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BP, Shell execs report surprise production boost from mature wells

|About: BP p.l.c. (BP)|By: , SA News Editor

  • BP CEO Bob Dudley has spent 38 years in the oil business, and he says has never seen anything like what happened with the company’s mature oil fields last year – their production increased.
  • Results across the industry were not as spectacular as BP’s but still impressive, executives and officials at the CERAWeek conference said this week; the International Energy Agency reported production from mature fields fell 5.7% last year, the smallest decline in at least a decade. FULL ARTICLE
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    Shell’s U.S. shale output plans prioritize oil over natgas

    Ron BoussoErnest Scheyder: 8 March 2018

    HOUSTON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) is focused on increasing its U.S. shale operation’s oil production while slowing investment in lower-margin natural gas, an executive said on Thursday. The Anglo-Dutch company aims to boost its overall shale production by 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) to 500,000 boe/d between 2017 and 2020, mostly in the United States with some production in Argentina. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Fossil fuel groups risk wasting $1.6tn on projects

     — Energy Editor

    Royal Dutch Shell set a new target last November to reduce the net carbon footprint of its energy products by about half by 2050. The Anglo-Dutch group has committed to spend up to $2bn a year on renewables and other cleaner sources of energy and other European oil and gas groups are making similar moves. Andrew Brown, Shell’s director of exploration and production, told a conference in London last month… FULL FT ARTICLE and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    How Shell hid a Whale before placing Mexican oil bet

    Ron BoussoMarianna Parraga: MARCH 2, 2018

    Shell’s oil and gas reserve life – the number of years it can sustain production at its current levels – has steadily declined in recent years despite the acquisition of BG Group

    LONDON/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The gasps in the audience were clearly audible at the auction of Mexico’s oil blocks a month ago as Royal Dutch Shell’s hefty bids were announced one by one. The size of Shell’s cash payments – $343 million out of the total of $525 million that Mexico earned in the sale – far outstripped its competitors’ offers, guaranteeing that the company swept up nine of the 19 offshore blocks. The Anglo-Dutch major knew something no one else did. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Shell To Shut Louisiana Refinery Gasoline Unit For Overhaul In June

    By Tsvetana Paraskova – Feb 23, 2018, 6:00 PM CST

    Royal Dutch Shell plans to shut for a planned overhaul the 92,000-bpd gasoline producing unit at its refinery at Convent, Louisiana, for some six weeks starting in June, Reuters reported on Friday, quoting sources familiar with the refinery’s plans. The gasoline-producing fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) at the 227,586-bpd Convent refinery, as well as the alkylation unit with 16,500 bpd capacity, are planned to be shut for an overhaul this summer, after Shell scrapped plans in November last year to permanently close the gasoline-producing unit at Convent. Shell decided not to permanently close the gasoline unit in early 2018, opting instead to overhaul it to extend its production life for at least another four to five years, Shell spokesman Ray Fisher told Reuters at that time. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    In the deepwater versus shale oil contest, Shell backs both

    Ron BoussoDmitry Zhdannikov: FEBRUARY 20,2018 LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) will expand deepwater output and turn a profit from its shale production in coming years as both together will help the oil major cope with a world of low crude prices, the head of its oil and gas production said on Tuesday.

    Shell’s deepwater production in Brazil, Nigeria, the Gulf of Mexico is much bigger and more profitable, but the firm sees the nimble, fast-returns U.S. onshore shale as an engine for growth.

    “We can see strong (shale) production growth, strong cash surpluses that gives us a balance in our portfolio where you can ramp investment up and down, you can moderate that, very unlike deepwater which is quite chunky,” Andy Brown told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the IP Week conference. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Is the era of rising oil prices already over?

    Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad


    Is the era of rising oil prices already over?

    From our editor • Fair

    Oil prices were on the rise. A barrel of Brent oil, benchmark for the world oil markets, dipped on the $ 45 last year, then started a climb that ended two weeks ago at $ 70. Then the draft came in. Last week, the price of a barrel of Brent dropped by the $ 62. Is this the beginning of an oil price decline?

    Hans van Cleef, energy economist at ABN Amro

    ‘Oil may start to decline in the short term. The prices were very much gone. There has been some fear about the potential of American shale oil. That puts pressure on prices in a fairly speculative market. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Shell is shaking up the energy market with one eye on tomorrow

     The Times

    Recent rises in the price of oil have triggered anticipation of somewhat better times ahead in the North Sea. Last month BP announced two new discoveries — Capercaillie in the central segment and Achmelvich, west of Shetland. While the scale of the new reserves is being assessed, their discovery, together with the hardening benchmark price, have served to brighten and lengthen the outlook for Scotland’s offshore oil and gas. It would be a gross exaggeration to paint this as a hydrocarbon renaissance. In the past ten years, Brent crude has fetched as much as $140 a barrel but since the price collapsed dramatically in mid-2014, from $112 to as little as $34, oil has struggled to shake off a new normal around the $50 mark.… read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Big Oil takes stage for post-austerity beauty contest

    Ron Bousso: 12 FEB 2018

    LONDON (Reuters) – With years of austerity in their rear-view mirrors, the world’s biggest oil companies are locked in a beauty contest to lure investors with promises of growth and greater rewards. Royal Dutch Shell and Total are emerging as frontrunners after a three-year slump thanks to strong growth projections but Exxon Mobil, the biggest publicly traded oil company, has largely disappointed with a weaker outlook. FULL ARTICLE and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Shell Commits to Expanding Gas Stations as Some Rivals Retreat

    Istvan Kapitany, head of Shell’s global retail business

    By Kevin Orland: 9 February 2018

    (Bloomberg) — While many oil producers are stepping back from their retail operations, Royal Dutch Shell Plc is doubling down.

    Shell, which has about 44,000 filling stations around the world, opened its first one in Mexico last year, the start of $1 billion in investments over the next decade. Shell also is ramping up spending in China, India, Indonesia and Russia, Istvan Kapitany, head of Shell’s global retail business, said in an interview in Calgary. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Canadian shale boom triggers quakes in Alberta town as frackers rush to drill new wells

    Communities like Fox Creek, Alberta, are feeling the economic benefits of the shale boom, along with fracking-linked earthquakes. 

    Drilling has been so intense near Fox Creek, Alberta that it’s been linked to a series of earthquakes.Brennan Linsley/AP Photo

    Bloomberg News: Robert Tuttle: February 9, 2018: 12:59 PM EST

    In the Western Alberta town of Fox Creek, roughnecks shuffle through hotel lobbies, freight trucks choke slushy streets and, every once in a while, tremors shake the earth.

    Welcome to Canada’s biggest shale boom. Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Encana Corp., Murphy Oil Corp. and XTO Energy Inc. are among those flocking to Fox Creek to stake their claim in the oil-rich Duvernay shale formation. 

    Here, the prize is condensate, an ultra-light oil that’s perfect for diluting the heavy tar-sands crude for which Alberta is known. More locally produced diluent would be a plus for Canadian companies that now depend on the U.S. — and for communities like Fox Creek that are feeling the economic benefits along with fracking-linked earthquakes. More of both may be in the offing as drillers flock in Chevron’s wake into the Duvernay region. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Oil hits seven-week low on expectations of higher U.S., Iran output

    FILE PHOTO: Filled oil drums are seen at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s lubricants blending plant in the town of Torzhok, north-west of Tver, November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo Ayenat MersieEjigu: 8 FEB 2018 NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices fell to their lowest in seven weeks on Thursday amid fears of rising global supplies after Iran announced plans to increase production and U.S. crude output hit record highs.

    Brent futures LCOc1 fell 70 cents, or 1.1 percent, to settle at $64.81 a barrel, their lowest close since Dec. 20.

    U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1, meanwhile, was down 64 cents, or 1 percent, to settle at $61.15, its lowest close since Jan. 2.

    Both benchmarks fell for the fifth straight day, the longest losing streak for Brent since November 2017 and for WTI since April 2017.

    Brent futures have lost as much as 15 percent since hitting a four-year high above $71 in late January. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Oil multinationals leave heavy years behind

    Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

    Oil multinationals leave heavy years behind

    Bert van Dijk • Entrepreneurship

    Fossil fuel companies may be subject to fire from environmental organizations, ‘green’ shareholders, financial regulators and prosecuting climate lawyers, but financially speaking the big oil and gas multinationals are back on their feet after a number of difficult years.

    That is the most important conclusion now that four of the ‘Big Five’ have published their annual results. Cost savings, higher oil prices and rising demand for oil and gas in the world led to a total of more than $ 115 billion in operating cash flow for Shell, ExxonMobil, BP and Chevron combined and more than $ 51 billion in profits last year. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Shell can still grow in ‘rejuvenated’ North Sea, CEO says

    Shell’s boss said yesterday that the North Sea is showing signs of “rejuvenation” and can provide the oil major with more room to grow.

    Written by  – 

    Doubts about Shell’s commitment to the UK were raised last year when it agreed to sell a package of assets to Chrysaor. But last month the Anglo-Dutch energy giant announced its decision to invest in redeveloping the Penguins area, 150miles north-east of Shetland. The project will involve the construction of Shell’s first new manned installation in the northern North Sea in almost 30 years. Chief executive Ben van Beurden said yesterday that the Penguins decision was “important” for Shell. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Shell pledges share buyback despite worry over cashflow

    Royal Dutch Shell has sought to reassure investors that it will soon be able to press ahead with a promised $25 billion share buyback, after doubts over its cashflow overshadowed a surge in full-year profits. Ben van Beurden, chief executive of the Anglo-Dutch oil group, said that he was “obsessed” with starting share buybacks as soon as possible and was confident that it could afford them, despite reporting weaker-than-expected cash generation that sent its shares down 2.5 per cent yesterday. MORE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

    Shell Profit Triples but Cash Flow Disappoints

    LONDON—Royal Dutch Shell PLC more than tripled its profit in 2017 on a rebound in oil prices, but its closely watched cash-flow figures fell short of expectations, alarming investors. The British-Dutch oil giant said Thursday its 2017 profit on a current cost-of-supplies basis… was $12.1 billion, up from $3.5 billion in 2016. Its earnings for the fourth quarter jumped to $3.1 billion from $1 billion a year earlier. FULL ARTICLE  read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan
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