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IEEFA: Uncertainty surrounds U.S. liquefied natural gas export projects in emerging Asia

Significant market risks and shifting U.S. policies could undermine LNG project ambitions in the region

July 8, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ Potential trade and climate policy shifts in the U.S. are raising questions about the viability of several ambitious liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects planned for emerging Asian markets, according to a recent report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). New LNG import project sponsors in the […]

IEEFA U.S.: ExxonMobil touts Permian Basin success but achieves mixed results

IEEFA U.S.: ExxonMobil touts Permian Basin success but achieves mixed results

Data suggests that ExxonMobil is underperforming in the Permian Basin

June 9, 2021 (IEEFA) – ExxonMobil’s claims that its Permian Basin oil and gas reserves are world-class will need the immediate attention of the new board, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In recent investor presentations, ExxonMobil has highlighted the superior performance of its oil wells […]

IEEFA U.S.: FERC neglects energy needs in pipeline decisions

IEEFA urges reevaluation of federal guidelines for new construction

May 25, 2021 (IEEFA) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis is urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reevaluate its pipeline certification guidelines. In their current form, commission guidelines allow it to rely solely on the existence of applicants’ business contracts to certify the necessity of constructing new interstate gas pipelines, […]

IEEFA U.S.: Energy transition to renewables likely to accelerate over next two to three years

IEEFA U.S.: Energy transition to renewables likely to accelerate over next two to three years

Coal, gas set to become biggest losers as renewable generation climbs quickly

March 31, 2021 (IEEFA) — The speed and scope of the energy transition to renewables will pick up pace over the next two to three years, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ U.S. Power Sector Outlook 2021. Solar and battery storage adoption is enjoying almost exponential growth, and wind and solar […]

IEEFA: Frackers produce positive cash flows in 2020 with deep capital expenditure cuts

IEEFA: Frackers produce positive cash flows in 2020 with deep capital expenditure cuts

Beleaguered fracking sector generates $1.8 billion cash flow, but only after $20 billion cuts in capex

March 24, 2021 (IEEFA)—A cross-section of 30 shale oil and gas producers marked the first full year of positive free cash flows since the fracking boom began—but only after deep cuts to capital expenditures that raise troubling questions about the industry’s future. The report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) found […]

IEEFA U.S.: Proposed Formosa, Louisiana petrochemical complex financially unviable

IEEFA U.S.: Proposed Formosa, Louisiana petrochemical complex financially unviable

IEEFA finds significant financial, market, regulatory and political risks for multibillion-dollar ‘Sunshine Project’ in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’

March 23, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼  A report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) details the financial, legal, social and public opposition risks of Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Group’s proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana. IEEFA finds that the project will begin operations at a time of market oversupply, […]

IEEFA: Oil supermajors made $20.5 billion in 2020 but spent $49.9 billion to please investors

IEEFA: Oil supermajors made $20.5 billion in 2020 but spent $49.9 billion to please investors

Five largest private-sector oil supermajors have dropped more than a half-trillion on shareholders over last decade

March 4, 2021 (IEEFA) —The world’s five largest private-sector oil and gas companies collectively spent $29.4 billion more on shareholder payouts than they generated from operations, according to a new report by the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The five supermajors—ExxonMobil, Chevron BP, Total and Shell—generated $20.5 billion in free cash flow, […]

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

Commission’s 21-year-old pipeline policy puts contracts ahead of utility customers

December 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — The federal agency responsible for approving interstate gas pipeline projects is basing its decisions on contracts rather than on today’s consumer energy needs or the public interest, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—FERC’s Failure to Analyze Energy Market Forces—details […]

IEEFA U.S.: Frackers cut capex to $5.8 billion during third quarter, lowest level in a decade

IEEFA U.S.: Frackers cut capex to $5.8 billion during third quarter, lowest level in a decade

Free cash flow surges as capital reductions may mark beginning of end for shale boom

December 8, 2020 (IEEFA) —Facing low prices and weak demand, a cross-section of 33 shale-focused oil and gas producers cut their capital expenditures (capex) to their lowest level in more than a decade, according to an analysis released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Thirty-two of the 33 companies cut capex […]

IEEFA U.S.:  Appalachian frackers report $504M in negative free cash flow despite capex slashing

IEEFA U.S.: Appalachian frackers report $504M in negative free cash flow despite capex slashing

Tide of red ink shows little sign of ebbing any time soon for shale-focused regional gas producers

December 3, 2020 (IEEFA)—Even after cutting their capital expenditures (capex) by more than one-third from the previous year, nine shale-focused gas producers in Appalachia spent a half-billion dollars more during the third quarter on drilling and building projects than they earned from selling oil and gas. Capex investments during the third quarter were the lowest […]

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San Miguel plans conversion of 300MW Philippines coal plant to LNG

BusinessMirror: SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. will convert a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) coal plant in San Carlos, Negros Occidental to a gas-powered facility. The power arm of conglomerate San Miguel Corp. said it has informed the Department of Energy (DOE) about the plan. The proposed coal plant, it said, would be “changed to LNG” (liquefied […]

July 23, 2021 Read More →

EU polluters seeking carbon capture as solution despite poor results

Bloomberg ($): As the European Union gets serious about fighting climate change, experts are fielding more calls than ever from polluters seeking help to trap, process and store their carbon emissions. The business of capturing emissions from industrial plants that make everything from cement to energy will get a push from the European Commission’s ambitious […]

July 22, 2021 Read More →

Startup claims progress on iron-air batteries for grid storage

Wall Street Journal ($): A four-year-old startup says it has built an inexpensive battery that can discharge power for days using one of the most common elements on Earth: iron. Form Energy Inc.’s batteries are far too heavy for electric cars. But it says they will be capable of solving one of the most elusive […]

July 22, 2021 Read More →

Over 500 organizations say carbon capture hinders energy transition

Canada’s National Observer: Investment in carbon capture technology will hinder Canada’s transition away from fossil fuels and exacerbate the effects of climate change, says a new letter co-signed by hundreds of organizations. Over 500 environmental groups and other organizations from Canada and the U.S. put the piece together, which ran as a full-page ad in […]

July 21, 2021 Read More →

BHP, world’s largest miner, mulls selling multibillion oil and gas assets

Bloomberg ($): BHP Group is considering getting out of oil and gas in a multibillion-dollar exit that would accelerate its retreat from fossil fuels, according to people familiar with the matter. The world’s biggest miner is reviewing its petroleum business and considering options including a trade sale, said the people, who asked not to be […]

July 21, 2021 Read More →

New York OKs 100MW battery on site of former major pollution source

Energy Storage News: Regulatory approval has been given for a 100MW / 400MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) facility which will be sited on land formerly occupied by a natural gas and oil-fired power plant which had been described as one of New York’s biggest sources of pollution. The New York Public Service Commission (PSC), […]

July 19, 2021 Read More →

Geothermal-rich Kenya beginning to export expertise across continent

Bloomberg ($): When Kenya opened the Olkaria power plant four decades ago, it was considered more research project than commercial venture. Located in Hell’s Gate National Park, a barren zone of volcanic rock permeated by sulfurous gases and populated mostly by warthogs and zebras, the facility generated electricity using steam rising from deep in the […]

July 19, 2021 Read More →

Chevron admits failure of $3 billion CCS facility in Western Australia

Renew Economy: The operator of Australia’s only commercial-scale carbon capture and storage project has conceded the project has failed to meet its targets, and is now seeking a deal with Western Australian regulators on how to make up for millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide it failed to store. On Monday, Chevron announced that it […]

July 19, 2021 Read More →

Greenland cites climate risk in dropping future oil exploration

Bloomberg ($): Greenland has decided to drop all future exploration for oil as the government responds to environmental concerns, according to Danish media. Naalakkersuisut, as the island’s government is called, “has decided that the environmental consequences of oil exploration and production are too great,” Naaja, H. Nathanielsen, minister for commodities, said, according to ING.dk. Greenland’s […]

July 16, 2021 Read More →
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IEEFA U.S.: Prices are up—but the oil industry’s return is more complicated

Rising oil prices fail to mask long-term fundamental weaknesses for oil business

Former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond advanced the idea in the 1980s that the quality of management trumped all else in evaluating the oil industry’s prospects. He believed oil company executives were in the best position to project supply and demand, ride worldwide growth cycles, and provide robust returns to investors, no matter how oil markets […]