Tue, Jun. 9, 9:49 AM
- Production is expected to resume at the Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan - one of the world's biggest oil finds and most expensive oil project - in H2 2016 and aims to achieve first-phase output of up to 370K bbl/day of oil by the end of 2017, the project's managing director says.
- Kashagan began production in September 2013 but output was halted a few weeks later after leaks were detected in its pipes.
- The consortium behind Kashagan includes Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Eni (NYSE:E), Total (NYSE:TOT), China's CNPC, Japan's Inpex and Kazakh state-run company KazMunaiGas.
Mon, Jun. 8, 8:40 AM
- Tanzania’s known natural gas reserves have increased by up to 18% in the last 12 months to 55T cf, up from 46.5T cf last June, following a number of discoveries in blocks off the country’s southeastern coast, the energy and minerals ministry says.
- Also, the 532-km gas pipeline connecting the offshore oilfields to the port city of Dar Es Salaam is complete and will be commissioned in September, the minister says.
- Companies including Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), Statoil (NYSE:STO), Eni (NYSE:E) and BG Group (OTCPK:BRGXF, OTCQX:BRGYY) have made a series of finds off the coast of Tanzania and Mozambique in recent years, making the region a hotspot for energy investors; more than 100T cf of natural gas already have been discovered in Mozambique alone.
Thu, Jun. 4, 7:59 AM
- Saipem (OTCPK:SAPMY, OTCPK:SAPMF) -7% in Milan trading on reports that Eni (NYSE:E), its largest shareholder, may consider a share sale to address the company’s debt.
- An Italian newspaper says that investment banks had begun stepping up their pitching for a cash call at Saipem after the arrival of Stefano Cao as CEO in April.
- The report says a decision on whether to go ahead or not would be taken after the summer, adding the cash call could total ~€1.5B ($1.7B).
Tue, Jun. 2, 12:24 PM
- Europe's largest oil companies have come out forcefully against coal, while they tout their rising production of natural gas to help reduce carbon emissions and lessen the world's reliance on coal for heating homes and creating electricity.
- Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), BP, Total (NYSE:TOT), Statoil (NYSE:STO) and Eni (NYSE:E) sent a joint letter to the U.N. this week calling for measures to push up the cost of burning coal, either by taxing carbon emissions directly or reducing the supply of carbon emission credits to make those credits pricier on the secondary market.
- Financial Times notes the "more prosaic reason for the energy companies' enthusiasm" is that half of their proven reserves are in natural gas; "with a UN Climate Conference approaching in December, there is every reason for these companies to promote the use of natural gas over coal, which emits roughly twice the carbon for each unit of energy," FT says.
- Shell now produces more gas than crude oil and is set to solidify its position on top of the LNG market with its $70B deal to buy BG Group; roughly half of BP's production is natural gas, which could rise to 60% by the end of the decade.
Mon, Jun. 1, 11:18 AM
- Egypt's oil ministry says it signed a $2B deal with Eni (E -1.4%) that will enable the Italian company to explore in Sinai, the Gulf of Suez, the Mediterranean and areas in the Nile Delta.
- Eni is expected to invest $1.5B over four years in exploration, development and operation in Sinai and the Delta, plus a further $360M in digging five new wells in northern Port Said, $80M on digging a well in Sinai and repairing an existing one, and $40M in the Gulf of Suez.
- The agreement reportedly also includes $515M in signature bonuses that would partly repay some of Egypt's debts to Eni.
Mon, Jun. 1, 3:06 AM
- Europe's six largest oil and gas groups have united together in seeking help from the United Nations to stop global warming and create a global carbon pricing system.
- "We owe it to future generations to seek realistic, workable solutions to the challenge of providing more energy while tackling climate change," the companies' executives said in a letter to the FT.
- The step comes as nearly 200 countries prepare to sign a global climate pact at a U.N. conference in December.
- Companies involved: Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Total (NYSE:TOT), BP, BG Group (OTCQX:BRGYY), Statoil (NYSE:STO) and Eni (NYSE:E).
- Previously: Europe's oil giants look to add unified voice to climate debate (May. 20 2015)
Fri, May 29, 10:58 AM
- Talks between Eni (E -0.2%) and potential buyers of a stake of ~15% in the company's prized Mozambique gas field are dragging on due to differences over price, Reuters reports.
- Eni has been looking to sell down its 50% stake in Mozambique's Area 4 field, but sharply lower oil prices combined with an upcoming surge in global liquefied natural gas export capacity and slowing demand has hurt buyers' enthusiasm while Eni has been reluctant to budge on price, according to the report.
- One analyst calculates that a 15% stake in the Mozambique field would be worth just $1.5B at today's oil prices, meaning Eni "could end up selling down its Congo acreage first since that is all oil, easy to extract and very fast to get to market."
Sat, May 23, 10:50 AM
- Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) CEO Ben van Beurden endorses the view that the world’s fossil fuel reserves cannot be burned unless a way is found to capture their carbon emissions, but maintains that hydrocarbons will be needed for years to come.
- Justifying Shell's decision to drill exploration wells in the Alaskan Arctic, the CEO says: "The decline in existing production is always going to be faster than the decline that the most successful [low carbon] policies can create. There is always going to be a need for investment."
- But van Beurden criticizes calls for pension funds and foundations to divest from energy companies, in particular The Guardian's "Keep it in the Ground" campaign, and considers it a simplistic solution.
- Shell confirms it will attend an upcoming meeting with major European energy companies including BP, Total (NYSE:TOT), Statoil (NYSE:STO) and Eni (NYSE:E) to form a unified strategy on dealing with climate change issues ahead of U.N. talks that could force billions of dollars of oil, coal and gas to remain in the ground.
- In Canada, Suncor (NYSE:SU) CEO Steve Williams says his company is willing to pay a carbon tax but thinks it should apply to both companies and consumers; "If you look at carbon production in a modern economy, about 80% of it is at the point of consumption or the point of use," he says.
Wed, May 20, 11:15 PM
- Europe’s largest oil companies - including Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Total (NYSE:TOT), BP, Statoil (NYSE:STO) and Eni (NYSE:E) - are banding together to forge a joint strategy on climate change policy, worried they could be ignored as the world moves toward a potential deal limiting greenhouse gases.
- The companies are said to be working on a plan to start a new industry body or think tank to develop common positions on climate change issues, with a public announcement as soon as next month.
- “If we don’t [act], we risk becoming an industry that neither gets access nor acceptance, and that’s not a good thing,” as STO's Eldar Saetre said recently.
- So far, the largest U.S. companies - Exxon (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX) - are not participating.
Tue, May 19, 10:35 AM
- The chairman of Libya’s National Oil Co. is reassuring Western energy firms that its company is operating without political interference, even as the country is divided between a Western-backed government and an Islamist militia that controls the capital Tripoli.
- The chairman says said he has gathered officials from joint ventures with Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Hess (NYSE:HES), Eni (NYSE:E) and Total (NYSE:TOT) to tell them the National Oil Co. was free of political interference in Tripoli and that its revenues moved transparently through Libya’s banking system.
- Libya currently produces 436K bbl/day of oil, less than a third of its normal output.
Wed, May 13, 3:15 PM
- Eni (E +0.3%) says it is producing ~300K bbl/day of oil in Libya, bringing output above pre-civil war levels despite ongoing strife in the country.
- Eni, Libya’s biggest oil producer, is one of the few foreign companies still operating there even after battles between rival governments and a surge in strikes and terrorist attacks forced most foreign businesses to leave the country.
- CEO Claudio Descalzi says there is a strong push for dialogue among the warring parties and is confident the situation will improve in Libya "in the medium-to-long term."
Thu, Apr. 30, 3:25 PM
- BP (BP -0.8%) says production has started at the Kizomba Satellites phase 2 development in Block 15 offshore Angola, in the first of its planned start-ups for 2015 to be followed up later in the year with the Greater Plutonio phase 3 project in neighboring Block 18.
- The project develops 190M barrels of oil with peak production estimated at 70K bbl/day, and is expected to increase total Block 15 production to 350K bbl/day.
- The project is operated by Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) with a 40% interest, BP has a 26.67% stake, Eni (NYSE:E) has 20% and Statoil (NYSE:STO) has 13.33%.
Wed, Apr. 29, 8:15 AM
- Eni's (NYSE:E) Q1 adjusted net income fell 46% Y/Y to €704M ($768.5M) from €1.30B a year ago but beat analyst estimates calling for €446M, as improved performance at its refining and gas businesses and a lower tax rate helped offset lower crude prices; revenues fell 19% to €23.79B.
- Q1 production rose 7.2% Y/Y to 1.7M boe/day, helped by new field start-ups and ramp-ups mainly in Angola, Congo, Egypt, Venezuela, Norway and the U.S.
- Q1 operating earnings in the E&P division - traditionally the company's main profit generator - plunged 72% Y/Y, but for the first time in nearly five years, Eni reported a profit in the same period at all three other main divisions - gas and power, engineering and construction, and refining and marketing, the latter reporting a sixfold margin increase.
- Cost cuts have helped offset lower revenue, and Eni says it has recovered €600M over the past 12 months; Morgan Stanley calls the cuts "encouraging."
Fri, Apr. 17, 5:36 PM
Wed, Apr. 15, 12:32 PM
- Anadarko Petroleum (APC +2.1%) says it may close sales accords in the coming months that would enable it to authorize a Mozambican project that has the potential to make the country one of the top three liquefied natural gas exporters.
- A final investment decision depends on converting a non-binding heads of agreement that the APC-led project has in place for 8M metric tons/year of gas with customers in Japan, China, Thailand and Singapore into a sales contract.
- APC’s Area 1 and Eni’s (NYSE:E) Area 4 in the Rovuma Basin off Mozambique’s north coast together hold technically recoverable reserves of 120T cf, according to industry consultant Wood Mackenzie.
Wed, Apr. 8, 3:48 AM
- European energy shares are having a party in early trading following confirmation of Shell's blockbuster deal to buy BG Group for $70B.
- Tullow Oil (OTCPK:TUWLF) soars 11.5%, BP (NYSE:BP) is +4.2%, Repsol (OTCQX:REPYY) +2.2%, Total (NYSE:TOT) +1.3% and Eni (NYSE:E) +1.5%. The STOXX Europe 600 Oil & Gas index is +5.4%.
- "The deal is done on a net asset value basis, and the good price tag is set to trigger some re-rating across the whole sector," says a Paris-based trader.
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