Monday, May 20, 2019

Macquarie News

Macquarie Kicks off Sale of Wind Assets in Italy and France

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Infrastructure fund Macquarie has kicked off the sale of its Renvico wind farm portfolio located in Italy and France worth around 400 million euros ($450 million), four sources familiar with the matter said.The Australian fund, advised by Rothschild, has sent out teasers and information memoranda will follow at the end of the month…

Prospective Bidders for Eneco Narrows

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The field of prospective bidders for Dutch energy company Eneco has narrowed as initial interest from big electricity players including France's Engie and Austria's Verbund has fizzled out, sources close to the matter said.The 53 municipalities that currently own Eneco, estimated by analysts to be worth about 3 billion euros ($3.35 billion)…

IMO 2020: Shell, HES to Resurrect Refinery

Royal Dutch Shell has struck a deal with Dutch tank terminal firm HES International to partially restart a German oil refinery mothballed since 2011 in response to new restrictions on marine fuels, two trading sources told Reuters.A new cap set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that will cut the sulfur content in…

Santos Sees Production Surge on Quadrant Acquisition

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Santos Ltd, Australia's No. 2 independent gas producer, on Thursday said it expects 2019 production to rise by up to 32 percent boosted by the acquisition of Quadrant assets.The company expects to churn out 71 million to 78 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) in 2019, Santos said in a statement.UBS estimates 2019 production to be 73.7 mmboe.The company posted annual production of 58.9 mmboe…

Oil Climbs as OPEC Output Drop Eases Concerns About Glut

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Oil prices rose on Friday after an OPEC report showed its production fell sharply last month, easing some concerns about prolonged oversupply.Brent crude was up 48 cents, or 0.78 percent, at $61.66 a barrel at 1450 GMT. Brent has risen around 2 percent this week, its third straight week of gains.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 33 cents…

Total Taps Warn as Investor Relations SVP

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French supermajor Total has appointed Brendan Warn as Senior Vice-President, Investor Relations, effective January 1, 2019. He succeeds Mike Sangster.Prior to joining Total, Warn was Managing Director and UK Head of Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets in London. HE has more than 13 years of experience in equity research across…

US Energy Investors Eye Cheap Takeovers as Oil Prices Sink

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Sinking oil prices are turning distressed US energy companies into takeover targets for opportunistic private investors who are prepared to offer expensive debt in return for ownership stakes, as the sector struggles to access traditional forms of bank financing.A slowing global economy and fears of excess oil supply sent the benchmark…

JERA Joins Taiwan, UK Offshore Wind Projects

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Japanese energy group JERA joined  in the Formosa 1 offshore wind power project in Taiwan and Gunfleet Sands offshore wind power project in the U.K.JERA has entered into an agreement with Macquarie Capital and Swancor to acquire a combined 32.5% equity interest in the Formosa 1 offshore wind power project, located off the north-western coast of Taiwan.

Petrobras Nears Terms Over TAG Pipeline Sale

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Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro could present a new sale and purchase agreement (SPA) before the end of December for the sale of the Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG) pipeline, after a Brazilian Supreme Court injunction in July stalled the sale.The sale of TAG, which operates natural gas pipelines in Brazil’s north and northeast…

ExxonMobil Considers Importing LNG to Australia

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ExxonMobil Corp, southeastern Australia's biggest gas supplier, is considering importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to help plug a looming gas shortage from 2021 and protect its market share.The move would compete with plans by both Australia's no.2 energy retailer AGL Energy to start importing LNG by 2021 and a consortium involving…

Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm Officially Opens

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A new offshore wind farm officially opened this week that is capable of powering over half a million U.K. homes.The Race Bank wind farm located off the North Norfolk coast is capable of generating 573 megawatts (MW) of green electricity from its 91 Siemens Gamesa 6 MW wind turbines.

Petrobras, Engie Extend Period to Negotiate Contract of Pipeline Network

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Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA has extended the deadline for discussion with France's Engie SA about the sale contract for a major pipeline network, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.Engie had the highest bid among three consortia interested in acquiring Transportadora Associada de Gás SA, known as TAG.

Firms Complain of Contaminated Crude Lifted From U.S. SPR

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Three firms that bought crude oil last year from U.S. emergency stockpiles raised concerns about dangerous levels of a poisonous chemical in the cargoes, according to internal Energy Department emails and shipping documents reviewed by Reuters. Problems with crude quality would make the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) less…

Odfjell Divests Share in Singapore Tank Terminal

Odfjell Terminals B.V. has entered into an agreement with a fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets to sell its 50 percent ownership in Oiltanking Odfjell Terminal Singapore Pte Ltd for a price around $300 million. This implies an enterprise value of around $330 million for Odfjell Terminals B.V.'s share in the Singapore terminal.

Six Companies Buy Oil from US Emergency Crude Reserve

Six companies bought 14 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a sale required by law to help fund medical research and the federal government, said the Department of Energy on Thursday. BP Oil Supply, Exxon Mobil Corp, Phillips 66 , Shell Trading, Valero Marketing and Supply Company, and Macquarie Commodities Trading bought oil from the reserve…

Cargill Finalizes Sale of Oil Unit to Macquarie

Commodity trader Cargill Inc completed the sale of its petroleum business to Australian investment bank Macquarie Group Ltd on June 30, a company spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday. The company will continue to offer financial and price risk management in petroleum markets through its Risk Management business, she said in an email reply.

Aurizon Coal Loss to Feed Coal Prices

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Aurizon cuts profit guidance after cyclone. Australian coal railway line operator Aurizon Holdings Ltd on Tuesday unveiled a bigger-than-expected estimate for lost coal haulage from Cyclone Debbie, which analysts said will help underpin coal prices in coming weeks. Aurizon's first forecast for lost shipments for the year to June…

TransCanada, M2 to Build New Crude Storage Facility in Cushing

TransCanada Corp plans to build a new crude oil storage facility in Cushing, Oklahoma in partnership with M2 Infrastructure LLC, an affiliate of U.S. private equity firm Lone Star Capital, M2 said on Wednesday. The facility will be able to store 6.2 million barrels of crude oil and will be located at TransCanada's terminal in Cushing, M2 said, adding TransCanada will operate the storage.

BP Lifts Break-Even Oil Price

Lowest annual profit in at least a decade; raises breakeven oil price to around $60 per barrel. BP raised the oil price at which it can balance its books this year to $60 a barrel on Tuesday due to higher spending following a string of investments as annual earnings fell for a second consecutive year. After the average oil price fell to its lowest in 12 years at $44 a barrel last year…

Uniper Hires Goldman to Sell Stake in Italy LNG Terminal

Germany's Uniper has hired Goldman Sachs to sell its stake in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Italy, a deal that could value the whole business at 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion), three people familiar with the deal told Reuters. Books have been opened for due diligence on OLT Offshore LNG Toscana's business and a deal could materialise in the first half of 2017…