Maersk Drilling has won a deepwater drilling contract from Aker Energy to provide drilling services at the Pecan-4A appraisal well located offshore Ghana.
Maersk Drilling will employ its ultra-deepwater drillship, Maersk Viking, under the contract.
The scope of the contract includes drilling of one firm well, with options for two additional wells.
Maersk Drilling is a Danish offshore drilling rig operator, while Aker Energy is an offshore operator of oil and gas properties based in Ghana.
Adnoc LNG has awarded an AED3.16bn ($860m) contract to a consortium of Tecnicas Reunidas and Target Engineering Construction Company to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the next phase of the Integrated Gas Development Expansion project.
The scope of the contract also includes equipment and material supply, testing and commissioning services and other auxiliary services.
Adnoc LNG is a UAE-based subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, while Técnicas Reunidas is a Spanish general contractor. Target Engineering Construction Company is a UAE-based provider of oil and gas engineering, procurement and construction contractor services.
Four subsidiaries of Malaysia-based oil and gas services firm Sapura Energy have received three new offshore contracts along with extension of an existing contract.
The new contracts were awarded to Sapura Offshore, Sapura Fabrication and Normand Sapura, while the extension contract was awarded to Sapura Drilling.
The MYR815m ($197.4m) contracts were secured in Australia, Brunei, Malaysia and Nigeria.
Sapura Offshore was subcontracted by Saidel for the engineering and construction of the 16 in Southern SWAMP Sales Gas Evacuation pipeline located in the Delta Region of Nigeria for Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria.
Sapura Fabrication was awarded a five-year subcontract for providing maintenance, construction and modification services under the Pan Malaysia Integrated Offshore Installation Contract by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia.
Normand Sapura was contracted to provide inspection and recovery services for the subsea structures of the East Spar Project located offshore Western Australia for Quadrant Energy.
Sapura Drilling was awarded an extension contract by Brunei Shell Petroleum to extend its services for the Sapura Pelaut semi-submersible tender assisted drilling rig.
Shell plans to divest its 22.5% working interest in the Caesar Tonga oilfield located offshore Mexico to Focus Oil.
The Caesar Tonga project involves the development of three separate discoveries located south of the Green Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico, US.
Shell is a Dutch diversified oil and gas company, while Focus Oil is a US-based oil and gas exploration company.
Jadestone Energy has announced that all the conditions required to acquire the Montara oil project, located offshore Australia, from PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) have been met.
The Montara oil project is located in the Timor Sea offshore Australia, approximately 690km west of Darwin, and includes three fields namely Montara, Skua and Swift/Swallow.
Jadestone Energy has entered an agreement to acquire a 100% stake in the Montara field and its associated assets located in the Commonwealth of Australia from PTTEP’s subsidiary, PTTEP Australasia (Ashmore Cartier), in July 2018 for $195m.
Based in Singapore, Jadestone Energy is an oil and gas production and development company, while PTT Exploration and Production is a Thai oil and gas exploration and production company.
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Now that Occidental Petroleum has beaten Chevron to the acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum – and the strategic assets it holds in the prolific Permian Basin – one would think that the deal is cut-and-dry. Not so. The fallout of the massive US$57 billion deal has begun, and it pits one legendary billionaire against another legendary billionaire.
The Occidental purchase of Anadarko had all the signs of a classic takeover battle, swooping in after Chevron and Anadarko’s boards had approved their own US$48 billion deal. It was made only possible by Oxy CEO Vicki Hollub making a quick private plane trip that resulted in a last-minute US$10 billion capital injection from Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway that was contingent on the Anadarko purchase working. It did. And with the US Federal Trade Commission approving the deal, Anadarko will become part of Occidental by the end of 2019.
But not everyone is happy about the situation. Some investors and shareholders of Occidental believe that it badly overpaid for Anadarko, and were rankled by the deal bypassing a shareholder vote on the matter. The chief critic of this is activist Carl Icahn, who owns a US$1.6 billion stake in Occidental, who slammed it as ‘misguided’ with the CEO and Board ‘betting the company to serve their own agendas’. Icahn has already filed a lawsuit demanding access to Occidental’s books and records, and has just take the fight to a new level.
Last week, Icahn filed regulatory paperwork to call for a special shareholder meeting where he hopes to oust four of Occidental directors and modify the company’s charter through stockholder consent from ever engineering a similar takeover. Icahn wants Spencer Abraham, Eugene Batchelder, Margaret Foran and Avedick Poladian out from the Board, holding them responsible for the ‘fiasco’. He has, of course, nominated his own preferred replacements, including one of his portfolio manager’s Nicholas Graziano, his general counsel Andrew Langham, former Jarden finance chief Alan LeFevre and former president of Shell John Hofmeister. While Icahn has publicly acknowledge that the Anadarko takeover will probably go ahead, his aim is for the new Board to oversee ‘future extraordinary transactions to ensure that they are not consummated without shareholder approval where approval.’
Will it work? Before the proxy fight can go ahead, Icahn must get at least 20% of shareholders to agree to a meeting. That’s a tall order, given that the current crop of directors and Boards were re-elected at the May annual meeting, although with lower support. But there is certainly some appetite, given that Occidental’s stock has dropped nearly 17% since the initial April hostile takeover, reflecting market mood that it had bitten off more than it could chew.
All of this is playing out against a backdrop of pessimism in the Permian. Although the shale revolution had brought American crude production to record highs and sent its crude exports to a new record of 3.3 mmb/d in June, there are now cracks showing. With limited infrastructure, low prices and over-exploitation, the Permian boom is slowing down. Once an investor’s darling, financing has now become far tougher for Permian players, as the high production fall off rate means that companies have to spend more and more money to just maintain production. It’s a situation that is particularly negative for the small, nimble players that powered the initial shale revolution who lack the deep pockets to optimise shale assets over a longer production period. All across the Permian, independent players have lost between 50-100% of their market value, making them ripe for acquisition by majors and supermajors. Deals like the Anadarko one make sense in this context, but with the financial risk increasing, these blockbuster deals may never lead to blockbuster returns. Carl Icahn may not be able win his battle for the Occidental board, but he is certainly making a serious – and very valid - point.
The Occidental-Anadarko deal:
According to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria has the world’s 9th largest natural gas reserves (192 TCF of gas reserves). As at 2018, Nigeria exported over 1tcf of gas as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to several countries. However domestically, we produce less than 4,000MW of power for over 180million people.
Think about this – imagine every Nigerian holding a 20W light bulb, that’s how much power we generate in Nigeria. In comparison, South Africa generates 42,000MW of power for a population of 57 million. We have the capacity to produce over 2 million Metric Tonnes of fertilizer (primarily urea) per year but we still import fertilizer. The Federal Government’s initiative to rejuvenate the agriculture sector is definitely the right thing to do for our economy, but fertilizer must be readily available to support the industry. Why do we import fertilizer when we have so much gas?
I could go on and on with these statistics, but you can see where I’m going with this so I won’t belabor the point. I will leave you with this mental image: imagine a man that lives with his family on the banks of a river that has fresh, clean water. Rather than collect and use this water directly from the river, he treks over 20km each day to buy bottled water from a company that collects the same water, bottles it and sells to him at a profit. This is the tragedy on Nigeria and it should make us all very sad.
Several indigenous companies like Nestoil were born and grown by the opportunities created by the local and international oil majors – NNPC and its subsidiaries – NGC, NAPIMS, Shell, Mobil, Agip, NDPHC. Nestoil’s main focus is the Engineering Procurement Construction and Commissioning of oil and gas pipelines and flowstations, essentially, infrastructure that supports upstream companies to produce and transport oil and natural gas, as well as and downstream companies to store and move their product. In our 28 years of doing business, we have built over 300km of pipelines of various sizes through the harshest terrain, ranging from dry land to seasonal swamp, to pure swamps, as well as some of the toughest and most volatile and hostile communities in Nigeria. I would be remiss if I do not use this opportunity to say a big thank you to those companies that gave us the opportunity to serve you. The over 2,000 direct staff and over 50,000 indirect staff we employ thank you. We are very grateful for the past opportunities given to us, and look forward to future opportunities that we can get.
Headline crude prices for the week beginning 15 July 2019 – Brent: US$66/b; WTI: US$59/b
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