Monday, July 13, 2020

Oil Price Crash News

Japan's LNG Investments Drive Faces Risk of Souring

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Japan's banks and public agencies have funneled nearly $25 billion into liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects since 2017 but the investments may sour as prices plummet from the COVID-19 pandemic and as climate change risks rise, a new study shows.Spurred on by the government to boost energy security since the 2011 Fukushima disaster shut down the country's reactors…

Occidental Posts $2.2B Loss, Deepens Spending Cuts

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Occidental Petroleum Corp on Tuesday swung to a first-quarter loss on writedowns and charges, and the troubled U.S. oil producer cut its budget for the third time since March in response to a historic oil-price crash.The company has been struggling with debt taken on in last year's $38 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum, an ill…

Aker BP Cuts Dividend by Two-thirds on Oil Price Slump

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Aker BP will cut its quarterly dividend payments by two-thirds due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the plunge in crude prices, the Norwegian oil firm said on Wednesday after reporting a better-than-expected first-quarter core profit.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) came in at $666 million, compared with $539 million a year ago…

Chevron Cuts Spending, Says Asset Sales Lift Profits

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Chevron Corp on Friday slashed its capital spending plans by another $2 billion as the coronavirus pandemic guts demand for oil and gas, while delivering a year-over-year 38% increase in profits.Global fuel demand has crashed by a third while many people shelter at home for an indefinite period. Major oil companies have largely reported…

Oil Price Crash, What Next?

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A historic rout in oil markets sent U.S. crude prices plummeting to as much as minus $40 a barrel as traders rushed to get rid of unwanted stocks with storage capacity already overflowing amid a coronavirus-induced demand collapse.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for May delivery recouped some losses on Tuesday to be just in positive territory…

Oil Drops after Saudi Arabia, Russia Delay Meeting on Output Cuts

Oil prices slipped on Monday, after Saudi Arabia and Russia delayed a meeting to discuss output cuts that could partly alleviate oversupply in global markets as the coronavirus pandemic pummels demand.Brent crude slipped close to $30 a barrel in early trade and was at $33.45 by 0532 GMT, down 66 cents, or 1.9%. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 98 cents…

Subsea 7 Scores 'Sizeable' Offshore Wind Deal in Germany

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Offshore installation and construction company Subsea 7 has said it has won a sizeable contract - meaning worth between $50 million and $150 million, for work on a wind farm offshore Germany.Subsea 7 said Friday the contract was with innogy Kaskasi for the Kaskasi offshore wind farm project, located approximately 35km northwest of Heligoland…

Shell Cuts Capex, Suspends Share Buyback

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Oil major Shell lowered capital expenditure for 2020 by about $5 billion on Monday and suspended the next tranche of its share buyback plan, as the company tries to weather a hit from the recent oil price crash. The company said it would reduce 2020 cash capital expenditure to $20 billion or below from a planned level of around $25 billion…

BP Names Bernard Looney as Next CEO

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Bernard Looney, who will replace Bob Dudley as chief executive of BP when he retires next year, faces the tricky task of navigating the energy major through a rising tide of environmentalism and the move to a low-carbon economy.BP on Friday appointed Looney, head of upstream, to succeed Dudley, who led the oil and gas company back to growth from near collapse in 2010.As CEO…

TechnipFMC: Record Orders, Backlog in Q2

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Franco-American oil services company TechnipFMC received a record volume of orders in the second quarter, pushing its backlog of projects to a peak thanks to new liquefied natural gas projects, it said on Wednesday.The records could signal a rebound for the company created by a 2016 merger of France's Technip and U.S. rival FMC Technologies…

Aker Solutions Raises 2019 Forecasts

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Norway's Aker Solutions ASA raised its 2019 revenue outlook on expected higher spending on the offshore oil services and reported better than expected first-quarter profits, lifting its shares on Tuesday.The upbeat sentiment on oilfield spending is a result of record cashflows accumulated by oil companies on the back of cost-saving measures…

Baker Hughes Adjusted Profit Surges 85%

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Baker Hughes, General Electric Co's oilfield services arm, posted an 85 percent jump in adjusted quarterly profit on Thursday, boosted by surging demand for its services.Unlike rivals Schlumberger NV and Halliburton Co, Baker Hughes has less exposure to the North American pressure pumping sector, where demand softened last year due to…

FLNG Market Oversupplied

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Floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) projects may have peaked already amid intensifying competition in the LNG space, a  review of the global FLNG sector released by global natural resources consultancy Wood Mackenzie has suggested.In a world requiring tight capital discipline, FLNG offers lower capital investment and manageable costs, particularly in frontier regions.

Total Plans Biggest Exploration Drive in Years

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Total is launching its biggest exploration campaign for years in 2019 as part of a turnaround plan that is ditching the company's focus on risky long-shots in favor of areas known to contain commercial levels of oil or gas.The French major aims to drill 23 wells this year, its senior vice president for exploration, Kevin McLachlan, told Reuters…

Shell CFO Sees Oil Industry Cost Inflation

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Royal Dutch Shell Chief Financial Officer Jessica Uhl said on Wednesday wages and services costs in the oil and gas industry around the world have started rising following a deep downturn since 2014."We are seeing wage inflation and inflation effecting the supply chain and we are actively managing it," Uhl told reporters in a conference call following the company's third quarter results."It is certainly getting a bit

Singapore's Offshore Industry Recovering

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A big drag on Singapore's growth in recent years, the embattled offshore and marine industry, has broken a three-year losing streak. Yet industry executives aren't betting on a return to the glory days anytime soon.The industry, along with a top-class finance sector, has been a key pillar of Singapore's economic transformation into a first…

Schlumberger CFO Ayat to Retire Soon

Schlumberger NV Chief Financial Officer Simon Ayat plans to retire this year and a company insider has emerged as top candidate to replace him at the world's largest oil services firm, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters.Stephane Biguet, currently vice president of finance, is the frontrunner to replace Ayat, according to…

Total's North Sea Oilfield Workers Hold Strike Ballot

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Britain's biggest labour union is balloting rig workers at three of Total's North Sea oil platforms over a potential strike due to the company's refusal to reduce the number of unpaid working days, the union said on Wednesday.After the oil price crash in 2014, the workers agreed to work an extra 14 days unpaid to help the company during the downturn…

Angola's Oil Exports Could Drop to 2006 Lows

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Angola's preliminary crude oil export plan for August includes 43 cargoes, down from July's 48 cargoes, according to a loading program on Tuesday.The schedule, which equates to a daily rate of around 133,000 barrels per day, will be the smallest since the 132,000 bpd registered in December 2006, based on Reuters data.The preliminary schedule is issued to buyers to give them an indication of what will be available, bu

Oil Firms Must Pay More for Service Vessels -Norway Ship Owners

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Oil companies should be prepared to pay higher rates for renting offshore service vessels, in order to secure the long-term survival of a key part of the industry's supply chain, the Norwegian Shipowners' Association said on Thursday. Energy firms sharply curtailed investments in the wake of the 2014 oil price crash, idling many service vessels and driving down market rates to unsustainable levels…