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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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October 31, 2014
06:31 EDTBPRussia, Ukraine reach deal on natural gas, NY Times reports
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October 30, 2014
08:20 EDTBPMarathon Petroleum and partners order study of future operations for Capline
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October 28, 2014
06:06 EDTBPBP oil spill left 'bathtub ring' on Gulf of Mexico floor, AP reports
New research shows that the BP oil spill in April 2010 left an oily "bathtub ring" on the sea floor that is nearly the size of Rhode Island, the Associated Press reports, citing a study by UC Santa Barbara’s David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships. The study estimates that around 10M gallons of oil congealed on the Gulf of Mexico's floor around the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig. Reference Link
05:46 EDTBPBP raises quarterly dividend 5.3% to 10c
BP announced a quarterly dividend of 10c per ordinary share, a 5.3% year-on-year increase. It is expected to be paid in December. BP said it has continued its program of share buybacks and that $10B has now been used to buy back shares for cancellation since March 2013. Divestments with a cumulative value of $4B have now been agreed towards a total of $10B expected by the end of 2015.
05:44 EDTBPBP reports Q3 EPS 99c, consensus 91c
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05:36 EDTBPCGG SA, BP announce R&D agreement
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October 26, 2014
17:07 EDTBPVenezuela decides against Citgo sale, WSJ says
Venezuela has decided against selling its U.S. refining unit Citgo, says the Wall street Journal. Earlier this year Venezuelan officials indicated that they were looking to sell Citgo for as much as $10B, added the Wall Street Journal. 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
October 24, 2014
07:23 EDTBPHalliburton feels BP spill trial proposal should be declined, Bloomberg says
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06:22 EDTBPStatoil secures new Australian exploration permit
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October 23, 2014
11:41 EDTBPBP downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale
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09:01 EDTBPChevron announces oil discovery in deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico
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05:53 EDTBPBP, GDF Suez discover new Central North Sea field
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