πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Imperial oil quarterly profit plunges 72% as production, prices drop

By Reuters - July 28, 2023
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FILE PHOTO: General view of the Imperial Oil refinery, located near Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada March 20, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File Photo

(Reuters) -Canada’s Imperial Oil reported a 72% drop in second-quarter profit on Friday as maintenance activity hit its production while a slump in energy prices further dented earnings.

Global oil prices dropped in the second quarter from a year earlier, pressured by a banking crisis that saw several large lenders fail and fears of a looming recession that crimped demand.

Imperial said its average realized prices for Western Canada Select, the benchmark Canadian crude, fell 39% to $58.49.

The company, majority-owned by Exxon Mobil, said its second-quarter upstream production declined 12% to 363,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd), hurt by maintenance-related stoppages.

The company’s crude utilization stood at 90% in the reported quarter, lower than last year’s 96% due to the impact of the planned turnaround at its Strathcona refinery.

This pushed its quarterly total downstream throughput lower by 6% to 388,000 barrels per day (bpd).

“With substantial turnaround activity now behind us, we anticipate strong production in the second half of 2023,” CEO Brad Corson said.

The company reported a net income of C$675 million ($510.82 million), or C$1.15 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, down from C$2.4 billion or C$3.63 per share, a year earlier.

Imperial added that it has completed construction work for expanding the existing seepage interception system at its Kearl oil sands mine in northern Alberta.

In May, Canada’s federal environment ministry had opened a formal investigation into a months-long leak at Kearl of tailing, a toxic mining by-product containing water, silt, residual bitumen and metals.

Imperial also said it had started construction at Strathcona renewable diesel project.

($1 = 1.3214 Canadian dollars)

(Reporting by Sourasis Bose in BengaluruEditing by Vinay Dwivedi)