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Canadian Natural (CNQ) to Boost Capex by C$800M in 2022

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Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. CNQ said that it expects to shell out roughly C$4.3 billion in capital expenditure this year, up nearly 23% from 2021 when the company is estimated to have spent about C$3.5 billion on the same. Canadian Natural’s targeted outflow for 2022 is made up of C$3.6 billion of base capital and C$0.7 billion of strategic growth capital. The increased year-over-year budget comes due to the continuing recovery of oil and gas prices from pandemic-led lows and a better macroeconomic outlook.

The energy major, Canada’s biggest oil and natural gas producer, expects the production in 2022 to be between 1.27 million and 1.32 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) compared with the 2021 guidance range of 1.19 million-1.26 million boepd. By 2025, CNQ aims to raise the annual volume by roughly 63,000 barrels per day through its strategic growth capital.  
According to Canadian Natural’s president, Tim McKay, the company’s output mix in 2022 is likely to comprise approximately 46% light and synthetic crude oil, 28% heavy crude oil and 26% natural gas at the midpoint of the production range.

Established in 1973, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Limited is one of the largest independent energy companies in Canada engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas.
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