ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today announced it has entered into an agreement to sell its 100 percent interest in the Clyden oil sands leasehold to Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil Canada for approximately $720 million (C$751 million) before customary adjustments. Comprising 226,000 net acres of undeveloped land, Clyden is located near the southern edge of the Athabasca oil sands and south of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
“This transaction is a significant step toward rebalancing our world-class oil sands portfolio,” said Don Wallette, executive vice president, Commercial, Business Development and Corporate Planning. “We are pleased Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil Canada recognize the value of the Clyden asset.”
ConocoPhillips currently holds approximately 1.1 million net acres of land in the Athabasca Region of northeastern Alberta. The significant bitumen deposits on these lands are estimated to contain approximately 16 billion net barrels of resources, making ConocoPhillips the holder of one of the largest land and resource positions in the region.
ConocoPhillips expects to record an after-tax gain of approximately $450 million, which will be recognized upon closing anticipated later in the third quarter of 2013. Closing is contingent upon approval by Canada’s Competition Bureau.
Including this transaction, ConocoPhillips has announced expected proceeds of approximately $13.5 billion from the sale of nonstrategic assets as part of its 2012-13 asset disposition program. Through June 30, 2013, the company has received $3.8 billion in proceeds from completed sales, with the remainder expected by year-end 2013. These proceeds will be available for general corporate purposes and allow the company to advance existing growth programs.
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ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and proved reserves. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 30 countries, $55 billion in annualized revenue, $117 billion of total assets, and approximately 17,500 employees as of June 30, 2013. Production from continuing operations averaged 1,531 MBOED for the six months ended June 30, 2013, and proved reserves were 8.6 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2012. For more information, go to www.conocophillips.com.
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Definition of resources: ConocoPhillips uses the term “resources” in this document. The company estimates its total resources based on a system developed by the Society of Petroleum Engineers that classifies recoverable hydrocarbons into six categories based on their status at the time of reporting. Three (proved, probable and possible reserves) are deemed commercial and three others are deemed on commercial or contingent. The company’s resource estimate encompasses volumes associated with all six categories. The SEC permits oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only proved, probable and possible reserves. We use the term “resource” in this fact sheet that the SEC’s guidelines prohibit us from including in filings with the SEC. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the oil and gas disclosure in our Form 10-K and other reports and filings with the SEC.
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