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Oil crash wipes out $31 billion worldwide

Don Horne   


The global oil and gas industry has slashed at least $31 billion from investment budgets after crude’s epic price crash this month, and more cuts are likely to come.

Producers are quickly switching gears to survive a flood of oil coming into the market as Saudi Arabia and Russia open the spigots to fight for global market share. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on demand, according to Bloomberg News.

Shale explorers in the U.S. and oil-sands producers in Canada — which were already in dire straits before the price collapse — have been the quickest to announce belt-tightening efforts.

But giants like Saudi Arabian Oil Co., France’s Total SA and Russia’s Lukoil PJSC have also joined in, while Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP Plc have hinted that reductions in capital expenditures are likely to come. In Asia, Latin America and other Middle East countries, where most oil companies are state-run, it’s not yet so clear how producers will adapt to cope with the downturn.


Here’s a table with spending cuts that have been announced so far in Canada:

Company                                                                                                               Cut (US$ millions)
Canadian Natural Resources 753
MEG Energy 34
Crescent Point 276
Vermillion 41
ARC Resources 138
Enerplus 149
Seven Generations 137
Baytex 182
Whitecap 107
Birchcliff Energy 46
NuVista 52
Paramount 128
Kelt 57
Tamarack Valley 52
Pipestone Energy 62
Gran Tierra 98
Bonterra Energy 30
Cardinal Energy 24
Gear Energy 26
Pembina Pipeline 678
Inter Pipeline 58
Enerflex 82
Total Energy Services 9


(Bloomberg News)


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