Oil and gas is the most dominant sector in the world, not just on the basis of revenues and profits but also in terms of influence. Let us look at the list of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies based on revenue and a few of their current open positions.
1. Saudi Aramco
Officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, popularly referred as Aramco (formerly Arabian-American Oil Company), is a Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company headquartered in Dhahran. It is regarded as the largest company in the world by revenue.
Bloomberg News claims it to be the most profitable company in the world. It has second-largest crude oil reserves and second largest daily oil production.
Location: Saudi Arabia
Location: Saudi Arabia
2. China Petrochemical Corporation,
China Petrochemical Corporation or the Sinopec Group is the world's largest oil refining, gas, and petrochemical conglomerate.
Headquartered in Beijing, its business segments include oil and gas exploration and production, chemical marketing, petroleum engineering, petrochemical refining and refined products marketing, engineering and construction, as well as international trade.
The rise in crude oil prices and the boost in sales volume of natural gas has led to the surge in revenue for the company in the recent times. The company credits its petrochemical refining and distribution segment for over half its revenue contribution.
A US-based international oil and gas company, ExxonMobil markets oil and gas products within six continents. The company was formed by the merger of Exxon (formerly the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey) and Mobil (formerly the Standard Oil Company of New York).
It acquired the InterOil Corporation and a 25% stake in the Area 4 block in Mozambique in 2017.
Exxon reported that its upstream and downstream activities are the prime drivers of the revenue.
4. Royal Dutch Shell Plc
Royal Dutch Shell is headquartered in the Netherlands and is incorporated in the United Kingdom. The company operates in more than 70 countries worldwide and produced more than 66 million tonnes (Mt) of LNG year ago.
It focuses on the exploration, development, production, refining, and marketing of oil and natural gas, as well as related chemicals. Its operations are divided into four business segments: upstream, integrated gas, new energies and downstream.
The downstream business, which includes the supply of fuel and lubricants to various industries, was termed as the biggest contributor to the company's revenue in the recent times.
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5. Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation is Kuwait's national oil company, which is headquartered in Kuwait City.
The business activities of the company are focused on petroleum exploration, production, petrochemicals, refining, marketing, and transportation. It produces 7% of the world's total crude oil.
6. BP Plc
Headquartered in London, UK, BP Plc provides customers with energy products and services related to natural gas, oil, petrochemicals, and power. It has operations in 70 countries and comprises of business segments that include: upstream, downstream, Rosneft and other businesses.
It started 7 major projects in the upstream segment last year.
7. Total SA
Total is a France-based organization that operates in more than 130 countries. The business segment of the company comprises of Exploration & Production, Gas, Renewables & Power, Refining & Petrochemicals, and Marketing & Services. It is the second biggest refining company in Western Europe and has equity stakes in 18 refineries. The company is witnessing an upward swing in its revenue numbers past couple of years.
The PJSC Lukoil Oil Company is a Russian multinational energy corporation based in Moscow. It specializes in extraction, production, transport, and sale of natural gas, petroleum, and petroleum products.
The company name is the combination of the acronym LUK, which is initials of the oil-producing cities of Langepas, Uray, and Kogalym. It is the second largest company in Russia after Gazprom. It is referred to as the largest non-state enterprise in the nation in terms of revenue and is considered as one of the largest global producers of crude oil in the international market.
Eni S.p.A. is an Italian multinational oil and gas company which has its base in Rome. It is regarded as one of the global supermajors. It has operations in 79 countries.
The name "ENI" was initially the acronym of "Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi” which translates into National Hydrocarbons Authority.
10. Valero Energy
Valero Energy Corporation is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The company owns and operates 16 refineries throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
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This winter, natural gas prices have been at their lowest levels in decades. On Monday, February 10, the near-month natural gas futures price at the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) closed at $1.77 per million British thermal units (MMBtu). This price was the lowest February closing price for the near-month contract since at least 2001, in real terms, and the lowest near-month futures price in any month since March 8, 2016, according to Bloomberg, L.P. and FRED data.
In addition, according to Natural Gas Intelligence data, the daily spot price at the Henry Hub national benchmark was $1.81/MMBtu on February 10, 2020, the lowest price in real terms since March 9, 2016. Henry Hub spot prices have ranged between $1.81/MMBtu and $2.84/MMBtu this winter heating season (since November 1, 2019), generally because relatively warm winter weather has reduced demand for natural gas for heating. Natural gas production growth has outpaced demand growth, reducing the need to withdraw natural gas from underground storage.
Dry natural gas production in January 2020 averaged about 95.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), according to IHS Markit data. IHS Markit also estimates that in January 2020 the United States saw the third-highest monthly U.S. natural gas production on record, down slightly from the previous two months.
IHS Markit estimates that U.S. natural gas consumption by residential, commercial, industrial, and electric power sectors averaged 96 Bcf/d for January, which was about 4.4 Bcf/d less than the average for January 2019, largely because of decreases in residential and commercial consumption as a result of warmer temperatures.
However, IHS Markit estimates that overall consumption of natural gas (including feed gas to liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities, pipeline fuel losses, and net exports by pipeline to Mexico) averaged about 117.5 Bcf/d in January 2020, an increase of about 0.2 Bcf/d from last year. This overall increase is largely a result of an almost doubling of LNG feed gas to about 8.5 Bcf/d.
Because supply growth has outpaced demand growth, less natural gas has been withdrawn from storage withdrawals this winter. Despite starting the 2019–20 heating season with the third-lowest level of natural gas inventory since 2009, by January 17, 2020, working natural gas inventories reached relatively high levels for mid-winter. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) data on natural gas inventories for the Lower 48 states as of February 7, 2020, reflect a 215 Bcf surplus to the five-year average. In EIA’s latest short-term forecast, more natural gas remains in storage levels than the previous five-year average through the remainder of the winter.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), January 2020 was the fifth-warmest in its 126-year climate record. Heating degree days (HDDs), a temperature-based metric for heating demand, have been relatively low this winter, which is consistent with a warmer winter. During some weeks in late December and early January, the United States saw 25% to 30% fewer HDDs than the 30-year average. This winter, through February 8, residential natural gas customers in the United States have seen 11% fewer HDDs than the 30-year average.
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center data
Headline crude prices for the week beginning 10 February 2020 – Brent: US$53/b; WTI: US$49/b
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