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Rystad Energy has predicted a drop in oil industry investments this year. “Our current assessment forecasts that COVID-19 could result in global exploration and production (E&P) investments falling by around $30 billion in 2020", said the head of Rystad’s oilfield service research. There is no clear sign as to when the effect of the epidemic will ease.
According to the sources, China is planning to invest $5 billion to $10 billion in the oil giant Aramco's planned IPO. State-owned oil producer Sinopec and sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp are among the parties who have been discussing to buy stock in the offering. But the lineup of investors and investment size will finally depend on the Chinese government.
BP has reported a sharp decline in profit in Q3. Its revenue was hurt the most by a fall in oil prices. Although strong refining operations have helped BP perform better than expected by the market. The firm has taken one-off charge of $2.6 billion linked to large asset sales. "BP delivered strong operating cash flow and underlying earnings in a quarter that saw significant hurricane impacts", informed it's CEO.
Saudi Arabia is planning to invest $100 billion in India. Considering the growth potential of the country, Saudi Arabia will invest in energy, refining, petrochemicals, infrastructure, agriculture, minerals and mining. For India, Saudi is the source of over 17% of crude and 32% of LPG requirements. "India's invitation to Saudi Arabia to invest in its strategic petroleum reserve reflects the trust and goodwill the two countries share", said Saudi Ambassador.
In his address to the United Nations Climate Action Summit yesterday, Prime Minister Modi emphasized on taking action on climate change issues, rather than talking. The PM announced about increasing India’s renewable energy capacity to much beyond 175 GW by 2022, and later till 450 GW. He also added that the country is working towards increasing the proportion of the biofuel blend in petrol and diesel.
India should expect an investment of around Rs 5 trillion in oil and gas, informed Petroleum Minister, Mr Dharmendra Pradhan. The country will witness investments in various sectors including exploration, distribution, marketing, regasification, pipeline network laying. Mr. Pradhan also informed about the long-term contracts for importing LNG. Also, domestic natural gas production would soar high touching 39.3 bcm by 2020-21.
Aimed at expanding its capacity, an investment of around Rs 74,000 crore will be made by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation over the next five years. It will invest Rs 14,900 crore in the current year. HPCL's Chairman said, "We are focused on strengthening refining and marketing through expansion of our refining capacity, supply chain capabilities and customer reach".
India's downstream giant, IOCL has planned to invest Rs 25,000 crore in green energy projects. In its annual report, the company said, "Indian Oil has developed a road map and action plan to usher in clean and green energy alternatives to mitigate the risk of global warming". The company will invest in solar and wind power plants, bio-fuels plants, and solar panels at filling stations.
Pemex has received approval from Mexico’s National Hydrocarbon Commission (CNH) to develop onshore and offshore exploration opportunities. The firm has committed a 25-year investment of $10-billion. Pemex has planned to develop 22 new offshore fields in 2019. According to the current plan, Pemex will invest $330 million for the development and extraction operations in its Octli field.
To pay for its share of drilling costs, Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) has raised £15m through placing of 854.2million shares with new and existing investors. Shell has recently completed a 70% farm-in to the P2252 licence in the southern sector, containing the 100 million-barrel Penascola prospect. It also signed a deal to farm in 50% to Cluff’s P2347 licence which contains the Selene discovery.
INEOS, the UK based chemicals multinational, has collaborated with Total to build chemical plants in Saudi Arabia worth $2 billion. The Jubail 2 complex would be developed which will host INEOS’ first ever plants in Saudi Arabia. “This is a major milestone for INEOS that marks our first investment in the Middle East,” said INEOS chair Jim Ratcliffe.
The world's biggest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, is planning to invest billions of dollars in India to make it a regional supply hub of crude oil. Saudi's Foreign Minister said that "We are investing in infrastructure that will help India boost its ability to import and export of petroleum products". Further, Saudi is already a part of a JV project that will set up USD 44 bn refinery in Maharashtra.
South Africa is up for the largest investment in South Sudan, the war prone country which has the third largest oil reserves of Africa. South Africa will invest $1 billion, confirmed the oil minister of South Sudan. Both the countries signed the memorandum of understanding on Friday. Oil ministry has informed that the money will be used in R&D, refining and processing of oil and gas and in technology.
Baker Hughes, a GE company, and General Electric have entered into a long-term agreement that will elevate their commercial and technological relationships to the next level. The agreements emphasize long-term collaboration on critical rotating equipment, BHGE access to GE Digital software and technology, and operations and pricing within BHGE digital solutions. With these, both the firms look forward to delivering high-value technologies and solutions to customers across the globe.
ADNOC has taken an important step towards the execution of its 2030 smart growth strategy by investing $1.4 billion in its Bu Hasa field. This investment is to develop and expand the field which in return will increase its crude oil production capacity to 650,000 bpd. ADNOC Onshore, subsidiary of ADNOC operates the field and has awarded EPC contract to Tecnicas Reunidas SA.
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.
The Syncrude outage last month had investors worrying, but the latest report on second-quarter profits of Suncor Energy have dispelled all the concerns. Despite the Syncrude facility shutoff, Suncor managed to generate $1.87 billion in cash from operations in the last quarter, a rise of 46% from 2Q2017. The Calgary-based oil sands firm has projected 740,000 to 750,000 boed in output this year.
UK Ambassador to Angola, Jessica Hand, has described the relationship between UK and Angola to be excellent, with emphasis on the oil sector. She also stated that her country wants to extend bilateral cooperation in other areas as well, such as renewable energy, agriculture, and even democratic support to Angola. Ambassador Hand went on to praise Angola’s efforts to encourage foreign investment, especially from the UK.