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Weatherford Ramps Up Cost Savings Plan

Weatherford Ramps Up Cost Savings Plan

Weatherford International plc (ticker: WFT) reported a net loss of $245 million, or a loss of $(0.25) per share for the first quarter of 2018. Weatherford President and CEO Mark A. McCollum said, “The goals we have set forth for 2018 and 2019 are realistic and achievable. We are on track and, in the first quarter, have already achieved 10%[Read More…]

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Halliburton Writes Down All Remaining Venezuela Investments

Market is 1 million to 1.5 million horsepower undersupplied Halliburton Company (ticker: HAL) reported an income of $46 million, or $0.05 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2018. This is an improvement over Q1 2017’s net loss of $32 million, or $(0.04) share. “We achieved total company revenue of $5.7 billion, representing a 34% increase compared to the[Read More…]

Aramco’s Huge Numbers: 2017’s First Half Net Income Exceeded that of 5 Global Supermajors Combined – Bloomberg

Aramco’s Huge Numbers: 2017’s First Half Net Income Exceeded that of 5 Global Supermajors Combined – Bloomberg

Redefining ‘Big Oil’:  add up the first half 2017 income of Shell, Exxon, BP, Chevron and Total—Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, is bigger than all of them combined If Saudi Aramco has its way, it will soon be the most valuable public company in the world. The oil giant is planning what will almost certainly be the largest IPO[Read More…]

GeoPark Production Moves to 35 MBOEPD

GeoPark Production Moves to 35 MBOEPD

Latin American E&P operator GeoPark Limited (ticker: GPRK) released a production update today, noting that current production is currently at 35 MBOEPD. This figure includes production from the recent Argentina acquisition. Oil production increased by 33% to 27,345 BOPD (up 8% compared to Q4 2017) Colombian oil production increased by 37% to 26,303 BOPD (up 8% compared to Q4 2017)[Read More…]

Total and Aramco will Build a $9 Billion Petrochem Complex Next Door to SATORP Refinery

Total and Aramco will Build a $9 Billion Petrochem Complex Next Door to SATORP Refinery

Saudi Aramco and Total (ticker: TOT) have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a giant petrochemical complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Located next to the SATORP refinery in the same industrial area, the complex will comprise a mixed-feed steam cracker (50% ethane and refinery off-gas) with a capacity of 1.5 million tons per year of ethylene and related high-added-value[Read More…]

Australia’s Swirling $10.3 Billion Oil & Gas Mega-Deal

Australia’s Swirling $10.3 Billion Oil & Gas Mega-Deal

U.S. firm’s fourth offer for large Australian natural gas, LNG producer One of the largest private equity-backed energy deals in history inched closer to reality today, as Australia’s Santos (ticker: STO) opened its books to Harbour Energy Ltd. The U.S.-based Harbour, a private energy firm backed by EIG Global Energy, is finally seeing its obvious determination and persistence pay off.[Read More…]

Brazil’s 15th Offshore Bidding Round Sets a Record

Brazil’s 15th Offshore Bidding Round Sets a Record

Brazil’s 15th Bidding Round raised over USD$2.4 billion – this sets a new record for Brazil’s auctions. According to the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency, the 15th round will generate investments of USD$361.6 million in the first/exploration phase of the concession contracts alone. Brazil said that 22 offshore blocks were acquired out of the 47 offered. However, there were no offers[Read More…]

Frontera Drums Up 70 MBOEPD in 2017, Plans 2018 Encore

Frontera Drums Up 70 MBOEPD in 2017, Plans 2018 Encore

Frontera Energy Corporation (ticker: FEC) reported a net loss of $217 million, or $(4.33) per share for 2017. In Q4 2017, the company posted a net loss of $33 million, or $(0.65) per share. The company attributed the year’s loss to impairment charges in the aggregate amount of $123 million and mark to market loss on risk management activities of[Read More…]

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Victor Gribansiciy
November 2006

American Energy Imports Lowest Since 1982

U.S. continues to import less while exporting more Total net energy imports to the United States fell to 7.3 quadrillion BTUs (quads) in 2017, a 35% decrease from 2016 and the lowest level since 1982, when both gross imports and gross exports were much lower, the EIA said today in a new report. Gross energy imports have been generally decreasing[Read More…]

Oil Hedges: Brazil and Mexico

Oil Hedges: Brazil and Mexico

Brazil’s state-controlled oil company, Petrobras, has hedged a portion of its 2018 oil production. The move should protect cash flow against downturns in the marketplace. Bloomberg reported that the company hedged 128 MMBbls, or 350,685 BOPD at an average Brent price of $65/bbl. The average cost, a company filing on Wednesday said, is about $3.48 a barrel. Petrobras has become[Read More…]

Canacol Energy Ltd.: Largest Caribbean Supplier of Natural Gas

Canacol Energy Ltd.: Largest Caribbean Supplier of Natural Gas

Calgary’s Canacol Energy Ltd. (ticker: CNE) recorded a net loss of USD$148 million for the year ended December 31, 2017, or $(0.48) per share – this compares to a net income of $23.6 million for the same period in 2016. For Q4 2017, the company had a net loss of $150.3 million, or $(0.85) per share – this compares to[Read More…]

Shell Divests Ownership in Iraq’s West Qurna 1 Oil Field

Shell Divests Ownership in Iraq’s West Qurna 1 Oil Field

Earlier today Shell EP Middle East Holdings (ticker: RDS) agreed to sell the entire share capital of Shell Iraq B.V, which holds its 19.6% stake in the West Qurna 1 Oil Field, for $406 million, to a subsidiary of Itochu Corporation. Itochu will assume debt of $144 million as part of the transaction. The sale has received the necessary regulatory[Read More…]

March 23, 2018 - 5:25 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, International
Illustrative Map of Turkey

TransAtlantic Petroleum Drilling Turkey

TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. (ticker: TAT) recorded a net loss in 2017 of $23.9 million, or $(0.50) per share. For Q4 2017, the company had a net loss of $4 million, or $(0.09) per share. The company’s wellhead production from continuing operations was 1.2 MMBOE in 2017, as compared to 1.8 MMBOE in 2016. Drilling continues Southeastern Turkey Selmo: In January[Read More…]

March 22, 2018 - 2:52 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Earnings, Fracing, International
Energean Cleared to Start $1.6 Billion Gas Project – Offshore Israel

Energean Cleared to Start $1.6 Billion Gas Project – Offshore Israel

Energean raised $460 Million in Yesterday’s IPO  The day following its London IPO, the Energean Oil & Gas PLC (ticker: ENOG) board approved the Final Investment Decision for the $1.6 billion Karish & Tanin development project, offshore Israel. Financing the project Energean said $405 million of the $460 million raised from the IPO of its shares will be used to[Read More…]

March 22, 2018 - 12:54 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, E&P, International, Offshore
Elk Petroleum Updates Aneth Field, Grieve Project

Elk Petroleum Updates Aneth Field, Grieve Project

Australia’s Elk Petroleum Limited (ticker: ELK) recently released its half-year results and guidance update. The company reported a 44% increase in share price to A$0.095 (March 2018) – this is up from A$0.066 (June 2017). The company reported production of 972,498 BOE, with 1P reserves of 47.5 MMBOE and 2P reserves of 84.2 MMBOE. Elk’s operations are all in the[Read More…]

Liquefied Natural Gas Plant, Australia

U.S. Crude Oil, NatGas Exports Both Hit New Highs

U.S. crude oil exports grew to an average of 1.1 MMBOPD in 2017, the EIA said, which is the second full year since restrictions on crude oil exports were removed. Crude oil exports in 2017 were nearly double the level of exports in 2016. Increased U.S. crude oil exports were supported by increasing U.S. crude oil production and expanded infrastructure, the[Read More…]

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Total Get Together for Offshore Gas Development

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Total Get Together for Offshore Gas Development

Companies sign 40-year concession agreements to develop Umm Shaif’s giant gas cap, Nasr and Lower Zakum; Total paid ADNOC $1.4 Billion in participation fees   Total has signed two new 40-year concession agreements with the Supreme Petroleum Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). In the frame of these[Read More…]

March 19, 2018 - 4:39 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, International, OPEC
Erin Energy Reports YE 2017 – Revenues Up 30%

Erin Energy Reports YE 2017 – Revenues Up 30%

Erin Energy Corporation (ticker: ERN) announced unaudited financial and operational results for the year ended December 31, 2017. Full year 2017 revenues were $101.2 million, increasing by approximately 30% from $77.8 million in 2016. Fourth quarter 2017, revenues were $21.7 million compared to $21.1 million for the same period in 2016. Erin Energy reported a net loss of $151.9 million[Read More…]

Oil Production Diving, Inflation Climbing Fast: Venezuelans Squeezed

Oil Production Diving, Inflation Climbing Fast: Venezuelans Squeezed

Venezuela’s citizens are left holding a bag, one that is saddled with $60 billion dollars worth of debt. Citizens of Venezuela have been buying into bonds due to government policies of subsidizing the purchase of foreign debt by individual investors, Reuters reported in December 2017. Big businesses in the country have also poured money into the bonds, hoping to capitalize[Read More…]

Trade Shift: United States Exports More Energy Products to Mexico

Trade Shift: United States Exports More Energy Products to Mexico

In the past three years, the U.S. has exported more energy products to Mexico than it imports. That’s a reversal from just a few years ago. Historically, energy trading between Mexico and the U.S. was characterized by Mexican sales of crude oil to the U.S. and American sales of refined petroleum products to Mexico. Through 2014, the EIA said, Mexico’s[Read More…]

Eco-Stim Energy Pushes Further Into STACK

Eco-Stim Energy Pushes Further Into STACK

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, Inc. (ticker: ESES) reported a net loss of $26.9 million, or $(0.41) per basic and diluted share for the full year of 2017. For Q4 2017, EcoStim reported a net loss of $9.1 million, or $(0.12) per basic and diluted share. Total capital expenditures during the fourth quarter of 2017 were approximately $10.7 million, compared to $16.9[Read More…]

Johan Sverdrup

Source: Total

Totally Bought: Maersk Oil/Total Deal Closed – Makes Total 2nd Largest North Sea Operator

Total S.A. (ticker: TOT) closed the acquisition signed on August 21, 2017, adding around one billion BOE 2P reserves, mainly in OECD countries. The acquisition also increases Total’s production by 160 MBOEPD in 2018, and the company expects to ramp up production to 200 MBOEPD by early 2020. According to Total, this deal makes the company the second-largest operator in[Read More…]

VAALCO Energy Earns $0.17 Per Share in 2017

VAALCO Energy Earns $0.17 Per Share in 2017

VAALCO Energy, Inc. (ticker: EGY) reported an income of $10.3 million, or $0.17 per diluted share for 2017. In Q4 2017, the company reported an income of $3.5 million, or $0.06 per diluted share. The company produced an average of 3,957 net BOPD in Q4 2017 and for the full year of 2017, VAALCO produced approximately 16,649 BOPD. The company’s[Read More…]

March 8, 2018 - 5:40 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, E&P, Earnings, International
2018: The World’s Largest Public Oil & Gas Companies

2018: The World’s Largest Public Oil & Gas Companies

In this update to our 2016 rankings, the top two slots in the list still belong to the Russian giants, Exxon is still third, and PetroChina held onto fourth place – but Shell and BP flipped positions, changing the makeup of the world’s five largest oil companies With 2017 in the books, it is a good time to see where[Read More…]

Tapping Mexico’s Onshore Oil & Gas Reserves almost a Reality for Canadian Operator IFR

Tapping Mexico’s Onshore Oil & Gas Reserves almost a Reality for Canadian Operator IFR

IFR on target to be first outside company to drill onshore in Mexico in 80 years, anticipates April spud The Calgary-based company announced this morning that its Mexican joint venture Tonalli Energia is mobilizing a rig to begin drilling the Tecolutla block (onshore) in Mexico. The company said the partners had received the final authorization necessary to commence drilling from[Read More…]

March 8, 2018 - 2:56 pm 360 Articles, Closing Bell Story, E&P, International, Mexico
Exxon’s Audacious Goal: Double Our Profit to $31 Billion by 2025

Exxon’s Audacious Goal: Double Our Profit to $31 Billion by 2025

Requires upstream production to grow by 25%, massive shale growth and 25 major projects XOM’s improved well quality in the Bakken: “it’s a big, big, big change” ExxonMobil (ticker: XOM) unveiled a big plan today: its strategy to double 2017’s earnings by 2025. Darren W. Woods, Exxon Chairman and CEO, announced the plan at the company’s annual analyst meeting today.[Read More…]

‘The Best Place to Look for Oil and Gas’

‘The Best Place to Look for Oil and Gas’

“While most of our oil brothers here are scrambling hard to get every good acre in the U.S., this whole southern continent has been left wide open” – GeoPark CEO Jim Park According to GeoPark, companies looking for the best place for oil and gas investment in the Permian are cruising the wrong neighborhood. “The best place today to look[Read More…]

Vermilion Energy Increases Dividend, Reduces Debt

Vermilion Energy Increases Dividend, Reduces Debt

International producer Vermilion Energy Inc. (ticker: VET) increased production by 8% from Q3 2017, reaching an average of 72,821 BOEPD in Q4 2017. For Q4 2017, Vermilion Energy reported net earnings of $8.645 million, or $0.07 per share. This compares to a net loss of $4.032 million, or $(0.03) per share in Q4 2016. Vermilion’s 2017 annual production volumes increased[Read More…]

Nabors Industries Cuts Loss in Half

Nabors Industries Cuts Loss in Half

Drill rigs, equipment and software provider Nabors Industries Ltd. (ticker: NBR) reported full-year 2017 operating revenue of $2.6 billion, compared to operating revenue of $2.2 billion in the prior year. Net income from continuing operations attributable to Nabors for the year was a loss of $503 million, or $(1.75) per share, compared to a loss of $1.0 billion, or $(3.58)[Read More…]

Egypt Buys $14 Billion of NatGas from Noble Energy, Delek

Egypt Buys $14 Billion of NatGas from Noble Energy, Delek

Noble Energy, Inc. (ticker: NBL) has signed agreements to sell significant quantities of natural gas from the Leviathan and Tamar fields to Dolphinus Holdings Limited to supply gas in Egypt. These agreements, one for natural gas from Leviathan and one for Tamar, each provide for total contract quantities of 1.15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The natural gas is[Read More…]