Suncor Energy sells majority of conventional natural gas business in Western
(All financial figures are approximate and in Canadian dollars unless
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/15/13 -- Suncor Energy today
announced it has reached an agreement to sell the conventional
portion of its natural gas business in Western Canada for $1 billion
to a newly established partnership between Centrica plc (LSE: CNA)
and Qatar Petroleum International. Estimated production from this
business in 2013 is approximately 42,000 boe/d (90% gas).
The sale includes properties situated across multiple regions in
Alberta, northeast British Columbia and southern Saskatchewan.
Excluded are the majority of Suncor's unconventional natural gas
properties in the Montney region of British Columbia and the
company's Wilson Creek, Alberta unconventional oil assets.
"Today's announcement is further proof of our commitment to capital
discipline and aligning assets with strategic objectives," said Steve
Williams, president and chief executive officer. "We will
continuously review and refine our portfolio of assets to ensure we
are investing in projects that deliver profitable growth and strong
returns for our shareholders."
The purchase price is subject to closing adjustments on an economic
basis, effective January 1, 2013, typical of transactions of this
nature. The sale is subject to regulatory approval, including under
the Investment Canada Act and Competition Act and is expected to
close during the third quarter.
Production guidance for the North American Onshore business segment
is expected to be adjusted after closing of the transaction.
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information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities
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assumption that the transaction will close as described.
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the ratio of six thousand cubic feet: one barrel. BOEs may be
misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE conversion ratio
of six thousand cubic feet of natural gas: one barrel of oil is based
on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at
the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the
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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
renewable energy portfolio. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are
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