8,469 Active Recruiters     Over 2 Million Candidates Globally

Advanced
  1. Keep me logged in
  2. forgot password
cancel

Checkout Jobs Basket (0)

You can checkout a maximum of 150 jobs.

Signup Better for Candidates

  • Create a free virtual CV and let recruiters find you
  • Automatically have your profile matched to suitable Oil & Gas positions
  • Link to your profile using it as a free online CV
  • Store all your employment documents to your profile for easy sending
  • Always receive feedback on positions applied for

Signup Better for Recruiters

  • Suitable candidates automatically matched to your position
  • View candidate profiles for free
  • No more waiting for candidates to respond to job advertisements
  • Only ever pay when you match a candidate to a position
  • No more cold calling and sorting through out dated CVs

Chevron to Take $11 billion Writedown Amid Weak Gas Prices

Published in Oil Industry News on Thursday, 12 December 2019


Graphic for News Item: Chevron to Take $11 billion Writedown Amid Weak Gas Prices

Chevron expects to write down as much as $11 billion in the fourth quarter, more than half of it from its Appalachia natural gas assets after a slump in prices.

The U.S. oil major is considering the sale of its shale-gas holdings, along with its Kitimat liquefied natural gas project in Canada, according to a statement Tuesday. Chevron said it will keep its 2020 capital budget at $20 billion, the third consecutive year it hasn’t boosted spending.

The company’s actions come from a chief executive officer, Mike Wirth, whose mantra has been capital discipline. Wirth earlier this year earned $1 billion for the company by walking away from a bidding war for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. San Ramon, California-based Chevron is the best performer among the five Western oil majors this year, but it has faced mounting costs at its Tengiz project in Kazakhstan.

Hot Tip

Once registered on oilandgaspeople.com as a candidate be sure to build a detailed profile. Other job sites save you time by scraping your CV into one database field but our structured database makes it much easier for recruiters to search and find you. Better for candidates.. Better for recruiters..

“The Appalachia writedown should be baked in, but the others are incrementally negative” for the stock, said Muhammed Ghulam, a Houston-based analyst at Raymond James & Associates. “I would expect most companies to have to write down gas assets this year.”

Chevron follows Schlumberger Ltd. and Repsol SA in ascribing a lower value to their assets at a time when the growing adoption of cleaner energy stokes speculation that demand for fossil fuels may peak in a few years, while supplies keep rising. The oil-services giant posted a $12.7 billion writedown in October, while the Spanish producer took $5.3 billion off its balance sheet last week.

Belt Tightening. Chevron’s shares dropped 0.5% to $117.27 at 6:45 p.m. in after-market trading in New York. They are up about 8% for the year.

The gas glut is particularly pronounced in North America where shale production is flooding local markets. Wirth said his decision to walk away from certain gas assets illustrates the company’s discipline in protecting shareholder funds.

“The best use of our capital is investing in our most advantaged assets,” Wirth said in the statement. “With capital discipline and a conservative outlook comes the responsibility to make the tough choices necessary to deliver higher cash returns to our shareholders over the long term.”

Chevron's Discipline Pays. Wirth has made crude production from the Permian Basin a centerpiece of his global strategy, with a budget of $4 billion for the shale play next year. The giant Tengiz joint venture in the Caspian Sea, whose total cost has surged to about $45 billion, will receive $3.75 billion from Chevron in 2020.

U.S. natural gas futures prices have slumped this year amid a supply glut, and are now averaging about $2.54 per million British thermal units. If it finishes the year at that level, it’ll be the lowest average price since 1999.

The move to write down Appalachian gas is likely to put pressure on other producers in the region to do the same. Newly built gas export terminals along the U.S. Gulf Coast have so far failed to absorb the excess supply.

Chevron held more than 750,000 net acres in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, which stretch from West Virginia to Pennsylvania and Ohio, according to a 2017 fact sheet on its website. The writedown also encompasses the Big Foot oil platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, which began producing last year.

Source: www.worldoil.com

Please leave comments and feedback below





Tags

north Sea Oil and Gas News, Norwegian Oil and Gas News, Helicopters Oil and Gas, Oil and Gas News








Oil and Gas News Archive


Latest Oil & Gas News







Featured Companies

  • View All JobsOMPA

    Offshore Marine People & Academy (OMPA) is a global provider of personnel and training to the renewables, oil & gas, telecommunications and marine industries.

    With over 15 years' industry experience, we work with candidates to match them to the right roles and equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed. Our job is to exceed your expectations.

    Visit us online: offshorempa.com

  • View All JobsChronos Oil and Gas

    Chronos Oil and Gas is one of the fastest growing and best placed recruitment agencies in the sector.

    With over 300,000 candidates on our database and an international team of specialist recruiters we work with clients to staff major projects around the world.

    Register your CV at www.chronosoilandgas.com

  • View All JobsNatural Resources

    Natural Resources is a UK based recruitment company providing personnel of all disciplines and nationalities worldwide.

    We represent clients and candidates at all levels who operate globally within oil & gas, renewables, nuclear, power, mining, marine, drilling, construction and petrochemicals. Our client base includes energy and construction.

    Visit Natural Resources at natural-resources.com