Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU; TSE:SU): Suncor has been in the news this week as it decided to shut down some of its oil sands production due to a mechanical disruption. Syncrude, majority owned by Suncor, produces some 275,000 bpd of crude oil from bitumen at its upgrader in Alberta, according to the latest data, which was for January to May. Despite the disruption, Suncor remains one of the most attractive oil plays in Canada, which some see as the best contrarian oil bets out there.
Suncor’s relatively low extraction costs per barrel, coupled with strict ESG standards and long lasting reserves make the company interesting for long-term oil investors.
And Suncor isn’t just focusing on its flagship Syncrude project. Two weeks ago, the company announced the plan to extend the life of the Terra Nova FPSO. Together with Murphy Oil and Cenovus, and with support from the local government, Suncor looks to extend the production life of the Terra Nova FPSO by around 10 years.
Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) Shell has been the target of activist investors and environmentalists alike in 2021, and the Dutch court decision that forces Shell to reduce carbon intensity has accelerated the company’s plans to decarbonize.
This week, Royal Dutch Shell announced that it would sell off its Permian operations to ConocoPhillips for a total sum of $9.5 billion. Instead of reinvesting the entire sum in new energy projects, Shell decided to distribute $7 billion to shareholders. The Anglo-Dutch company is ramping up renewable investments around the planet in a bid to become carbon neutral by 2050. Shell’s latest investments. Its most recent bets on renewables include solar PV installations in Brazil and a major biofuel refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.