Thursday, June 20, 2019

State Oil News

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.

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…

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

Mexico to Invite 4 Firms to Bid on Pemex Oil Refinery

The Mexican government will invite four companies to bid in a restricted tender for work building the new Dos Bocas refinery for state oil company Pemex, Energy Minister Rocio Nahle said at a news conference on Monday.Dos Bocas would be Pemex's seventh domestic refinery and is intended to help wean Mexico off growing fuel imports, a major campaign promise of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador…

Pemex CEO Questions Ratings Downgrade

Pemex CEO Octavio Romero Oropeza (Photo: Pemex)

The chief executive of Mexican state oil company Pemex on Monday questioned credit agency downgrades to the firm's debt, saying the same agencies had not acted when the company's investment and oil exploration activity diminished under past governments.Octavio Romero Oropeza, speaking at a news conference, said investment in the struggling company was expected to jump 212 percent this year, and that its oil production would rebound to 2.48 millio

Colombia, Shell Ink Offshore E&P Contracts

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Colombia's government on Monday said it signed two exploration and production contracts with Shell in offshore areas of the Caribbean Sea that will require the company to make initial investments of $100 million.Colombia recently modified contractual terms for offshore exploration and launched a Permanent Area Allocation Process so companies can apply to explore in areas of interest, offering 20 blocks as part of a strategy to boost the oil secto

Petronas Q4 Profit Skids 21%

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Malaysian state oil firm Petronas said on Friday its fourth-quarter profit slid 21 percent as costs piled up, and warned it will have to chart a way through a volatile, challenging 2019 citing market uncertainties and geopolitical risks.Petronas, Malaysia's only Fortune 500 company, said October-December profit slipped to 14.3 billion Malaysian ringgit ($3.50 billion) from 18.2 billion ringgit in the same period a year earlier…

S&P Downgrades Pemex

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Ratings agency Standard & Poor's on Monday slashed the stand-alone credit profile of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) to 'B-' from 'BB-', piling pressure on the Mexican government to tighten up the debt-laden state oil firm's finances.S&P cut Pemex's outlook to negative from stable, just as it did for the Mexican government on Friday after the market closed. The agency kept Pemex's global investment grade rating at 'BBB+'…

Pemex Posts $6.4 Billion Q4 Loss

Pemex CEO Octavio Romero Oropeza (Photo: Pemex)

Mexican state oil company Pemex reported a loss of 125.5 billion pesos ($6.4 billion) for the fourth quarter on Wednesday, narrowing its loss from the same period in 2017, as the firm's finances face renewed scrutiny following a credit downgrade last month.Revenue at the company officially known as Petroleos Mexicanos was roughly flat at 407.1 billion pesos during the October-December period, the firm said in a filing with the Mexican stock excha

Saudi Aramco adds Goldman Sachs as Bond Bookrunner

Saudi Aramco has added Goldman Sachs as a bookrunner for a planned bond which will help finance its purchase of a stake in Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.The U.S. investment bank flew out a team of senior executives including partner Dina Powell, a veteran of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump…

Mexico President Seeks Answers for Pemex Losses

Mexico's president said on Tuesday his government would push for an investigation into the hundreds of millions of dollars squandered by state oil company Pemex after its purchase of two struggling fertilizer plants during the previous administration.A report by the Federal Audit Office last week said that Pemex burned through $665 million at its fertilizer unit…