Helge Lund News

13 Jul 2015

BG Ships First LNG from QCLNG, Australia

BG Group ships first LNG from QCLNG Train 2 in Australia

BG Group plc today announces it has started up and loaded its first LNG from the second production train at the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) facility in Australia. The first LNG from Train 2 set sail on the Maran Gas Posidonia. At plateau production, expected mid-2016, both trains at QCLNG will be producing enough LNG to load ten vessels per month combined, exporting around eight million tonnes per year. Since production from the first train commenced in December 2014, 27 cargoes have been shipped.

09 Feb 2015

Lund to Start Earlier as BG Group Chief

Helge Lund

BG Group plc informed today that Helge Lund will join the Company as Chief Executive and an Executive Director with effect from February 9, 2015.  This is ahead of the previously announced start date of March 2, 2015. Lund’s start date has been brought forward following agreement last week from his former employer to release him from his contractual commitments. Andrew Gould, who has been serving as interim Executive Chairman of BG Group since April 2014, will return to his role as Non-Executive Chairman with effect from February 9, 2015.

04 Feb 2015

Sætre Appointed President & CEO of Statoil

Eldar Sætre, new Statoil president and CEO. (Photo Harald Pettersen)

Statoil’s board of directors has appointed Eldar Sætre as the company’s new president and CEO. Sætre, who has 35 years’ experience from Statoil and the oil and gas industry, has been acting as president and CEO since October, and assumes the role with immediate effect. "Eldar Sætre was our first choice. The industry and company are facing demanding challenges. Eldar stands out with his long experience and ability to create change. Those are qualities we need in times like these.

15 Oct 2014

Statoil’s President & CEO Helge Lund Resigns

Helge Lund assumed the role as President and CEO of Statoil on 16 August 2004.

Statoil President and CEO Helge Lund has informed the company's board of directors that he will resign. Helge Lund has chosen to leave Statoil to take up the position as CEO of another international oil and gas company. The board of directors has appointed Eldar Sætre as acting president and CEO of Statoil with immediate effect. According to a Reuters report, Statoil's long-serving chief executive will take on the top role at smaller rival BG, where he has been promised a big pay rise if he can turn round the flagging British gas and oil producer.

19 Aug 2014

Statoil: Gudrun Officially Opened

Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg and Statoil CEO Helge Lund were greeted by Gudrun platform manager Ole Martin Bakken. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)

Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg officially opened the Gudrun platform in the North Sea today, 19 August. This is the first new Statoil-operated platform on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) since Kristin in 2005. Gudrun is the first in a long line of new field developments operated by Statoil, and therefore it represents a new era on the NCS. The next in line is Valemon, which is scheduled for start-up later this year. Gina Krog and Johan Sverdrup on the Utsira High are next in the North Sea.

26 Jul 2014

Statoil's 2Q 2014 Results

President and CEO Helge Lund

Statoil's second quarter 2014 net operating income was NOK 32.0 billion, a decrease of NOK 2.3 billion compared to the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted earnings were NOK 32.3 billion. “Statoil delivered solid operational performance in the quarter, with continued high production regularity on the Norwegian continental shelf and project execution according to plan. We have deferred gas production to enhance value, but remain on track for delivering on our production guiding for 2014. Our quarterly earnings were impacted by divestments, seasonal effects and lower gas prices.

25 Jul 2014

Gas Prices Help Offset Statoil's Output Drop

Valemon sail away (Photo: Ben Weller AP/Statoil)

Statoil's second quarter 2014 net operating income was NOK 32 billion, a decrease of NOK 2.3 billion compared to the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted earnings were NOK 32.3 billion. “Statoil delivered solid operational performance in the quarter, with continued high production regularity on the Norwegian continental shelf and project execution according to plan. We have deferred gas production to enhance value, but remain on track for delivering on our production guiding for 2014. "Our quarterly earnings were impacted by divestments, seasonal effects and lower gas prices.

25 Jun 2014

Statoil's Lund: Natural Gas is a Big Opportunity for Germany

Statoil CEO Helge Lund (Credit Statoil)

Switching from coal to gas as the power sector is a significant opportunity to cut emissions. This alternative can save more than 50% of emissions per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced. “I think it is both timely and necessary for German to develop a plan for how natural gas can contribute to fulfilling the ambitions of the Energiewende (energy transition). Increasing the use of natural gas will be beneficial both for the German economy and for the climate,” Lund said. On June 24…

30 Apr 2014

Statoil's Q1 net operating income up by 35%

Courtesy STATOIL

Statoil's (OSE:STL, NYSE:STO) first quarter 2014 net operating income was NOK 51.4 billion, a 35% increase compared to the first quarter of 2013. Adjusted earnings were up 9% to NOK 46.0 billion. “We are pleased to present strong financial results for the quarter. Higher prices and good results from our US gas value chain contributed to a 9% increase in adjusted earnings, compared to same quarter last year. Our operational performance is solid, providing the foundation for around 2% rebased organic production growth in 2014," says Helge Lund, Statoil's president and CEO.

29 Apr 2014

Statoil Reports Robust Q1

Oseberg field centre - Photo Harald Pettersen - Statoil.

Norway's Statoil defied gloom in the oil sector by reporting first-quarter earnings above expectations on Tuesday due to higher prices and good results from shale gas activities in the United States, lifting its shares. Regarding new sanctions on Russia, Statoil's CEO told Reuters it was too early to say whether he would attend a high-profile St Petersburg economic forum in June as planned, as the firm had to assess the impact of the measures first. Oil firms have seen their profit margins decline due to a rise in costs as crude becomes more difficult to extract and several big projects…

21 Mar 2014

Statoil Presents 2013 Performance Reports

Chief executive Helge Lund

Statoil presented on its website the company’s annual and sustainability reports for 2013, along with the US Form 20-F report. “Our 2013 operational performance was good; with safety improvements, production as expected and strong project execution. We delivered leading exploration results and strengthened our reserve base,” states CEO Helge Lund in his introduction to the annual and sustainability reports. Statoil recorded in 2013 the best exploration results in the industry measured in conventional volumes.

07 Feb 2014

Statoil to Cut Expenditure by $5 Billion

The Sleipner field

Statoil's fourth quarter 2013 net operating income was NOK 43.9 billion. In 2013, net operating income was NOK 155.5 billion. At today's Capital Markets Update, Statoil presents its plan for reduced capital expenditure by more than $5 billion (USD) from 2014-16 compared to previous plans. This will enable positive organic free cash flow after dividend from 2016. Statoil expects to deliver around 3 % average rebased organic production growth from 2013-16. Adjusted earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 were NOK 42.3 billion, compared to NOK 48.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012.

20 Jan 2014

Open Hearing on Mongstad Carbon Projects

The technology centre at Mongstad (TCM). (Photo: Helge Hansen)

Statoil will be present today for the first day of the Storting's open hearing regarding the state's handling of the carbon projects at Mongstad. The objective of the hearing is to review the recommendations and problems described in the report of the Office of the Auditor General of Norway on last autumns' investigation into the way the Norwegian state has dealt with the question of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The hearing will take place in the Storting's Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs.

17 Dec 2013

Statoil Makes Final Investment Decision on Shah Deniz Stage 2

Statoil  ASA has together with partners in the Shah Deniz consortium in Azerbaijan  made a final investment decision for the Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz gas field, in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan. Statoil also enters an agreement to divest a 10% share of its 25.5% holdings in Shah Deniz and the South Caucasus Pipeline. The BP operated Shah Deniz consortium  announces the final investment decision for the Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz gas field, in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan. This decision triggers plans to expand the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCPX) through Azerbaijan and Georgia, to construct the Trans Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) across Turkey and to construct the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) across Greece, Albania and into Italy.

30 Oct 2013

Statoil Posts 2013 Third Quarter Results

Statoil's third quarter 2013 net operating income was NOK 39.3 billion. Adjusted earnings were NOK 40.4 billion. "Statoil delivered strong strategic progress in the third quarter. We added high-value barrels through the Bay du Nord discovery offshore Canada, the world's largest oil discovery this year. We also announced a major divestment to capture value created through asset development and unlock capital for investment in high return projects. Our operational performance is good and we delivered solid earnings in the period," said Helge Lund, Statoil's president and CEO. Statoil's net operating income of NOK 39.3 billion in the third quarter was positively impacted by gain from sale of assets. Refinery impairments and commercial provisions impacted the financial result negatively.

19 Aug 2013

Statoil: Divesting and Refocusing Portfolio

Statoil ASA has signed an agreement to divest minority interests in the Gullfaks and Gudrun fields offshore Norway and exit the non-core, non-operated Schiehallion and Rosebank fields, West of Shetlands. In addition to the cash consideration of USD 2.65 billion, the transaction with Austrian oil and gas company OMV includes a contingent payment and involves a partnership between the two companies. Statoil reduces its ownership share in Gullfaks from 70 % to 51 % and from 75 % to 51 % in Gudrun, and retains its operatorships on both fields. "Through this transaction, Statoil captures value created through asset development and unlocks capital for investment in high return projects in core areas. This includes our recent discoveries on the Norwegian continental shelf.

25 Jul 2013

Statoil Second Quarter Results 2013

Statoil's second quarter 2013 net operating income was NOK 34.3 billion. Adjusted earnings were NOK 38.0 billion. "Statoil delivered an operationally solid quarter. We produced as planned, delivering record production from our portfolio outside Norway. We are on track and maintain our guidance for 2013," said Helge Lund, Statoil's president and CEO. "Our financial results were impacted by lower prices for liquids and gas and weak trading results. However, we have maintained good cost control and delivered strong earnings, particularly from our international portfolio. In the quarter, Statoil ramped up several fields. The company continues to have a high activity level in projects on the Norwegian continental shelf…

06 Jun 2013

Offshore Marriage of Interests Judged Successful

Sturla Henriksen, Director General of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association

Nor-Shipping 2013 'Agenda Offshore' hear the Director General of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association pronounce the marriage of maritime and offshore oil and gas industries interests a success. The offshore industry is “a legitimate child” of the marriage between oil and gas as well as maritime companies. “It is maybe a relationship driven more by cooperation and innovation than by love or passion – a bit of an arranged marriage maybe – but today the offspring of this relationship are the specialized vessels…

15 May 2013

Petrobas CEO to Deliver Keynote Address at Nor-Shipping 2013

Photo: Petrobras

Petrobras CEO, Maria das Graças Silva Foster – named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2012 – will be a keynote speaker for the New Frontiers roundtable at Nor-Shipping’s Agenda Offshore conference on June 5. Foster will be joined by top executives from two other world-leading oil and gas companies. Statoil CEO Helge Lund and Royal Dutch Shell Upstream International Director Andy Brown will speak at the event, the second time Nor-Shipping hosts a conference connecting the offshore industry and the maritime industry.

16 Apr 2013

Nor-Shipping 2013 Features Agenda Offshore Conference

Photo: Nor-Shipping

Building on the success of its first offshore conference in 2011, Nor-Shipping will again host Agenda Offshore on June 5, signifying the importance of the maritime industry as it increasingly moves offshore to service the oil and gas industry. Speakers Helge Lund, CEO of Statoil, and Andy Brown, the Upstream International Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc, will share their insights as major oil and gas companies that are dependent on the maritime supplier industry for their cutting-edge technology and sophisticated equipment and vessels.

17 Jan 2013

Statoil: In Amenas situation update

Algerian authorities carried out a military operation today against the hostage takers at the In Amenas plant. Statoil confirmed yesterday that five of its 17 employees were safe. Today an additional three Algerian employees are also confirmed to be safe. Five of the 17 Statoil employees involved in the hostage situation at the In Amenas gas facility have been safe since yesterday. They are now on their way to Norway. In addition, Statoil and BP have decided to bring non-critical personnel from our two other plants in Algeria – In Salah and Hassi Mouina – out of the area and home again. At least three planes will likely be utilised for this purpose, and it is believed that around 40 Statoil employees will be onboard the first three planes.

20 Nov 2012

Statoil and Wintershall Sign Gas Supply Agreement

Statoil ASA (OSE: STL, NYSE: STO): Statoil and Wintershall have entered into a 10-year gas sales agreement for the delivery of a total of 45 billion cubic meters (bcm) to the German and other North-West European markets. "This strategic agreement demonstrates the continued competitiveness of Norwegian natural gas in the German energy mix. "The agreement with Statoil, a long-term and reliable energy partner with Germany for decades, is a significant milestone for Wintershall. For us this means that we can also use the volumes we produce from the North Sea in Europe in the future without having to expand our own infrastructure," says Wintershall's CEO Rainer Seele. Germany consumes about 80 bcm natural gas per year and is the second largest gas market in Europe.

22 Oct 2012

Statoil: Transaction to Realize Value and Secure Growth

Statoil ASA (OSE: STL, NYSE: STO) has signed an agreement to exit the Brage licences, farm down in Gjøa and Vega and acquire a 15 % stake in the Edvard Grieg licence near the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. This transaction with the German oil and gas company Wintershall gives Statoil net proceeds of USD 1.45 billion, and begins a strategic partnership between Statoil and Wintershall. The consideration to be paid by Wintershall includes a contingent consideration of USD 100 million relating to the production on Vega. "This transaction realizes significant value for our shareholders, demonstrates the value of our NCS portfolio, and further enhances the financial flexibility of Statoil.

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