Woodside expects reduced output

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 20 : 12-Jun-19

Oil and gas producer Woodside Petroleum has advised that its production for 2019 will be at the lower end of its previous guidance of 88-94 million barrels of oil equivalent. Woodside has attributed the revised guidance to a delay in resuming production at the Pluto LNG plant due to maintenance issues. RBC Capital Markets estimates that a two per cent reduction in annual output would reduce Woodside’s earnings by around three per cent.

CORPORATES
WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Challenge to Australia’s gas dominance

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: Online : 4-Jun-19

Australia displaced Qatar as the world’s biggest LNG exporter in late 2018, but gas buyers say this status may be short-lived as more producers enter a competitive market. James Vigil of Japan-based JERA says LNG producers need to be competitive with regard to factors other than price, such as the terms and conditions of their supply deals and the length of their contracts. Meanwhile, Qatar plans to ramp up its LNG production, while the US has a rapidly growing LNG export trade.

CORPORATES
JERA, THE TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY INCORPORATED, CHUBU ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY INCORPORATED, WOOD MACKENZIE, CHEVRON CORPORATION, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION, MITSUBISHI CORPORATION

Forrest’s AIE leads LNG import race

Original article by Matthew Stevens
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 30 : 30-Apr-19

Australian Industrial Energy has secured regulatory approval to use Port Kembla in New South Wales as the location for its proposed LNG import terminal. At this stage, AIE, which is 50 per cent owned by Andrew Forrest’s Squadron Energy, does not have a CEO. Choosing a CEO is likely to be one of its two main goals before making a final decision on whether to proceed with its LNG terminal, along with securing some firm customers.

CORPORATES
AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIAL ENERGY PTY LTD, SQUADRON ENERGY, MARUBENI CORPORATION, JERA, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL

Woodside CFO upbeat on prospects for Kitimat LNG

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 23-Apr-19

Woodside Petroleum and Chevron plan to increase the proposed capacity of their Kitimat LNG project in British Columbia from 10 million tonnes a year to 18 million tonnes, and add a third production train. Woodside CEO Sherry Duhe says it is too soon to know whether Chevron’s acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum will impact on the Kitimat project. She has also downplayed concerns about a fall in LNG spot prices in Asia, citing factors such as increased global supply and a warmer-than-expected winter in the northern hemisphere.

CORPORATES
WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, CHEVRON CORPORATION, ANADARKO PETROLEUM CORPORATION, ENN GROUP, CANADA. NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD, CITIGROUP PTY LTD

Santos warns of PRRT tax hit

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 20 : 18-Apr-19

Santos has posted sales revenue of $1.01bn for the March quarter, which is 28 per cent higher than previously, while free cash flow rose to a record $327m. Santos has also advised that it produced 18.4 million barrels of oil equivalent during the quarter, which is up 33 per cent year-on-year. Meanwhile, Santos has indicated that its earnings could be adversely affected by changes to the petroleum resource rent tax that take effect on 1 July.

CORPORATES
SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC, CONOCOPHILLIPS, QUADRANT ENERGY PTY LTD, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS

Santos makes major gas discovery off WA

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 17-Apr-19

Santos has had promising results from a drilling program at its Corvus-2 well in the WA-45-R permit, which it acquired via the takeover of Quadrant Energy. Wood Mackenzie has suggested that the Corvus-2 discovery may hold 2.5 trillion cubic feet of gas and 25 million barrels of condensates. Meanwhile, Oil Search has reported revenue of $US398.1m for the March quarter, which is 21 per cent lower than the three months to December. Production fell by three per cent, to 7.25 million barrels of oil equivalent.

CORPORATES
SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH, WOOD MACKENZIE

Woodside chief steps up call for carbon pricing

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 22 : 4-Apr-19

Woodside Petroleum CEO Peter Coleman has told the LNG 2019 conference in Shanghai that the industry can take a leading role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Amongst other things, he says LNG can replace fuels that generate higher emissions, including in the road transport and shipping industries. Coleman also argued the case for a global price on carbon, but cautioned that policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions will fail if they are regarded as having a negative impact on jobs and prosperity.

CORPORATES
WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, SHELL COMPANY OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED, CHEVRON CORPORATION, HUDONG-ZHONGHUA SHIPBUILDING (GROUP) COMPANY LIMITED

LNG Asia price slump irks east coast manufacturers

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 28-Mar-19

The Asian spot price of LNG has fallen to a three-year low of around $US4.50 per million British thermal units, which equates to about $6.30 per gigajoule. In contrast, the spot price in Sydney is trading at around $11.25/GJ. Some gas buyers have urged the federal government to intervene by imposing restrictions on Queensland’s LNG exporters, but Resources Minister Matthew Canavan says the best way to put downward pressure on domestic prices is to find new sources of supply.

CORPORATES
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, WESTON ENERGY, INCITEC PIVOT LIMITED – ASX IPL, CLAYPAVE PTY LTD, REMAPAK PTY LTD, WORRELLS SOLVENCY AND FORENSIC ACCOUNTANTS

Miner Forrest makes long march to Norway to protest offshore oil drilling

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 21 & 24 : 22-Mar-19

Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety & Environmental Management Authority has received more than 30,000 submissions regarding a proposed oil drilling program in the Great Australian Bight. Fortescue Metals Group founder Andrew Forrest is amongst those who oppose the drilling plans of Norway-based Equinor, due to the potential environmental impact on the Bight. Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation recently launched the Flourishing Oceans initiative.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, MINDEROO FOUNDATION, EQUINOR, AUSTRALIA. NATIONAL OFFSHORE PETROLEUM SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, VALE SA, CHEVRON CORPORATION, BP PLC, FLOURISHING OCEANS, AUSTRALIAN PETROLEUM PRODUCTION AND EXPLORATION ASSOCIATION LIMITED, ACIL ALLEN CONSULTING PTY LTD, WOOD MACKENZIE

Gas supply glut deflates prices for exporters

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 24 : 15-Mar-19

Bernstein analyst Neil Beveridge an increase in global LNG supply in 2019 will put downward pressure on spot prices, which will in turn impact on Australia’s LNG exporters. It is estimated that up to 58 million tonnes of additional LNG production may be approved during 2019, while a final investment decision regarding another 64 million tonnes of supply is slated for 2020.

CORPORATES
BERNSTEIN INVESTMENT RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH, TOTAL SA, EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION