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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


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.


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)


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.   


Hercules Offshore Shares Fall 33%

  Drilling contractor Hercules Offshore Inc's shares fell as much as 33 percent to a record low on Friday, a day after Deutsche Bank cut its price target on the company's stock to $0.   State-owned oil company Saudi Aramco terminated its contract for one of Hercules Offshore rigs on


Philly Tankers Lines Up Charters

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Philly Tankers AS announced today that its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Philly Tankers LLC, has entered into binding long-term time charter contracts with a domestic end-user for the two 50,000 dwt product tankers it has on order with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (AKPS)


China Snow Dragon Arctic

Pic: Arctic Frontiers

 The melting Arctic presents a geopolitical challenge and it is the last bit of unclaimed land left on our quickly heating globe. A report in the Worldcrunch analyses why China is suddenly so interested in the Arctic.   China is now becoming more involved primarily because of issues


UK North Sea Investments to Halve

An offshore oil field (file image: credit Statoil)

Investment in British North Sea projects is expected to fall below 8 billion pounds ($12.35 billion) in 2016 from 14.8 billion last year, and could shrink further due to a rise in costs and fall in prices, industry lobby group Oil & Gas UK said in an annual survey on Tuesday.


NZ: Oil Spill off Taranaki

FPSO Raroa - Pic by MODEC

 Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said it was monitoring the situation of a small oil spill at the Raroa platform, about 70 kilometres off the Taranaki coastline.   The operator, the New Zealand branch of international oil company OMV, says about 250 litres of oil was spilt on Friday when a


Union Rejects Oil Refinery Contract Offer

Union negotiators on Thursday rejected the latest contract offer from oil companies and said the largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 may spread to more plants beyond the 11 where walkouts are underway. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said in a message to members and news media that the


Lawmakers Push for Crude Exports to Mexico

The chairman of the U.S. Senate's Energy Committee and 20 colleagues on Wednesday urged the Commerce Department to allow crude oil exports to Mexico, saying it would benefit the economies of both countries. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, the committee's chairman, and Heidi Heitkamp


BW Offshore Cuts Dividend

BW Offshore cut its dividend on Monday, blaming lower spending by customers due to a fall in crude prices as well as a deadly accident in Brazil last week. The company, which also met fourth-quarter earnings forecasts, said it planned a dividend of 2 U.S


Beijing Must Obey Ruling on Sea Dispute

South China Sea (Pic by CFR)

 China has to comply with any ruling on competing territorial claims with the Philippines in the South China Sea even if it will not take part in case before Hague court, opined Philippine judge, reports Bloomberg.  Philippine Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio said that it


CBO Orders PSV Design from ULSTEIN

CBO’s new PSV of the PX105 design. (Image: ULSTEIN)

Brazilian shipowner CBO has placed an order with ULSTEIN for a PX105 type platform supply vessel (PSV) design and equipment package.   The deal encompasses design and an extended main equipment package, including the system solutions ULSTEIN IAS integrated automation system


Union, Shell in Prolonged Refinery Labor Talks

Royal Dutch Shell Plc and the United Steelworkers union (USW) negotiated for hours on Tuesday over a new labor contract for U.S. refinery workers, the company said on day 10 of the biggest refinery walkout since 1980. They have been unable to agree since this year's talks started on Jan


Polarcus 4th Quarter Revenue Down 24% v. 2013

Polarcus Limited announced another disappointing quarter today, reporting $93.3 million in fourth quarter revenues, down 24% from the same quarter in 2013. Polarcus, the operator of a global fleet of seismic research vessels, released their fourth quarter and preliminary full year 2014 financial


Building Unions Return to Kentucky Refinery

  Workers represented by the Building Trades Unions will return to Marathon Petroleum Corp's refinery in Catlettsburg, Kentucky on Monday, even as a strike by the United Steelworkers drags into a second week, documents obtained by Reuters show.


Maersk Offshore Service Units to Cut Head Office Jobs

Photo: Maersk Drilling

A.P. Moller-Maersk's oil industry service companies Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Services, are to cut staffing at their Danish head offices due to the slump in oil prices.   Oil companies and as a result the firms servicing them, have slashed spending and cut jobs since crude oil


Gondan to Build Three Tugs for Østensjø Rederi

Image courtesy of Gondan Shipyard

Astilleros Gondan awarded a contract to build three escort tugs for North Sea operation   Gondan Shipyard has signed a new contract with the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi AS for the construction of three tugboats that will join its fleet in Melkøya terminal of the






 
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