Chevron may struggle to find buyers for Appalachia shale gas assets
Analysts and investors were not surprised by Chevron Corp.'s recent disclosure that it is considering selling its Appalachia natural gas shale assets, but the major may be hard pressed to find interested buyers since sluggish gas prices are not expected to recover any time soon, according to analysts.
EU wants €100B lever to convince skeptical states of 'Green Deal' strategy
The European Commission unveiled a slate of climate-related policy proposals, charting a wide-ranging roadmap to faster emissions cuts that includes a €100 billion funding mechanism to help Eastern European states that still rely heavily on fossil fuels. Ursula von der Leyen, the new commission president, said the "European Green Deal" would transform the bloc's economy and set clear rules for investors to spur green growth.
Denmark unveils 'energy islands' plan for 10 GW of new offshore wind
The Danish government is planning to facilitate 10 GW of new offshore wind capacity on one or more "energy islands," allocating 65 million Danish kroner of public money to the project, which will cost between 200 billion and 300 billion kroner, mostly paid for by private investors. The islands will either be natural islands or platforms acting as hubs for surrounding offshore wind farms, with the power transported to different countries around the North Sea.
Other energy headlines
* Saudi Arabian Oil Co. hit the limit of price moves on its Dec. 11 stock market debut, giving the oil giant a valuation of about $1.88 trillion, below the $2 trillion valuation sought by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Shares in Aramco, which is worth the most among all listed companies, jumped 10% to 35.20 riyals each on the Saudi Tadawul from the IPO price of 32 riyals.
* OPEC kept unchanged its global crude oil supply and demand outlooks and said demand for its crude oil remains deflated as non-OPEC supply grows. The organization said demand for its crude oil would decline into 2020.
* Commercial startup of the 1,050-MW, natural gas-fired CPV Fairview Energy Center in Pennsylvania occurred several months ahead of schedule, which could depress PJM Interconnection winter power prices. Private developer Competitive Power Ventures Inc. and its partner Osaka Gas USA Corp., a unit of Japan-headquartered Osaka Gas Co. Ltd., developed the roughly $1 billion power plant in Cambria County, Pa., which will serve the PJM market.
* The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. crude oil and petroleum stockpiles climbed in the week to Dec. 6. U.S. crude oil inventories, excluding the strategic petroleum reserve, edged 822,000 barrels higher from the week prior to 447.9 million barrels, according to the agency's Dec. 11 "Weekly Petroleum Status Report."
As of November, oil and gas storage and transportation companies covered by S&P Global Market Intelligence have raised $43.15 billion. Oil and gas exploration and production companies have so far pulled in $11.82 billion, while oil and gas refining and marketing companies have raised $4.79 billion. Integrated oil and gas companies have brought in $21.32 billion since the start of the year.
Research and data
* RRA Financial Focus: Utility operating company financials mixed; ROE slips
* RRA Regulatory Focus: Assessing regulatory risk for energy utilities part 2: Jurisdictions to watch
* RRA Regulatory Focus: Mississippi Power files 1st rate case since 2001
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