Saturday, March 23, 2019

Brazil News

Murphy Oil Sells Malaysian Assets

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Murphy Oil Corp said on Thursday it is exiting Malaysia with the $2.13 billion sale of its oil and gas assets to a Thai company and will use the deal proceeds to pay down debt, buy back shares and fund potential deals in the United States.The buyer, PTT Exploration and Production Public Co Ltd, will also pay Murphy up to $100 million in bonus if certain exploration projects show results before October 2020…

Brazil Likely to Pay Petrobras $10 Bln

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The Brazilian government is likely to pay around $10 billion to state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA to settle the so-called 'transfer-of-rights' dispute, newspaper Valor Economico reported on Tuesday, though the parties have not agreed on final terms.The financial daily, citing a source with knowledge of the matter, said the payment was a reduction from a previous proposal of $14 billion.

Petrobras Names Former Vale Exec as CFO

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Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, named Andrea Marques de Almeida, an engineer and former executive at mining company Vale SA, as its new chief financial officer, according to a securities filing.Andrea Almeida will replace Rafael Salvador Grisolia, who will take over as chief executive of the company's fuel distribution unit Petrobras Distribuidora SA.

Petrobras P-77 FPSO Starts Production

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Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Tuesday it had started production at its P-77 platform, its fourth platform to enter operations in the Buzios field within the pre-salt region of Bacia de Santos.Petrobras, as the company is known, had said the platform would commence production in the first half of 2019.

Repsol, Emerson Pact for Geoscience R&D

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Emerson and Repsol announced they have established a strategic alliance to deliver advanced subsurface geophysical technologies to reduce the time to prospect and produce first oil.Emerson, a global engineering and technology company,  will work collaboratively with Spanish energy company Repsol to implement and deploy advanced subsurface imaging technologies…

US to Lead Oil Supply Growth to 2024

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The United States is set to drive the global oil supply growth over the next 5 years, thanks to the strength of its shale industry, triggering a rapid transformation of world oil markets, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).IEA said that oil exports from the United States will overtake Russia and close in on Saudi Arabia…

Colombia, Shell Ink Offshore E&P Contracts

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Colombia's government on Monday said it signed two exploration and production contracts with Shell in offshore areas of the Caribbean Sea that will require the company to make initial investments of $100 million.Colombia recently modified contractual terms for offshore exploration and launched a Permanent Area Allocation Process so companies can apply to explore in areas of interest, offering 20 blocks as part of a s

Petrobras Plans to Slash Opex by $8.1 Bln

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Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, announced plans to cut $8.1 billion from its operational costs in the period from 2019 through 2023, according to a securities filing released on Friday.Petrobras said it intends to reach that economy on costs mainly with reductions in expenses with employees -- it will launch a voluntary lay-off plan soon -- and with lower expenditures in ad

World Bank Targets Offshore Wind Markets

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The World Bank Group announced a new program to advance the adoption of offshore wind energy in developing countries and emerging markets.The World Bank and  International Finance Corporation (IFC) will help these markets evaluate their offshore wind potential and provide technical assistance to develop a growing pipeline of projects that are ready for investment by renewable energy developers…

BW Offshore Cleared to Buy Brazil Oilfield

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Norway's BW Offshore has won approval from Brazil's antitrust watchdog Cade to buy the Maromba oilfield from Petrobras and Chevron, according to a statement in the official gazette on Wednesday.Petrobras has a 70 percent stake in the field, while Chevron has a 30 percent stake."The transaction represents an opportunity for BW to enter and start its activities in the oil and natural gas exploration and production mark

BW Offshore Approved to Buy Brazil Oilfield from Petrobras, Chevron

Norway's BW Offshore has won approval from Brazil's antitrust watchdog Cade to buy the Maromba oilfield from Petrobras and Chevron , according to a statement in the official gazette on Wednesday.Petrobras has a 70 percent stake in the field, while Chevron has a 30 percent stake."The transaction represents an opportunity for BW to enter…

ExxonMobil Plans Big 2020 Capex Boost

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Exxon Mobil Corp plans to boost capital spending for several years, CEO Darren Woods said on Wednesday, and the largest U.S. oil company's shares fell after he laid out a strategy to "lean in" while the rest of the industry cuts back.Exxon shares fell more than 1.6 percent after the company told analysts attending its annual investor meeting…

Petrobras Divestment Plan Pushing Ahead

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Petroleo Brasileiro SA is expanding its ambitious divestment program and has "bold" plans for future sales, the Brazilian state-run oil company's chief executive said after the firm reported its first annual profit in five years.On a post-results conference call with analysts on Thursday, CEO Roberto Castello Branco said selling non-core…

Exxon adds 4.5 billion bbls to 2018 Reserves

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Exxon Mobil Corp said on Tuesday it added 4.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels of proved oil and gas reserves in 2018, driven mainly by increases in its holdings in the U.S. Permian Basin, Guyana and Brazil.The oil major said its proved reserves totaled 24.3 billion oil-equivalent barrels at the end of 2018, with liquids accounting for 64 percent…

Petrobras Kicks Off Third Buzios FPSO

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Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA  (Petrobras) has started producing oil and gas from the P-76 FPSO in the Búzios field in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil.The oil and gas company said that with a daily capacity to process up to 150,000 barrels of oil and compress up to 6 million cubic meters of natural gas, P-76 will contribute to the growth of the companies' production.

2021 to See 33 More FPSOs

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A total of 33 floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels will be sanctioned between now and 2021 as oil and gas activity picks up in the offshore sector.Norwegian oil and gas intelligence firm Rystad Energy reports that 15 of the FPSOs will require production capacity of more than 80,000 barrels per day.Rystad said that…

Petrobras Will Pay to End Whale Park Dispute

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Brazil state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Thursday it had concluded a long-running dispute with the country's ANP petroleum regulator, agreeing to pay 3.5 billion reais ($940 million) to end an oil-royalty spat.Dating back to 2014, the dispute over the so-called Whale Park offshore oilfields arose after the ANP decided to unify the Jubarte, Cachalote, Caxaréu, Baleia Franca, Baleia Anã, Baleia Azul and

Video: FPSO Travels from China to Brazil

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Dutch firm Boskalis transported the 90,000-ton FPSO P-67 from Qingdao, China to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aboard the semi-submersible heavy transport vessel BOKA Vanguard.FPSO P-67 was built by China’s Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC), and delivered to Brazil's Petrobras in 2018.The FPSO recently began producing in the deepwater Lula Norte area, in the pre-salt of Santos Basin offshore Brazil.

Petrobras May Reconsider Dividend Policy

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Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA may reconsider its dividend policy, Chief Executive Officer Roberto Castello Branco told Brazilian newspaper Valor on Wednesday.In an interview with the paper, Castello Branco said he may cancel quarterly dividends payments, to accelerate the reduction of Petrobras' debt levels.The…

Equinor Launches High-Tech Buoy

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Equinor Wind US has announced deployment of a cutting-edge, specialized buoy designed to gather information, an important step in the development of its offshore wind lease site in the “New York Bight,” which will provide wind energy to New York and the region to help achieve the renewable energy goals recently set forth by Governor Andrew…