Monday, December 9, 2019

Gas Prices News

Offshore: OSV Market Report

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The environment in oil patches onshore and offshore alike has been challenging throughout 2019; worries about an economic slowdown – whether cyclical or induced by a trade war – have weighed heavily on oil prices, even in the face of reduced production by the big producers. Though storm clouds persist, there appears a clearing on the horizon.The fate of Offshore Service Vessels (OSVs) is…

Exceptional Growth in LNG Trade, Says Awilco

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The exceptional growth in LNG trade recorded in the first half of the 2019 continued in Q3, says Awilco LNG Group, the Norwegian based fully integrated pure play LNG transportation provider.According to Fearnleys LNG total LNG trade is up about 13 % in the first nine months of the year vs last year. In line with normal seasonal patterns…

GasLog Sees Tighter LNG Shipping Market

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GasLog, an international owner, operator and manager of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, is predicting a tighter LNG shipping market, as increasing United States LNG output combines with a seasonal uptick in demand for gas, resulting in rising demand for shipping and higher utilization of the global fleet.These underlying trends in…

Chesapeake Energy to Reduce CapEx by 30%

U.S. oil and gas company Chesapeake Energy Corp said it expects its capital expenses to drop by about 30% in 2020 after it reported a bigger-than-expected loss on Tuesday because of a sharp drop in production and lower natural gas prices.Chesapeake said it expects capital expenditures of $1.3 billion to $1.6 billion for 2020 that is well…

Chevron Profit Falls

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Chevron Corp reported a larger-than-expected 36% drop in third-quarter profit on Friday, hit by lower oil and gas prices despite an overall increase in its output.Results mirrored weaker earnings at BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell, which indicated they might delay dividend increases or a buyback program due to low prices. Exxon Mobil earlier on Friday reported its profits fell by nearly half from a year ago…

U.S. NatGas Prices Near 25-year Low as Glut Weighs

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In the shale field that helped launch the U.S. natural gas boom a decade ago, Chesapeake Energy Corp this month set aside its last drilling rig. The problem for the once No. 2 U.S. gas producer was not a lack of gas, but too much of it.A long, steady increase in U.S. gas production – much of it a byproduct of the shale oil boom – has prices for the fuel heading toward a 25-year low, with output outpacing U.S.

ConocoPhillips Profit Beats Estimates

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US oil and gas company ConocoPhillips' quarterly profit shot ahead of analysts' estimates on Tuesday, as higher shale production offset the impact from lower crude prices and higher exploration costs.Total production, excluding Libya, rose 98,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) to 1.322 million boe/d, with output from U.S. basins including Eagle Ford…

Investors Brace for Poor US Shale Earnings

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Investors are bracing for weaker results from U.S. shale players in coming days as lower oil and natural gas prices and cost-cutting measures have weighed on third-quarter operations.Major shale producers ConocoPhillips and Concho Resources this week kick off quarterly earnings reports for a group whipsawed this year by volatile pricing and investor demands for improved returns.

Keenan Leaves Apache Corp

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Oil and gas industry veteran Steven Keenan, who was credited with a high-profile shale discovery for Apache Corp, resigned on Wednesday from his position as senior vice president of worldwide exploration, the company said on Friday.Houston-based Apache told Reuters that Keenan's resignation is not connected to the well the company is currently drilling offshore in Suriname.

Equinor Q3 Profit Drops, Hit by Lower Prices

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Norway's state-backed energy company Equinor third-quarter profit fell by more than expected on account of the significant decline in the volume and price of natural gas sold to Europe.Adjusted earnings before interest and tax were down 46 per cent year-on-year to $2.59bn, from $4.8bn, missing consensus forecasts of $2.69bn.“We maintain strong cost and capital discipline…

Equinor Sticks to 2019 Output Forecast

The mega Johan Sverdrup oil field has already achieved a daily production above 200,000 barrels, and will have a capacity of well above 300,000 barrels by the end of November. (Photo: Espen Rønnevik/Øyvind Gravås, Equinor)

Equinor's third-quarter profit fell by more than expected on Thursday after a significant decline in the volume and price of natural gas sold to Europe, although the Norwegian firm reiterated its forecast for flat 2019 production.Shares in Oslo-listed Equinor were up 2.2% by 0730 GMT after it also confirmed plans to reach Phase 1 plateau output of 440…

Hammerfest LNG Ships 1000th LNG Cargo

Arctic Discoverer will carry cargo number 1000 from the Hammerfest LNG plant. (Photo: Silje Grytbakk / Equinor ASA)

Norwegian energy company Equinor reached a milestone at its Hammerfest LNG facility on Melkøya Island, “the Snøhvit plant”,  by loading the 1000th cargo of the chilled fuel.The cargo consists of 140 500 cubic metres of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Total sales value of all the LNG cargos since the field came on stream is in the range of NOK 130-150 billion.

ExxonMobil Looks to Sell Australian Assets

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Exxon Mobil Corp said on Wednesday it was looking to sell its 50% stake in the Gippsland Basin oil and gas development in Australia's Bass Strait as part of a broader review of its global portfolio of assets.The sale could fetch up to $3 billion, however decommissioning costs for the ageing fields could dent the price tag, analysts and bankers said.The Gippsland Basin joint venture…

Baker Hughes: U.S. Oil Drillers Cut Rigs Again

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U.S. energy firms this week reduced the number of oil rigs operating for a third week in a row after drilling slowed for nine straight months as independent producers cut spending by about 10% this year.Drillers cut four oil rigs in the week to Sept. 6, bringing the total count down to 738, the lowest since November 2017, General Electric…

LNG Spot Shipping Rates Increase, Says Awilco

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In spite of low gas prices due to ample LNG supply growth and muted demand so far in 2019 spot shipping rates have gradually increased over the last few months and are currently about USD 70,000 per day on average, said Awilco LNG Group.According to Norwegian LNG transportation provider, European gas storage nearing full capacity coupled…

LNG Market Recovers in Q2, Says Flex LNG

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During the second quarter 2019, spot liquefied natural gas (LNG)  freight rates stabilized and started gradually to recover, says Flex LNG, the owner of LNG carrier vessels and floating storage regasification units (FRSUs).Unseasonably slow demand in Asia over the winter due to fewer heating days caused by warmer weather, and cooler weather…

UK Gas Prices Rise as Norway Imports Dip

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British wholesale gas prices rose on Tuesday morning as imports from Norway fell, creating undersupply.Within-day gas price up 1.30 pence at 31.20 pence per therm by 0809 GMT.Day-ahead gas price up 0.90 p at 30.50 p/therm."Prompt prices are all up a bit on lower supply," a gas trader said.UK gas system undersupplied by 11.7 million cubic meters (mcm) with demand forecast at 153.3 mcm and flows at 141.6 mcm/day, Natio

Cheap Gas Killing US Coal -Rystad

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A new study revealed that coal power is being replaced by cleaner energy sources in the US – primarily due to an abundance of cheap natural gas.According to Rystad Energy, new renewable energy capacity from solar and wind is on the rise in the US, and April 2019 marked the first month when more electricity was generated in the country from renewable sources than from coal.However…

Chevron Profit Surges 26%

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Chevron Corp reported a 26.3% jump in quarterly profit on Friday, as higher oil and gas production and a one-time breakup fee from its failed bid for a rival more than offset lower energy prices and a rise in expenses.Results benefited from a $1 billion fee it received after Occidental Petroleum wrecked its $33 billion deal to buy Anadarko Petroleum with a winning $38 billion bid.

Exxon Mobil Profit Sinks

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Exxon Mobil Corp on Friday reported a 21% drop in quarterly profit, its third period in a row of weaker year-over-year results, as sharply higher oil production was offset by weaker refining and chemicals business.Shares slipped 1.6 percent to $71.34 in early trading even though its 73 cents a share profit topped analysts' recently-lowered estimates.