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Project Delays Will Cost These Oil Majors Billions

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Rupert Hargreaves published 28 July 2014 In total, Kashagan is now expect to cost a total of $136 billion, more than 140% above initial estimates. Production has been consistently delayed; the most recent delay, which occurred at the end of last year, concerns the project’s pipelines. At present, […]

Oil majors BP and Shell may be ready for more mergers

Some of Shell’s big shareholders are said to be frustrated by the company’s continued spending on expensive far-flung projects that fail to yield healthy returns. Alongside its profit warning at the start of this year, Shell announced that it was halting a controversial exploration programme off the coast of Alaska because the costs had far outweighed […]

Kashagan delays mar outlook for Eni, Total and Shell

Extract from FT article by Guy Chazan published 20 July 2014 Three of Europe’s largest oil companies could take a $1.5bn hit to earnings as a result of delays to Kashagan, the $50bn oil project in the Caspian Sea that has been bedevilled by hold-ups and cost over-runs. FULL FT ARTICLE Copyright The Financial Times […]

Shell ending investments in gas development project in Saudi Arabia

Reuters article published by ArabNews.com Monday 7 July 2014 DUBAI: Royal Dutch Shell is ending investments in a gas development project in Saudi Arabia, complicating the top oil exporter’s efforts to exploit its huge gas reserves. The search for gas has been a priority for Saudi Arabia as it struggles to keep pace with rapidly […]

Pipeline problems cloud Kashagan oil outlook

Extract from a Geoff Hiscock article published by The Australian on 2 July 2014 A YEAR ago, one of the world’s biggest oil and gas projects, the massive Kashagan field in Kazakhstan’s part of the Caspian Sea, was on the verge of starting production after more than a decade of development and US$40 billion in […]

Shale’s junk debt could get shaky if Fed raises rates

Extracts from a Houston Chronicle article by Collin Eaton published 27 June 2014 (Good article. Not Shell specific, but a generic problem to which Shell is heavily exposed) Two years after natural gas prices collapsed, Chesapeake Energy’s $12 billion in corporate debt last month nearly made it out of junk territory. The natural gas producer […]

Kashagan ‘Cash All Gone’ Pipeline Debacle

Shell has been a key participant in the Kashagan project consortium which includes Eni and ExxonMobil. Given its notorious track record of over-promise and under delivery, having Shell involved is a bad omen for any elephant project. By John Donovan The latest news from the “Cash All Gone” project (as it is widely known) is […]

Kashagan oilfield may not restart until 2016

Extracts from a Reuters article by Mariya Gordeyeva published 21 May 2014 under the headline: Kashagan oilfield may not restart until 2016, Kazakh minister says May 21 (Reuters) – Oil output at Kazakhstan’s giant Kashagan field may not resume until early 2016, Kazakh Oil and Gas Minister Uzakbai Karabalin said on Wednesday, urging foreign partners […]

Kazakh Minister: All Kashagan Pipelines To Be Replaced

Extracts from a Reuters article by Olesya Astakhova published 15 May 2014 MOSCOW, May 15 (Reuters) – The consortium developing the giant Kashagan oilfield will have to replace the entire pipeline system at the deposit, Kazakhstan’s oil minister said on Thursday, confirming that output there would not resume this year. The North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC) developing […]

Oman gripped by action against oil corruption

Extracts from a PLATTS article by Tamsin Carlisle published 28 April 2014 The Oman government’s crackdown on graft in oil and gas contracting has become the talk of the town in Muscat, with opinions sharply divided on whether it is going far enough. Five officials of the gas division of Petroleum Development Oman, a joint […]

Kashagan project closed indefinitely

Extract from oilprice.com article by James Burgess published 23 April 2014 under the headline: “Kashagan Field Plans Pipeline Replacement” After weeks of review, the operators of Kazakhstan’s giant Kashagan oil field have concluded that pipelines carrying oil and gas will need to be replaced due to extensive damage. The consortium — which includes Eni, Total, […]