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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.
Houston-based Halliburton International yesterday reported a drop of some 7.6% in profits in the second quarter, owing to the slowdown in the Permian shale and other parts of the United States. The fracing-service provider had a consistent performance since 2015, but the 2Q2018 saw a $789m operating profit for the company. Halliburton’s oil-service peer, Patterson-UTI Energy also suffered a 7.4% drop, on the disappointing outlook.
The provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in South Africa is looking towards investing more than R200 billion for infrastructure development. The government has shifted its focus on offshore oil and gas exploration. The acting KZN Premier, who is currently attending the BRICS Business Council Investment Opportunities conference, spoke about how the provincial government is actively taking interest in oceans economy.
In an attempt to spread its social investments across Nigeria and to promote the study of science subjects among secondary school students, Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary, SNEPCo has donated four ultra-modern science labs to Erku Secondary Commercial School in Kwara State. The State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital of Kwara state has made an appeal to the parents and teachers to encourage the students to learn science and technologies.
Leading oilfield services company, Houston-based Schlumberger yesterday announced second quarterly earnings, reporting a profit for the company. Schlumberger CEO, Paal Kibsgaard regarded the second quarter as both busy and exciting. Schlumberger reported second-quarter revenue in North America to be around $2.5 billion, which is an increase of 12% sequentially. In the international markets of $4.4 billion, profits for the company grew by 6%.
UAE and China yesterday signed numerous agreements and memorandums worth $1.6 billion, pertaining to oil and gas exploration in the UAE-capital Abu Dhabi. The two countries also entered into an agreement to establish a “trade market” at Dubai Jebal Ali Free Zone sectors. China’s investment in UAE is part of the Chinese President Xi’s “Belt and Road” initiative.
Canadian pipeline major, Kinder Morgan yesterday released its quarterly report, with a quarterly profit that nearly halved from the last time. The lower profit was owed to the firm moving lower volumes of crude oil through its pipeline, and obviously, due to the pending sale of Trans Mountain pipeline with the Canadian government. Net income dropped to C$13.7 million, from C$25.1 million, a year earlier.
Chinese oil major, CNOOC informed that the management is willing to invest additional $3billion in its existing stakes in Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas operations. Referring to Nigeria as the largest investment destination, CEO of CNOOC stated that the company has already invested $14 billion in Nigeria. CNOOC considers investment in Nigeria as the most strategic and important international business undertaking.
Darren Woods, the CEO of ExxonMobil, has said that the firm is trying to find a fine balance between sustainability and economic growth. Exxon plans to invest $200 billion in significant oil and gas projects around the world over seven years, indicating that growth is a priority. He also cited investments in environmental projects such as algae biofuels, and in emission reduction in its industrial processes as the way forward.
To become a leading downstream player across the globe, the UAE oil major ADNOC has disclosed its plans of capitalizing $45 billion over the next five years together with partners. This is in line with the company’s 2030 strategy of a more profitable upstream, more valuable downstream, sustainable and economic gas supply, underpinned by more proactive and adaptive marketing and trading.