CALGARY, ALBERTA (October 1, 2018) – Osum Oil Sands Corp., a private oil sands company, today provided an update on expansion activities at its Orion Thermal Project, located in the Cold Lake oil sands region of Alberta.
Over the last 12 months, Osum has sanctioned and successfully completed both its Phase 2B and Phase 2C expansions. These scopes, executed concurrently, were completed ahead of schedule and under budget. The expanded plant facility is fully operational with current performance in line with expectations. Average production for the third quarter exceeded 11,000 barrels per day, a more than 30 per cent increase over the second quarter. The increase in average production reflects lower than expected declines from existing wells along with earlier than forecast contribution from six of 18 new well pairs. The projected exit rate for 2018 has been raised by 27 per cent to 14,000 barrels per day.
Commenting on the expansion, Steve Spence, President and CEO of Osum said, “I would like to thank our staff and contractors for their efforts to bring this expansion to successful completion. I am proud of the efficient and effective track record we have set in delivering Phases 2A through 2C on time and within budget. We anticipate hitting 18,000 barrels per day by the end of Q3 2019, three months earlier than our previous forecast. We are well positioned to maintain our growth trajectory, potentially pursuing additional expansion opportunities in 2019.”
Osum is planning a Phase 2D expansion that will bring average daily production at Orion to over 20,000 barrels per day. The Company also has regulatory approval for its 35,000 barrel per day Taiga Project, a greenfield development located less than twenty kilometres from Orion.
Established in Alberta in 2005, Osum Oil Sands Corp. is a private oil sands producer focused on the responsible application of in-situ recovery technologies within Canada’s oil sands and carbonates. Additional information on the company is available at www.osumcorp.com.
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