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Australian E&P firm, Woodside Petroleum registered lower revenue in the second-quarter earnings released yesterday. Woodside saw a 32% dip in revenues, the first decline in the last six quarters. Revenue dropped over the extension in the maintenance period at the Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and weaker prices. Woodside recorded a lower production for the quarter at 17.3 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe).
As Iran seeks new possibilities of growth amidst debilitating U.S. sanctions, the country’s ambassador to India has said that Iran is ready to invest in the expansion of a South Indian refinery. Chennai Petroleum (CPCL) seeks to invest about $5.1 billion to expand Nagapattinam refinery to a 180,000-bpd plant. Naftiran Intertrade, the Swiss subsidiary of National Iranian Oil Company, own a 15.4% stake in CPCL.
US oil major, ConocoPhillips has inked an agreement with Caelus Natural Resources Alaska to buy 100% interest in the Nuna discovery, Alaska. Discovered in 2012, the Nuna prospect is located 5 mi southwest of Oooguruk field. The agreement signed by ConocoPhillips Alaska (COPA) includes the purchase of 11 tracts spanning across 21,000 acres. COPA will appraise the Nuna discovery in the upcoming years.
Joining a number of energy firms, Spanish energy company Repsol SA, yesterday, announced plans of laying off about 30% of its Canadian workforce as part of global restructuring. Repsol will intimate employees affected by the reorganization in the Canadian exploration and production and corporate units this week. While the firm refused to give an exact number of cuts, Repsol’s Canadian workforce stood at approximately 700 in 2018.
If sources were to be believed, India’s E&P major, ONGC will soon auction off over 60 discovered small and marginal fields to private companies. ONGC will follow the production enhancement contracts (PEC) mechanism to auction the fields to global energy firms. People aware of the development said that leading services firm KPMG has been made aware of ONGC’s decision to carry out the PEC process.
Malaysian process equipment manufacturer, KNM Group Bhd has landed two contracts worth a combined sum of about RM27.71mil through its subsidiaries. As part of the first contract, the firm will supply air cooler heat exchangers to the Petroleum Refinery and Polypropylene Plant in Nigeria. The second contract will see the firm delivering replacement heat exchangers to Khor Al Zubair’s gas processing plant in Iraq.
Texas-based Comstock Resources has agreed to buy the natural gas firm, Covey Park in an approximately $2.2 billion deal, including debt. The acquisition is aimed at reinforcement of Comstock’s position in the Haynesville shale basin. Covey Park’s acquisition would boost Comstock’s net production to over 1.1 billion cubic feet equivalent per day.
Venture Global LNG has inked definitive agreements with New York-based Stonepeak Infrastructure for the Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility. Under the terms of the agreement, Stonepeak will entirely provide a $1.3 billion equity investment in the 10 MTPY export facility in Louisiana. Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass facility will leverage BHGE’s comprehensive process solution that employs highly efficient mid-scale, modular, factory-fabricated liquefaction trains.
One of the largest conglomerates in the logistics and energy sectors, AP Moller-Maersk has reported a small pre-tax profit of £1.5 million for 1Q2019. The firm also saw a significant jump in revenue from £7,354m in 1Q2018 to £7,534m in 1Q2019. CEO, AP Moller – Maersk said, “In Q1, revenue grew by 2.5%, operating earnings improved by 33% and cash flow from operations doubled to USD 1.5bn.”
The Indian energy firm, Petronet LNG has reported a 15.87% fall in profits for 4Q2019, from the corresponding quarter in the previous year. Petronet LNG registered a ₹440-crore in profits in the last quarter of the financial year 2018-2019. The company has attributed lower profits to the inventory loss of ₹119 crore. The company will distribute a 45% dividend to shareholders.
Texas-based Kosmos Energy has initiated a formal process to farm out its interest in the Mauritania-Senegal basin to around 10%. The firm is expecting bids by the end of the summer. Kosmos registered $296.8 million in revenue for 1Q2019, which is more than double, climbing on higher production in Ghana. The energy firm produced 5.1 million barrels of oil equivalent in the first quarter.
Energy major, Equinor yesterday released Q1 earnings, reporting $1.54 billion in profits. The Norwegian firm saw a 4% rise in profits from Q12018, as total equity production in the quarter rose to 2,178 million barrels of oil per day (Mboe/day). Conferring to the results, Equinor said that the results were impacted by lower prices, even though the level of production remained consistently high.
TransCanada reported Q12019 earnings yesterday, registering a 2% rise in revenue, but remained short of the estimates. Earnings for the firm through its natural gas pipelines in the US climbed 22% to C$792M Y/Y and increased 6% from its Canadian gas pipelines. CEO, TransCanada said that the quarter's profits "reflect the strong performance of our legacy assets along with contributions from ~C$5.3B of growth projects that were placed into service."
ExxonMobil released first quarter earnings yesterday, reporting a 50% drop in the profits. Exxon suffered a quarterly loss in the downstream division, attributing bristling stocks of gasoline, leading to weaker fuel margins in the quarter. Exxon pocketed $2.35 billion in the first quarter, in comparison with $4.65 billion it made last year. The firm’s revenues fell short of analysts’ estimates, dropping to $63.63 billion, a dip of 6.7% from 2018.
Oil supermajor, Chevron yesterday released quarterly earnings, reporting a 27% drop in the profits for the first quarter. The US-based firm saw a fall of nearly 7% in the revenue, from $37.64 billion in 2018 to $35.2 billion this year. The plunge in the profits has been attributed to sink in crude oil prices and thinner margins in Chevron’s refining and chemicals businesses.
US-based oil major, ConocoPhillips has farmed out its UK oil and gas business to Chrysaor Holdings. In a $2.675 billion-deal, Chrysaor will gain ownership to three material assets including two new operated hubs in the UK Central North Sea, an interest in the Clair Field area in the West of Shetland, and Britannia and J‐Block. ConocoPhillips’ owned assets produced approx. 72,000 boepd last year.
Superior Energy Services yesterday released first quarter earnings results yesterday. The Houston-based energy firm has suffered a net loss of $47.7 million on a revenue of $467.2 million in the quarter that ended March 31st. Superior Energy has improved from a net loss of $750.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.
In a regulatory filing yesterday, South Korean conglomerate, Hyundai Heavy informed about signing a $1.2 billion-agreement with oil giant, Saudi Aramco to sell a minority stake of Hyundai Oilbank. If sources were to be believed, Hyundai will use proceeds from the sale to fund its $2 billion acquisition of rival Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.