria due to continued political unrest in that
country. 


 
                                                      2013 full year outlook
Suncor Total Production                                         Dec. 3, 2012
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Suncor Oil Sands (bpd)                                    350,000 to 380,000
Syncrude production share (bpd)                             34,000 to 38,000
North America Onshore (boe/d)                               41,000 to 46,000
East Coast Canada (bpd)                                     55,000 to 60,000
International (boe/d)                                       90,000 to 96,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                            
Total production (boe/d)                                  570,000 to 620,000

 
For more detail on Suncor's outlook and capital spending plan, see
www.suncor.com/guidance. 
Suncor's corporate guidance provides management's outlook for 2013 in
certain key areas of the company's business. Users of this
forward-looking information are cautioned that actual results may
vary materially from the targets disclosed. Readers are cautioned
against placing undue reliance on this guidance. 
Legal Advisory - Forward-Looking Information 
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements and
other information based on Suncor's current expectations, estimates,
projections and assumptions that were made by the company in light of
its experience and its perception of historical trends, including:
expectations and assumptions concerning the accuracy of reserves and
resources estimates; commodity prices and interest and foreign
exchange rates; capital efficiencies and cost savings; applicable
royalty rates and tax laws; future production rates; the sufficiency
of budgeted capital expenditures in carrying out planned activities;
the availability and cost of labour and services; and the receipt, in
a timely manner, of regulatory and third-party approvals. Suncor's
corporate guidance is based on the following assumptions around oil
prices: WTI, Cushing of US$85.00 per barrel; Brent, Sullom Voe of
US$97.00 per barrel; and WCS, Hardisity of US$65.00 per barrel. In
addition, the guidance is based on the assumption of a natural gas
price (AECO - C Spot) of Cdn. $3.00 per GJ and an exchange rate
(US$/Cdn$) of $0.97. Assumptions for the Oil Sands and Syncrude 2013
production outlook include those relating to reliability and
operational efficiency initiatives that we expect will minimize
unplanned maintenance in 2013. Assumptions for the East Coast Canada
and International 2013 production outlook include those relating to
reservoir performance, drilling results and facility reliability.
Factors that could potentially impact Suncor's 2013 corporate
guidance include, but are not limited to:  


 
--  Bitumen supply. Bitumen supply may be dependent on unplanned maintenance
    of mine equipment and extraction plants, bitumen ore grade quality,
    tailings storage and in situ reservoir performance. 
    
--  Availability of infrastructure. A number of new storage and distribution
    infrastructure projects are currently planned or in progress, which we
    expect will support growth at Oil Sands operations. The timing for the
    completion and successful integration of these projects into existing
    operations may impact production. 
    
--  Performance of recently commissioned facilities. Production rates while
    new equipment is being brought into service are difficult to predict and
    can be impacted by unplanned maintenance. Sweet SCO production levels
    from Oil Sands are dependent on the successful operation of the MNU. 
    
--  Unplanned maintenance. Production estimates could be negatively impacted
    if unplanned work is required at any of our mining, extraction,
    upgrading, refining, pipeline, or offshore assets. 
    
--  Planned maintenance events. Production estimates, including SCO rates,
    could be negatively impacted if planned maintenance events are affected
    by unexpected events or not executed effectively. 
    
--  Commodity prices. Declines in commodity prices may alter our production
    outlook and/or reduce our capital expenditure plans. 
    
--  Foreign operations. Suncor's foreign operations and related assets are
    subject to a number of political, economic and socio-economic risks. 

 
All statements and other information that address expectations or
projections about the future, and other statements and information
about Suncor's strategy for growth, expected and future expenditures,
commodity prices, costs, schedules, production volumes, operating and
financial results and expected impact of future commitments are
forward-looking statements. Some of the forward-looking statements
and information may be identified by words like "will", "expected",
"guidance", "plans", "outlook", "continue", "focus", "could",
"potentially" and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements in
this news release include references to the following: anticipated
capital spending, which Suncor believes demonstrates its commitment
to be absolutely diligent in pursuing those projects expected to
provide profitable, long-term growth for shareholders; anticipated
production for 2013; plans to reduce In Situ growth capital
substantially as compared to prior years; plans to begin 2013 with a
strong balance sheet and the ability to fund Suncor's capital program
from internal cash flow; expectation for first oil at Firebag 4 by
the end of 2012; intent to reach a decision on Voyageur by the end of
the first quarter of 2013; and goal to reduce oil sands cash costs.  
Forward-looking statements and information are not guarantees of
future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties,
some that are similar to other oil and gas companies and some that
are unique to Suncor. Suncor's actual results may differ materially
from those expressed or implied by its forward-looking statements, so
readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on them. 
Additional risks, uncertainties and other factors that could
influence financial and operating performance of all of Suncor's
operating segments and activities include, but are not limited to:
changes in general economic, market and business conditions, such as
commodity prices, interest rates and currency exchange rates;
fluctuations in supply and demand for Suncor's products; the
successful and timely implementation of capital projects, including
growth projects and regulatory projects; competitive actions of other
companies, including increased competition from other oil and gas
companies or from companies that provide alternative sources of
energy; labour and material shortages; actions by government
authorities, including the imposition of taxes or changes to fees and
royalties, and changes in environmental and other regulations; the
ability and willingness of parties with whom we have material
relationships to perform their obligations to us; the occurrence of
unexpected events such as fires, equipment failures and other similar
events affecting Suncor or other parties whose operations or assets
directly or indirectly affect Suncor; the potential for security
breaches of Suncor's information systems by computer hackers or
cyberterrorists, and the unavailability or failure of such systems to
perform as anticipated as a result of such breaches; our ability to
find new oil and gas reserves that can be developed economically; the
accuracy of Suncor's reserves, resources and future production
estimates; market instability affecting Suncor's ability to borrow in
the capital debt markets at acceptable rates; maintaining an optimal
debt to cash flow ratio; the success of the company's risk management
activities using derivatives and other financial instruments; the
cost of compliance with current and future environmental laws; risks
and uncertainties associated with closing a transaction for the
purchase or sale of an oil and gas property, including estimates of
the final consideration to be paid or received, the ability of
counterparties to comply with their obligations in a timely manner
and the receipt of any required regulatory or other third-party
approvals outside of Suncor's control that are customary to
transactions of this nature; and the accuracy of cost estimates, some
of which are provided at the conceptual or other preliminary stage of
projects and prior to commencement or conception of the detailed
engineering that is needed to reduce the margin of error and increase
the level of accuracy. The foregoing important factors are not
exhaustive.  
Suncor's Earnings Release, Quarterly Report and Management's
Discussion & Analysis for the third quarter of 2012 dated October 31,
2012, Suncor's Annual Information Form/Form 40-F dated March 1, 2012,
Annual Report to Shareholders and other documents it files from time
to time with securities regulatory authorities describe additional
risks, uncertainties, material assumptions and other factors that
could influence actual results, and such factors are incorporated
herein by reference. Copies of these documents are available without
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or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
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equivalent (boe) on the basis of one barrel to six thousand cubic
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e misleading, particularly if
used in isolation. A conversion ratio of one bbl of crude oil or
natural gas liquids to six thousand cubic feet of natural gas is
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at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the
wellhead. Given that the value ratio based on the current price of
crude oil as compared to natural gas is significantly different from
the energy equivalency of 6:1, utilizing a conversion on a 6:1 basis
may be misleading as an indication of value.  
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operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional
and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product
marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. While working to responsibly
develop petroleum resources, Suncor is also developing a growing
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