Chevron cuts 2020 capital spending by $4 bn in response to COVID-19 outbreak
Chevron next to cut spending in response to COVID-19 effects: Chevron Corp. has cut its 2020 capital spending plan by $4 billion, or 20%, to $16 billion, in response to market conditions.
Chevron Corp. has cut its 2020 capital spending plan by $4 billion, or 20%, to $16 billion, in response to market conditions.
The are expected to occur across the portfolio and are estimated to be a $2 billion cut in upstream unconventionals, primarily in the Permian Basin; a $700 million cut in upstream projects and exploration; a $500 million cut in upstream base business spread broadly across the company’s US and international assets; and an $800 million cut in the downstream, chemicals, and other segments.
Cash capital and exploratory expenditures are expected to decrease by $3.3 billion to $10.5 billion in 2020. Total capital and exploratory spending in the second half of 2020 is expected to be about $7 billion, an annual run rate 30% lower than the approved budget announced in December 2019.
Excluding 2020 asset sales and price related contractual effects, the company expects 2020 production to be roughly flat relative to 2019. Note that Chevron’s net production increases about 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day for each $10 movement lower in Brent oil prices due to contractual effects. Permian production by the end of the year is expected to be about 125,000 boe/d, or 20%, below prior guidance.
The company will respond to market conditions by “deferring short-cycle investments and pacing projects not yet under construction,” said Jay Johnson, executive vice-president of upstream. “At the same time, we are focused on completing projects already under construction that will start-up in future years while preserving our capability to increase short-cycle activity in the Permian and other areas when prices recover.”
Additionally, the company has suspended its $5-billion annual share repurchase program after repurchasing $1.75 billion of shares during the first quarter.
Additional updates are expected to be released with first quarter 2020 earnings.
(Source: Oil & Gas Journal)