If a gas producer adheres to emissions reductions and ESG regulations, they can obtain a Responsibly Sourced Gas (RGS) certificate. This means a company has produced a premium product, one that is actively seeking to reduce GHG emissions through integrating more efficient processes, reducing or stopping gas flaring and powering production with renewables – with the intention to reach net-zero emissions.
The global oil and gas markets have been awash with deals as oil and gas players alike scramble to rebalance their portfolios in light of supranational climate goals. While the market has not been as active in the second half of 2021, as commodity prices began to stabilise toward pre-Covid levels, there were still a number of significant mergers and acquisitions that will add much needed liquidity to the markets.
The North American oil and gas market maintained their position as ‘most active region’, in terms of both the quantity of deals and the total transaction values – leading to a total of 21 deals to the value of $12.72bn being confirmed in Q1/2021.
Since the close of Q1, a further 21 deals to the value of $21.1bn have been processed in the North American market, indicating that the shale patch is beginning to undergo another round of consolidation. The Energy Council has taken a look at some highlights of US M&A activity so far this year…
Latin America has historically been the recipient of vast attention by successive US administrations, seeing the South American nations as proxies to fight international disagreements. Yet in recent years, their regional neighbours have fallen down the pecking order of foreign policy concerns, even more so under former President Trump’s isolationist ‘America First’ policies. In lieu of direct US-influence, corporate actors have been lobbying South American governments to expand and liberalise their energy sectors with the intention of developing competitive markets in the natural gas and renewable energy generation sectors.
On the northern edge of South America, nestled between South America’s oil and gas giants are the nations of Suriname and Guyana. Their resources have historically been somewhat limited and their GDPs’ commiserate with limited economic activity, however the recent oil and gas discoveries offshore their waters has injected hope into these neighbouring economies.
Chris Midgley is Chief Economist for Shell Trading and Head of Oil Markets Analysis. Chris advises the business on short term dynamics affecting Global Oil Markets as well as leading a team which model the future crude, oil products and chemicals trends.
The world has a growing population, increasing from 7 billion to 9 billion people by mid-century, with a higher expectation and affordability for their quality of life. Of these 9 billion people, more than half will live in Asia.
This will drive higher energy consumption for decades to come, even with improvements in efficiency.
I would expect JV counterparty distress to become a major challenge in a sustained low-price environment, as some players in the industry face a very real insolvency risk.
I suppose a good place to start would be about a year before the oil price fell, in 2013. We noticed at that time that the industry cost structure had become severely inflated. Our ultra deepwater wildcats could cost $250 million gross and the industry was maxed-out in terms of activity and this was stretching global capacity and global capability.
As a consequence, the industry performance as a whole at the top of the last cycle wasn’t that good because of the over-reach and the very high cost structure.
At the Oil and Gas Council, our role is to ensure we reflect our membership. It hasn’t escaped our notice that many of our members are undergoing efforts to realign their core business to a broader energy focus. Additionally, our network of financiers and investors are increasingly open to new opportunities that don’t sit in the traditional realms of upstream.
Our network has been built around connectivity, trust, integrity and most important impartiality. This final pillar presents an important distinction to many of the initiatives currently being pursued in the clean energy space.
Asia is one of the most dynamic regions in the global energy sector. Several factors including robust economic progress and demographic advancement have led to incredible growth over the last few years, with expectations of continued high demand in the short-, medium- and long-term. China has been the main market of energy growth. Across Asia the electrification of the region’s rural population will be the main driver for energy demand.
I was born in an oil camp in North Dakota and my father was a Petroleum Engineer, so I was literally raised learning about the industry. I attended my first OTC when I was 13 years old.
In the current state of affairs, we simply can not do enough to promote the positive factors associated with our industry. I believe that we must continue to encourage discussions, at every level, that put Canada’s long term economic interests ahead of regional political interests.
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