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Monday, 25 April 2016

Schlumberger Profits Plunge 49% Cuts 2000 Jobs

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  Schlumberger Cut Another 2,000 Jobs in First Quarter as Profit Fell 49%  


Schlumberger Ltd. said earnings and revenue fell as energy companies continued to spend less on… Schlumberger Ltd. on Thursday said it laid off another 2,000 employees during the first quarter as it reported that earnings for the period dropped 49% on significantly lower sales. Since November 2014, when the oil bust started to take hold of the energy industry, Schlumberger has cut 36,000 jobs, or 28% of its workforce. 
The first three months of the year were some of the worst yet in this downturn, as oil company customers continued to slash their spending and drilling and other well work ground to a halt, the company said. Schlumberger, the largest oil-field services outfit in the world, booked a profit of just $501 million amid tumbling revenue as energy producers dialed back their orders for the company’s services drilling and fracking wells. “The decline in global activity and the rate […] 

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Oil Majors Lose Faith In The North Sea – 100 Shut Downs Looming

Oil production from the North Sea posted gains in 2015 for the second year in a row, but the recent uptick in output could be a blip in the region’s long-term decline. Oil companies added 160,000 barrels per day last year from North Sea projects in the UK and Norway, according to the IEA . However, those gains came from projects that were planned years ago when oil prices traded above $100 per barrel. With Brent crude declining by more than 60 percent from mid-2014, North Sea oil producers have slashed spending, scrapped projects and are looking to sell off assets. The IEA summed it up in its latest monthly Oil Market Report: “North Sea projects fall victim to oil price slump.” For example, Det Norske, a Norwegian oil producer, is “shopping cheap assets” and is contemplating scrapping its Vette project, which it purchased from Premier Oil just last […]

Paris climate deal falls short, U.N. expert says

A U.N. expert says commitments so far under the Paris Climate Agreement are short of what’s needed to keep climate change in check. Photo by Debbie Hill/ UPI GENEVA, Switzerland, April 21 (UPI) — While the Paris Climate Agreement is a historic step in the right direction, commitments fall short of curbing global climate change, a U.N. expert said. Parties to an agreement adopted in December are set to sign off Friday on one of the more significant pieces of climate legislation in history. The agreement called for all parties to make strides to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a level necessary to curb global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. Under the terms of the agreement, wealthier nations like China and the United States are expected to help finance the shift to a low-carbon economy from poor developing nations. “This target […]

Saudi Aramco IPO Could Be 5% of Value

Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the largest energy firm in the world, is considering listing up to 5% of its value on a stock exchange in New York within the next year, a top Saudi oil official said Thursday. By listing even a tiny fraction of the company, known as Saudi Aramco, the offering would create one of the world’s most valuable energy firms. Estimates of Saudi Aramco’s value have varied, but using a conservative number of $2.5 trillion , a 5% listing would give it a potential value of $125 billion—bigger than BP BP -0.38 % PLC and French oil titan Total SA TOT -0.49 % . The Saudis are considering listing Aramco at a time when the kingdom is trying to raise cash during a period of sharply lower oil prices and transition […]

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