BP'S PROFIT $1.5 BLN
BP - "Our year has started well. BP is focused on the disciplined delivery of our plans. First quarter earnings and cash flow were robust. We have shown continued operational momentum - it was another strong quarter for the Downstream and the first of our seven new Upstream major projects has started up, with a further three near completion. We expect these to drive a material improvement in operating cash flow from the second half" - Bob Dudley, group chief executive said.
- Underlying replacement cost profit for the first quarter was $1.5 billion.
- First quarter operating cash flow, excluding payments related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill*, of $4.4 billion. Including these payments, operating cash flow* was $2.1 billion.
- Dividend unchanged at 10 cents per share.
- Reported oil and gas production was 3.5mmboe/d in the first quarter, 5% higher than same period in 2016.
- New Upstream major projects* on track: Trinidad onshore compression project started up, another in ramp-up, and two more in commissioning.
- Downstream marketing growth and strong operational performance.
- $1.7 billion divestment of BP’s interest in SECCO petrochemical joint venture, subject to regulatory approvals.
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WNN - "We met today to confirm the continuing commitment of the European Commission and the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran towards the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and in particular its Annex III which addresses civil nuclear cooperation," Cañete and Ali Akhbar Salehi, president of the AEOI, said in a joint statement on 19 May. "We believe that the continuing implementation of the JCPOA, which was unanimously endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, is crucial for the development and progress of the region as well as the global peace and security."
BLOOMBERG - Natural gas will probably emerge as the main fossil fuel “winner” as it balances renewables in power generation and is used as a substitute for oil in petrochemicals. Long-term gas demand is set to increase by 15 percent, or by 750 billion cubic meters, compared to business as usual,
WNN - The United States, Canada, and Japan are launching the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy (NICE) Future Initiative. This global effort will make sure nuclear has a seat at the table during discussions about innovation and advanced clean energy systems of the future.
AOG - The agreement between ADNOC and ISPRL, which was initiated in January 2017 during a visit to India by a high-ranking UAE delegation, led by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, covers the storage of 5.86 million barrels of ADNOC crude oil in underground facilities, at the Karnataka facility. The first shipment, of approximately two million barrels of crude oil, will be followed by further shipments after India’s annual monsoon season.