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Global Oil and Gas Company Tighten the Belt



Concerning a compact global oil and gas company increasing efficiency, matching the weakening world oil prices, oversupply, and weak commodity demand in the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on the official report of ExxonMobil Corporation, the company in the second quarter of 2020 cut capital expenditure to the US $ 5.3 billion, lower the US $ 2 billion for capital expenditure in the first quarter / 2020.



This year ExxonMobil cut investment costs from the US $ 33 billion to the US $ 23 billion in accordance with increased efficiency, lower commodity prices, and faster project rates. Not only that, but savings were also made for the company's operational costs which could be increased by 15% because it was approved by the activities and volume reduction.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has an impact on the company's finances and operations which has led to an increase in the cost of capital and operating cash than agreed," as released by the management.



Not much different, Chevron Corporation also decided to be more efficient in overcoming the condition of the upstream oil and gas industry which has not improved. Chevron Corporation CEO Michael K. Wirth said that in response to the severe upstream oil and gas conditions, his side reduced the capital expenditure budget and cut operational costs this year.

Michael K. Wirth

In the second quarter / 2020, Chevron only realized capital expenditure of the US $ 3 billion or 40% below its quarterly budget. For this year, Chevron revised its capital expenditure to purchase the US $ 14 billion. Meanwhile, operating costs in the II / 2020 quarter were realized at a value of US $ 7.1 billion, an increase of 13% compared to the II / 2020 quarter.

"While there are no signs of improvement in demand and commodity prices at pre-pandemic levels, financial results may continue to be depressed until the first quarter of 2020," he explained.

Related to the efficiency efforts, Teaching Staff of Trisakti University Pri Agung Rakhmanto rate, the efficiency assessment conducted by global oil and gas companies will be increased in upstream oil and gas projects in the country. According to him, the economic level of the project is an important factor for investors to continue the upstream oil and gas project in Indonesia.

Are projects in Indonesia included in the priority rankings of their global portfolio or not? But it should indeed be changed. Because generally, it has been quite a long time, our upstream oil and gas are not very attractive, "he said.



He added, oil and gas companies at the mayor level such as Shell and Chevron will issue investments based on the rankings of global investment portfolio companies in accordance with their competitive level. In addition, the projects approved by the projects undertaken are not included in the company's economic standards or portfolio ratings, so there is a great chance of being accepted.

If our upstream oil and gas projects are less competitive or economically disadvantaged with their projects in other countries, then of course they will eventually withdraw from their projects in Indonesia, "Pri said.

Cameron Van Ast

To note, Shell and Chevron are also known to change their investment portfolios in the oil and gas sector in the world, including for projects in Indonesia. Chevron Asia Pacific External Affairs Advisor Cameron Van Ast said it was giving a signal to release its participation in the IDD project. 

the IDD project Chevron

He revealed the plan had been reviewed since early 2020 and was not related to the acquisition of Noble Energy shares on July 20, 2020.

Dwi Soetjipto

SKK Migas Head Dwi Soetjipto previously revealed that the upstream oil and gas investment trend in the world this year is projected to fall by around 30% to the US $ 228 billion from the initial target in 2020, valued at the US $ 325 billion.

Bisnis Indonesia, Page-4, Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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