Shell signals trouble in ‘Saudi America’

This from the company who is touting shale gas in South Africa as a source of cheap electricity? Really? I hope that the shale gas proponents in SA’s government are reading about this maybe?



Shell Signals Trouble In ‘Saudi America’

ROB WILE AUG. 1, 2013, 8:36 AM 11,255 21
REUTERS/Peter Andrews

Royal Dutch Shell said it would perform a “strategic portfolio review” on its North American shale holdings after it reported a more than $2 billion charge this morning, the company reported in its earnings release today

The impairment figured into a YOY fall in profits of 20% for the quarter, to $4.6 billion.

The Angl0-Dutch firm said exploration and drilling has become costlier. It has holdings in plays like the Eagle Ford in Texas and Marcellus in Pennsylvania.

The FT quoted CFO Simon Henry that “the production curve is less positive than we originally expected.” And there was more bad news on production targets, Ft’s Guy Chazan wrote:

The company had said it was aiming to increase oil and gas output to 4m barrels a day by 2017-18. This has now been “retired”, Mr Voser said.

In its earnings release, Shell said it expects “further focus and divestments there.”

We’ve been reporting on ‘Saudi America‘ for awhile as improvements in drilling and exploration have allowed the U.S. and Canada to exploit vast reserves of oil and gas contained in shale rock.

But there’s been debate over just how long the phenomenon can last as production rates slow and drillers are forced to move into more expensive plays

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