SHELL CUTS $15 BLN
Royal Dutch Shell PLC has curtailed more than $15 billion in potential spending over the next 3 years, but is not "not overreacting to current low oil prices," and is keeping its "best opportunities on the table," the company says.
"Our strategy is delivering, but we're not complacent," explained Ben van Beurden, Shell chief executive officer. "The agenda we set out in early 2014 to balance growth and returns has positioned us well for the current oil market downturn. However, lower oil prices and the impact of our 2014 divestments will likely reduce this year's cash flow."
Shell says this year should see further ramp-up from the new fields brought on line in 2014. The company continues to invest in several new oil and gas fields and LNG, with the next wave of significant start-ups in the 2016-18 timeframe. Shell, however, says it's canceling its Arrow LNG project in Australia.
Last year's results include $25 billion of free cash flow, encompassing $15 billion in asset sales completed before markets weakened across the end of the year.
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BLOOMBERG - As Saudi Arabia led OPEC’s output cuts this year to shrink a global glut, it’s lost out on market share in the world’s biggest energy consumer. Russia in September retained the top Chinese supplier spot for the seventh straight month, while the kingdom was third.
PLATTS - The quality of Russia's key Urals crude exports towards Europe will continue to fall next year as more of the country's low-sulfur oil flows are diverted eastward to China, Russian national oil pipeline operator Transneft warned.
FT - OCI — the world’s third-largest polysilicon maker by capacity and South Korea’s biggest — this month reported a 3,373 per cent increase in operating profit to Won78.7bn ($72m) for the July-September quarter, its best performance in five years. Rival Hanwha Chemical saw third-quarter net profit jump 25 per cent to a record Won252bn.
U.S. Rig Count is up 330 rigs from last year's count of 593, with oil rigs up 273, gas rigs up 58, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 0. Canada Rig Count is up 41 rigs from last year's count of 174, with oil rigs up 13, gas rigs up 30, and miscellaneous rigs down 2 to 2.