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Oil supermajor, bp Plc has informed about concluding the sale of its Prudhoe Bay oil and gas producing assets to Hilcorp Energy, ending a 60-year streak of being the top Alaskan oil producer. The $5.6 billion deal, which also includes bp’s stake in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System, is estimated to wrap up this quarter, both companies said in statements.
bp has announced that it will write-down $17.5 bn worth of assets in the wake of coronavirus crisis, the biggest writedown on the value of its business since the Deepwater Horizon disaster a decade ago. After a revision, the British giant cut its estimates for oil and gas prices in the coming decades between 20% and 30%. It also expects the cost of carbon emissions to be twice as high as before.
British energy giant bp on Monday announced plans to axe "close to 10,000" jobs, or almost 15 percent of its global workforce, after the coronavirus pandemic slashed demand for oil. "We will now begin a process that will see close to 10,000 people leaving BP -- most by the end of this year,", Chief Executive, Bernard Looney said in an email to its 70,000 staff seen by media.
bp Plc began shutting down production at three platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico and evacuating workers, in preparation for the Tropical Storm Cristobal. The storm is forecasted to make landfall in Louisiana over the weekend. bp is reducing production at its Thunder Horse, Atlantis and Na Kika platforms. Non-essential workers are being pulled from the Mad Dog platform, but production is not being cut back.
Bluware has landed an AI deal with British oil major bp. Bluware had entered into an agreement with bp to improve its ability to interpret seismic data. Financial terms remain undisclosed. Large seismic data sets are difficult to move and use in workflows. The interpretation of these data sets is also time-consuming. Using this tool, geoscientists can interactively train and correct deep learning results, thereby, improving structural interpretation workflows.
BP has extended Petrofac’s inspection and maintenance contract for its North Sea facilities for a further three years. The award is in addition to a new four-year metering contract that covers offshore and onshore consulting and support. Last year the two parties collaborated to demonstrate new execution techniques. Petrofac combined the use of Digital Twin technology, Connected Worker and its proprietary software BuildME to digitalize all campaign maintenance and inspection.
With the oil prices surging, following the historical “Zero-Dollar” oil façade; economies have begun to reopen. But, oil executives from Shell and BP believe that we might have already reached peak demand for oil and are amid a crisis of uncertainty. Demand destruction on the order of nearly 30 million barrels per day (mb/d) may have been brief, but we are a long way from the old 100-mb/d oil market.
BP Australia has announced a feasibility study into an export-scale renewable hydrogen production facility in Western Australia. This will help the energy sector to understand the possibilities of using hydrogen to export renewable energy. The project will include an initial investment from BP of (AUS) $2.7 million, with another $1.7 million by Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). It has committed to releasing the results of the study to the public.
Oil supermajor, BP Plc yesterday reported a slump in its earnings for the first quarter, sliding over the challenging circumstances generated due to declining oil prices and collapse in the demand. The British energy giant recorded a net loss of $4.37 billion from a profit of $2.93 billion for the quarter that ended March 31. However, BP has still maintained its quarterly dividend at 10.25 cents a share.
The energy major, BP has issued force majeure to Golar LNG. Golar said that BP is expecting one year delay for the African Tortue Ahmeyim project. BP further sees no possibility to reduce the time frame due to the pandemic. "While the full impact cannot yet be determined, as a reasonable and prudent operator, BP is engaging transparently and collaboratively with key stakeholders to mitigate risks", said BP's spokesperson.
As energy firms around the world cut costs amidst the oil price crash, oil supermajor BP plc has decided to not cut jobs over the next three months. A Linkedin post from Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Looney read that the company’s response to the crisis “will not include making any BP staff redundant over the next 3 months.” BP employs over 73,000 staff across several countries.
Oil supermajor BP Plc yesterday denied “any serious disruption” to its operations owing to the COVID-19 outbreak. The British oil firm informed about enforcing a new ‘team-based’ shift model to curtail any kind of contact between two teams at major operational sites, including refineries. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the collapse of a supply cut deal have forced several oil and gas firms, including BP to announce spending cuts.
As coronavirus pandemic spreads throughout the world, major energy companies in the United States enforced work-from-home rules for office staff and began health checks for remote or critical workers starting Monday. Firms like BP, Exxon Mobil, Kinder Morgan, Motiva Enterprises and Royal Dutch Shell have directed most office staff to work from home. The COVID-19 pandemic has infected over 156,000 people, with more than 5800 deaths worldwide.
EPC giant, TechnipFMC has landed an integrated EPCI contract from BP Angola for the Platina field. The contract, worth between $75m and $250m, will see TechnipFMC carrying out the manufacturing, delivery and installation of subsea equipment at Block 18 of the Platina field. TechnipFMC Subsea President, Arnaud Pieton commented: “We are very pleased to have been selected by BP for this important deepwater development offshore Angola.
Australian E&P major, Santos has inked a non-binding agreement with oil supermajor, BP which will pave the path for A$20 million investment in Australia's Moomba carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. The project aims at capturing 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide currently separated from natural gas at the Moomba gas processing plant each year. This captured carbon will be then reinjected into the same geological formations.
Oil supermajor, BP Plc has established a new purpose and 2050 net-zero emissions plan. BP's new Group CEO, Bernard Looney said the company does not currently have short-term targets, adding: “We don’t expect progress to be in a straight line. But make no mistake… The direction is set.” BP has published a ten-point plan, that proposes a company restructuring, a new corporate purpose and an ambition to continue evolving despite changes.
Oil supermajor, BP has acquired majority stakes in fibre optic innovation company, Fotech through its business development branch, Launchpad. Founded in 2008, Fotech develops fibre optics products for transportation, smart cities, energy and the security sector. The UK-based firm deploys artificial intelligence and edge computing in its products, spanning areas like surveillance, transport management, cable monitoring and rail management.
If sources were to be believed, oil supermajor BP has decided to withdraw from Iraq’s Kirkuk oilfield. BP's $100 million exploration contract lapsed with no agreement on the field’s development, dealing a major setback to Iraq’s hopes to enhance its oil output. The pullout comes as the energy companies re-evaluate their activities in Iraq amid political turmoil and escalating tensions between the US and Iran.