(Reuters) - Cenovus Energy Inc (CVE.TO), Canada's No.2 independent oil producer, reported a 4 percent fall in quarterly profit mainly due to an outage at a refinery.
Cenovus's operating cash flow from refining fell 53 percent due to an unplanned coker outage in July at its Borger refinery in Texas and a planned turnaround at the Wood River refinery in Illinois.
The company has a 50 percent stake in the two U.S. refineries operated by Phillips 66 (PSX.N).
Cenovus, which co-owns the Foster Creek and Christina Lake oil sands projects with ConocoPhillips (COP.N), said its total oil production rose 13 percent to 199,089 barrels per day (bpd), driven by a 23 percent jump in oil sands production.
Natural gas production fell 7 percent.
Production at Foster Creek rose 15 percent to an average of nearly 57,000 bpd.
Cenovus's cash flow, a key indicator of its ability to fund new projects, rose 6 percent to C$985 million, or C$1.30 per share.
Net income fell to C$354 million, or 47 Canadian cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from C$370 million, or 49 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier.
Operating profit, which excludes most one-time items, rose 19 percent to C$372 million, or 49 Canadian cents per share.
Reporting by Scott Haggett in Calgary and Ashutosh Pandey in Bangalore; Editing by Joyjeet Das and Kirti Pandey