Suncor Energy is growing its position in the Canadian oil sands through a major acquisition.

Suncor agreed to acquire all shares of TotalEnergies’ Canadian operations, TotalEnergies EP Canada Ltd., for about CA$5.5 billion (US$4.1 billion).

Suncor to Acquire TotalEnergies’ Canadian Assets for $4 Billion
Suncor Energy is acquiring TotalEnergies’ Canadian operations, including working interests in the Surmont and Fort Hills oil sands projects in Alberta. (Source: Suncor April 26 investor presentation)

The deal includes Total’s 31.23% interest in the Fort Hills oil sands mining project and the French company’s 50% interest in the Surmont in situ oil sands asset.

Suncor expects the deal to add 135,000 bbl/d of net bitumen production capacity as well as increase the company’s oil sands reserves by 2.1 billion bbl.

Rich Kruger, president and CEO at Suncor, said the deal helps Suncor secure long-term bitumen supply to upgraders at its Base Plant operation in Alberta at competitive costs.

“These are valuable oil sands assets that are a strategic fit for us and add long-term shareholder value,” Kruger said in a statement. “The acquisition also introduces flexibility and optionality into our long-range capital plan, providing us with further discretion in respect of the timing and scope of future oil sands developments.” 

Suncor will pay CA$5.5 billion in cash, or around US$4.1 billion at the current exchange rate, to acquire Total’s Canadian operations. The deal also calls for future additional payments of up to CA$600 million (US$440 million)depending on commodity benchmark pricing and achieving certain production targets.

Suncor plans to finance the acquisition through debt, which is expected to raise the company’s net debt levels above a target range of between CA$12 billion and CA$15 billion. Suncor anticipates returning to a preferred net debt target by 2024.