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.

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

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.

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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.

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

BHP may lift US oil investment

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 15 : 10-Jan-19

BHP is tipped to make a final investment decision on an expansion of the Atlantis oil field in the Gulf of Mexico within months. BHP has a 44 per cent stake in the oil field, and speculation that it will proceed with the expansion has been heightened after joint venture partner BP approved the third stage of the project. BP is now the biggest producer of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, with output of 300,000 barrels per day.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, BP PLC, PEMEX PETROLEOS MEXICANOS

Beach Energy shares soar on growth plans

Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 22 : 28-Sep-18

Beach Energy currently produces 26-28 million barrels of oil equivalent each year, but it has outlined plans to increase this to 34-40 million boe by 2022-23. The company will also seek to lift its free cash flow to $2.3bn within five years. The Lattice Energy assets, which Beach bought from Origin Energy for $1.59bn in 2017, will be a major growth driver. Beach took on $US1.58bn worth of debt to finance the acquisition, but CEO Matt Kay expects the company to be almost debt-free by the end of 2019-20.

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BEACH ENERGY LIMITED – ASX BPT, LATTICE ENERGY LIMITED, ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, NEW ZEALAND OIL AND GAS LIMITED, OMV AG, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO

Santos planning to double gas output by 2025 thanks to Quadrant buy

Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 17 & 27 : 27-Sep-18

Oil and gas major Santos has forecast that its annual production could top 100 million barrels of oil equivalent by 2025. The proposed acquisition of Quadrant Energy and its Dorado oil find will be the main driver of growth in output. Santos has also told analysts that production in the Cooper Basin could rise by around 20 per cent by 2025, while MD Kevin Gallagher says the Narrabri coal seam gas project could further boost the company’s output if it receives government approval.

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SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, QUADRANT ENERGY PTY LTD, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, HARBOUR ENERGY LIMITED, BEACH ENERGY LIMITED – ASX BPT, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED

BHP chair happy with portfolio

Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 26 : 21-Sep-18

Analysts who attended BHP Billiton’s recent briefing in London say chairman Ken MacKenzie gave strong indications that the petroleum division is still regarded as a core asset. However, he signalled that further exploration success will be needed for BHP to remain in the sector. BHP’s petroleum division faces a decline in production in coming years as key gas and oil fields become depleted. MacKenzie also told analysts that BHP may be open to retaining its Nickel West assets due to growing demand for batteries.

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BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, NICKEL WEST

Sino Gas investors accept Lone Star bid

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 6-Sep-18

Sino Gas shareholders voted on 5 September to accept US private equity fund Lone Star’s $0.25 per share takeover bid for the company. The bid, which values Sino Gas at $530 million, was first tabled in May. Grant Thornton had deemed Lone Star’s offer "to be fair and reasonable", and it had the unanimous support of Sino Gas’s board. Sino Gas is the only Australian-based gas company with operations in China, having commenced production in the Shanxi province in late 2014.

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SINO GAS AND ENERGY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX SEH, LONE STAR FUNDS, GRANT THORNTON AUSTRALIA, TEMASEK HOLDINGS (PTE) LTD, OPHIR ENERGY PLC

Warning over gas glut: Oil Search

Original article by Andrew White
The Australian – Page: 23 : 22-Aug-18

Oil Search has posted a 2018 interim net profit of $US79.2m ($107.7m), which is 39 per cent lower than previously. Production fell by 31 per cent to 10.24 million barrels of oil equivalent after its Papua New Guinea operations were disrupted by an earthquake in February. Oil Search expects full-year output of 24 million to 26 million boe. Meanwhile, CEO Peter Botten has questioned whether all four of the proposed LNG import terminals in the eastern states would be economically viable.

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OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION

Caltex tips profit rise despite downturn

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 13-Jun-18

Caltex Australia has advised that its 2018 interim net profit is expected to be within the range of $A295m to $A315m, compared with $A294m previously. Caltex has also forecast that its fuels and infrastructure division will post half-year EBIT growth of nine per cent. However, its convenience retail division’s EBIT is expected to be 17 per cent lower than previously. This has been attributed to factors such as lower fuel margins and costs associated with dismantling its franchise model.

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CALTEX AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX CTX, SEAOIL, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, GULL PETROLEUM (NZ) LIMITED