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DnB NOR Global E&P Spending Report: Growth Continues

The 65 oil companies covered in DnB NO’s fifth annual E&P spending report expect a spending increase of 14% in 2011, 8% in 2012 and 7% in 2013. For 2011 we expect activity growth in line with last year; however, service costs are increasing and expected to contribute one third of the total growth rate. We believe that this, combined with fundamentals such as an organic Reserve Replacement Ratio of 87% and increased focus on deepwater and challenging areas, will lend good support to earnings for the oil services industry in the years to come. The fifth annual E&P spending report covers oil and gas companies’ spending on exploration and production (E&P) based on our survey of 65 oil and gas companies worldwide, ranging from oil majors to small-cap independents, providing insight from all the purchasers of oil services into current expectations and how they have changed YOY. The focus is on oil companies exposed to the offshore side of E&P. Our key conclusions are: Based on the companies covered in our report, DnB NOR expects E&P spending to rise by 14% in 2011. All segments are expected to increase their spending. The majors indicate that their spending is expected to increase by 11%, 9%-points higher than in 2010. The small- and large-cap independents expect to raise their spending by 22% and 21%, respectively. The NOCs suggest an increase of 13%.


U.S. Delays Decision On Oil Drilling In California Waters

The U.S. Interior Department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced it will delay its decision on whether oil companies can drill for oil and natural gas off California's coast, until August 16, 1999. The MMS was scheduled to decide by June 30 if drilling would be allowed on 40 undeveloped leases off the central coast of California, but said it needs more time to review the oil company requests. The plans to drilling offshore California are receiving opposition from California Gov


Texaco's Profits Drop; ARCO's Surge

Texaco Inc., the nation's fourth largest oil company, reported that second quarter income dropped 13 percent as low refinery profits abroad were only partially offset by stronger crude oil prices. Texaco, which broke off merger discussions with Chevron Corp., slipped past analysts' expectations with second quarter income of $286 million before special items. In the same period last year, Texaco reported income before special items of $335 million.


Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC Appoints CFO

Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (DFM: GULFNAV) has announced the appointment of Khalid Karim to the position of Chief Financial Officer  Khalid brings to Gulf Navigation over 30 years of experience in major oil & gas and shipping companies in senior finance roles. He joins the company as it enters a new phase in its substantial expansionary plan where he will assist the company in its continuing growth strategy.


MESAB to Retrofit Tankers with BWT Systems

MESAB Module

ME Solutions of Tumba Sweden (MESAB) has received an order from Alfa Laval Nordic AS regarding retrofitting two ships with the Pureballast PB500 2.0 system.   The ships are owned by Frederiet AB in Sweden and chartered by the oil company Nynäs AB, which is a subsidiary of the Finnish oil company Neste Oil. The system will be installed in the pump rooms of the ships. All piping will be made of GRE type pipes. Installation is estimated to be completed January 2012


Rosneft Inks Supply Pact with PDVSA

Russian top crude producer Rosneft and Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA have signed a new contract for supplies of oil and oil products of Venezuelan production, the Russian company said on Monday. The document envisages the supplies of over 1.6 million tonnes of oil and 9 million tonnes of oil products to Rosneft within five years, it added in a statement. Under their first long-term contract, signed in May, the Venezuelan party has already supplied 375,000 tonnes of oil products


Offshore E&P Spending To Rise 15% in N. America

Offshore oilfield service stocks, to put it mildly, have endured a wild ride for much of 1999. The once high-flying sector actually hit the skids in concert with the late 1997 Asian financial crisis, and resultant plummet in oil prices. Despite a raging rally in oil pricing for much of the year, investors have cautiously approached the stocks. One reason for the caution is purely psychological, as too many investors have been burned too many times on the cyclical stocks


Washington State to Establish Advisory Council

The Washington Legislature adopted Senate Bill 5432 to establish an independent oil spill advisory council, reporting directly to the Governor. The council, consisting of members of environmental organizations, fishing interests, the marine trades, marine labor, and oil companies, among others, will advise the Governor on matters relating to oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response. The legislation now goes to the Governor for signature. (HK Law)


U.S. Backs $1B Loan to Mexico for Oil Drilling

According to a September 11 report from FoxNews.com, despite President Obama's moratorium on U.S. deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Export-Import Bank intends to guarantee $1b in loans to PEMEX, the Mexican state oil company, to bolster the company's oil drilling in the region. The bank, which is the official American export credit agency, loaned more than $1b to PEMEX in 2009 -- when the company was the bank's largest borrower -- in support of its drilling activities.


Oil at Libyan Ports May Run Low Due to Political Upheaval

According to a March 1 report from Bloomberg, crude supplies for loading at Libyan ports may start to run low because of disrupted production at oil fields caused by an uprising against leader Muammar Qaddafi, two ship owners said. While six owners of tankers carrying crude, refined oil products and liquefied natural gas reported successful loadings during the past week, at least seven oil companies’ production was disrupted.   


Exxon, BP Defer Canadian Arctic Drilling

Beaufort Sea. Photo: NOAA

 As Imperial Oil, as senior partner in the northern venture with ExxonMobil and BP, told Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) that the exploration program has been deferred, the plan to revive arctic gas and oil drilling in deep Canadian waters of the Beaufort Sea ground to a halt.


Imperial Oil/Exxon/BP Gr defer drilling in Canada's Arctic

Photo Chevron

  Imperial Oil Ltd said on Friday it and partners Exxon Mobil Corp  and BP Plc need more time before they can drill an exploratory well in Canadian Arctic waters and are seeking an extension to their exploration license in the region.


Shell's Arctic Drilling a Threat for Pacific Walrus

Pacific Walrus

   A number of environmental groups are asking the Department of the Interior to rescind permission Shell has been granted to begin exploratory drilling in the Arctic this summer because the company's plan would not protect the walrus.


Pirates and Hold-ups: Crime Strikes Venezuela's Oil Industry

When night falls over western Venezuela, armed gangs known as "pirates" sometimes ride boats into muggy Lake Maracaibo to steal equipment from oil wells.   In the country's Paraguana peninsula, opposite the Caribbean island of Aruba


TransCanada Says Petronas LNG Project Plans to Go Ahead

TransCanada Corp said on Friday a consortium led by Malaysian national oil company Petronas has decided to proceed with plans to build a terminal in northern British Columbia to export Canadian natural gas to Asia.   TransCanada said it plans to start construction this year of the Prince


Occidental's Chiang Quits After New CEO picked

  Occidental Petroleum Corp told regulators on Friday that a top executive, Willie Chiang, has suddenly quit - a month after Vicki Hollub was picked to eventually replace Chief Executive Steve Chazen. Hollub, a longtime Occidental employee, will become the first woman to head a major U.S


Ezra Wins UK North Sea Contracts

Image: EMAS AMC

 Offshore service provider Ezra Holdings has announced that subsea division, EMAS AMC, has won global contracts values at over $115m including options, reports Business Times.   These contracts include one for rigid pipe lay for the Aviat field development in the UK North Sea;


Petrobras Stops Platform Output After Gas Leak

Brazil state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA stopped production on Sunday from its P-40 platform in the offshore Marlim Sul field after a gas leak on the vessel, an oil workers' union said on its website on Monday, citing worker reports.  


Greatship Sells AHTS Vessel

Greatship Akhila. Image by Greatship (India) Limited

 Indian shipping company Great Eastern Shipping has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Greatship, has sold and delivered anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel Greatship Akhila (7,080 bhp, built 2009) to unnamed buyers.  


Rosneft: Shell-BG Deal Shows Strong British LNG Market

Igor Sechin (Photo: Rosneft)

Chief Executive with Rosneft, the world's top listed oil company by output, Igor Sechin, said on Friday that the acquisition of BG Group by Royal Dutch Shell showed that Britain's liquefied natural gas (LNG) market was strong.   Shell plans to buy its British rival BG for $70 billion


Pemex Confirms Explosion in Oil Platform at Gulf of Mexico

Photo: Petróleos Mexicanos.

 An oil platform run by Mexico’s state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the southern Gulf of Mexico suffered what appeared to be an explosion on Monday.    Pemex confirmed that there had been an “accident” and a “fire” after a leak of oil


Ecopetrol Breaks Silence in Risk-on Day for LatAm Markets

A recovery in LatAm debt spreads opened a window for Colombia's Ecopetrol on Tuesday when it printed a US$1.5bn 11-year bond - the state-owned oil company's first debt issue in nine months. Optimism over Greek debt talks spurred risk buying on Tuesday


U.S. West Coast Refiners Snap up Russian Crude

Move comes amid worries of seasonal dent in Alaskan supply; gap between U.S., international crude prices narrows. Refiners on the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii have stepped up purchases of Russian crude, taking advantage of a narrow gap between U.S


Global LNG Prices Hold, Supported by Middle East Demand

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices for August delivery were firm on Friday, underpinned by steady demand from the Middle East and the potential for stronger European demand after production cuts at the region's largest gas field.  


Maersk Oil Targets North Sea Lead

Maersk Oil is investing nearly $5 billion in Culzean and the first phase of Johan Sverdrup, one of Norway’s largest ever discoveries. (Image: Maersk Oil)

Maersk Oil says there is still huge potential value in the North Sea, citing projects like Culzean – which received board approval this month – and Johan Sverdrup, as the Danish oil and gas company aims to improve from its current rank of ninth to become a top-five producer in the






 
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