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April 23, 2014
06:23 EDTBPBP agrees to sale of interests in four Alaska North Slope assets
BP announced that it has agreed to sell interests in four BP-operated oilfields on the North Slope of Alaska to Hilcorp. The sale agreement includes all of BP’s interests in the Endicott and Northstar oilfields and a 50 percent interest in each of the Liberty and the Milne Point fields. The sale also includes BP’s interests in the oil and gas pipelines associated with these fields. The agreement does not affect BP’s position as operator and co-owner of the Prudhoe Bay oilfield nor its other interests in Alaska. BP also expects to submit a development plan for Liberty by the end of 2014. As a result of the sale and subject to approval, Hilcorp is expected to become the operator of the Endicott, Northstar and Milne Point oilfields and their associated pipelines and infrastructure. BP remains committed to its plans for increased investment at Prudhoe Bay, which have resulted from recent oil tax reform by the State of Alaska. The plans include adding two drilling rigs, one in 2015 and a second in 2016, for a total incremental $1B investment over five years. These activities are expected to account for 200 Alaska jobs and 30-40 additional wells being drilled each year, bringing a boost to both the company’s operations and the state’s economy. Together the assets included in the sale represent approximately 19,700 barrels of oil equivalent a day of net production for BP, less than 15% of BP’s total net production on the North Slope.The sale, which will be subject to state and federal regulatory approval, is anticipated to be complete by the end of the year. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed.
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December 21, 2014
19:45 EDTBPSaudis say oil prices will recover as global economies grow,The Independent says
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16:42 EDTBPSaudis say no cut in oil production is forthcoming, Reuters says
Signalling that it will ride out the recent volatility in oil markets, Saudi Arabia said it will not cut oil production even if non-OPEC nations did so, Reuters reports. "If they want to cut production they are welcome: We are not going to cut, certainly Saudi Arabia is not going to cut," commented Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
14:16 EDTBPU.S seeks up to $18B in water-pollution fines from BP for spill, Bloomberg says
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December 18, 2014
07:47 EDTBPJacobs Engineering selected by BP as strategic supplier
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December 15, 2014
13:00 EDTBPEU conditionally approves BP acquisition of jet fuel unit, Reuters says
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December 14, 2014
17:07 EDTBPOPEC's Badri says group will withstand oil price fall, Reuters says
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December 12, 2014
06:51 EDTBPBrent crude oil fell to five year low, Reuters reports
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December 10, 2014
12:42 EDTBPBP volatility increases as shares trade at 30-month low
BP December and January call option implied volatility is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
10:00 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:06 EDTBPBP sees $1B in group-wide restructuring charges over coming year
"Although the current environment is challenging, BP is well-positioned to respond and manage our Upstream business for the long term,” said Upstream CEO Lamar McKay. “We expect to see growth from our conventional and deepwater assets and an increasing contribution from gas. And we also have a quality pipeline of opportunities that we believe are capable of extending underlying growth well beyond 2020. Our focus throughout will remain firmly on safe operations, execution efficiency and greater plant reliability.” BP also said that, as part of its wider ongoing Group-wide programme to simplify across its Upstream and Downstream activities and corporate functions, it expects to incur non-operating restructuring charges of circa $1B in total over the next five quarters, including the current quarter. Details of these charges and further guidance on the program are expected to be given with each quarter’s results. Across the Group, BP has said it will be looking to pare or re-phase capital expenditure without compromising safety or future growth. In October, BP told investors this could result in reductions of $1B-$2B in capital expenditure across the Group in 2015 against guidance of $24B-$26B laid out in March. This will be reviewed further as part of the 2015 plan, recognising the current outlook for oil prices. Between now and 2020, the Upstream team’s focus will be on delivery, through safe and reliable operations, strong execution in the existing base business, and the start-up of a suite of new projects which are expected to be capable of adding over 900,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day of net incremental production to BP’s portfolio by 2020. BP will also be progressing opportunities expected to continue to drive underlying growth into the next decade as it builds out its well-established conventional and deepwater oil positions and a distinctive and material portfolio of gas options.
05:53 EDTBPBP upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded BP (BP) to Buy saying shares could see an inflection point in 2015 with the Macondo penalty phase going to trial in January. Deutsche coupled the upgrade of BP with a downgrade of Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) to Hold.
December 9, 2014
11:40 EDTBPBP to invest $12B in Egypt over next five years, Reuters reports
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08:39 EDTBPBP to close U.S. cellulosic operations, Bloomberg reports
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December 8, 2014
10:53 EDTBPBP to continue advocating for probe of suspicious, implausible spill claims
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10:11 EDTBPBP's plea to review Deepwater Horizon settlement rejected, WSJ reports
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07:53 EDTBPClimate for Exxon E&P acquisition improved by falling prices, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTBPBP to cut hundreds of U.K. jobs this week, Guardian reports
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