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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.
China's oil giant, Sinopec has informed about adding 44.2 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas reserves in Erdos Basin. This is a new discovery by Sinopec which will take the total gas reserves at the company's Dongsheng gas field to 123.9 bcm. The company is expecting the production capacity of the new field to rise 1.5 bcm by the end of 2019 which is 1.35 bcm at present.
Oilfield services giant, Petrofac has secured a major contract extension to continue supporting the operations of Repsol-Sinopec Resources UK Limited’s in the North Sea. The Jersey-based firm will continue as a tier 1 contractor for brownfield modifications and projects for Repsol-Sinopec Resources’ operated assets and terminal at Flotta. Petrofac provides engineering support services for the Flotta asset.
CNOOC China Limited has signed a Cooperation Framework Agreement with Sinopec. Three joint study agreements have been signed between both the companies, “Joint Study Agreement on Bohai basin,” “Joint Study Agreement on North Jiangsu basin and South Yellow Sea basin” and “Joint Study Agreement on Beibu Gulf basin.” This cooperation will help to scientifically optimize the potential exploration zones and targets.
Asia's largest refiner, Sinopec informed on Monday that its net earnings of the first quarter underwent a drop of 21%. The company is suffering from this significant loss due to the lower crude prices in the upstream operations. The company has reported that its net profit of this quarter is $2.3 billion with refinery output settling at about 5.01 million barrels per day.
Delivery for the first batch of low-sulphur light marine fuel has come from Chinese downstream giant, Sinopec. The first batch of 6,800 tonnes of the IMO-standardized fuel came from Sinopec’s Shanghai refinery. Starting in 2020, IMO will forbid ships running on fuel oil, with sulphur content above 0.5%. The only exception to this rule will be the ships retrofitted with exhaust “scrubbers” to clean sulphur emissions.
The South African Competition Tribunal has approved Glencore’s $973m bid for the acquisition of Chevron Corp’s subsidiary. Chinese state-owned Sinopec was acquiring 75% stake through the sale last year, before Glencore jumped in, backed by minority shareholders and exercised pre-emptive rights on the sale. The proposed merger is subject to the condition that jobs are preserved after the deal and the CSA retirees’ medical aid subsidy is continued among others.
China’s oil giant, Sinopec will increase its production in the second half of this year. The oil major informed on Sunday that it will take up the production to 146 million barrels of crude oil in the second innings of yearly production which was 143.6 million barrels in the in the initial half of the year. Sinopec has decided to process 121 million tonnes of crude this time.
Sinopec Corp has joined hands with Zhejiang Energy Group Co Ltd for LNG terminal in east China. It is an agreement of 3 million tonne-per-year whose first phase is set for operation at end-2021. 4 tanks with a capacity of 200,000 cubic meters of LNG each, a berth of capacity 30,000 cubic meters to 266,000 cubic meters and a 26-km pipeline, these are included in the project.