Thursday, March 09, 2017

Schneider Electric, BP exclusives plus waiting for Trudeau's keynote address

Another intense few days have zipped by at CERAWeek 2017, with end of the week in sight as The Oilholic awaits the keynote speech of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau! 

Feels like the right time to reflect on the past few days. Early on March 7, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih took centerstage warning the oil market not to get ahead of itself.

"Don't believe in wishful thinking that Opec would underwrite the investment of others by perennially supporting the market. Saudi Arabia has cut production by more than what we promised [in December 2016], but we will not bear the burden of free riders," quipped the man from Riyadh.

He also joked that while the global oil industry was witnessing green shoots of recovery, Saudi Arabia was "moderating the watering" of those shoots and dismissed suggestions of peak oil demand. (Full report here)

Al-Falih was followed by Ryan Lance, CEO of ConocoPhillips and BP's CEO Bob Dudley who opined they were mentally prepared for a $50-60 per barrel oil price. Of course the market didn't get that memo and the WTI has since fallen below $50

On March 8, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné expressed hope ex-oilman Rex Tillerson will help Trump 'see reason' on Iran, and said for the moment his company was on course to invest there. Many CERAWeek delegates expressed a view that LNG prices will remain in check until 2019/2020 courtesy of abundant oil supplies, as did Moody's. (Report here)

And finally, yours truly bagged two exclusives for IBTimes UK with the CEO of Schneider Electric Jean-Pascal Tricoire and BP's Global Head of Upstream Technology Ahmed Hashmi. Plenty more to come from CERAWeek, including a good few exclusives, but that's all for the moment folks. Keep reading, keep it 'crude'!

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