The top dogs in the oil business, Chevron, BP and Exxon have been taking a beating lately with crude oil prices in the $40 per barrel range but no need to feel sorry for them, they haven’t switched to driving Yugo’s. Yeah, they’re still making money but it’s a bit tougher for the average investor to cash in with oil stocks, unless you can think a little differently. Dave Bartosiak has a better idea.
I get the question “What are the best oil stocks to buy?” all the time. Recently I’ve been asked that more and more as oil continues to drop. For some reason Americans love oil. Even more, they love oil stocks. We’ve been pounded over the head so much with “peak oil” theories and talk of oil going up forever that the thought of a new paradigm in oil prices is just beyond us.
Don’t think that the bottom for oil is in. There is new supply coming online daily, a weak Chinese currency isn’t going to help, and neither will changes on the demand side of the equation. If you’re looking to pick that bottom, good luck. The problem with trying to pick bottoms is you can only be right once, but you can be wrong a lot of times.
Shell Announces Final Investment Decision on Prelude Floating LNG Project in Australia
The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has taken the final investment decision on the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Project in Australia (100% Shell), building the world’s first FLNG facility. Moored far out to sea, some 200 kilometres from the nearest land in Australia, the FLNG facility will produce gas from offshore fields, and liquefy it onboard by cooling.
The decision means that Shell is now ready to start detailed design and construction of what will be the world’s largest floating offshore facility, in a ship yard in South Korea.
From bow to stern, Shell’s FLNG facility will be 488 metres long, and will be the largest floating offshore facility in the world – longer than four soccer fields laid end to end. When fully equipped and with its storage tanks full, it will weigh around 600,000 tonnes – roughly six times as much as the largest aircraft carrier. Some 260,000 tonnes of that weight will consist of steel, around five times more than was used to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
“Our innovative FLNG technology will allow us to develop offshore gas fields that otherwise would be too costly to develop,” said Malcolm Brinded, Shell’s Executive Director, Upstream International. “Our decision to go ahead with this project is a true breakthrough for the LNG industry, giving it a significant boost to help meet the world’s growing demand for the cleanest-burning fossil fuel.”
Brinded continued “FLNG technology is an exciting innovation, complementary to onshore LNG, which can help accelerate the development of gas resources”.
The facility has been designed to withstand the severest cyclones – those of Category 5. Ocean-going LNG carriers will offload liquefied gas, chilled to minus162 Celsius and shrunk in volume by 600 times, and other products, directly from the facility out at sea for delivery to markets worldwide. Until now, the liquefaction of offshore gas has always involved piping the gas to a land-based plant.
Shell has progressed the Prelude FLNG project at a rapid pace, with first production of LNG expected some ten years after the gas was discovered.
The FLNG facility will tap around 3 trillion cubic feet equivalent of resources contained in the Prelude gas field. Shell discovered the Prelude gas field in 2007.
Some 110,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of expected production from Prelude should underpin at least 5.3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquids, comprising 3.6 mtpa of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of liquefied petroleum gas. The FLNG facility will stay permanently moored at the Prelude gas field for 25 years, and in later development phases should produce from other fields in the area where Shell has an interest.
Ann Pickard, Country Chair of Shell in Australia said “this will be a game changer for the energy industry. We will be deploying this revolutionary technology first in Australian waters, where it will add another dimension to Australia’s already vibrant gas industry.”
Brinded added “beyond this, our ambition is to develop more FLNG projects globally. Our design can accommodate a range of gas fields, and our strategic partnership with Technip and Samsung should enable us to apply it progressively faster for future projects. We see opportunities around the world to work on other FLNG projects with governments, energy companies and customers.”
Shell’s decision to make FLNG a reality culminates more than a decade of research and development. It builds on the company’s extensive know-how in offshore production, gas liquefaction, LNG shipping, and delivering major projects that integrate the gas value chain-from wellhead to burner.
The Prelude FLNG project will be the first Australian upstream project in which Shell is the operator. Australia is one of Shell’s key growth provinces, and Shell’s upstream investment in Australia should reach some $30 billion over the next five years, including the Prelude and Gorgon projects, and on-going exploration and feasibility studies in the country.
Prelude FLNG is part of Shell’s industry-leading portfolio of medium term growth options, where the company has around 30 new upstream projects under study world-wide, to support long term profitable growth.
Notes to Editors
Shell is a global, integrated energy company with operations in more than 90 countries and territories, with businesses including: oil and gas exploration and production; refineries and chemical plants; processing and marketing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas-to-liquid (GTL) products; marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals; and renewable energy sources, such as biofuels.
Gas resources are found all over the world in remote offshore accumulations. In Australian waters alone there is an estimated 140 trillion cubic feet of such “stranded” gas, according to a 2008 report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (http://www.solve.csiro.au/0608/article5.htm). Shell FLNG technology will make it feasible to develop such resources, since it reduces both the cost and environmental footprint of their development. Having the gas-processing and gas-liquefaction facility located at the site of an offshore field removes the need for: gas-compression platforms; long subsea pipelines to shore; near-shore works, such as dredging and jetty construction; and onshore construction, including roads, storage yards and accommodation facilities. Another plus is that FLNG can accelerate LNG developments. This is because an FLNG vessel can be ordered at an earlier stage of appraisal of a new gas field, with less guarantee of production longevity than needed to underpin an onshore greenfield investment; if and when the gas resources in the first field are exhausted, the FLNG can be redeployed to another field.
Shell is the operator and 100% equity holder of the WA-371-P permit in the Browse Basin, where the Prelude field is located. The field is approximately 475 kilometres north-northeast of Broome, Western Australia, and over 200 kilometres from the nearest point on the mainland. Shell plans to have initially seven subsea wells at the Prelude field. From these wells, gas will travel through flexible pipes to the FLNG facility.
Shell has been doing business in Australia for 110 years, including participation in major LNG projects such as the North West Shelf and Gorgon.
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Treaty Energy Corporation (OTCQB: TECO) Adds 30 Virgin Well Sites-Image by gurdonark via Flickr
Company Purchased the SHOTWELL W. F. and SHOTWELL “C” Leases on 138 Acres, with up to 30 Virgin Well Sites
Treaty Energy Corporation (OTCQB: TECO), a growth-oriented energy company in the oil and gas industry, today announced it has acquired two additional leases in Texas, the SHOTWELL W. F. and the SHOTWELL “C” leases.
Treaty indicated that production on these leases is currently 4.18 barrels of oil per day. These leases require no work over and were purchased for their current production value, but more important to Treaty Energy is the additional 30 virgin well drilling sites which will be added to the list of wells that Treaty’s new Failing 1500 CF Drilling Rig will start drilling when permits are granted to do so. Private financing to fund the drilling had been arranged prior to the acquisition of the Failing Drilling Rig.
Stephen L. York, Treaty Energy’s Vice President of Acquisitions and Operations, stated, “These leases are two of the most advanced small leases in the Country. Scientific evaluations have been done as an experiment to see what can be achieved with a maximum effort and scientific approach. Fluid levels have been ‘shot,’ water flooding plains logged, and geology available.”
Mr. York stated further, “The upside to this acquisition is that Treaty now has an additional 138 acres to drill on, which represents 30 or more virgin well sites.”
Treaty Energy’s CEO and Chairman, Andrew V. Reid, stated, “I am very pleased with the progress Steve is making on the development of Treaty Energy’s rapidly growing base of leases and production of oil in Texas.”
Treaty indicated that it will follow with an SEC Form 8-K on a timely basis, which will include all aspects of this purchase.
About Treaty Energy Corporation
Treaty is engaged in the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas. Treaty acquires and develops oil and gas leases which have “proven but undeveloped reserves” at the time of acquisition. These properties are not strategic to large exploration-oriented oil and gas companies. This strategy allows Treaty to develop and produce oil and natural gas with tremendously decreased risk, cost and time involved in traditional exploration. For more information go to: www.treatyenergy.com
Statements herein express management’s beliefs and expectations regarding future performance and are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, raising working capital and securing other financing; responding to competition and rapidly changing technology; and other risks. These risks are detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Forms 10-KSB, 10-QSB and 8-K. Actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements.
Eagle Oil Holding Company, Inc. (Pink Sheets: EGOH) to Re-Start Operations-Image by joshuadelaughter via Flickr
Eagle Oil Holding Company, Inc. (Pink Sheets: EGOH) (the “Company”) today announced the formal re-launching of its oil production business to take advantage of near record prices for crude oil. The Company’s new, multi-pronged strategic plan for restoring field operations and shareholder value, which is being implemented immediately, includes:
Field Operations – The Company’s plans to restart oil pumping operations at its East Texas oil field by partnering with an experienced oil field service company which would provide the necessary capital and resources to restore oil pumping operations with no capital investment by the Company. The Company is currently in late stage negotiations with a potential partner capable of providing the resources needed to renovate the Company’s 173 oil wells and restart pumping operations.
Debt Restructuring – The Company has adopted a debt restructuring plan designed to eliminate most of the Company’s long term debt by converting it into shares of Eagle Oil common stock at a price which is several times higher than the current market price for Eagle Oil common stock. The plan requires that at least 90% of creditors in interest agree to the plan. Several creditors have already agreed and the Company believes that once this plan is fully adopted by creditors, the elimination of essentially all of the Company’s long-term debt, will enhance the Company’s ability to seek additional funding and business opportunities.
Financial Reporting and OTCBB Listing – The Company intends to seek re-listing on the OTCQB by restoring the Company to full ’34 Act compliance within the next few months.
President Brian Wilmot said, “With crude oil prices are approaching record high levels, we believe this to be the right time to re-launch Eagle Oil’s business. We believe that our three-prong business strategy of reducing debt, restarting oil operations and re-listing the Company on the OTCBB will greatly enhance shareholder value.”
About Eagle Oil Holding Company
Eagle Oil (EGOH) (www.eagleoilholdingco.com) is an independent, growth-oriented energy company engaged in the exploration and production of oil through the development of a repeatable, low geological risk, high potential project in the active East Texas oil and gas region. The Company owns a 78% working interest in 173 wells on its 927 acres located in the Historic Woodbine Oil Field. The Company’s goal is to recondition and restore production at all of its wells. Engineering reports show that Eagle Oil’s East Texas field contains over 12,000,000 barrels of recoverable oil.
Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical or current fact constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unknown factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from the historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition to statements which explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements labeled with the terms “believes,” “should,” “intends,” “will,” or “plans” to be uncertain and forward-looking. The forward-looking statements contained herein are also subject generally to other risks and uncertainties that are described from time to time in the Company’s reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Eagle Oil Holding Company, Inc., Brian Wilmot, President. (209) 736-4854
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Oil Fades as Panic Subsides
RELATED TICKERS: Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY).
Fear and panic have driven the oil market sharply higher over the last few days. Just last week crude oil was trading at $85 per barrel. Overnight, spot crude hit $103.00 per barrel. This massive spike was all on the back of unrest in the Middle East.
Libya is now in what appears to be a civil war but the biggest fear on Wall Street is whether or not it would spread to Saudi Arabia. There have been rumors, panic and much more but as of now, it seems it is subsiding. After hitting $103.00 overnight, oil has faded to the flat line on the day.
Oil stocks had jumped on the price spike in crude but are now falling sharply on its retreat. Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) is trading at $86.04, -1.03 (-1.18%) while ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is trading at $77.76, -0.81 (-1.03%). However, Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) is bucking the trend, trading at $103.15, +0.88 (+0.86%).
The markets are moving on the flat line today, very muted considering the risks and swings in oil. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY) is trading at $130.92, -0.10 (-0.08%).
The markets will remain focused on oil and the Middle East. In addition, key economic data was released today. At 8:30am ET Jobless Claims were reported to have dropped 22,000 to 391,000. This was a slightly bullish number for the markets. However, Durable Goods minus Transportation fell 3.6%. Then at 10:00am ET New Home Sales were reported down 12.6%.
The markets will begin to look at economic news again, especially with the Non Farm Payrolls number coming next Friday.
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Crude Oil Contracts Hit New Record-Image via Wikipedia
CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced record volume for its global benchmark Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) futures and options contracts. On Friday, January 28, WTI futures reached a record of 1,472,088 contracts, surpassing the previous record of 1,423,536 contracts set on April 13, 2010. WTI daily options volume also reached a record of 290,365 contracts, surpassing the prior record of 282,860 contracts set on September 16, 2008.
“WTI continues to be the most liquid and most transparent crude oil benchmark in the global marketplace today,” said Joe Raia, Managing Director, Energy & Metals Products, CME Group. “These records are indicative of WTI’s ability to properly respond to changing world events and supply and demand factors, while providing critical transparency to the world’s energy market.”
So far in January, average daily volume (ADV) for WTI futures is up 56 percent year-over-year to 891,646 contracts, while WTI options ADV increased 16 percent to 158,359. Combined WTI futures and options ADV grew 48 percent year-over-year to more than 1,050,005 contracts during the same timeframe.
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