Category: OIL

Steady Development with Solid Performance in 1H 2014

HONG KONG, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CNOOC Limited (the “Company”, NYSE: CEO, SEHK: 00883, TSX: CNU) today announced its interim results for the six months ended June 30, 2014.

For the first half of the year, the Company’s total net oil and gas production reached 211.6 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), up 6.8% year-on-year (yoy), with 36.3 million BOE contributed by Nexen.

The Company’s average realized oil price was US$106.30 per barrel in the first half of 2014, representing an increase of 2.0% yoy, while average realized gas price rose 13.5% yoy to US$6.44 per thousand cubic feet.

Benefited from the growth of net oil and gas production and increase in realized oil and gas prices, the Company recorded RMB117.1 billion in oil and gas sales revenue, a yoy increase of 5.7%; meanwhile, net profit fell 2.3% yoy to RMB33.59 billion.

In the first half of 2014, the Company’s all-in cost was US$43.20 per BOE, up slightly by 2.0 % yoy, while operating cost was US$11.78 per BOE, up 7.0 % yoy, mainly attributable to the consolidation of two more months of Nexen’s performance.

In the area of exploration, the Company made 9 new discoveries and 23 successful appraisal wells. Among them, Lingshui 17-2, discovered by “Haiyangshiyou 981”, was successfully tested and is expected to become the first large-sized deepwater gas field made by our independent exploration activities. While Luda 16-3 South structure is expected to become a mid-sized discovery after appraisal, Kenli 16-1 structure uncovers the good exploration potential of southern slope of Laizhou Bay Sag in Bohai. Kenli 3-2 oilfields, Panyu10-2/5/8 project and Wenchang 13-6 oilfield have commenced production within the year as scheduled while other projects are progressing accordingly.

During the period, the Company continued to advance the integration of Nexen, especially in the areas of management, resources development and corporate culture. Nexen’s safety and environmental protection achieved best performance in its history in the first half of 2014. Production efficiency of Buzzard oilfield in the UK North Sea was further enhanced, while production and operation of Long Lake oil sands project achieved significant improvement. The progress of integration reached the Company’s expectation.

Mr. Wang Yilin, Chairman of the Company, said, “In the first half of 2014, the Company has executed its ‘New Leap Forward’ strategy in a solid way and achieved satisfactory results. We will endeavor to strengthen our management, enhance the growth quality and efficiency of the Company to create greater value for our shareholders.”

Mr. Li Fanrong, CEO of the Company commented, “During the first half of 2014, we have actively pushed ahead different areas of our business. Good progress was made in the production and operation and a healthy financial position was maintained. In the second half of the year, we will continue to work diligently to ensure that we meet our annual production and business targets.”

In the first half of the year, the Company’s basic earnings per share reached RMB0.75. The Board has declared an interim dividend of HK$0.25 per share (tax inclusive).

Notes to Editors:

More information about the Company is available at http://www.cnoocltd.com.

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding expected future events, business prospectus or financial results. The words “expect”, “anticipate”, “continue”, “estimate”, “objective”, “ongoing”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “should”, “believe”, “plans”, “intends” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are based on assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors the Company believes are appropriate under the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will meet the expectations and predictions of the Company depends on a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause the actual results, performance and financial condition to differ materially from the Company’s expectations, including those associated with fluctuations in crude oil and natural gas prices, the exploration or development activities, the capital expenditure requirements, the business strategy, whether the transactions entered into by the Group can complete on schedule pursuant to its terms and timetable or at all, the highly competitive nature of the oil and natural gas industries, the foreign operations, environmental liabilities and compliance requirements, and economic and political conditions in the People’s Republic of China. For a description of these and other risks and uncertainties, please see the documents the Company files from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including the 2013 Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on 17 April 2014.

Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements. The Company cannot assure that the results or developments anticipated will be realised or, even if substantially realised, that they will have the expected effect on the Company, its business or operations.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Ms. Michelle Zhang
Deputy Manager, Media / Public Relations
CNOOC Limited
Tel: +86-10-8452-6642
Fax: +86-10-8452-1441
E-mail: MR@cnooc.com.cn

Ms. Cathy Zhang
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Asia
Tel: +852-2894-6211
Fax: +852-2576-1990
E-mail: cathy.zhang@hkstrategies.com

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SNC-Lavalin completes landmark acquisition of Kentz

– A key milestone in SNC-Lavalin’s ongoing transformation into a global Tier-1 engineering and construction company

MONTREAL, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX: SNC) is pleased to announce that it has completed its acquisition of Kentz Corporation Limited, a global company with 15,500 employees operating in 36 countries. Kentz provides industry-leading engineering, construction management and technical support services to clients in the oil and gas sector.

The acquisition of Kentz supports SNC-Lavalin’s ongoing transformation into a global Tier-1 engineering and construction (E&C) company. The transaction creates a group with approximately 45,000 employees, annual revenues of about C$10 billion and a backlog of roughly C$13 billion as per 2013 figures. The combined company will also have a strong position in the world’s most dynamic growth markets, including the Middle East, North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

“SNC-Lavalin is thrilled to welcome the employees of Kentz, who are the heart and soul of the remarkable company we are acquiring today,” said Robert G. Card, President and CEO, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. “We expect that our combined capabilities will give us one of the best broad-based service offerings in the E&C industry, while expanding our presence in key growth markets.”

Transformational growth in oil and gas
The acquisition of Kentz transforms SNC-Lavalin’s oil and gas capabilities, creating a group of approximately 20,000 high-caliber employees with industry leading expertise for large and complex projects in the upstream, liquefied natural gas (LNG), unconventional (shale gas and oil sands), pipelines, offshore jackets and steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) sectors.

“We have now begun implementing our plan, which aims to ensure our teams are combined efficiently, respectfully and as rapidly as possible,” said Neil Bruce, President, Resources, Environment & Water, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. “We will be bringing together the best capabilities of our two firms for the direct benefit of our clients. Our goal will be to build strong and lasting relationships with our customers through consistently delivering on our commitments and providing the best mix of value and services.”

Kentz will be incorporated into SNC-Lavalin while simultaneously integrating SNC-Lavalin’s current Oil & Gas business into Kentz’s operations. Christian Brown, Kentz’s Chief Executive Officer, now becomes President, Oil & Gas, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. Mr. Brown will continue to be stationed in Houston, Texas, and will report directly to Neil Bruce.

“Joining SNC-Lavalin will provide us with the ability to execute larger scopes for major projects, and enhance our access to new geographies in both North America and Latin America,” said Christian Brown. “We look forward to bringing our clients complete end-to-end solutions for their projects by merging SNC-Lavalin’s strong front-end engineering and design capabilities with our industry-leading construction management, commissioning and operations capabilities.”

SNC-Lavalin paid £9.35 (C$17.13) per share for a total purchase price of approximately £1.2 billion (C$2.1 billion). Kentz shareholders voted in favour of SNC-Lavalin’s offer at a meeting convened by order of the Court and an Extraordinary General Shareholders Meeting, both held on August 11, 2014. The offer was structured as a Scheme of Arrangement and the Scheme Court Hearing was held on August 21, 2014. Following the sanction of the Court, the acquisition became effective in accordance with its terms on August 22, 2014.

Forward-looking statements
This press release contains statements that are or may be “forward-looking statements” or “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release may be forward-looking statements. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words “targets”, “plans”, “believes”, “expects”, “aims”, “intends”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “would”, “may”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “synergy”, “cost-saving”, “projects”, “goal” or “strategy” or, words or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements relating to the following: (i) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, earnings, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, losses and future prospects; and (ii) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of SNC-Lavalin or Kentz’s operations and potential synergies resulting from the transaction.

These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future financial performance. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results and are based on certain key assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward-looking statements. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All subsequent oral or written forward-looking statements attributable to SNC-Lavalin or any of its directors, officers or employees or any persons acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statement above. SNC-Lavalin disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking or other statements contained herein, except as required by applicable law.

About SNC-Lavalin
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices in over 50 countries, SNC-Lavalin’s approximately 45,000 employees provide EPC and EPCM services to clients in a variety of industry sectors, including oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, environment and water, infrastructure and power. SNC-Lavalin can also combine these services with its financing and operations and maintenance capabilities to provide complete end-to-end project solutions.
www.snclavalin.com

For further information:

Media:
Lilly Nguyen
Public Relations Manager,
Global Corporate Communications
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
+1-514-393-8000, ext. 54772
lilly.nguyen@snclavalin.com

Atonarp Inc. Raises $8M Series A Round Led by Walden Riverwood Ventures

Atonarp announces $8 million in funding led by Walden Riverwood Ventures to accelerate the development of its Smart Spectrometer platform, which will enable next-generation oil & gas and healthcare measurement instruments

TOKYO, August 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Tokyo-based Atonarp Inc. announced today $8 million in a Series A funding round led by Walden Riverwood Ventures with participation from other co-investors. The funding accelerates the development of Atonarp’s Smart Spectrometer technology platform, which will enable a broad range of applications. The company has targeted the oil & gas and healthcare industries for its initial products.

“We are excited to partner with Atonarp in pursuing the commercialization of its Smart Spectrometer platform. Atonarp has a unique combination of engineering, semiconductor and data analysis talent and fundamental technologies. These are being used by Atonarp to create disruptive, next generation measurement instruments,” said Nicholas Brathwaite, co-founder of Walden Riverwood Ventures and Chairman of Atonarp, Inc.

Atonarp is pioneering the field of chemical composition analysis by combining state-of-the-art electronics and data processing algorithms. Atonarp’s Smart Spectrometer will enable manufacturers of gas-composition analysis instruments, such as field-based gas chromatography equipment, to achieve breakthrough improvements in cost, size, accuracy and maintenance-free operation. The Smart Spectrometer platform is also enabling novel use cases and applications for manufacturers of medical equipment and patient devices, including non-invasive personal healthcare monitoring.

Atonarp is currently sampling its Smart Spectrometer platform to leading manufacturers of oil & gas and healthcare instruments, and will enter volume production early next year.

About Walden Riverwood Ventures

Walden Riverwood Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on investing in core technology companies globally. It was formed as a collaboration between Walden International, a leading international venture capital firm, and Riverwood Capital, a global, technology-focused private equity firm. The firm’s founding partners provide its portfolio companies with unique access to deep industry knowledge, relationships and management experience. The two firms have an established history of investing together in several successful companies such as GoPro, Ambarella, Inc., and Aptina Imaging, Inc. Walden Riverwood Ventures leads early stage investments in companies developing fundamental technologies that have the potential to benefit multiple industry verticals. For further information, please visit www.waldenintl.com and www.riverwoodcapital.com.

For more information, please contact:
Cesar Lee
cesar@rwcm.com
70 Willow Road, Suite 100
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 618-7313

David M. Shaffer Named EnerSys President and Chief Operating Officer

READING, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — John D. Craig of EnerSys (NYSE: ENS) today announced that he will be stepping down from his position of President effective November 1, 2014, but will remain with the company as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. With this move, Dave M. Shaffer has been appointed to the newly created position of President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Shaffer is currently serving as President of the Company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa business and prior to that was President of the Company’s Asia business. Mr. Shaffer will continue to report to Mr. Craig.

“Dave is an experienced executive recognized for his accomplishments at EnerSys, I want to congratulate him on his new position and look forward to continuing to work with him,” stated Mr. Craig, “as EnerSys continues to grow towards our goal of $4 billion in revenue by 2018 this new position is one more element that will help ensure we achieve this objective.”

Mr. Shaffer, who has over 24 years experience in the battery industry, joined EnerSys in 2005 and has held positions of increasing responsibilities with the Company. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Marquette University.

For more information, contact Thomas O’Neill, Vice President and Treasurer, EnerSys, P.O. Box 14145, Reading, PA 19612-4145, USA. Tel: 800-538-3627; Web site: www.enersys.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE: EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes reserve power and motive power batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide. Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other commercial electric powered vehicles. Reserve power batteries are used in the telecommunication and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies, and numerous applications requiring stored energy solutions including medical, aerospace and defense systems. Outdoor equipment enclosure products are utilized in the telecommunication, cable, utility, transportation industries and by government and defense customers. The company also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world.

More information regarding EnerSys can be found at www.enersys.com.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release, and oral statements made regarding the subjects of this release, contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, or the Reform Act, which may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding EnerSys’ earnings estimates, revenue goals, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements identified by words such as “believe,” “plan,” “seek,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “will,” and similar expressions. All statements addressing operating performance, events, or developments that EnerSys expects or anticipates will occur in the future, including statements relating to sales growth, earnings or earnings per share growth, revenue growth, and market share, as well as statements expressing optimism or pessimism about future operating results or benefits from revenue growth, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Reform Act. The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current views and assumptions regarding future events and operating performance, and are inherently subject to significant business, economic, and competitive uncertainties and contingencies and changes in circumstances, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by EnerSys on its website or otherwise. EnerSys does not undertake any obligation to update or revise these statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

Although EnerSys does not make forward-looking statements unless it believes it has a reasonable basis for doing so, EnerSys cannot guarantee their accuracy. The foregoing factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements. For a list of other factors which could affect EnerSys’ results, including earnings estimates, see EnerSys’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” including “Forward-Looking Statements,” set forth in EnerSys’ Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 29, 2014. No undue reliance should be placed on any forward-looking statements.

China outstrips Germany to become world’s biggest solar market

Hanergy Holding Group and China New Energy Chamber of Commerce issue Global Renewable Energy Report 2014

BEIJING, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hanergy Holding Group (Hanergy) and China New Energy Chamber of Commerce (“CNECC”), today issued the Global Renewable Energy Report 2014. The report found that China became the world’s biggest market for solar power in 2013, with the country’s newly installed photovoltaic generating capacity jumping 232% on-year to 12 gigawatts (GW).

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Key findings include:

  • The global solar market is shifting from Europe to Asia. China’s newly installed solar capacity grew 232% year-on-year in 2013 to 12GW, whereas Germany’s newly installed capacity fell 56.5% to 3.3GW and Italy’s dropped 55% year-on-year to 1.6GW.  
  • Financing activity reflects this shift. China accounted for the largest proportion of global solar industry financing at $23.56bn, equivalent to the entire amount raised in Europe.
  • The growth of the solar industry continues to accelerate. Globally, newly installed solar capacity reached 38.7GW, bringing the global total of installed capacity to 140.6GW in 2013, compared with 101.9GW in 2012.  
  • The shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy continues. Total global power generation grew 4.3% from the previous year, to 22513.8 terawatt-hours (TWh), while renewable energy power generation grew at 13% per annum, accounting for 5.2% of the world’s total output.
  • Global production of thin-film solar cell was about 4GW in 2013, up 20% from 2012. Many thin-film solar companies expanded capacity in 2013 and sought out diversified markets, achieving economies of scale through global mergers and acquisitions and upgrading production line technology.

“Our research shows that China has already become the world’s biggest solar market. Now the country is moving to a more green and sustainable model of development which will drive future global growth in renewable energy,” Chairman and CEO of Hanergy & President of the China New Energy Chamber of Commerce, Li Hejun said.

“Governments are turning to greater use of renewable energy to tackle pollution and deliver energy security, underpinning growth momentum in the global renewable energy industry,” he added.

The Global Renewable Energy Report drew on data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, GlobalData and Hanergy and CNECC’s own research teams. Data from the International Energy Bureau, China Electricity Council, US Energy Information Administration, the Global Wind Energy Council, the Global Hydropower Association and the International Geothermal Association were also used.

The full report can be downloaded free of charge from Hanergy’s website:
http://www.hanergy.com/en/upload/contents/2014/07/53bfa4772d9f6.pdf

About Hanergy Holding Group Ltd.

Hanergy Holding Group Ltd. (“Hanergy”) is a global clean-energy power generation company and the world’s largest thin-film solar company and solutions provider. Hanergy engages in the integration of the entire photovoltaic industry chain, covering R&D, high-end equipment manufacturing, PV module production and the construction of photovoltaic power plants. Hanergy possesses industry-leading CIGS thin-film PV technology and has the world’s largest production capacity of thin-film modules. To date, the company has entered into solar-power plant construction agreements with a combined capacity of approximately 10GW. Its business also covers hydropower and wind power. Headquartered in Beijing and with operations across China, the Asia Pacific, North America and Europe etc., Hanergy employs over 10,000 people.