Week 58: Natural Gas Report

By Teslim Waheed

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Week 58: Natural Gas Report

The Weekly Natural Gas Review is your resource for understanding where the natural gas market is and how it has developed.

Global Industry Updates

Nigerians obtain UK/s court OK to sue Shell for spills of oil

Reuter reported on Friday, that the United Kingdom Supreme Court permitted a group of 42,500 Nigerian farmers and fishermen to sue Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) in English courts after years of polluted land and groundwater in the Niger Delta oil spills. The senior Judge said in the latest test of whether multinationals should be held to account for the actions of overseas subsidiaries, there was an argumentable case that UK-based Shell, one of the world's largest energy firms, is accountable. The decision also marks a turning point in the transparency of international firms. Increasingly impoverished populations are attempting to keep powerful corporate players to account, and their ability to do so would be greatly enhanced by this decision.

As part of cost-cut program, Marathon oil laysoff 5% of employees

Reuters reported on Thursday, days after the oil and gas producer cut wages for top executives and board members, Marathon Oil Corp laid off about 100 U.S. employees, or around 5 percent of its total workforce, a company spokeswoman told Reuters. While oil prices have risen back above the $60 per barrel pre-pandemic level in recent months, producers are concentrating on improving balance sheets rather than raising production, as demand estimates rely on the rollout of vaccines. "The spokeswoman for Marathon Oil said that the actions of the company were part of its "commitment to constantly optimize cost structure.

Shearwater has obtained two multisensor 3D surveys from West Australia

The three-month campaign consists of more than 3,200 sqkm and is scheduled to begin in Q2 2021, using its multisensor streamer system with a zero-offset configuration to use Geo Coral. This announcement coincides with the decision by Shearwater to open a manufacturing and imaging center in Perth that will serve customers in Australia and Asia-Pacific. In the coming period we will be able to incorporate and expand this center with the leading processing technologies from the Shearwater industry.

Price and Volumes(supply and demand)

Oil closes, as production cuts, at $60/bbl

Reuter reported on Friday, that the United Kingdom Supreme Court permitted a group of 42,500 Nigerian farmers and fishermen to sue Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) in English courts after years of polluted land and groundwater in the Niger Delta oil spills. The senior Judge said in the latest test of whether multinationals should be held to account for the actions of overseas subsidiaries, there was an argumentable case that UK-based Shell, one of the world's largest energy firms, is accountable. The decision also marks a turning point in the transparency of international firms. Increasingly impoverished populations are attempting to keep powerful corporate players to account, and their ability to do so would be greatly enhanced by this decision.

Project Deals

Completion of mountain valley gas pipeline by the end of 2021

  • Project Sponsor: Mountain Valley
  • Project Type: Gas pipeline
  • Location: US
  • Financing type: Project expansion
  • Duration: Lomg term
  • Project cost: $6 billion
Reuters reported on Friday, the chief executive of Virginia natural gas corporation RGC Resources Inc said that the joint venture constructing the $5.8 billion-$6.0 billion Mountain Valley gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia expects the project to be completed by the end of 2021. That correlates to what other companies involved in the project have said after they agreed to give up a national permit in January that covers all stream crossings and obtain individual permits to cross the remaining approximately 430 streams instead. Mountain Valley Pipeline contends that pursuing the process of individual permits... RGC CEO Paul Nester told analysts on a call, "It is the most effective regulatory path to completing the remaining components of the project."

Brookfield offers $5.6billion for Canada’s inter pipeline, unsolicited

  • Project Sponsor: Mountain Valley
  • Project Type: Gas pipeline
  • Location: US
  • Financing type: Project expansion
  • Duration: Long term
  • Project cost: $6 billion
Reuters reported on Friday, the chief executive of Virginia natural gas corporation RGC Resources Inc said that the joint venture constructing the $5.8 billion-$6.0 billion Mountain Valley gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia expects the project to be completed by the end of 2021. That correlates to what other companies involved in the project have said after they agreed to give up a national permit in January that covers all stream crossings and obtain individual permits to cross the remaining approximately 430 streams instead. Mountain Valley Pipeline contends that pursuing the process of individual permits... RGC CEO Paul Nester told analysts on a call, "It is the most effective regulatory path to completing the remaining components of the project."

Policy Changes

Nigerian government plans to reduce the production cost of oil to $10.

TheNation News reported that the Federal Government has launched the Nigerian Upstream Cost Optimization Program (NUCOP) to reduce crude oil costs to 10 dollars per barrel. The Minister for Petroleum made this known in Abuja Sylva told the meeting that this year's Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) passed the executive branch of government on the same page as the legislature. If the renovation is complete, the money will be repaid over seven years by deliveries of Nigerian crude and refining products.

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