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  • Wed, Dec. 7, 7:59 AM
    • Iran's government says Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) will sign three MoU agreements in Tehran today to develop the South Azadegan, Yadavaran oil fields and the Kish gas field, confirming earlier reports.
    • The government also says Total (NYSE:TOT), which last month signed the first deal by a Western energy firm since sanctions were lifted on Iran, will begin talks about new oil and gas projects but will not sign any deals today.
    • "These preliminary agreements come at the right time for [Iran's] Pres. Rouhani, who can leverage on the nuclear deal bearing fruits for Iran's economy despite Trump's election," says an analyst at Wood Mackenzie.
    • Foreign firms eyeing Iran's vast oil and gas reserves have made few inroads into the country despite the lifting of many sanctions and the new contracts that Iran hopes will improve the terms offered for oil development deals.
    | Wed, Dec. 7, 7:59 AM | 8 Comments
  • Wed, Dec. 7, 5:48 AM
    • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) and Total (NYSE:TOT) will sign initial agreements today to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, in the first European petroleum deals in the country since sanctions eased earlier this year.
    • But the plans open both companies to potential risks from the incoming Trump administration.
    • Though Total is French and Shell is jointly headquartered in London and The Hague, both companies have substantial American operations.
    | Wed, Dec. 7, 5:48 AM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Dec. 6, 2:57 PM
    • BP has the highest exposure in the countries that have said they will cut oil production, Rystad Energy says, with the likely participation of Russia, where BP holds a 20% stake in Rosneft (OTC:RNFTF), puts it ahead of rivals Total (NYSE:TOT), Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), Eni (NYSE:E) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX).
    • “If Russia should deliver on their production cut, we believe that the fields operated by Rosneft will be affected,” Rystad's Espen Erlingsen says. "Also in Iraq, the government will need to reduce production from the large Basra fields. Here the BP-operated Rumaila is a likely candidate for cuts.”
    • BP has ~1.6M bbl/day of production in the affected countries, with Russia accounting for roughly half the total, according to the Rystad analysis; Total has ~700K bbl/day of output in the countries, Shell has 586K bbl/day, followed by XOM with 563K, Eni with 497K, and CVX 194K.
    | Tue, Dec. 6, 2:57 PM | 16 Comments
  • Tue, Dec. 6, 10:46 AM
    • Venezuela's oil minister says Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) will provide ~$400M in financing to boost production at Shell's Petroregional del Lago joint venture with state-run PDVSA.
    • Shell's holds a 40% stake in Petroregional, which operates the Urdaneta oilfield in Venezuela's western Maracaibo Lake and produces 30K-35K bbl/day; the agreement aims to increase total production to an average of ~52.4K bbl/day.
    | Tue, Dec. 6, 10:46 AM | 11 Comments
  • Mon, Dec. 5, 7:17 PM
    • In addition to Pemex's farmout of the Gulf of Mexico's potentially lucrative Trion oil field to BHP Billiton, beating out BP, today's final phase of Mexico’s first oil and gas bid round awarded of eight of 10 deepwater blocks in the Gulf to a variety of global operators.
    • In four other areas surrounding Trion in the Perdido Fold Belt, areas 1 and 4 went to China's Cnooc (NYSE:CEO), area 2 to a consortium of Total (NYSE:TOT) and ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), and area 3 to a group comprising Chevron (NYSE:CVX), Pemex and Inpex.
    • In the Salina basin to the south, areas 1 and 3 went to a consortium of Statoil (NYSE:STO), BP and Total (TOT), area 4 to Sierra Offshore and a Mexican entity, and Area 5 to a group led by Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR) and Sierra Offshore; areas 2 and 6 received no bids.
    • CEO, STO and Pemex each submitted individual bids that did not win an award, while consortia that unsuccessfully submitted bids were Eni (NYSE:E) and Lukoil (OTC:LUKOF, OTCPK:LUKOY), and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) and Atlantic Rim Mexico.
    | Mon, Dec. 5, 7:17 PM | 10 Comments
  • Mon, Dec. 5, 7:54 AM
    • Mitsui (OTCPK:MITSY) agrees to buy a 20% stake in four blocks in the U.S. offshore oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico from Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) for an undisclosed sum.
    • The recoverable resources of the Mississippi Canyon blocks are estimated to total more than 100M boe, worth ~$5.1B based on the current WTI crude futures price of ~$51/bbl.
    • Mitsui's move follows other decisions earlier this year to co-develop the Greater Enfield oil reserves off Western Australia and help expand the BP-led Tangguh liquefied natural gas project in Indonesia.
    | Mon, Dec. 5, 7:54 AM
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 10:21 AM
    • The price of oil pushed through $50 per barrel today, and is currently posting a 2.9% advance on the session at $50.91.
    • The S&P 500 is flat and Nasdaq is down 0.45%, but the XLE has tacked on another 1.8% to yesterday's big rise.
    • Mid-cap movers: Enerplus (ERF +8.2%), Southwestern Energy (SWN +7.9%), Range Resources (RRC +5.3%), Weatherford (WFT +7.1%), Ensco (ESV +8.2%), Crescent Point (CPG +6.3%).
    • Among the large players: Exxon (XOM +1.1%), Chevron (CVX +2%), Shell (RDS.A +2.2%), (RDS.B +2.3%), BP (BP +2.4%), ConocoPhillips (COP +2%), Marathon (MRO +3.1%), Halliburton (HAL +2.3%)
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 10:21 AM | 60 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 30, 5:45 PM
    • Big oil earnings will double next year as crude prices continue to march higher and oilfield services costs remain depressed, Evercore ISI head of energy research Doug Terreson tells CNBC.
    • Terreson's top picks are Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), BP, ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX), but he also sees upside for smaller independent E&P companies and oilfield services firms.
    • "While we expected OPEC to cut production, today's outcome exceeded our expectations," Terreson says, "so this is a positive outcome for the oil markets, and we also think for the outlook for energy stocks in 2017 too," adding that he is "unrepentantly bullish."
    | Wed, Nov. 30, 5:45 PM | 34 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 30, 12:45 PM
    • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) CEO Ben van Beurden tells Reuters the company is studying acquisitions in the green energy sector, as it bows to shareholder demands for a strategy beyond fossil fuels.
    • Major investors, including Dutch pension fund PGGM, have criticized Shell's climate change policies in the past, even as the company owns ~500 MW of onshore wind power capacity in the U.S., has a growing biofuels business in Brazil, and recently bid to build an offshore wind farm in the Netherlands in a consortium with two other Dutch companies.
    • "Of course we do believe in renewables but probably more in building the utilities and integrating them into our existing operations," van Beurden says, an apparent strategy divergence Total, which is often referred to as one of the most progressive oil companies when it comes to moving away from fossil fuels.
    | Wed, Nov. 30, 12:45 PM | 7 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 30, 11:42 AM
    • Norway's oil regulator says it wants Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) to move forward with a shelved project to boost recovery of natural gas at the Ormen Lange field and warns it will start pushing the company for progress from next year.
    • Norway wants a decision on an offshore compression project, which was postponed in 2014, as it will start to be “urgent” to proceed with the project during 2017 and 2018; production at the Norwegian Sea field, which supplies ~20% of the U.K.’s gas consumption, has been falling as the pressure in the reservoir drops.
    • Shell is expanding its terminal at Nyhamna to allow it to process gas from other fields and is installing two onshore compressors to boost recovery from Ormen Lange; it has said previously that a concept decision could be made in 2017, but for now, it is "still too early to conclude if a major project to increase recovery beyond onshore compression will materialize."
    | Wed, Nov. 30, 11:42 AM
  • Wed, Nov. 30, 9:09 AM
    • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) agrees to acquire Centrica's (OTCPK:CPYYF) natural gas assets in Trinidad and Tobago for $30M.
    • The assets include a 17.3% interest in the producing NCMA-1 block as well as operating interests in two undeveloped blocks; Shell has a presence in Trinidad through its stake in Atlantic LNG, one of the world's largest plants.
    • Separately, Centrica and its partners say they will invest NOK5.4B ($630M) in the development of the Oda oilfield off Norway after cutting costs by 45% compared to initial estimates.
    | Wed, Nov. 30, 9:09 AM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Nov. 29, 8:55 AM
    • Chevron (NYSE:CVX) is teaming up with Mexico's Pemex and Japan’s Inpex to bid for the right to explore for oil and natural gas in Mexico's first-ever deepwater auction, set for Dec. 5.
    • The auction marks the first time Mexico's state-owned operator will partner with private companies to develop crude in the Gulf of Mexico, and is one of seven groups and eight individual bidders to qualify for participation.
    • Total (NYSE:TOT) is joining forces with BP and Statoil (NYSE:STO) in one group, and with ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) in another, while Eni (NYSE:E) and Lukoil (OTCPK:LUKOY, OTC:LUKOF) also joined up, and Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) formed another group; other companies involved include BHP, CEO, MUR.
    • The Mexican regulator has not specified which bids are for the Trion field joint venture with Pemex or for the other areas.
    | Tue, Nov. 29, 8:55 AM | 7 Comments
  • Mon, Nov. 28, 12:48 PM
    • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) is considering selling out of its oil fields in Iraq as part of its global $30B asset disposal program, Reuters reports, citing industry sources.
    • Shell has found only limited financial benefits in recent years from its involvement in Iraq's oil production, where it is paid in crude oil but has limited say on production strategy, but it continues to see value in developing its gas business in Iraq and is not interested in selling those interests, according to the report.
    • Shell holds a 45% interest in Iraq's Majnoon oil field that it operates under a technical service contract and a 20% stake in the West Qurna 1 field; Iraq accounted for ~4.4% of Shell's total oil and gas production in 2015.
    | Mon, Nov. 28, 12:48 PM | 8 Comments
  • Mon, Nov. 28, 11:57 AM
    • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) CEO Ben Van Beurden dismisses concerns that production limits from the Paris climate accord could hit the company’s valuation, and says the issue of “stranded reserves” would have no impact on its balance sheet.
    • "Shell is valued on producable reserves that we can produce in the next 12-13 years. We should certainly be able to produce those under any climate outcome," the CEO tells a Dutch newspaper.
    • Van Beurden is skeptical that revaluation of reserves after the climate deal could trigger a financial shock, saying that the oil price's collapse from $120/bbl to $30 showed the industry's ability to weather much larger shocks.
    • He also says there will be no changes to Shell's dividend policy, even though payouts at the current level outstripped the company's cash flow.
    | Mon, Nov. 28, 11:57 AM | 4 Comments
  • Fri, Nov. 25, 9:39 PM
    • Total (NYSE:TOT) says it will lead a consortium of companies to build a liquid natural gas import terminal in Ivory Coast meant to feed the country's growing electricity consumption, with a final investment decision on the project expected in Q1 2017.
    • The project aims to build and operate a floating storage regasification unit with an initial capacity of 100M cf that would gradually be brought up to 400M cf; the cost of the project, expected to take ~18 months to complete, has been cut to $100M from an earlier estimate of $200M.
    • The consortium is 34% owned by TOT, 26% controlled by Azerbaijan's state-owned SOCAR, 13% by Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), and 11% by Ivorian state oil company Petroci, with smaller stakes held by Golar LNG (NASDAQ:GLNG) and Endeavor Energy.
    | Fri, Nov. 25, 9:39 PM | 1 Comment
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