Oil and gas companies aim to cut spending as the impact of the new coronavirus on demand and a push by Saudi Arabia and Russia to ramp up output have hammered oil markets.

International benchmark prices LCOc1 have more than halved since the start of the year, falling to well below $30 a barrel.

North American oil and gas producers have cut capital spending by about 30% on average, data compiled by Reuters showed.

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

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

CHEVRON

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. [nL8N2B33TM]

DNO

Norway’s DNO, which operates in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, said it would cut its 2020 budget by 30% or $300 million and lower its dividend for the first half of the year.

ENERGEAN

Mediterranean gas group Energean said it would cut its investments by $155 million in Greece and Israel and could reduce its budget for Egypt by another $140 million if needed without endangering delivery of its long-term offtake deals.

ENI

Eni followed rivals by cancelling a share buyback and sharply cutting investments. It said it would withdraw plans it had to buy back 400 million euros ($433.84 million) of shares this year, adding it would reconsider a buyback when Brent was at least $60 per barrel.

ENQUEST

North Sea producer EnQuest aims to break even this year at $38 a barrel and does not expect to restart its Heather and Thistle/Deveron fields, which produced 6,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) last year.

It is cutting operating costs by 30% to $375 million and investment will be lowered by $80 million to $150 million, which is expected to reduce output next year.

EQUINOR

Equinor is reviewing its capital and exploration spending plans.

It said the second tranche of its share buyback program is pending approval by the annual shareholders’ meeting. It was worth $675 million when it included the Norwegian state’s share and was due to run from May 18 to Oct. 28.

EXXONMOBIL

ExxonMobil Corp said it would make significant cuts to spending. It had previously budgeted $30 billion to $33 billion for projects in 2020.

GENEL

Genel Energy Plc, which operates in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, said it could generate excess cash at a sustained oil price of $40 a barrel, would be resilient with an oil price of $30 a barrel and will continue to pay a dividend of $0.10 a share.

It said it could reduce investments to $60 million this year, but expected the number to be $100 million, below previous guidance of $160-$200 million. Its production costs are $3 a barrel.

It has yet to receive payments from local authorities for production in October and November. 


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