Ovintiv’s risk-informed business strategy incorporates key environment, social and governance issues that have the potential to affect our performance. We conduct our strategic planning and scenario analysis on an ongoing basis, considering the impacts of commodities pricing, carbon taxes, regulations and the potential long-term impacts of climate change.

This process incorporates insights from various contributors within the company, as well as external advisors and private commodity market analysis firms. We follow four interconnected and iterative workflows for our strategic planning.

Ovintiv Strategic Planning Workflow

Strategic Assessment

We incorporate the macro assessment findings in developing a strategic assessment and analysis to test the fitness of the current strategy and discuss potential pathways to deliver value to shareholders over the short and long term. This assessment is presented to, and discussed with, the executive leadership on at least an annual basis.


Benchmarking is also incorporated in our strategic planning. We benchmark our strategic and competitive positioning against companies both within and outside of the E&P industry. This provides real-time intelligence and enhances our understanding of peer strategies, industry trends and business best practices.

Macro Review

We conduct a macro analysis of both the business and industry environment focused on key trends, risks and opportunities with potential to impact our corporate strategy.

Portfolio Evaluation

We conduct an internal assessment to evaluate the current state of our portfolio while considering potential opportunities to advance or enhance value through technological innovation and efficiencies, reduction of uncertainty and the optimization of resources. During this phase, a suite of individual asset development profiles is constructed or revised to test various scenarios and approaches to optimize long-term value creation.

Climate-Focused Scenario Analysis

We consider climate-related risks throughout our corporate strategic planning and scenario analysis process. In conducting our scenario analysis, we utilized internal modeling supported in part by the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook (WEO) to better understand the future patterns of a changing global energy system.

We used two of the scenarios included in the IEA’s 2022 Outlook, each of which contain assumptions regarding future population, economic growth and hydrocarbon supply and demand.

Stated Policies Scenario (STEPS): Reflects current policy settings that are in place and have been announced by governments around the world

Announced Pledges Scenario (APS): Assumes that all climate commitments made by governments around the world will be met in full and on time

By using scenarios, we can evaluate a range of potential risks related to commodity pricing and emissions reduction structures. Specific to our portfolio, we test our current assets against potential future outcomes to determine where challenges and opportunities may exist. We also assess portfolio resiliency by comparing our assets’ performance under different IEA price forecasts adjusted to the WTI benchmark against publicly available breakeven price assumptions per play. For this analysis, we also incorporate an escalating carbon tax up to $200/T CO2e by 2050 in line with the IEA APS.

For the purposes of this analysis, we have included an Ovintiv Base Case Scenario to demonstrate the current competitiveness of our portfolio compared to IEA forecasted prices. The Ovintiv Base Case Scenario assumes holding crude and condensate scale at maintenance capital levels and is non-GAAP free cash flow positive after base dividend.

It is important to note that our analysis assumes a consistent break-even price. Ovintiv has a strong track record of knowledge sharing, adopting innovative practice and driving efficiencies through our business. We expect this performance to continue, further decreasing our break-even prices and increasing our portfolio resiliency.

In alignment with the SASB reporting recommendations, we tested our year-end 2022 reserves against the conditions outlined in the IEA’s APS. The commodity pricing associated with the APS compared to the SEC trailing price forecast used for the year-end 2022 evaluation was lower. As a result, under the associated pricing and escalating carbon tax, the value of Ovintiv’s SEC 1P reserves would be ~30% lower on a NPV10 basis due primarily to lower commodity pricing. However, the net present value of our future cash flows remains positive under the APS scenario, and we believe that our multi-basin, diversified product portfolio is well positioned to be resilient in a low-carbon scenario.

Thirdparty basin average operating break-even 

Our analysis confirms the resiliency of our portfolio under a range of possible future climate policy scenarios. Under all scenarios, we expect new well development to continue to yield an economic return as breakeven prices remain lower than forecast prices. Even with the implementation of an escalating carbon tax, our low-cost, short-cycle portfolio remains competitive.
Significant Free Cash Flow Potential Across both of the IEA Scenarios