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BHP cuts US shale rigs as oil to iron ore prices slip

21/01/2015

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP), the biggest overseas investor in US shale, will cut the number of its rigs there by about 40% as plunging petroleum prices add to concerns about lower iron ore earnings. Drilling and development spending on US onshore oil and gas fell to $1.9 billion in the six months to December 31 from $2.1 billion a year ago, the Melbourne-based company said today in a statement. BHP will cut the number of active rigs to 16 from 26 by July, it said. Brent crude, a benchmark for more than half of the world’s oil, declined 48 percent last year as increasing output in the US contributed to a global glut.

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