OSLO (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil is considering selling all of the stakes it holds in oil and gas fields off the Norwegian coast, a spokeswoman said.
Two years ago the U.S. major – the world’s largest oil company – sold its operated assets in the area. But it has retained stakes in more than 20 other fields, including Equinor-operated Snorre and Shell-operated Ormen Lange.
“Following interest expressed by several parties, Exxon Mobil has decided to open a data room to test the market interest for the upstream portfolio in Norway,” Anne Fougner said, adding that no decision to sell had yet been made.
Equinor has awarded drilling service contracts at a total value of about NOK 2.5 billion, exclusive of options, to several suppliers. The services will be delivered to both new and existing fields on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Contracts for services related to liner hangers were signed in Equinor’s digital laboratory at Forus, Stavanger, on 14 May. Contracts for additional completion and downhole monitoring have been signed earlier.
“These contacts will help us continue our safe and efficient drilling and well operations. The suppliers are specialists that we have worked with before, and we know what they stand for. We look forward to continuing our good cooperation,” says Geir Tungesvik, Equinor’s senior vice president, Drilling & Well.
The total contract value for these services is estimated at about NOK 2.5 billion for the 3-year fixed contact term. In addition, there are five 2-year options for all awards.
STAVANGER — Equinor has exercised its preferential rights to acquire an additional 22.45% interest in the Caesar Tonga oil field from Shell Offshore Inc for a total consideration of $965 million in cash. This will increase Equinor’s interest from 23.55% to 46.00%. Anadarko remains the operator with a 33.75% interest, and Chevron retains its 20.25% interest.
The Caesar Tonga field is located 180 mi (290 km) south-southwest of New Orleans in the Green Canyon area and is one of the largest deepwater resources in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Equinor’s current share of production from Caesar Tonga is 18,600 boepd (net to Equinor).
“We are pleased to increase our presence in the U.S., one of our core areas. This is an asset we understand well, and our larger interest will deliver significant additional free cash flow from day one”, says Christopher Golden, Equinor’s senior vice president for Development and Production International, North America Offshore.
STAVANGER — Equinor has, together with partners Petoro, ConocoPhillips and Repsol, made an oil discovery from the Visund A platform in the Telesto exploration well in the North Sea. The resources are estimated at 12-28 MMbbl of recoverable oil.
“We are pleased to have made a new discovery on Equinor-operated acreage on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). These are profitable barrels that can be quickly tied in to existing infrastructure and generate substantial revenues for society. Infrastructure-led exploration is an important part of our roadmap for the NCS,” said Nick Ashton, Equinor’s senior V.P. for exploration in Norway and the UK.
Equinor ser lyst på fremtiden for norsk gass, særlig fordi Tyskland skal fase ut kullkraft. Men selv europeiske energiselskaper sår nå tvil om det er gass som blir vinneren. Energiselskaper tror på batteri og sol.
Ifølge lekkasjer til nyhetsbyrået Bloomberg News kan gassindustrien være for optimistisk. Kull kan fremover bli erstattet av vind og sol kombinert med en forbedret batteriteknologi, i stedet for gass.A
Ifølge studien de omtaler, som er betalt av europeiske energiselskaper, og som ennå ikke er publisert, mener man at gassetterspørselen i Tyskland, Frankrike, Nederland, Belgia og Storbritannia kan falle så mye som 16 prosent de neste 10 årene (målt mot nivået i 2016).
Da mener man at sol og bedre batteriteknologi vil være så kostnadseffektiv at det blir den foretrukne måten å lage elektrisitet på.
HOUSTON – Wood has secured a new $13 million contract with Equinor to deliver engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) services to the Vigdis boosting station increased oil recovery (IOR) project.
Effective immediately, Wood will provide topside modifications to enable the tie-in of subsea equipment to offshore platforms Snorre A and Snorre B, which process oil from the Vigdis subsea field, located in the Norwegian North Sea.
Five companies, including Norway’s Equinor, Denmark’s Orsted and France’s EDF have submitted bids to supply offshore wind power to the New York state, the companies said on Thursday.
New York state closed bidding on.ny.gov/2E54m5q on Thursday to provide 800-megawatts of offshore wind energy, a part of a plan develop up to 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power by 2030, and will choose a supplier in the spring.
Equinor is planning to build a wind park on 80,000 acres south of Long Island it won in a U.S. federal auction in 2016, with potential total capacity of up to 2,000 MW, in push to diversify its investments away from oil and gas.
STAVANGER — “Strong operational performance and high production gave solid results and cash flow in a quarter with significant market volatility. We delivered growing returns for the full year and expect continued earnings growth. Following strong improvements in recent years, the board proposes an increase in quarterly dividend of 13% to $0.26 per share,” says Eldar Sætre, president and CEO of Equinor ASA.
“Our cash flow generation was strong across the business. At an average oil price of $71/bbl, we generated an organic free cash flow well above $6 billion for the full year. We have also done several value-enhancing transactions, strengthened our financial position and reduced our net debt ratio from 29% to 22.2%,” says Sætre.
Adjusted earnings were $4.4 billion in the fourth quarter, up from $4 billion in the same period in 2017. Adjusted earnings after tax were $1.5 billion, up from $1.3 billion in the same period last year. High production at higher prices contributed to the increase. Due to sales pricing mechanisms in the market, the significant fall in oil prices led to a negative one-off effect with a higher than normal differential between realised liquids prices and Brent Blend average. In addition, higher exploration activity and lower refinery and products trading margins impacted adjusted earnings negatively. For the full year, adjusted earnings were $18 billion, up 42% from $12.6 billion in 2017.
Norway has built a reputation as one of the calmest and most predictable corners of the global oil industry, but lately it’s been full of surprises.
During the worst downturn in a generation, from 2014 to 2016, companies would regularly exceed official forecasts as oil production rose in defiance of falling prices. More recently, with crude surging back to multiyear highs, they’ve run into trouble.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate now expects output to fall to a 31-year low in 2019, with production expected to be almost 60 million barrels short of its previous forecast for this year and in 2018. That’s 80,000 barrels a day less than expected.