Cenovus Energy Inc. achieved first oil production at its recently-completed Foster Creek phase F expansion earlier this month. Phase F is expected to add 30,000 barrels per day (bbls/d) of capacity, with production ramping up over the next 12 to 18 months.
By year-end, production from phase F is expected to be approximately 5,000 bbls/d. Phases G and H are under construction and are expected to add another 30,000 bbls/d each with first production anticipated in late 2015 and 2016, respectively.
This will bring total expected gross production capacity at Foster Creek to 210,000 bbls/d. Following the completion of phases F, G and H, optimization work is expected to increase total capacity by another 15,000 to 35,000 bbls/d.