Tue, May 26, 9:17 AM
- China National Petroleum subsidiary PetroChina (NYSE:PTR) reportedly has discovered more than 100M metric tons of of tight oil geological reserves in its Changqing field, the first Chinese tight oil find to surpass 100M metric tons.
- Technically recoverable reserves may be much lower: Tight oil production capacity in northwest China's Ordos basin, where the field is located, reportedly is more than 1M metric tons/day.
- In Q1, Changqing produced 6M metric tons of crude oil, or 487.6K bbl/day.
Wed, May 13, 10:14 AM
- The Chinese government is looking at stripping Sinopec (SNP -0.7%) and PetroChina (PTR -0.4%) of their oil and gas pipelines and spinning off the assets into independent businesses, Bloomberg reports.
- The separation of the pipeline units would be part of Pres. Xi Jinping’s reforms to allow markets a more decisive role in the economy.
- CNPC and its listed arm PTR is China’s biggest owner of pipelines, controlling ~77K km, while China Petrochemical and its listed unit SNP is next with more than 30K km; the assets could be worth as much as $300B, according to an estimate by Bernstein's Neil Beveridge.
Mon, May 4, 4:23 PM
- Chinese oil industry officials and government advisers are pushing back against a proposal that could combine China’s already massive energy companies into new national champions, WSJ reports.
- The merger discussions, which are preliminary and ongoing, reportedly have been met with skepticism from economists who say China needs more competition to nurture long-term growth and rebalance the economy.
- One option being studied by China involves combining CNPC (NYSE:PTR) and Sinopec (NYSE:SNP), while others include merging Cnooc (NYSE:CEO) and Sinochem, as China's leadership views bigger and stronger state companies as key to the country’s reasserting its prominence in the world.
Mon, May 4, 8:49 AM
- Sinopec (NYSE:SNP) confirms that Chairman Fu Chengyu is retiring, to be replaced by Wang Yupu, deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
- Also, as part of a broad executive shake-up in China's energy industry, former CNPC (NYSE:PTR) exec Wang Yilin is expected to Cnooc (NYSE:CEO) and take over as CNPC chairman, to be replaced by the company’s president, Yang Hua.
- Fu, the most recognized exec in the Chinese energy industry, became SNP chairman in 2011 after more than 30 years with Cnooc.
- Morgan Stanley writes that "investors are likely to turn more cautious on the reform outlook for Sinopec - they don’t know whether the new management team will be as aggressive as Chairman Fu in driving reform."
Tue, Apr. 28, 12:48 PM
- "PetroChina’s (PTR -2.8%) share price has decoupled from underlying performance and fundamentals,” says Bernstein analyst Neil Beveridge after shares surged yesterday even as China’s biggest oil company reported its worst quarterly performance since 2008.
- Shares of top China refiner Sinopec (SNP -1.3%) also have rocketed upward in recent weeks, and continued to rise for a time even after the government announced it was investigating the president of SNP’s state-owned parent company as part of a major anti-corruption drive.
- Lower oil prices means companies such as PTR make less money off each barrel they pump out of the ground, and demand has waned for products like diesel as China’s industrial activity has weakened.
- Investors are betting that China’s government wants to combine the two state-run giants a new national oil champion that could aggressively compete with world's giants, even though Beveridge thinks a merger is "highly unlikely given that it reverses the trend of increased competition within the industry.”
Mon, Apr. 27, 12:49 PM
- PetroChina (PTR +3.2%) is higher even after reporting a larger than expected 82% drop in Q1 profit due to lower international crude prices and inventory writedowns at its refining division.
- PTR's Q1 net profit tumbled to 6.15B yuan ($989M), its lowest since Q3 2007, from 34.2B in the year-ago period and well below the analyst consensus average of 9.98B yuan.
- Q1 sales fell 22% to 410B yuan and the average realized crude price was halved to $48.87/bbl from a year ago; oil and gas output rose 4.9% to 381M boe.
- Earlier: PetroChina, Sinopec surge on industry merger speculation
Mon, Apr. 27, 11:48 AM
- Sinopec (SNP, SHI) and PetroChina (NYSE:PTR) are dismissing reports that their parent companies could merge to create a state giant, saying they have never received any official information about such a restructuring.
- It is the first time Sinopec and PTR have formally downplayed Chinese and foreign media reports in recent months that the government is considering merging Sinopec's parent with China National Petroleum, which controls PTR.
- Shares are off earlier highs but still sport strong gains, particularly SHI, up nearly 15% in U.S. trading.
Mon, Apr. 27, 8:15 AM
- PetroChina (NYSE:PTR) and Sinopec (SNP, SHI), China’s two largest oil explorers, jumped by their daily trading limit in Shanghai on speculation the government is considering consolidating the industry.
- PTR jumped 10% to 14.65 yuan, the highest in more than five years, and SNP also surged 10% to 8.56 yuan at the close in Shanghai; in U.S. premarket action, PTR +5%, SNP +5.7%, SHI +17.1%.
- A report also said China’s state-assets regulator may cut the number of government-owned enterprises to 40 from 112 through mergers and restructuring.
- Earlier: Chinese shares continue powerful ascent
Tue, Apr. 7, 2:52 PM
- Iranian oil officials are in Beijing this week to discuss oil sales and Chinese investments in Iran, with Iran's oil minister set to make his first trip to Beijing since joining the then new government two years ago.
- Officials from state-run National Iranian Oil Company are expected to meet with Sinopec (NYSE:SNP) trading arm Unipec and state trader Zhuhai Zhenrong; a new condensate deal with the latter is set to lift China's total crude oil contract volumes to above 600K bbl/day later this year.
- SNP, Cnooc (NYSE:CEO) and CNPC (NYSE:PTR) signed preliminary pacts with Iran before 2010 on development projects worth tens of billions of dollars, but Chinese firms slowed or scaled back activities on worries that U.S. sanctions on Iran would hurt their businesses in the U.S.
Fri, Mar. 27, 2:56 PM
- Cnooc (CEO +4.8%) says it will shelve its shale gas project in Anhui province, in the latest sign that the U.S. shale gas revolution is unlikely to replicate itself in China.
- CEO Li Fanrong says the company had drilled near Wuhu, in southern Anhui, since late 2011, but decided the block is not suitable for development on a large scale.
- Cnooc joins PetroChina (NYSE:PTR), which has already sharply cut back on a shale project in Sichuan province it was developing with Royal Dutch Shell.
- Cnooc tried but failed to interest foreign investors in the Wuhu block, but potential partners have shied away in part because of the dense population in the area; similar concerns held back the PetroChina-Shell project in Sichuan.
- Earlier: Cnooc surprises with 6.5% profit gain despite oil price plunge
Fri, Mar. 27, 11:57 AM
- PetroChina (NYSE:PTR) says it is actively involved in talks with international oil companies about swapping assets in North America to help it ride out lower crude oil prices.
- Because of weak oil prices, "any asset disposal will lead to big losses for any big international oil companies. If we could strengthen co-operation and swap assets, it will help us restructure overseas assets and complement each other,” Vice Chairman Wang Dongjin says, without naming the companies involved in the negotiations.
- PTR plans to cut nearly 10% from E&P spending compared with last year, joining the rest of the industry in trimming budgets in response to the nearly 50% plunge in oil prices since last summer.
Thu, Mar. 26, 8:49 AM
- PetroChina (NYSE:PTR) says its net profit fell 17.3% last year to its lowest annual profit in five years, as falling crude oil prices squeezed earnings.
- PTR says its net income dropped to 107.2B yuan ($17.2B) from 129.6B yuan a year earlier, while revenue rose 1.1% to 2.28T yuan from 2.25T a year earlier.
- Capital spending for 2015 will be reduced by 8.8% at 266B, adding to last year's 8.4% reduction; the move follows similar cuts by Chinese state-owned rivals Sinopec (NYSE:SNP) and Cnooc (NYSE:CEO).
- Oil and gas production rose 3.6% to 1.45B boe in 2014, and realized crude oil price fell 13% to 3,939 yuan/ton.
Wed, Mar. 25, 8:16 AM
- Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) says it hit good quality oil in a second appraisal well drilled at the giant Libra field in Brazil's offshore Santos basin.
- PBR says the well confirmed a column of hydrocarbons of ~656 ft. in the central block of Libra.
- The Libra consortium consists of PBR with a 40% stake, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) and Total (NYSE:TOT) with 20% each, and China National Petroleum (NYSE:PTR) and Cnooc (NYSE:CEO) with 10% each.
- PBR +1% premarket.
Mon, Mar. 16, 9:54 AM
- PetroChina's (NYSE:PTR) vice chairman has been placed under investigation by Communist Party discipline officials on allegations of "serious law and discipline violations."
- Liao Yongyuan also is general manager at PTR's state-owned parent company, China National Petroleum Corp.
- Separately, a report on the contamination of drinking water in the Chinese industrial city Lanzhou last year faults a PTR subsidiary for causing the pollution and recommends PTR pay more than 100M yuan ($16M) in reparations.
Tue, Mar. 3, 11:27 AM
- Athabasca Oil (OTCPK:ATHOF) says it has received the first of three payments owed to it by PetroChina’s (NYSE:PTR) Canadian subsidiary, part of a deal announced last summer to complete the sale of the Dover oil sands operation in Alberta.
- Athabasca says it was paid C$302.5M ($241.2M), the largest of three interest-bearing promissory notes toward a C$1.18B purchase price for its stake in the Dover project.
- The company has said it expects to use the proceeds to develop its core light oil shale assets in the Kaybob Duvernay area of Alberta as well as its Hangingstone oil sands project southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Wed, Feb. 18, 11:27 AM
- WSJ’s report that China’s government is considering merging some of its big oil companies has caught the attention of Asia’s energy analysts, but Jefferies analysts doubt that the leadership actually will pull the trigger, saying the merger talk is "more brainstorming and thinking outside the box rather than feasible proposals.”
- The firm notes that CNPC (NYSE:PTR) already is plenty big enough to compete with Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM): It is bigger than XOM on an asset basis, production at the group level exceeded XOM in 2013, and the value of CNPC's proved reserves at year-end 2013 likely exceeded XOM's by ~50%.
- Jefferies also notes that Sinopec’s (NYSE:SNP) production and value of in-ground reserves exceeds that of ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP).
- A merger between Cnooc (NYSE:CEO) and SinoChem could make sense, as it would create a fully integrated, 1M bbl/day company spanning upstream and downstream operations.
- WSJ's Liam Denning writes that any such merger would be a step backward because smaller companies offer a better chance for growth, and supermajors such as XOM and COP mostly have struggled to increase their production.
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