Imperial Oil Forecasts 2024 Production Surge Amidst Pipeline Expansion

(Reuters) — Canadian refiner Imperial Oil forecast 2024 upstream production between 420,000 and 442,000 gross oil equivalent barrels per day (boepd) on Monday, higher than its 2023 guidance.

The Canadian Association of Energy Contractors expects companies to drill 8% more wells in 2024 to take advantage of greater access to pipelines.

BofA Global Research expects oil demand to grow by 1.1 million barrels per day in 2024, as emerging markets are likely to benefit from a possible end to the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary tightening cycle.

Imperial said it expects next year's throughput from its downstream operations to be between 385,000 and 400,000 barrels per day.

For 2024, the company said it expects capital expenditure of C$1.7 billion ($1.27 billion), same as its forecast for 2023.

Crude prices have been volatile through the year amid supply tightness and economic slowdown concerns, prompting refiners to keep a tight grip on expenditure.

($1 = 1.3398 Canadian dollars) 

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