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  • LONDON, July 31- BG Group's second-quarter earnings nearly halved as it took yet another hit from persistently weak crude prices though record oil and gas production limited the damage. Growth in the second quarter was driven by Australia and Brazil, where volumes in both more than doubled to an average of 80,000 barrels per day in Australia and 143,000 for...

  • *Shell cuts 2015 capex by another $3 bln to $30 bln. LONDON, July 30- Royal Dutch Shell is to axe 6,500 jobs this year and step up spending cuts as it seeks to reassure investors it can withstand an extended period of lower oil prices, even through its planned $70 billion acquisition of BG Group. Like rivals BP, Statoil and Total it announced reductions in capital...

  • By Ron Bousso and Karolin Schaps. LONDON, July 30- Royal Dutch Shell is to axe 6,500 jobs this year and step up spending cuts to deal with an extended period of lower oil prices which contributed to a 37 percent drop in the oil and gas group's second-quarter profits. The Anglo-Dutch company also said it was planning more asset disposals as it pushes ahead with its...

  • LONDON, July 30- Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported a 37 percent drop in second quarter profits and said it would cut 6,500 jobs this year and reduce spending further to deal with an extended period of lower oil prices. The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company also said it was planning more asset disposals alongside its proposed $70 billion acquisition of BG Group,...

  • *BP, Statoil kick off results on July 28. LONDON, July 23- The world's top oil companies are set to report yet another sharp drop in quarterly profits that could force more spending cuts due to a dim outlook for oil prices. International oil companies including Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total all reduced 2015 spending by 10 to 15 percent from last...

  • *Low oil boosts consumption, but China industrial demand flat. LONDON, July 16- Royal Dutch Shell expects oil prices to recover gradually over the next five years, with progress slowed by persistent global oversupply and receding Chinese demand growth. The Anglo-Dutch energy giant is betting on crude rising to $90 a barrel by 2020, a key assumption in its move to...

  • LONDON, July 2- BP's $18.7 billion settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill draws a line under years of uncertainty to allow it to focus once again on growth but could make it an acquisition target. The British energy giant, whose shares are still some 35 percent below their value before the largest offshore spill in U.S. history, still faces headwinds from the...

  • *Appomattox project set to start production by end of decade. LONDON, July 1- Royal Dutch Shell has given the green light for the development of its largest platform in the Gulf of Mexico after making steep cost cuts which made the deep water project economical despite low oil prices. The decision to pour billions of dollars into the Appomattox project comes as...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 29- Mergers and acquisitions worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 almost matched the record set in the second quarter of 2007, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as big companies turned to deals to boost their market share. These include Royal Dutch Shell Plc's $70 billion acquisition of British rival BG Group Plc, cable...

  • Low oil price hits $200 billion in mega-projects Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 10:34 AM ET

    LONDON, June 16- Deepwater oil projects and complex gas facilities worth around $200 billion have been canceled or put on hold worldwide in recent months due to the sharp drop in oil prices over the past year, consultancy Ernst and Young said on Tuesday. "A total of $200 billion of oil and gas projects have been deferred or canceled," said Brogan, global oil and gas...

  • *Energy firms accelerate activity ahead of Paris summit. Discrete talks in the eyrie of Davos in January led to a spontaneous, light bulb moment on a stage in Oslo in February. Faced with growing pressure from shareholders, vocal divestment campaigns by the media and advocacy groups, there looms the critical moment of the United Nations climate summit in Paris in...

  • PARIS, June 4- Australia's Woodside Petroleum is expanding its liquefied natural gas business and aims to build a global supply network ahead of an expected surge in trading of the fuel, its chief executive said in an interview. "What our strategy is: focus on Asia customers, but sourcing LNG globally," and not just from the company's existing Australian producing...

  • LONDON/ BONN, June 2- A global carbon emissions pricing system pushed by top energy companies is unlikely to be a big part of any United Nations' deal to curb global warming, some experts say, because many countries have little faith in such cross-border initiatives. "All countries are relatively skeptical on international market mechanisms," said Niklas Hoehne,...

  • The joint declaration issued by six European oil and gas majors was cautiously embraced by the United Nations, which will host negotiations this December in Paris aimed at designing a plan to cut the fossil fuel emissions that scientists blame for rising temperatures. Total SA, Statoil, BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Eni and BG Group Plc called for "decisive action"...

  • OSLO, June 1- France suggested on Monday that world leaders should attend only the start of a summit on climate change in Paris in six months, hoping to avoid a repeat of the last failed attempt in 2009 when they came at the end and left empty-handed. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also said France hoped to agree some elements of a U.N. climate deal by October, weeks...

  • LONDON, June 1- Europe's top oil and gas companies urged governments around the world to introduce a pricing system for carbon emissions, as governments meet in Bonn, Germany, on Monday to work on a U.N. deal to fight climate change. Criticized for not doing enough to tackle climate change, the chief executives of BG Group, BP, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and France's...

  • *ConocoPhillips CEO says more mega-mergers unlikely. Still, there is unlikely to be a wave of mega mergers like Royal Dutch Shell's buyout of BG Group for $70 billion, which Shell itself has said left it cash-strapped and only able to pursue much smaller deals. "There is less need for mega mergers because of unconventional resources which require a small amount of...

  • NEW YORK, May 13- Royal Dutch Shell Plc will consider small additions to its North America oil and gas business, despite ruling out large acquisitions after its deal to buy BG Group Plc, Marvin Odum, director of Shell's Americas exploration and production business, said in an interview Wednesday. Still, the London- based major will consider smaller deals in North...

  • OSLO, May 12- Norwegian oil firm Statoil replaced several top executives including its chief financial officer on Tuesday, continuing a shake-up since its chief executive was poached by rival BG Group last October. Statoil appointed Hans Jacob Hegge as chief financial officer, moving Torgrim Reitan to head the firm's U.S. business, where the contract of the...

  • OSLO, May 12- Norwegian oil firm Statoil replaced its chief financial officer on Tuesday and appointed several new top managers, continuing a shake-up since its chief executive was poached by rival BG Group last October. Statoil has lost four board members, including its chairman, over the past several months, and some top managers, including from its mergers and...