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ConocoPhillips Extends Share Buybacks Through 2020

November 8, 2017 Tsvetana Paraskova 0

ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) plans to extend share buybacks for another year to boost capital spending to $5.5 billion annually through 2020, based on a flat real WTI price of $50 a barrel, in a sign that it’s targeting higher profits and shareholder returns. ConocoPhillips aims to achieve greater than 30-percent payout of cash provided by operating activities to shareholders annually, including dividends and share buybacks, the largest independent U.S. exploration and production company said on Wednesday ahead of its analyst and investor meeting…

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Shell To Hand Over Majnoon Stake To Iraq’s Basra Oil By 2018

November 8, 2017 Tsvetana Paraskova 0

After months of negotiations, Shell has agreed to hand over its stake in Iraq’s large Majnoon oil field to state-held Basra Oil Company by the end of the first half next year, two officials close to the talks told Reuters on Wednesday. At the Majnoon oilfield near Basra in southern Iraq, Shell is currently the operator and holder of a 45 percent stake, with Malaysia’s Petronas owning 30 percent, and Iraq’s Missan Oil Company holding the remaining 25 percent. The oilfield started production in 2014 and now produces an average of…

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Is A Venezuelan Default Inevitable?

November 6, 2017 Tsvetana Paraskova 0

Bondholders, creditors, and any company with operations in Venezuela are all agog for news from Caracas after President Nicolas Maduro announced Venezuela will look to restructure its US$89 billion worth of debt to be able to continue servicing it. Forecasts about what will happen next are all pessimistic, and that’s no wonder. By the end of next year, the government and state-owned PDVSA must repay debt obligations to the tune of US$13 billion, and foreign currency reserves are less than that already, at US$10 billion. What’s more,…

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Ignore The Hype: Oil Is Still In A Bear Market

November 6, 2017 Tsvetana Paraskova 0

Oil prices hit two-year-highs on Monday amid signs of continuously tightening markets and strong signals from Saudi Arabia and Russia that they are willing to extend their production cut deal beyond March 2018. The sentiment in the oil market has not been this bullish in more than two years, with oil demand growth expected to be strong along with OPEC’s rhetoric that it would do “whatever it takes” to rebalance the oil market. Brent has been trading above $60 a barrel for several consecutive days and its futures curve has been…

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Construction Of TurkStream Gas Pipeline Reaches Turkish Waters

November 6, 2017 Tsvetana Paraskova 0

The first pipeline of the TurkStream gas offshore line reached the Turkish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on Saturday, after completing the construction of the two offshore lines in Russian waters, the company managing the project planned and developed by Russia’s gas giant Gazprom said in a statement. Russia scrapped the South Stream gas pipeline project to the European Union (EU) at the end of 2014, citing EU objections, and turned to Turkey for an alternative pipeline that will primarily deliver gas for the Turkish market and later extend…

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Niger Delta Avengers Declare “Bloody” End To Oil Ceasefire

November 3, 2017 Tsvetana Paraskova 0

Just as Nigeria has started to pump more than 1.8 million bpd of crude oil for two consecutive months, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA)—the militant group responsible for most of last year’s attacks on Nigeria’s oil infrastructure—returned to the scene with a gruesome message on its website, warning oil companies of a “brutish, brutal and bloody” end of the ceasefire in the oil-rich Delta. “Message to the Oil Companies; Our next line of operation will not be like the 2016 campaign which we operated successfully…

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Trump’s China Trip To Reap Billions In Energy Deals

November 1, 2017 Tsvetana Paraskova 0

U.S. President Donald Trump will visit China November 8-10 for a series of bilateral and commercial events, including a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. On that trip, President Trump’s first visit to China—the country that he has repeatedly criticized for trade practices and the way it has handled relations with North Korea—the administration will be taking some 40 U.S. companies on a trade mission to forge deals and discuss Chinese investments in the U.S. One of the biggest deals up for discussion is an investment of…

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Saudis Need $70 Oil To Break Even

October 31, 2017 Tsvetana Paraskova 0

Saudi Arabia needs oil prices at $70 per barrel in 2018 in order to breakeven, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday in its Regional Economic Outlook on the Middle East and Central Asia. The Saudi breakeven oil price to achieve zero deficit in 2017 is $73.10, according to the IMF, compared to $96.60 for 2016. Among the oil exporters in the region, Saudi Arabia has cut its breakeven oil price by the most between 2016 and 2017, but its budget breakeven price of oil is not the lowest in the region. The lowest breakeven price for 2017…

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Big Oil Urges OPEC: Keep Floor Under Oil Prices

October 30, 2017 Tsvetana Paraskova 0

The oil market and analysts already largely expect OPEC to extend the production cut deal beyond March 2018, which many feel would finally rebalance supply and demand.   OPEC’s new tagline is indeed all about restoring oil market stability and sustained stability in the global oil industry—these, OPEC says, are its main policy drivers. While the organization is said to favor extending the deal throughout 2018, and as its leader Saudi Arabia continues to spray the market with its ‘whatever it takes’ promises, now major…

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