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San Ramon oil and gas giant Chevron Corp. will lay off up to 15% of its 45,000-person global workforce amid the economic havoc wrought on the energy sector by the coronavirus. The oil producer previously disclosed a 30% reduction in its 2020 spending and some voluntary job cuts amid this year's sharp drop in oil prices and lower demand for oil.
The number of COVID-19 cases rose to 160 in the Tengiz Oilfield in West Kazakhstan’s Atyrau region, while nearly 12,000 employees have been withdrawn from the site. The earliest cases occurred in a worker’s camp on the site, in April. Over 1,500 workers have been identified as close contacts, so far. Reportedly, a total of 17,000 employees will be demobilized by the end of next week.
Chevron Corp yesterday registered a 38% jump in profits for the quarter that ended March 31st, climbing on the back of asset sales. Unlike its competitors in the market, Chevron recorded $3.6 billion in profits, in comparison to $2.6 billion during the same period last year. Chevron gained from $1.6 billion in the asset sale, which came largely from the sale of oil and pipeline properties in Azerbaijan.
Sutton-based engineering, construction and services, Subsea 7 has landed a contract to deliver services to support Chevron's Anchor field operations, in the US Gulf of Mexico. The contract requires Subsea 7 to offer project management, engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of subsea umbilicals, risers, and flowlines (SURF) components, flying leads, and jumpers. The Anchor oil and gas field is jointly owned by Chevron (62.86%) and Total (37.14%).
Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) is performing a pre-FEED study for the trial of carbon-capture technology in its operations. Together with Svante Inc, the company will evaluate the feasibility and design of a 10,000 ton per year carbon capture unit at its facilities in California. “At Chevron, we believe our industry is well-positioned to help commercialize carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies that will be essential for the energy transition”, said CTV.
Indonesian hydrocarbon company, PT Pertamina has aimed to start drilling in Indonesia's Rokan oilfields in the third quarter of this year. It has planned to drill 20 wells minimum this year. The Indonesian government had decided in 2018 to hand over the operatorship of Pertamina over Rokan block as the contract with Chevron Corp ends in Aug'21.
Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell and Mubadala received concession for exploration over the Red Sea area in an international tender on Sunday. Egypt awarded the first block to Chevron, the second block to Shell and third to both Shell and Mubadala. The total exploration will cover an area of around 10,000 square kilometers which is approximately 3860 square miles. The ministry has required a minimum investment of $326 million in the project.
Subsea 7 has secured the subsea installation service contract from Chevron for the at the St. Malo field. The contract terms require Subsea 7 to provide project management, engineering, procurement, construction and installation services for the multiphase pump system at the field. The St. Malo field in Gulf of Mexico is a 14-mile water injection flowline system, which includes a Swagelining polymer lined flowline, and the water injection control system.
Puma Energy has informed that it will sell its Australian commercial and retail fuels business to Chevron Australia for A$425 million. Puma is the retail and midstream arm of Trafigura. The company has taken this decision amidst pressure to rebalance its books after a decade-long buying spree. "The acquisition will provide Chevron with a stable market for production volumes from our refining joint ventures in Asia", said Chevron.
The second-largest US oil company, Chevron expects $10 billion-$11 billion charge in the fourth quarter. Following this, the company is also planning to sell some of its natural gas projects to prepare for long term low prices. "With capital discipline and a conservative outlook comes the responsibility to make the tough choices necessary to deliver higher cash returns to our shareholders over the long term", said the Chief Executive.
Ecopetrol’s subsidiary, Hocol yesterday informed about agreeing to acquire Chevron's interest in two Caribbean gas production fields. The two production fields, Chuchupa and Ballena, will be now jointly owned by Ecopetrol (57% stakes), and Hocol (43% stakes). The operatorship of the fields will be transferred to Hocol. Government data in 2018 showed gas reserves in Colombia equivalent to 9.8 years of consumption.
Chevron Corp yesterday informed about launching one of the world’s largest carbon capture and storage projects. The project involves infusing carbon dioxide into a deep reservoir under an island off Western Australia at Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project. Chevron said that approximately 3.4 to 4 million tonnes of CO2 will be buried every year after the facility reaches full capacity. Gases emitted from the Gorgon field contain at least 14% CO2.
Occidental Petroleum yesterday concluded the $55 billion-acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum, with the assumption of Anadarko’s debt. Vicki Hollub, President and CEO at Occidental said, “With Anadarko’s world-class asset portfolio now officially part of Occidental, we begin our work to integrate our two companies and unlock the significant value of this combination for shareholders”.
Supermajor Chevron, yesterday, registered a 26.3% hike in profits for the second quarter that ended June 30th. Chevron’s net income from the quarter jumped to $4.31 billion, from $3.41 billion a year earlier. Chevron benefitted from a $1 billion breakup fee received from Anadarko Petroleum. The termination fee brought in additional $720 million to the Chevron’s profit.
Schlumberger has been awarded a 20-year subsea equipment and services master contract by Chevron. This contract is for subsea development projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Innovative technologies will also be included in the OneSubsea custom catalog of equipment. “We look forward to continuing our technology collaboration with Chevron to optimize project efficiency and reduce cycle times in its future Gulf of Mexico subsea projects", said OneSubsea's President.
Chevron-McDermott joint venture, Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) has landed the license and engineering contracts for a Lubricants Base Oil plant at Haldia Refinery in India. CLG will deploy its proprietary ISODEWAXING and ISOFINISHING technologies at the 270 TMTPA plant. The newly-designed unit will process unconverted oil from an upstream hydrocracking unit to yield premium API Group III base oils.
Oil supermajor Chevron has been ordered by the California regulators to end the ongoing spill into the California canyon. The leak has been occurring on and off since May, at a location where Chevron infuses steam to obtain underground crude oil. California regulators have blamed Chevron of not doing enough to end the oil spill that put about 800,000 gallons of crude oil and water into a Kern County canyon.
Energy major Qatar Petroleum and Chevron Phillips Chemical have signed an agreement worth $8 billion. Both the companies have joined hands in order to develop a petrochemical plant along the U.S. Gulf Coast. These plants will help in keeping up with the demand of plastics, said Chief Executive and President of Chevron Phillips. This is the second deal in a row between the two companies in the last few weeks.