By ALISON SIDER
ConocoPhillips plans to sell some parts of its stakes
in expensive projects such as the Australia Pacific LNG
project and in the Canadian oil
sands, CEO Ryan Lance told analysts Thursday.
The company has already announced plans to shed billions of
dollars in assets to focus on core areas of its portfolio,
particularly in unconventional formations in the US.
The company plans to "rebalance" its portfolio over time and
"lighten up" on these high costs projects in order to keep costs of
supply low, Mr. Lance said Thursday.
The company aims to increase production and margins by 3% to
5% annually through 2017, he said.
Matt Fox, executive vice president for exploration and production, said
costs have crept up in Australia by about 7% in Australian
dollars, which is compounded by the that currency's strength
against the US dollar. The project is set to deliver first
cargo by mid-2015, he said.
Even with some reduction in the company's stake there, the
project is expected to add 80,000 bpd of oil equivalent by
2017, Mr. Fox said.
ConocoPhillips's projection in the Canadian oil sands
is expected to double in the same period, even assuming the
company will dilute its stake there, Mr. Fox added.
Dow Jones Newswires