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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, 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.   

Update: Statoil Follows Shell out of Alaska

Norwegian oil major Statoil said on Tuesday it will pull out of Alaska's Chukchi Sea, just weeks after Royal Dutch Shell abandoned the treacherous waters there after spending billions on oil exploration work.   The latest pullback comes as oil companies slash spending on expensive offshore

Grandweld Delivers Vessel to ADNOC

United Arab Emirates leading shipyard Grandweld has delivered a dive maintenance and support vessel TAWAM1 to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).   Grandweld took the newbuild project from conception to completion, designing and building the 50-meter long vessel with a 65-ton bollard

Bunker Fuel Market Poised 460 million tons by 2020

Image: GAC Bunker Fuel

 Transparency Market Research launched its latest study on the global bunker fuel market, in terms of revenue and volume. The report predicts that the global bunker fuel market is likely to reach an estimated volume of 460 million tons by 2020.   

Ferreira Quits Petrobras

Murilo Ferreira (File Image)

Murilo Ferreira quit as chairman of Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA, the state-controlled oil company said on Monday, without disclosing the reason for his decision. Ferreira had been on a leave of absence since Sept. 14, and Nelson Carvalho replaced him on an interim basis

Iran to Join LNG Club

Photo: National Iranian Oil Company

 Iran is projected to officially join the LNG Exporters Club in the next two years, managing Director of National Iranian Oil Company Rokneddin Javadi was quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency.   Establishing new LNG production units instead of constructing pipeline tops Iran's agenda

IRClass Acquires Safess Quality Management

Arun Sharma - Chairman (1RS)

  IRClass Systems and Solutions Pvt Ltd (promoted by Indian Register of Shipping), has acquired cryogenic vessel inspection firm Safess Quality Management Pvt Ltd (SQML) and its subsidiary, Arun Abhiyantey Pvt. Ltd. (AA). SQML was founded in 1993 and has offices in Mumbai, Bangalore

FSL Trust Buys MR Product Tanker

Alan Hatton and Roger Woods (Photo: FSL Trust)

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as the trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), announced that FSL Trust has entered into a memorandum of agreement to purchase a 2007, Japanese-built, 45,998-dwt MR product tanker for $21.8 million.  

New Patrol Craft to Serve Nigerian O&G Sector

Image: Damen

Homeland Integrated Offshore Services takes delivery of a second Damen FCS 3307 Patrol    Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited (HIOSL) will take delivery of its second Damen Fast Crew Supplier 3307 Patrol, 18 months after a sister vessel entered service in the Nigerian

Ardmore Shipping Announces Secondary Public Offering by GA Holdings

Photo: Ardmore Shipping Corporation

 Ardmore Shipping Corporation announced that GA Holdings LLC intends to offer for sale in an underwritten public offering 4,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock.    The Selling Shareholder expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 600

Oil Price to Rise Gradually to $80 by 2020 -IEA

Oil is unlikely to return to $80 a barrel before the end of the decade, despite unprecedented declines in investment, as yearly demand growth struggles to top 1 million barrels per day, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday.  

BP Suspends Chirag Platform for Maintenance

Chirag (Photo: BP)

BP has suspended operations at Chirag, one of its platforms in the Caspian Sea, for planned maintenance, the British oil company said on Tuesday.   "Operations at Chirag have been suspended today for planned maintenance for 25 days," BP-Azerbaijan said in a statement.  

SBM Offshore Hit By Slowing Industry Spending

File photo: SBM Offshore

SBM Offshore the world's top oil production ship leaser, said on Wednesday a fall in orders hit its third-quarter revenue as clients trimmed spending amid ongoing low oil prices.   The Amsterdam-based company, which generates roughly 60 percent of its business in Brazil

OPEC Sees Oil Supply Hole in 2016 as Low Prices Curb Rival Output

OPEC said its oil output fell in October and forecast supply from rival producers next year would decline for the first time since 2007 as low prices prompt investment cuts, reducing a global supply glut.   In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said it

Global LNG Prices Firm on Short-term Supply

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices for December delivery rose this week, buoyed by a short-term tightness in supply, though an imminent wave of new projects is expected to put prices under pressure in the new year.   The price of Asian spot cargoes for December delivery rose to $7

Oman Shipping Names Two New Tankers

The recently named tanker Muscat Silver (image: Oman Shipping)

Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has performed the naming ceremony for two new product and chemical tankers – the Muscat Silver and Rustaq Silver.   The ceremony took place at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea. OSC will now take delivery of the Muscat Silver as part of a deal

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