ConocoPhillips reports Q3 EPS $1.36 ex-items, consensus $1.18
Production excluding Libya for the third quarter of 2018 was 1,224 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day, an increase of 22 MBOED compared with the same period a year ago. The third-quarter volume impact from closed dispositions was approximately 50 MBOED in 2017. Excluding this impact, underlying production increased 6 percent. The increase was primarily due to growth from the Big 3 unconventionals, development programs in Europe and Alaska, and ramp-up of major projects in Asia Pacific. These more than offset normal field decline. Production from Libya was 37 MBOED. In the Lower 48, production from the company's high-margin Big 3 unconventionals grew to 313 MBOED, reflecting a 48 percent increase year-over-year. Production from the Big 3 unconventionals in the third quarter of 2017 was impacted by 15 MBOED from Hurricane Harvey. Excluding this impact, growth was 38 percent year-over-year. Production from the Big 3 unconventionals is expected to grow more than 35 percent for the full year. During the quarter, the company achieved first production at Bohai Phase 3 and from the final phase of drilling at Bayu-Undan. In Alaska, first production was achieved from GMT-1 in October. The company also sanctioned GMT-2, which leverages existing infrastructure to lower its cost of supply and minimize the environmental footprint. Significant turnarounds were safely and successfully completed in the Western North Slope and Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, as well as in China and Malaysia. In Europe, production was impacted by an unplanned outage at a third-party plant that processes gas from the East Irish Sea in the United Kingdom. Production from the East Irish Sea is expected to resume in the fourth quarter.