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Big Oil’s Investment Risk Is Spiking

Big Oil’s Investment Risk Is Spiking

By David Messler – Jul 07, 2020, 5:00 PM CDT

The major integrated oil companies: Shell,(NYSE:RDS.A, RDS.B); ExxonMobil, (NYSE:XOM); BP, (NYSE:BP); Chevron, (NYSE:CVX), and a few others, so named for their vertical stewardship of the hydrocarbon molecule from initial extraction to final refining, have come under increasingly accurate fire from climate change advocates. In the past organizations like Greenpeace and a host of other conservation organizations, have used direct measures to interdict oil company operations. Measures that were flashy, as they drew a lot of attention from the global press, but over the long haul did little to achieve their goals of stopping oil and gas exploration. read more

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Virus crisis threatens to set back oil platform decommissioning

Virus crisis threatens to set back oil platform decommissioning

London (AFP) – Oil companies are being forced to cut spending due to a fall in global oil prices, threatening funds earmarked to dismantle dated off-shore rigs, despite environmental risks.

A drastic drop in revenue caused by the coronavirus outbreak has seen majors such as Total, Royal Dutch Shell and BP having to cut or defer expenditure by billions of dollars.

Decommissioning platforms is not “one of their top priorities”, according to Sonya Boodoo, an analyst at Rystad Energy. read more

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After BP takes a hit, investors widen climate change campaign

Reuters: Matthew Green and Simon Jessop: June 22, 2020

LONDON — Investors managing £1.8 trillion ($2.2 trillion) in assets are widening a campaign pressing oil majors to better reflect climate risks in their accounting, and will soon target other businesses with heavy fossil fuel exposure, the group said on Monday.

The investors believe their campaign is working, noting the “hugely important” news of BP joining other oil majors in lowering the value of its assets amid a global transition to cleaner energy, said Natasha Landell-Mills, head of stewardship at asset manager Sarasin & Partners. read more

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Even the oil giants can now foresee the end of the gasoline age

The fall in fuel use during the pandemic has caused Shell and BP to fundamentally reappraise their future profitability Sun 21 Jun 2020

Coronavirus has dealt the fossil-fuel industry the biggest single blow in its history, and it is clear that 2020’s plummeting demand for oil and gas is no mere flesh wound. The global Covid-19 crisis may have already triggered a terminal decline for big oil.

BP’s decision last week to reset its oil price forecasts for the next three decades was the latest tremor in a seismic shift for the industry. Its forecasts of a $75-a-barrel oil price over the next 30 years were scrapped in favour of an average price of $55. The watershed decision wiped more than $17bn from the value of its business at a stroke read more

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Bloomberg: Pandemic Brings Pain and Opportunity for Fragile Oil Giants


BLOOMBERG: By Laura Hurst: 16 June 2020, 00:01 BST Updated on 16 June 2020, 13:43 BST

The coronavirus has exposed the fragility of some of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies, but also given them the opportunity to make investors swallow some unpleasant remedies.

Since the pandemic started, BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc have made drastic changes to their businesses, from multibillion-dollar writedowns to big cuts to dividends and jobs.

They explained these moves as responses to the dual threats of the lockdown-induced oil slump and the growing pressure to cut carbon emissions. Yet the decisions say as much about the companies’ individual fragility as they do of the challenges faced by the broader industry. read more

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FT: Big Oil faces up to a future beyond petroleum

THE EDITORIAL BOARD: 15 JUNE 2020

Big Oil faces a future where it may not be so big, and may have less to do with oil.

Investing in Big Oil, like Big Tobacco, has become much less acceptable.

Royal Dutch Shell has vowed to become the world’s largest electricity company by the 2030s.

FULL FT ARTICLE

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Bloomberg: BP to write off $17.5bn from value of its business

British oil major predicts that the coronavirus pandemic will hurt long-term demand

BLOOMBERG: 15 JUNE 2020

BP will write down the value of its business by as much as $17.5 billion, as the British oil major predicts that the coronavirus pandemic will hurt long-term demand and accelerate the shift to cleaner energy.

The company is also undertaking a review of its projects that could result in some oil discoveries being left in the ground.

It’s the latest in a series of big shifts from BP, which has pivoted sharply toward clean energy under its new chief executive officer Bernard Looney. Shares fell 5 per cent to 307 pence as of 8.15am in London. read more

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Shell CEO Ben van Beurden insists he doesn’t run an oil company any more

By Akshat Rathi and Laura Hurst: 9 JUNE 2020

Royal Dutch Shell Plc had been turning out about 2.7 million barrels of oil each day until the novel coronavirus took hold of the world. Demand for oil, the company’s core product, dropped almost a third in April, and the price of West Texas Intermediate briefly dipped into negative numbers for the first time.

It’s not easy to run an oil major when people suddenly stop needing oil. Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden responded by slashing spending and cutting Shell’s dividend for the first time since World War II. And, as critics warned, the company remains saddled with debt from its $53 billion acquisition of BG Group in 2015. read more

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nrc.nl: Dutch ambassador leaked information to Shell

“Shell extracts a lot of oil and gas from Nigerian soil, and that is associated with pollution, sabotage, tax lawsuits, protests from the local population and suspected corruption.”

English translation of a Dutch article by nrc.nl

Dutch ambassador leaked information to Shell

Nigeria Robert Petri, the Dutch ambassador to Nigeria, had been in post for less than a year and a half. He did not have a good relationship with his staff. And above all: wasn’t he too close to Shell?


Prime Minister Mark Rutte (l) and Shell chairman Ben van Beurden (r) visiting President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, autumn 2019. Photo Bart Maat / ANP read more

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Zacks: Crude Woes: Chevron to Make Nearly 10-15% Staff Redundant

Crude Woes: Chevron to Make Nearly 10-15% Staff Redundant

Shell is proposing voluntary unemployment.

Zacks Equity Research: Zacks June 2, 2020

In a bid to bounce back from the drastic reduction in commodity prices resulting from the plaguing coronavirus, Chevron Corporation CVX is slashing headcount by nearly 10-15%, indicating an approximate cut of 6,000 of its 45,000 non-gas station staff. This move is in line with the company’s continued portfolio rationalization to reflect its operational efficiencies and match the projected activity levels. read more

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Zacks: Climate Crusaders vs. Big Oil: Who Will Win the Legal Row?

Zacks Equity Research: Zacks:May 29, 2020

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected the petition of oil supermajors and ruled that state courts are more suitable to impartially adjudicate climate change lawsuits against oil and gas companies instead of federal venues that are suspected to be bias to the energy industry.

The lawsuits, filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, hold five Big Oil majors, namely ExxonMobil XOM, Chevron CVX, ConocoPhillips COP, BP plc BP and Royal Dutch Shell RDS.A accountable for misleading the public by wrongly promoting their work to be environmentally friendly when in reality, they were aware of their hazardous contribution to climate change. By alleging the companies to be financially responsible for this menace, they demand the oil giants to cough up billions for the damages caused due to intensified carbon footprint and help construct a protective infrastructure to prevent the rise in sea-level and other problems cropping up from global warming. read more

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Coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp relief the existential threat posed to the world’s biggest oil companies

The coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp relief the existential threat posed to the world’s biggest oil companies from policies aimed at combating climate change by offering a glimpse into a future with little demand for petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

It has also brought to the fore a question with profound implications for the energy industry and Houston, where fortunes rise and fall with the price of oil. Has the virus — in two short but life-altering months — fundamentally changed society and consumer behavior, making it likely that global oil demand would peak earlier than expected, perhaps even during this decade? read more

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Reuters ANALYSIS-Coronavirus widens climate rift between European and U.S. oil majors

* European oil majors boost share of low-carbon investments

* European CEOs see faster energy transition after coronavirus

* GRAPHIC: European oil majors’ spending tilts green tmsnrt.rs/3dWh9VV

By Ron Bousso and Shadia Nasralla

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – Europe’s top oil and gas companies have diverted a larger share of their cash to green energy projects since the coronavirus outbreak in a bet the global health crisis will leave a long-term dent in fossil fuel demand, according to a Reuters review of company statements and interviews with executives. read more

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Shell, Total and Equinor give green light to major international CO₂ storage project

English translation of an article published this weekend by the Dutch Financial Times, the FD.

Shell, Total and Equinor give green light to major international CO₂ storage project

Bert van Dijk

Shell, together with the French oil and gas group Total and the Norwegian Equinor, has made a final investment decision for a large CO₂ storage project in Norway. The companies want to build infrastructure to transport captured CO₂ from industrial factories in Europe to Norway and store them there in a reservoir under the bottom of the North Sea.

Equinor will lead the project, which will store 1.5 million tons of CO₂ annually. The parties announced this on Friday. It is one of the largest CO₂ storage projects in the world. read more

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Shell surprises investors with a historic decrease in dividend

English translation of an article published by the Dutch FT.

Shell surprises investors with a historic decrease in dividend

Bert van Dijk and Saskia Jonker

  • Shell is reducing the dividend due to challenging macroeconomic conditions.
  • Shell’s dividend has been under pressure for some time.
  • Due to sharply declining oil and gas prices and the drop in demand for oil products, net profit decreased 46% to $ 2.9 billion in the past quarter.

It took four board meetings, but then the time had come: oil and gas multinational Shell RDSA cut € 15.48-10.43% for the first time in 80 years in its dividend. “A difficult day for the company,” said Shell CEO Ben van Beurden. ‘No chairman of the board wants this on his track record, but it is wise to do’.

Shell reduces its quarterly dividend by 66% to $ 0.16 per share. It is the first time since World War II that Shell, one of the largest dividend payers in the world, is reducing the dividend. Shell paid $ 15 billion to shareholders last year. read more

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Big Oil’s Dilemma: Cut Dividends Or Cut Operations

By Nick Cunningham – Apr 26, 2020, 4:00 PM

The oil majors are facing a financial vice like they never have before.  With oil prices hovering around $20 per barrel and no end in sight for the global pandemic, the financial pain has only just begun. Norway’s Equinor became the first large oil company to cut its dividend, slashing it by 67 percent. It may not be the last.

On Friday, Italy’s Eni reported a 94 percent decline in profit in the first quarter, a period that did not capture the full brunt of the current slump. Eni cut spending by 30 percent and lowered its production guidance for this year by 100,000-125,000 bpd. “The period since March has been the most complex period the global economy has seen for more than 70 years,” Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said. “Like everyone, we expect a complicated 2020.” read more

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