Energy & OilEnergy & Oil
French oil major Total appointed on Wednesday refining head Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive and former CEO Thierry Desmarest as non-executive chairman. The nominations at the head of the world's fourth-largest integrated oil company came less than 48 hours after the brutal death of Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie in a plane crash in Moscow.
Russian investigators have said criminal negligence caused the crash at a Moscow airport that resulted in the death of Total's chief executive. Christophe de Margerie died along with three crew members when his corporate jet collided with a snow plough.
Noble Energy, Inc., which is involved in Falkland Islands hydrocarbons exploration and confirmed its interest in the South Atlantic potential, said on Tuesday that its Board of Directors has elected David Stover as President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Charles Davidson as CEO.
Venezuela's Finance Minister Rodolfo Marco said on Tuesday that the Mercosur member was fully prepared to cope with price volatility on the global oil market and would honor a 3 billion dollar bond payment due next week.
President Energy announced on Monday it has discovered good oil-bearing zones at its Lapacho drill in the Paraguayan Chaco and confirms strong hydrocarbon pay at its Jacaranda well.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan of up to 42.2 million dollars to help the private sector in Uruguay finance the development, construction, operation and maintenance of a 48.6 MW wind farm and its associated facilities.
The global oil market slump looks likely to continue, with prices possibly nearing 70 dollars a barrel in the short term, an official of Russian gas producer Gazprom said. Crude fell more than on dollar a barrel on Thursday to a four-year low below 83 a barrel as growing concerns over the global economy stretched a four-month rout.
Brazil will maintain plans to raise domestic fuel prices this year, despite a sharp drop in international crude oil prices, to help debt-laden state-run oil company Petrobras, a government source said this week.
Petrobras announced a new oil output record in Brazil, during September with an average of 2.23 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) production in the country, including in this total the fields operated by the state-owned company for its partners. The volume is 0.3% higher than breaks August record.
Running a multi-billion dollar energy company isn't easy. Just ask the executives in the corner suites of some of the energy companies that have gone bust over the years. Some, like Enron, were brought down because of insider malfeasance.