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Saudi Aramco's Q2 profit plunges
Aug. 10, 2020
Source: Reuters

Saudi Aramco's Q2 profit plunges

Aramco reported a 73.4% fall in second-quarter net profit, a steeper drop than analysts had forecast, and it expected capital expenditure for 2020 to be at the lower end of a $25 billion to $30 billion range. But the company is sticking with the plan to pay $75 billion in dividends this year. Net profit fell to 24.6 billion riyals for the quarter to June 30 from 92.6 billion riyals a year earlier.

Shelf's jackup rig to halt operations for Aramco
June 16, 2020

Shelf's jackup rig to halt operations for Aramco

Shelf Drilling has received a notification from Saudi Aramco that operations of the jackup High Island IV will be suspended for a period of up to 12 months. The suspension, at a zero-day rate, will take effect on completion of work currently in progress: the term of the contract will be extended by a period equal to the suspension period, Shelf Drilling added.

Saudi Arabia's oil export revenue falls 21.9%
June 8, 2020
Source: Reuters

Saudi Arabia's oil export revenue falls 21.9%

Saudi Arabia's export revenue was Riyal 197.84 billion ($52.69 billion) in Q1 2020, down 20.7% from the same quarter in 2019, mainly due to a 21.9% decline in oil export revenue, the kingdom's General Authority for Statistics announced June 7. Total oil export revenue for Q1 was Riyal 149.95 billion, down from Riyal 192.03 billion for the same quarter the previous year.

Oil prices climb as Saudi Arabia pledges deeper oil cuts
May 12, 2020
Source: Reuters

Oil prices climb as Saudi Arabia pledges deeper oil cuts

Oil futures rose on Tuesday, following an unexpected commitment from Saudi Arabia to deepen production cuts by 1 million barrels per day (bpd) in June. Consequently, Brent crude futures climbed to a high of $30.11 a barrel and were up 0.9%, or 28 cents, at $29.91. The benchmark fell $1.34 on Monday. WTI crude futures were up 1%, or 24 cents, at $24.38 after touching a high of $24.77.

Abu Dhabi sells $7 billion worth of bonds
April 20, 2020

Abu Dhabi sells $7 billion worth of bonds

Abu Dhabi yesterday informed about selling $7 billion worth of bonds in the third major sale this month, aimed at countering declining oil prices. The transaction contained three tranches: a $2 billion five-year tranche, a $2 billion 10-year segment, and the third tranche of $3 billion aging after 30 years. Recently, Saudi Arabia raised $7 billion in a bond sale, while Qatar sold-out $10 billion worth of bonds.

Aramco will supply full contractual volumes in May
April 17, 2020

Aramco will supply full contractual volumes in May

The world's largest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia has assured some of the refiners in Asia to supply full contractual volumes of crude in May. According to the sources, though there is no change in the volume of the supply the ratio among crude grades has been altered by Saudi Aramco. This has been done by increasing the quantity of Arab Light and reducing Arab Heavy.

Oil prices continue to drop due to the coronavirus outbreak
March 13, 2020
Source: Reuters

Oil prices continue to drop due to the coronavirus outbreak

Oil prices plummeted in the international market on Friday, as markets largely remained worried about plunging demand due to the coronavirus outbreak. Brent crude slipped by 2%, to $32.55 a barrel. US WTI crude dropped 2.1%, to $30.84 a barrel. After OPEC+ meeting fell apart last week, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have opened the flood gates of low-priced oil into the market further intensifying the pressure on prices.

Saudi decides to cut crude export to China in March
Feb. 28, 2020
Source: Reuters

Saudi decides to cut crude export to China in March

According to the sources, Saudi Arabia has planned to cut crude supplies to China by at least 500,000 bpd. This decision has been taking keeping in the slower refinery demand after the coronavirus outbreak. China is the world's largest crude importer and takes 1.8 million bpd to 2 million bpd of Saudi crude. Due to slower demand, the refineries in China have also cut their crude processing rate in February.

Oil prices decline over increasing cases of corona virus in China
Jan. 27, 2020
Source: Reuters

Oil prices decline over increasing cases of corona virus in China

With the death toll in China still on the rise due to corona virus, oil prices fell by more than 2%. Brent went down by 2.2%, to $59.33 per barrel. WTI fell by 2.4%, to $52.89 a barrel. Saudi's Energy Minister said that markets are being “primarily driven by psychological factors and extremely negative expectations adopted by some market participants despite (the virus’s) very limited impact on global oil demand”.

Saudi-Kuwait agreement might resume production in the shared zone
Dec. 26, 2019

Saudi-Kuwait agreement might resume production in the shared zone

The energy supermajor, Saudi Aramco informed about a new agreement between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. After this agreement, oil production in the zone shared between two countries can be resumed. "With the signing of this new accord, both parties have reached the consensus that now is the right time to resume production in this zone", said Aramco's CEO.

Crude oil buoys up as Saudi persists OPEC to deepen cuts
Dec. 3, 2019
Source: Reuters

Crude oil buoys up as Saudi persists OPEC to deepen cuts

Oil prices jumped on Tuesday, as OPEC de facto leader, Saudi Arabia pushed the cartel to deepen a supply cut agreement. Brent crude futures rose 0.3%, to $61.11 per barrel. U.S. WTI crude was priced 0.4% higher, at $56.17 a barrel. Sources familiar with the discussions said that the cartel is aiming to increase its existing supply cut by 400,000 bpd and prolong the pact until June.

Aramco's IPO valued at $1.71 trillion
Nov. 18, 2019

Aramco's IPO valued at $1.71 trillion

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia revealed the value of world's biggest IPO. Aramco's IPO will be of up to $1.71 trillion and it will sell 1.5% of the company through this. But the IPO has missed Crown Prince's initial target of $2 trillion. The energy giant has already started taking bids from the investors in a price range of 30-32 Saudi riyals.

Climate change seen as big risk for Aramco's IPO
Nov. 15, 2019

Climate change seen as big risk for Aramco's IPO

Saudi's energy giant, Saudi Aramco has its IPO next month ahead of which climate change and decline in the demand for fossil fuels are seen as key risks. "Climate change concerns and impacts could reduce global demand for hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon-based products and could cause the company to incur costs or invest additional capital," says Aramco. The largest supplier of hydrocarbons will reveal the price of its shares on Sunday.

Concerns of oversupply bring down oil prices
Nov. 12, 2019
Source: Reuters

Concerns of oversupply bring down oil prices

Uncertainty over the progress of US-China trade talks led to the drop in oil prices on Tuesday. Rise in crude output of Saudi Arabia brought back the fear of oversupply in the market. WTI dropped by 0.3% and was traded at $56.68 a barrel. Brent went down by 0.2% and was traded at $62.04 a barrel.

Saudi Aramco registers $68 billion in profits for nine months
Nov. 4, 2019
Source: Reuters

Saudi Aramco registers $68 billion in profits for nine months

Oil behemoth, Saudi Aramco has said that it registered a net income of $68 billion during the last nine-month, which ended on September 30. Aramco recorded $244B in revenues and other income related to sales for the same period. The company recently announced its intention to list shares on the Saudi stock exchange. Aramco also said that Saudi nationals subscribing to the listing will remain eligible to receive bonus shares.

India and Saudi strike a deal
Oct. 30, 2019

India and Saudi strike a deal

Saudi-India strategic partnership has taken a major leap forward on Wednesday. Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited has signed an agreement with energy supermajor Saudi Aramco to lease part of the 2.5 million-tonne Padur storage in Karnataka. This bilateral deal focuses at building emergency crude reserves against volatility of the market.

Incident at SASREF kills two
Oct. 16, 2019
Source: Reuters

Incident at SASREF kills two

Saudi Aramco-owned SASREF yesterday informed about the death of two contractors in “an incident” during maintenance work on Sunday. A statement released by the refiner said that the incident also left two others injured. Maintenance work will continue as planned at the facility. SASREF existed as a joint venture between Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell until September when Aramco bought it Shell’s stake in the JV.

Saudi crown prince cautions of unimaginably high oil prices
Sept. 30, 2019

Saudi crown prince cautions of unimaginably high oil prices

Saudi Arabia's crown prince has warned of an unimaginable spike in oil prices lest the world comes together to deter Iran, though he added that a political solution is preferred. Speaking in an interview, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman agreed with a statement made by the U.S. Secretary, Mike Pompeo who referred to Sept 14 attacks as an act of war by Iran.

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