March 18, 2020 / 10:01 AM / 22 days ago

FACTBOX-Global oil, gas producers slash spending after crude price rout

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March 18 (Reuters) - Oil and gas companies around the world aim to slash spending as crude prices have plunged due to the impact of the coronavirus and a push by Saudi Arabia and Russia ramp up output.

Oil prices have more than halved in value since the start of the year, tumbling below $30 a barrel.

North American oil and gas producers have cut capital spending by about 30% on average, according to data compiled by Reuters. For a factbox, click on

Below are plans announced by international energy companies (in alphabetical order):


BP said it planned to reduce capital and operational spending, which was about $15 billion last year.


Chevron Corp said it aimed to trim spending and lower oil output in the near term. The oil major’s 2020 organic capital expenditure guidance had been $20 billion.


Equinor is reviewing its capital and exploration spending plans. It said the second tranche of its share buyback programme, worth $675 million when including the Norwegian state’s share and which was due to run from May 18 to Oct. 28, is pending approval by the annual shareholders’ meeting.


Exxon Mobil said it would make “significant” cuts to spending. It previously budgeted $30 billion to $33 billion for projects in 2020.


Kurdistan-focused producer Gulf Keystone suspended some of its drilling activities in the northern Iraqi region.


Kosmos Energy suspended its dividend and said it aimed to reduce 2020 capital spending by 30% with a view to becoming cash-flow neutral with an oil price of $35.


Papua New Guinea-focussed Oil Search Ltd cut its 2020 investment by 38% and cut capital spending by 44%.


Premier Oil said it had identified at least $100 million in potential savings on its 2020 capital spending plans. Premier expects to be broadly cash-flow neutral in 2020, assuming a $100 million reduction in planned 2020 capital spending and a $35 oil price for the rest of the year.


Santos Ltd, Australia’s No. 2 independent gas producer, said it was reviewing all its capital spending plans and would stop all new hiring.


Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil company Saudi Aramco said it planned to cut capital spending for 2020 to between $25 billion and $30 billion, compared with $32.8 billion in 2019.


Tullow said it would cut its investment budget by about a third to $350 million this year and reduce exploration spending, historically the group’s focus, by almost half to $75 million. It said the oil price fall might jeopardise a plan to sell $1 billion in assets to refill its coffers, raising the risk the group’s lenders could become reluctant to approve loans essential to shoring up its future.


Wintershall said it would cut 2020 investment by one fifth to 1.2 billion-1.5 billion euros ($1.32 billion-$1.65 billion) and suspend its dividend until further notice. (Reporting by Ron Bousso, Sonali Paul, Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Jason Neely and Edmund Blair)

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