Canada's Oil Sands: M&A dominates Q1 2017
Oil sands headlines in Q1 2017 were dominated by two blockbuster M&A transactions for a combined US$23 billion. The recent transactions follow a wave of consolidation in the oil sands and now over 70% of oil sands production is concentrated in the hands of four of Canada's largest producers: Suncor, CNRL, Imperial Oil and Cenovus. Underneath the M&A headlines, oil sands production continues to increase and reached a new quarterly high of 2.47 million b/d, an increase of 9% from Q1 2016. Production growth has mostly been driven by the ramp-up of new phases, notably: Horizon Phase 2B, Surmont Phase 2, Christina Lake Phase F, Foster Creek Phase G and Sunrise Phase 1.