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European oil’s $8billion plan to pay investors and retain cash

04/11/2015

In a record downturn for the oil industry, cash is everything to companies and dividends are everything to their investors. One tool is helping Europe’s three biggest producers preserve both, but there’s a long-term price to pay. Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Total SA and BP Plc will retain $8 billion a year in cash by giving investors the option of receiving payouts in shares instead, according to Jean-Pierre Dmirdjian, an analyst at Liberum Capital Ltd. That’s equivalent to about 8.5 percent of total cash and equivalents currently on their books, making the so-called scrip dividend a vital tool as companies curb spending to ride out the slump in oil prices.

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RMT warning for Oil and Gas Authority

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) will struggle to revitalise exploration if the industry continues to haemorrhage jobs and skills, the RMT union warned yesterday. RMT also said the new regulator – launched earlier this year – could be hampered in its attempts to stimulate investment in the sector by firms undermining collective bargaining deals. And it urged the OGA to “get an early grip” on growing maintenance backlogs which threatened safety and the long-term future of North Sea production.

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Wood Group Mustang win Houston crude oil contract

03/11/2015

Fairway Energy Partners has awarded Wood Group a contract to provide engineering, design and procurement services for the Pierce Junction crude oil facility in Houston. The win has been awarded to Wood Group Mustang who will provide services to Fairway as they build out the surface facilities that support the crude oil storage facility.

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Low oil price could prove “transformative” for oil majors

03/11/2015

Wood Mackenzie said the global decline in oil price has had a “transformative” impact on the oil majors. Analysis by Wood Mackenzie identified four key themes which will continue into the next year in terms of companies’ budgets and strategies. Tom Ellacott, head of corporate upstream analysis, said key trends for oil majors already identified included weak financial performance in the third quarter of the year, a boost in production levels, deep cost cutting and tighter allocation on limited capital.

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LGO looks to bridge funding gap with new strategic investments

03/11/2015

LGO Energy said it has been hit by delays as it looks to reach a settlement on the remaining capital costs of a recent unsuccessful drilling program. The company previously revealed last month the loss of well GY-678 and the downhole equipment it contained as well as the anticipated production from the well. LGO is waiting for BNP Paribas to approve the release of specific funds which were previously drawn-down.

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