Monday, September 23, 2019

State Oil News

Mexico, Pemex to Hedge Oil Output

Mexico and Pemex are hedging their oil output to protect oil income against projected low prices in 2020. (Photo © Adobe Stock / mmmx)

The Mexican government has said in its 2020 budget proposal that it will maintain a strategy of hedging its oil output against lower prices.Mexico’s state oil company Pemex will also continue a similar but separate hedging program. Mexico’s roughly $1 billion annual oil hedge is considered the world’s largest oil trade and the government has made the first moves…

Bribery Probe Slows Petrofac Sales

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Petrofac Ltd on Wednesday reported a fall in first-half order intake and forecast lower 2020 revenue, citing uncertainty relating to an investigation into the oilfield services company's dealings in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.Petrofac, which designs, builds and operates oil and gas facilities, said in June it had lost out on $10 billion worth of contracts globally due to the investigation by Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO)…

Sinopec Resumes Output at Most Wells Shut by Typhoon

Sinopec Corp has resumed operations at most of the oil and gas wells at its top-producing oilfield, Shengli in east China, after thousands were shut due to typhoon Lekima, parent company Sinopec Group said on Wednesday.The state oil and gas firm has resumed production at 15,318 of the 16,565 crude wells closed by the typhoon, which hit the weekend before last…

Mexico's Pemex Narrows Loss

Mexican state oil company Pemex reported a narrower loss of 52.7 billion pesos ($2.7 billion) in the second quarter on Friday, as the heavily indebted firm faces the prospect of a fresh downgrade from credit rating agencies critical of its direction.The loss was nearly 70% lower than what the company, formally known as Petroleos Mexicanos, reported in the second quarter last year…

ADNOC, Pertamina Ink Development Pact

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The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) signed an agreement on Wednesday with Indonesia's state-owned energy company PT Pertamina for oil and gas collaboration in both countries and globally, ADNOC said in a statement.The comprehensive strategic framework (CSF) agreement was signed on the sidelines of an official visit to Indonesia by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.It covers projects in the United Arab Emirates' upstream oil

Trump Camp Split on Chevron's Venezuela License

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo (US State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain)

The Trump administration is split over whether to renew a license this week for energy company Chevron Corp's operations in Venezuela, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo supporting a renewal and others opposing it, three sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.At issue is a six-month U.S. Treasury Department license that expires on July 27 that has allowed Chevron to keep operating its four joint ventures in Venezuela despite U.S.

Tanzania State Oil Company Chief Reinstated

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The former head of Tanzania's state company oil is being reinstated by Tanzanian President John Magufuli, after the executive was suspended in 2016 over claims of abuse of office, the presidency said.James Mataragio, who was the managing director of the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), was suspended by the company's board from his post in August 2016.The statement by the president's office…

Oil Prices Mixed Ahead of US Crude Sstock Data

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Oil prices were mixed on Tuesday ahead of data expected to show U.S. crude stocks declining, outweighing investors' concerns that U.S.-China trade tensions could dampen fuel demand.Benchmark Brent crude futures settled up 19 cents, or 0.3%, at $65.05 a barrel.U.S. crude futures fell 7 cents, or about 0.1%, at $57.83 a barrel.Investors shrugged off U.S. President…

Two Tankers Attacked in Gulf of Oman

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Two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, leaving one ablaze and both adrift, shipping firms said, driving oil prices as much as 4% higher over worries about Middle East supplies.The Front Altair, carrying petrochemical feedstock, was on fire in waters between Gulf Arab states and Iran after an explosion that a source blamed on a magnetic mine.

ExxonMobil to Redevelop Angola Block 15

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American multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil and its partners said that they will further invest in Block 15 offshore Angola to increase production as part of an agreement with Angola’s recently established National Agency for Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels.As part of the agreement, Sonangol, Angola’s state oil company, will receive a 10% equity interest…

Pemex's Oil Exports Tumble

Pemex's oil exports dropped by 11% in April compared to the previous month, while production slipped by 0.9%, data from the Mexican state oil firm showed on Friday.Exports of Maya crude, the only type Pemex has been selling abroad for almost a year, fell to 1.023 million barrels per day (bpd) in April from 1.150 million bpd in March, the data showed. Crude output…

Pemex Promised $7.3 Billion in Tax Relief

Pemex President Octavio Romero Oropezawith Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Photo: Pemex)

Mexico's government aims to give $7.3 billion in tax relief to heavily indebted state oil company Pemex, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday, in an effort to cool fears over its financial viability and the impact on the wider economy.Pemex, burdened by $106 billion of financial debt, is teetering on the brink of losing its investment-grade rating.That…

Mexico Punishes Former Pemex CEO

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Mexico's government has punished the former chief executive of state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos for misuse of public funds in the purchase of fertilizer business Fertinal, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.The Public Administration Ministry announced on Wednesday that it had sanctioned two senior executives at the firm, known as Pemex, from the previous administration, without identifying the executives.

Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline Shit for Maintenance

Malaysia's state oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Bhd said on Tuesday it has shut the Sabah-Sarawak gas pipeline that feeds gas to its liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex at Bintulu in the state of Sarawak as part of maintenance work.Operations will resume when the maintenance work is completed, said Petronas, as the company is popularly known, in a statement, without specifying how long works would take."LNG supply from Petronas LNG Comple

Pemex Swings to Q1 Loss

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Petroleos Mexicanos swung to a 35.7 billion peso ($1.84 billion) net loss during the first quarter as revenues and crude output at the heavily-indebted Mexican state oil company fell, results posted to the stock exchange showed on Tuesday.Revenues at Pemex were 356.3 billion pesos during the January-March period, down 10.4 percent from 397.4 billion pesos in the same period in 2018…

Sonangol Plans to Downsize

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Angola's state oil company Sonangol plans to divest 52 joint ventures, reduce staff and focus on its core business, part of an ongoing reorganization and package of reforms designed to lure back investors, its chairman said on Friday."We are going to sell, close or put out of our group a lot companies," Carlos Saturnino told an oil conference in Paris. "Last year…

Mexico to Offer Pemex One Year Lifeline

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Mexico will offer its ailing state oil company Pemex a lifeline for only one year by dipping into its budget stabilization fund, Finance Minister Carlos Urzua said on Friday, ruling out that the government will absorb the debt.With $106 billion in financial debt, Pemex is the world's most indebted oil company and is teetering on the brink of having its debt downgraded to junk.

Petronas Raises April Crude Price Factor

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Malaysian state oil firm Petronas has set the price factor for Malaysian Crude Oil (MCO) for April at $5.50 per barrel, up 10 cents from the previous month, the company said on TuesdayThe monthly price factor is added to the average of Platts' dated Brent prices published in the month to derive the Malaysian crude official selling price (OSP)Petronas changed its OSP mechanism effective January 2017, basing its benchmark price on a basket of four

Swiss, Brazil Try to Unravel Petrobras Affair

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Crimefighters in Switzerland and Brazil pledged to intensify cooperation to resolve the sprawling corruption case linked to state oil firm Petrobras in which around 700 million Swiss francs ($701 million) remain frozen in Switzerland.Switzerland has so far returned roughly 365 million Swiss francs ($365.6 million) to Brazil related to Petrobras and construction firm Odebrecht…

Mexico Could Pay Pemex Debt from Stabilization Fund

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Mexico's deputy finance minister said on Thursday the government was considering using part of a $15.4 billion public income stabilization fund to pay some debt obligations for heavily leveraged state oil company Pemex.The finance ministry is working on a new design for the fund to make it counter cyclical, deputy minister Arturo Herrera said in an interview with TV network ADN40…