LUKOIL'S PLAN: $50
LUKOIL - Thursday, December 14, 2017, The Board of Directors approved the mid-term development plan ('Key budget indicators of the LUKOIL Group for 2018-2020').
The plan is based on the conservative $50 per barrel oil price scenario. Sustainable hydrocarbon production growth is planned in the Upstream business segment along with the growth in the share of high-margin projects in the overall production. In the Downstream business segment, the focus is on the improvement of operating efficiency and selective investment projects targeted at the enhancement of product slate.
The Board of Directors also approved the Strategic Development Program of the LUKOIL Group for 2018-2027, which is aimed at balanced sustainable business development in the changing macro environment. The main priorities are strong investment discipline, conservative financial policy, cost control, increasing operating efficiency, sustainable dividends growth, minimization of environmental impact and ensuring labor health and safety.
The Board of Directors also approved the Regulation on the long term incentive program for key employees of LUKOIL group for 2018-2022, Annual Audit and Consulting Engagements Plan for the internal audit service of the Company in 2018. Amendments to the Director Compensation and Expense Reimbursement Policy and to the Procedure for the remuneration and reimbursement of expenses of members of the Board of Directors and Audit Commission of PJSC "LUKOIL" were also approved.
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GAZPROM - The parties discussed relevant issues related to bilateral cooperation, including the Baltic LNG project. Emphasis was placed on the priority measures aimed at developing a joint design concept (pre-FEED).
BHGE - U.S. Rig Count is up 11 rigs from last week to 1,063, with oil rigs up 8 to 869, gas rigs up 4 to 193, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1. Canada Rig Count is up 13 rigs from last week to 195, with oil rigs up 8 to 127 and gas rigs up 5 to 68.
REUTERS - Brent crude futures had risen $1.02 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $81.28 a barrel by 0637 GMT. The contract dropped 3.4 percent on Thursday following sharp falls in equity markets and indications that supply concerns have been overblown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 80 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $71.77 a barrel, after a 3 percent fall in the previous session. WTI is on track for a 3.5 percent drop this week.
EIA - Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $79 per barrel (b) in September, up $6/b from August. EIA expects Brent spot prices will average $74/b in 2018 and $75/b in 2019. EIA expects West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices will average about $6/b lower than Brent prices in 2018 and in 2019.