Western Canada Select (WCS) heavy blend crude for January delivery in Hardisty, Alberta, was trading at $20 per barrel below WTI, according to NE2 Canada Inc, matching Thursday’s settle.
Light synthetic crude from the oil sands traded 30 cents below WTI, compared with Thursday’s settle of 15 cents over.
Oil futures rose more than 1% and posted sharp weekly gains after OPEC and its allies agreed to deepen output cuts by 500,000 barrels per day in early 2020.
Canada’s Syncrude oil sands facility reduced December production by 1.6 million barrels because of operational problems, sources told Reuters.
Western Canadian oil stocks climbed to a record high 39 million barrels as of Nov. 29 due to a temporary outage of the Keystone oil pipeline and a strike by Canadian National Railway Co workers, data provider Genscape said.