Sunday, July 12, 2020

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Oil Industry Veterans to Launch Hydrogen Investment Fund

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Two energy industry veterans plan to launch an investment fund focused on hydrogen this year as more and more governments include the niche fuel in their global warming battle plans.Hydrogen has long-been touted as a potential clean fuel as it only emits water vapour but it has failed to gain traction…

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…

Shell to Write Down $22B in Wake of Coronavirus

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Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday it would write off assets worth up to $22 billion after the coronavirus crisis knocked oil and gas demand and weakened the energy price outlook.The impairments follow the Anglo-Dutch company's decision to shift from fossil fuel and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050…

Shell Restarts Operations in Vaca Muerta Block

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Oil company Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Tuesday it had resumed activities at its Bajada de Añelo block in Argentina's Vaca Muerta area after seismic activity in the region led to a halt late last week."Shell Argentina resumed its activities on Pad 22 of the Bajada de Añelo block, after determining that the conditions for

Shell Weighs Sale of $2B-plus Share in Queensland LNG

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Royal Dutch Shell is considering raising more than $2 billion from the sale of a stake in the common facilities at its Queensland Curtis LNG plant in Australia, according to a sale flyer reviewed by Reuters."Royal Dutch Shell plc is considering a sale of a 26.25%…

Trafigura Takes a Bet with North Sea Oil

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Commodities trader Trafigura has seized the moment and taken a rare dominant position in the North Sea crude market over the past two weeks as oil demand jumped, trading sources said.A combination of OPEC-led global production cuts, cheap freight rates, and oil…

Russian Pipe-laying Vessel Moors at Nord Stream 2 Hub in Germany

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A Russian pipe-laying vessel Academic Cherskiy which Moscow can use to finish laying pipes for the Nord Stream 2 gas project, has moored near the German logistics hub in Mukran, Refinitiv Eikon tracking data showed on Monday.Led by the state gas company Gazprom…

CNOOC, Shell JV sign $5.6B Ethylene Plant Expansion Deal in China

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CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Ltd (CSPC), a joint venture established by China National Offshore Oil Corp(CNOOC) and Royal Dutch Shell, signed a framework agreement worth $5.6 billion with China's Huizhou city government to expand its ethylene project in the city.CSPC is expected to add 1.5 million tonnes per annum

Shell, Eni Lead Oil Majors' Climate Ambitions But Still Fall Short - Investors

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None of the big oil companies currently meet U.N. targets to limit global warming despite the most ambitious targets set by Royal Dutch Shell and Eni , investors managing $19 trillion said on Tuesday.The Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), which represents the…

Virus Lockdowns Pummel Global Gas Demand, Force LNG Output Cuts

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Lockdowns to slow the coronavirus pandemic are pummelling gas demand in the world's biggest buyers of liquefied natural gas (LNG), pushing Asia's spot prices to record lows and forcing some suppliers to start cutting output. Economies worldwide have ground to a halt as virus containment measures have taken their toll…

Total Keeps Dividend Steady in 'Exceptional Circumstances'

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French energy major Total promised to pay a steady cash dividend and said it can break even with low oil prices after the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and a collapse in fuel demand led to a 35% first-quarter profit fall.It also raised its climate ambitions…

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.

Exxon Posts First Loss in 30 Years on $3 Bln Writedown, Oil Plunge

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Exxon Mobil Corp on Friday posted its first quarterly loss in three decades on plunging oil demand and collapsing prices, reporting a $610 million quarterly deficit after a nearly $3 billion inventory writedown.Global fuel demand has tumbled by a third on coronavirus-related lockdowns and business shutdowns.

Woodside Watching Supermajors' Woes for Opportunities

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Woodside Petroleum is keeping a close eye out for assets that might come up for grabs from the oil supermajors amid the oil market rout, seeing itself in a position to bid, Chief Executive Peter Coleman said on Friday.The head of Australia's top independent gas producer said…

Shell Cuts Dividend for First Time Since World War Two

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Royal Dutch Shell cut its dividend for the first time since World War Two on Thursday as the energy company retrenched in the face of an unprecedented drop in oil demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.Shell also suspended the next tranche of its share buyback…

When Oil Became Waste

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A week of turmoil for crude, and more pain to comeThe magnitude of how damaged the energy industry is came into full view on April 20 when the benchmark price of U.S. oil futures, which had never dropped below $10 a barrel in its nearly 40-year history, plunged…

Diamond Offshore Files for Bankruptcy

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Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc filed for bankruptcy protection in Texas on Sunday, after the company recently skipped making an interest payment and said it had retained restructuring advisers.The Houston-based contract drilling company's filing, one of 15 of its group companies seeking protection under Chapter 11…

30+ Companies Compete for Guyana Crude Trading Deal

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More than 30 companies, including commodities traders like Gunvor and Vitol as well as units of oil majors like Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell, submitted expressions of interest for a contract to market the Guyanese government's share of the country's crude…

Oil Traders Vie for Guyana Marketing Deal Despite Price Tumble

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Guyana has attracted interest from several oil trading companies for a contract to serve as the marketing agent for the government's share of the country's crude, despite a plunge in global prices, four people familiar with the matter said.Oil major Royal Dutch…

Shell Sets Oil Sector's Broadest Carbon Reduction Plans

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Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday deepened its ambition to battle climate change, setting the oil and gas sector's broadest plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.The new climate goals put the Anglo-Dutch company - at least on paper - ahead of the most progressive of its rivals…