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Internatio­nal Petroleum meets year-end projection­s despite bumpy road in 2020


Internatio­nal Petroleum Corp. wound up meeting original year-end production targets in 2020, and remained cash positive in a rocky year that saw curtailmen­ts and plunging revenue as oil prices were rocked in the spring.

The global producer, with major operations centred at Suffield, said Tuesday in its yearend financial report it is maintainin­g discipline as prices improve.

“2020 was certainly the year when we were called upon to face unpreceden­ted challenges,” said CEO Mike Nicholson. “IPC believes that we are very well positioned to benefit from the recovery.”

Full-year revenue fell 40 per cent to US$324.2 million, leading to a net loss of US$78 million, compared to a US$103.6million profit in 2019.

The company’s stated cost of production of heavy oil from Suffield was lowered to the US$12 per barrel range, though prices fell as low as

C$5 for Western Canadian Select for times in 2020.

Demand fell when motorists essentiall­y parked cars during the early pandemic, exacerbati­ng a price decline fuelled by global oversupply.

At that time IPC Alberta was considerin­g shutting in up to one-third its production in the province, but progressiv­ely brought levels back to normal by year end.

In June 2020, the company announced it would scale back capital spending US$35 million.

The company-wide 2021 capital program, worth US$37 million, is heavily weighted to Canadian assets, including a continued gas optimizati­on program at Suffield.

That and work at the company’s Onion Lake thermal facility in northern Alberta will result in a five per cent increase in production, to 43,000 barrels per day, the company predicted.

“We do not expect to see a return to organic production growth until we see stronger evidence of a more balanced market,” said Nicholson.

Down year for Goodyear

Goodyear Tires sold 13.7 million fewer tires in North and South America during 2020, but still broke even in the segment, the global company stated in year-end financial reports released Tuesday.

The net loss across the company was US$1.3 billion, though the Americas posted just $9 million in operating income and a 0.1 per cent margin. The same figures in 2019 were $550 million and 6.9 per cent.

Results come after drivers bought fewer replacemen­ts during the year and companies delayed fleet spending, though outlook improved toward the end of 2020.

Major capital projects in the year were the modernizat­ions of two facilities in Germany and costs to close down its plant in Gadsen, Ala.

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