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‘Big Oil’ poring over troubled waters

‘Big Oil’ poring over troubled waters By Mark Robinson, 17 April 2015 The severity of crude oil’s collapse meant that its effects were always likely to be felt far beyond petrol station forecourts. Reduced assumptions on future pricing convinced oil and gas majors, already given over to renewed capital discipline, to also accelerate the reduction in […]

Shell Said to Hire Barclays to Arrange $15 Billion BG Loan

Article by Stephen Morris published 17 April 2015 by Bloomberg.com Royal Dutch Shell Plc hired Barclays Plc to help arrange a 10 billion pound ($15 billion) loan to help fund its purchase of BG Group Plc, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The short-term bridge facility will replace an existing 3 billion-pound loan provided […]

Chevron A Safer Bet Than Shell

SeekingAlpha.com article published 13 April 2015 Chevron A Safer Bet Than Shell Shell has lost a huge amount of money in its shale bets in North America to the tune of $900 million alone in 2014. As a result, Shell is cutting spending by 20% to lower its North American shale exposure to try and […]

Oil price down, coffers full: now Big Petroleum is in the mood for mergers

The energy sector looks set for a round of mergers and acquisitions. Illustration: David Simonds for the Observer The world of Big Oil looks set for another round of mega-mergers and acquisitions after Shell set the ball rolling this week with its $70bn agreement to take over BG. FULL ARTICLE Like this:Like Loading…

Shell’s Huge Gas Bet Underscores Big Oil’s Push to Replace Coal

Article by Javier Blas and Rakteem Katakey published 10 April 2015 by Bloomberg.com BP Plc coined the slogan “Beyond Petroleum.” The new industry mantra might be “Beyond Oil and Into Gas.” Oh, and while we’re at it, “Down With Coal.” Consider Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s recent $70 billion acquisition of BG Group Plc — clearly a huge bet […]

Shell and BG: A vote for gas

Shell’s offer for BG shows how the energy business is changing 11 April 2015 JAM tomorrow, but never jam today. That was long the lament about Britain’s third-largest energy company, BG Group. It was notable for its great prospects, troubled operations, wobbly management and a slumping share price—down 20% in the past 12 months. Now […]

Exxon, BP in Deal Spotlight After Shell Buys BG Group

Article by Tara Lachapelle and Brooke Sutherland published 8 April 2015 by Bloomberg.com Now that Royal Dutch Shell Plc has made its move for BG Group Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP Plc could contemplate deals — perhaps even with each other. Speculation of an Exxon-BP combination surfaced last year after oil prices declined sharply, increasing the appeal […]

Shell Will Buy BG for $70 Billion in Push for Gas Dominance

by Javier BlasRakteem Katakey for Bloomberg.com Royal Dutch Shell Plc agreed to buy BG Group Plc for about 47 billion pounds ($70 billion), making Europe’s largest oil company the pre-eminent player in global natural gas and adding fields in Brazil. The deal, the industry’s biggest in at least a decade, will push Shell further into producing, […]

Shell, With $70B Deal For BG Group, Becomes World LNG Giant

Christopher Helman So this is how the consolidation starts. Royal Dutch Shell is making a smart move in its $70 billion acquisition of BG Group . The deal will gain Shell access to the most exciting deepwater oil projects in the world, in Brazil. While adding in BG Group’s fast-growing liquefied natural gas business will soon make […]

Shell seeking to buy BG in first oil super-merger in over a decade

The collapse in global oil prices has sparked much speculation about mergers in the industry and BG has often been cited as a potential target. (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) is in advanced talks to buy BG Group (BG.L) in the first oil super-merger in more than a decade, seeking to extend its lead […]

Iran riches coveted by big oil after decades of conflict

Extracts from a Bloomberg article published 31 March 2015 Iran riches coveted by big oil after decades of conflict Now, as Iran and the US enter 11th hour negotiations to reach a nuclear deal and ease sanctions, the West Asian country is emerging again as a potential prize for western oil companies such as BP, […]

Shell Leads Gulf Sale Bids

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Mar 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm EST Extracts The Oil and Gas Journal, quoting US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), has reported that the Gulf of Mexico, Central Planning Area Lease Sale 235 attracted around 195 bids from 42 companies. Major energy companies such as Statoil ASA (ADR) (NYSE:STO), Chevron Corporation […]

Non-U.S. Shales Prove Difficult to Crack

By JUSTIN SCHECK and SELINA WILLIAMS: WALL STREET JOURNAL March 18, 2015 11:20 p.m. ET Exxon, Shell and others are pulling back from once-promising shale finds in Europe, Asia After spending more than five years and billions of dollars trying to re-create the U.S. shale boom overseas, some of the world’s biggest oil companies are starting […]

Big Oil’s Broken Business Model

From an article by Michael T. Klare published 12 March 2015 by utne.com Big Oil’s Broken Business Model In the wake of collapsing oil prices, Big Oil must alter its broken business model or face being outcompeted by smaller, nimbler energy producers. Many reasons have been provided for the dramatic plunge in the price of […]

How Big Oil Is Profiting From the Slump

From an article by Javier Blas published 12 March 2015 by Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — Europe’s largest oil companies are gaining support from an unlikely source as they confront the industry’s worst slump since the financial crisis: lower oil prices. Although better known for their oil fields, refineries, and petrol stations, BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell […]

Exxon, Shell’s spending patterns may help them through oil price drop

* Two biggest oil firms have finished major projects * Exxon, Shell able to cut 2015 spending * All oil majors face 2015 negative cashflow * Set to increase borrowing easily to cover shortfalls By Ron Bousso and Dmitry Zhdannikov LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) – The world’s two biggest oil firms, Exxon Mobil Corp and […]

Shell unveils plan to replace union workers 2 days before talks

(Bloomberg) — Two days before contract negotiations are scheduled to resume between Royal Dutch Shell Plc and the United Steelworkers’ oil union, the company announced plans to run its second-largest U.S. refinery without union labor. Shell will have trained and deployed enough “relief workers” by mid-summer to keep the 327,000-barrel-a-day Deer Park refinery in Texas […]

Oil and gas industry in ‘bleak’ 2014, finds survey

FROM A BBC ARTICLE PUBLISHED 24 FEB 2015 Oil and gas industry in ‘bleak’ 2014, finds survey The UK offshore oil and gas industry has reported its worst annual performance for four decades. Industry body Oil & Gas UK said falling oil prices and rising costs meant the sector spent and invested £5.3bn more than […]

Why Shell Withdrew Application For Pierre River Oil Sands Project

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Feb 24, 2015 at 7:48 am EST Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) indicated on Monday that it has withdrawn the application to develop Pierre River Oil Sands in northern Alberta. The oil sands mine was first proposed by Shell Canada in 2007. The Pierre River oil sands are estimated to […]

Shell Canada withdraws oilsands mine application as a cost-cutting measure

By Dan Healing of the Calgary Herald Extracts The Pierre River oilsands mine proposed by Shell Canada in 2007, split out of a joint application in 2009 and delayed indefinitely last year has been withdrawn entirely from the regulatory approval process. “The Pierre River mine remains a very long-term opportunity for us but it’s not currently […]

Why Stocks Of Chevron Corporation, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, And ConocoPhillips Should Be Avoided

Why Stocks Of Chevron Corporation, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, And ConocoPhillips Should Be Avoided Bidness Etc looks at why Barron’s Asia advises new investors against buying stocks of the four Big Oil companies, namely, Exxon, Chevron, Shell, and ConocoPhillips By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Feb 18, 2015 at 6:36 am EST Extracts Crude oil price […]

Oil company employees should consider quitting their jobs

From an article by Jonathan Porritt published by The Guardian on 10 February 2015 under the headline: “Oil company employees should consider quitting their jobs” read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Big Oil Unable To Increase Reserves To Counter Declining Production

Bidness Etc discusses why major oil firms have been unable to replace their new reserves, despite crude production level falling since last year amid tumbling crude price By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Feb 8, 2015 at 8:40 am EST According to the quarterly results announced during the past few weeks, major oil companies have reported a mediocre […]

Oil companies Arctic projects in deep freeze

Information and graphic sourced from an FT article by Richard Milne in Oslo, Christopher Adams in London and Ed Crooks in New York, published 6 February 2015. The first of two drilling rigs contracted by Shell will soon leave Singapore and once sea ice has sufficiently receded, will embark on a summer drilling project in U.S. […]

Arctic Oil On Life Support

From an OilPrice.com article by Nick Cunningham published 1 Feb 2015 under the headline: “Arctic Oil On LifeSupport” Oil companies have eyed the Arctic for years. With an estimated 90 billion barrels of oil lying north of the Arctic Circle, the circumpolar north is arguably the last corner of the globe that is still almost […]

Oil Workers in U.S. Begin First Large-Scale Strike Since 1980

From an article by Lynn Doan and Barbara Powell published on 1 Feb 2015 by Bloomberg under the headline: “Oil Workers in U.S. Begin First Large-Scale Strike Since 1980″ Shell activated a “contingency plan” (Bloomberg) — The United Steelworkers union, which represents employees at more than 200 U.S. oil refineries, terminals, pipelines and chemical plants, began […]

BIG OIL: Who will blink first to set the M&A scramble in motion

With more than $110 billion of oil and gas assets on the block as companies big and small count the cost of the collapse in oil prices, it is now a question of who will blink first to set the M&A scramble in motion. Article published by Reuters 30 Jan 2015 under the headline: Buyers […]

Oil rout gives Exxon and Shell reason to buy rival ‘sisters’

…a major deal over the next year that will bring together two of the super majors, or see one of their smaller rivals swallowed up, is highly likely – and almost a certainty if historical precedent is anything to go by. Certainly, if the oil rout of the late 90s is anything to go by, a […]

BP Shell merger on the horizon

Potentially, a prolonged period of low oil prices might finally see BP and Shell, like two drunken sailors, holding each other up through the merger that has so long been on the horizon. AN ARTICLE BY ALEX BRUMMER FOR THE DAILY MAIL PUBLISHED 30 Jan 2015  “ALEX BRUMMER: Big oil players confront the slump by slashing capital […]

Crude at $49: The New Reality for Big Oil Companies

FROM BLOOMBERG Crude at $49: The New Reality for Big Oil Companies by Joe Carroll (Bloomberg) — Financial results from a fourth quarter that saw the collapse of the crude market will provide a window into how the world’s biggest oil companies are adjusting to a new reality of slowing growth and low prices. Oil that […]

Why Shell And Exxon Are Interested In Gulf Of Mexico Bidding

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Jan 21, 2015 Some of the largest global oil producers have shown an early interest in the first phase of Mexico’s bidding round for blocks of exploratory crude oil and natural gas, located in the Deepwater region of Gulf of Mexico. According to a Mexican government official, the oil and gas blocks […]

The dramatic consequences of plunging oil prices

“Brent futures are set to fall to as low as $31 a barrel by the end of the first quarter from about $48 now.”; “People know these prices are unsustainable,” he said, and they will lead to large-scale layoffs and cuts in maintenance spending, which will eventually sharply reduce overall output. BP’s announcement of layoffs was […]

Oil crashes below $50 – Big Oil loses $200 billion

The meltdown in oil prices has wiped out more than $200 billion in market valuation among the 10 largest oil and natural gas companies in the S&P 500. To combat depressed prices, oil companies are hitting the brakes on spending and laying off workers. Investors are saying “enough.” They are dumping their energy stocks as the outlook […]

Shell and BP dividends at risk from oil price crash

Extracts from CNBC Article by Katy Barnato published Mon 5 Jan 2015 under the headline: “BP, Shell dividends at risk from oil slump” “The risk is that given that these companies in the oil and gas sector account for 15 percent of the total payout, if the oil price remains low for a sustained period, […]

Tie-Up Between BP and Royal Dutch Shell In 2015?

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Dec 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm EST Ashley Armstrong, the Telegraph’s merger and acquisition columnist, hinted at the possibilityof a merger between London-based BP plc (NYSE:BP) and Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) in a piece over the weekend. M&A activity during 2014 reached the $3.5 trillion mark, the highest […]

Senior Sources See Merit In Shell BP Mega Merger

“…the tumbling commodities price has meant that takeover chatter has spread to even the fantasy realms of BP and Shell. Once considered unthinkable, senior sources are now saying that there is merit in doing the colossal deal…”; “Companies will not be able to continue with business as usual and must either cut back on expensive exploration […]

Oil majors’ finances strained by price slump

Sunday Telegraph newspaper article by Ben Marlow: Oil majors’ finances strained by price slump The sudden fall in the price of crude oil, from $120 to just $60 a barrel in six months, is the biggest economic shock of 2014 and the fall out is expected to be profound and long-lasting, especially for the oil majors.  […]

Shell’s future in the Arctic looks doubtful

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Dec 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm EST There is a large question mark on whether Royal Dutch Shell (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) will continue a new round of drilling in the Chukchi Sea and the Beufort Sea in the Arctic or not. The company earlier filed a lawsuit against a group of environmentalists […]

Tumbling crude prices will lay waste to countries and companies alike

By John Donovan The oil industry is leaving 2014 on a low note as far as oil prices are concerned.  A financial earthquake has hit ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, Conocophillips and Total.  The Sunday Times devoted a whole page article by Danny Fortson to the turmoil resulting from the collapse in the price […]

Why Shell Is Facing Problems In The Arctic

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Dec 19, 2014 at 11:21 am EST Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) is uncertain over its plans to drill in the US Arctic. The final decision regarding the company is expected to come in March, 2015. During this time the company is likely to consider various factors before taking a […]