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Equinor has acquired 40% operated interest of Chevron in the Rosebank project in the UK Continental Shelf. This acquisition was announced in October 2018 and has now been completed by both the energy companies. This Rosebank deal has further added to Equinor’s upstream portfolio which already includes Mariner development. Currently, Equinor is the largest crude oil and natural gas supplier to the UK.
Maersk Supply Service has been given a contract by Chevron Australia. This contract is regarding the two newbuild anchor handling tug supply vessels of Maersk which will be used in Chevron’s Gorgon Stage Two drilling program. The services will start from the second-quarter of 2019. Towing, anchor handling, supply, and WROV services will be provided by Maersk Mariner and Maersk Master.
Transocean has entered into an agreement with supermajor, Chevron for $830m, to provide drilling services through an ultra-deepwater drillship, in the Gulf of Mexico. The under-construction ultra-deepwater drillship is expected to start operations in 2021. A press release from Transocean detailed the features of the drillship such as dual 20,000 psi blowout preventers, net hook-load capacity of three million pounds, among other specifications.
US’ second-largest oil producer, Chevron Corp has increased its oil and gas project budget for the first time in four years. The energy major will be spending $20 billion in 2019. The areas of investment will include shale production, and refining and chemicals. According to the information, $3.6 billion will be spent in the Permian Basin and New Mexico and $1.6 billion for other shale regions.
Sources have revealed that the US Environmental Protection Agency approved a 2017 hardship waiver from US biofuel laws to Chevron Corp’s Utah refinery earlier this year. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) necessitates refiners to blend biofuels into their fuel pool or instead buy compliance credits from competitors that do. Corn-belt farmers are exasperated because of the waivers which hurt the demand for ethanol and other biofuels.
Oil supermajor, Chevron has announced a $1 million aid to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts for wildfires in Northern and Southern California. Chairman and CEO, Chevron, Michael Wirth said, “Our thoughts are with all our neighbours who have been affected by the fires, and we honor all those working to contain them.”
EPC giant, McDermott International secured an EPC contract of a Delayed Coker Unit, from LUKOIL NizhegorodNefteorgSyntez. The unit will be installed in the Deep Conversion Complex, to be constructed in Kstovo, Russia. This award follows a contract awarded in 2016 to McDermott's JV with Chevron, Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), for its delayed coking technology.
Oil supermajor, Chevron has announced a $500,000 contribution to support Hurricane Michael relief measures. Hurricane Michael, which was a Category 4 storm, took a massive toll on the Gulf Coast and Florida, while spawning numerous tornadoes. The money will be split equally between the American Red Cross and Volunteer Florida. President of Chevron Americas Products believes that the donation will help the families in the area get immediate assistance.
Oil supermajor, Chevron has become the first major oil and gas firm to leave the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). Chevron is transferring its 20% interests in an exploration license in the Arctic to DNO. The Norwegian oil and energy ministry wrote that decision indicates “Chevron Norway shuts down its activities in Norway and leaves the NCS permanently”. A number of oil majors have edged down their presence in Norway.
Oilfield services provider, Petrofac has received one year extension for its services on oil major, Chevron’s rigs in the North Sea. Petrofac has been providing engineering services, apart from operations, maintenance and construction personnel to Chevron from 2014. The service provider has carried out installations of Alba Northern, Erskine, and Captain Platforms, along with the Alba FSU and Captain FPSO vessel.
As previously announced, auction for the four blocks in Rio de Janeiro in the Santos in Campos basins will be held just a week before the presidential elections, on Friday. The companies registered for this are CNOOC, Chevron Corp, Equinor, BP and Total. These companies will have the last chance to try for one of the most wanted Brazil’s offshore oil. There is a fear regarding obstacles for foreign investment.
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative was formed in 2014 to address the issues of climate change. Initially, members from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America formed the organization but now, the US companies- Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Occidental Petroleum will also be joining OGCI. Each new member will commit $100 million to $1 billion investment fund of OGCI whose purpose is to assist in development of emissions reduction technology.
The South African Competition Tribunal has approved Glencore’s $973m bid for the acquisition of Chevron Corp’s subsidiary. Chinese state-owned Sinopec was acquiring 75% stake through the sale last year, before Glencore jumped in, backed by minority shareholders and exercised pre-emptive rights on the sale. The proposed merger is subject to the condition that jobs are preserved after the deal and the CSA retirees’ medical aid subsidy is continued among others.
US-based oil major, Chevron evaded an Ecuadorian court verdict yesterday when an arbitration tribunal trashed the $9.5 billion verdict that came out in 2011 over oil pollution dispute. Chevron-owned TexPet was held guilty of environmental pollution due to operations in Lago Agrio oilfield. The bench stated that the Ecuadorian judgment was found in violation of international public policy. The Ecuadorian judgement will henceforth not be recognized in any other country.
Oil giant, Chevron presented its company data to a parliamentary committee in Indonesia on Monday. The estimated production of 2018 of Indonesia decreased this year and was 218,300 bpd which was 247,300 bpd in 2017. These figures include the output projections from 4 Indonesian blocks along with Rokan block. Rokan’s contract will expire in October. Chevron Pacific Indonesia’s first-half oil lifting was reported to be 207,148 bpd.
Chevron Nigeria Limited received a 21 days-ultimatum from the Niger Delta militants to re-classify all VTP5/OTP2 and VTP6 trainees. The militants have declared “Operation Black September” for all Chevron Facilities in the Niger Delta. The rebel group also gave the Federal Government 21 days to implement all of PANDEF’s 16-Point Agenda and all IOCs to vacate the region.
Pertamina will take over the operation of Rokan oil block as soon as the Chevron’s operating contract expires there in 2021, informed the Deputy Energy Minister of Indonesia. Reportedly, the offer made by Chevron for an extension of its contract was very less than that made by Indonesian oil giant. Chevron has acknowledged the news and expressed its disappointment through a written statement.
The investors showed disinterest towards investment in big projects of Exxon and Chevron on Friday. Although they accepted Chevron’s stock buyback of $3 billion, ExxonMobil’s market value was scraped by $11 billion. Both the companies failed to meet the profit estimates of the analysts. The crude price of Brent went up by 50 percent higher than next year but both these companies failed to take full advantage.