Renta 4 | Spanish oil company Repsol published its operational data for Q119. In the first quarter of the year, the price of Brent Crude (63.1$/b) fell -5% yoy and -8% compared to Q418 because of the strong reduction in crude prices since their highs at the beginning of October (-42% until the end of December, although with a subsequent recovery of +28% from the beginning of 2019 until the end of March).
Repsol has made the largest discovery of gas in Indonesia in the last 18 years and one of the 10 largest in the world in the last 12 months, with a preliminary estimation of at least 2 billion cubic feet of gas in recoverable resources, the equivalent of 2 years of gas consumption in Spain and 20% of Repsol’s natural gas reserves.
Repsol has secured 12 new blocks in an area near to Pikka, the largest on-land oil discovery in the US in the last 30 years. The oil company has secured mining domination in a zone situated south of the River Colville (Alaska, US), where ConocoPhillips has also made significant discoveries. Repsol´s partner Oil Search has also secured four leasing contracts.
According to data provided to the regulator (CNMV) by the company, Repsol´s oil production amounted 691,000 barrels per day in the third quarter of the year, a reduction of 4.3% compared to the previous quarter and practically in line with the 693,000 barrels per day of the same quarter last year.
Repsol has reached agreement to acquire 40% of Mexican lubricant company Bardahl, which represents its biggest purchase in this business and pushes forward its internationalisation strategy in Downstream.
Repsol and Macquarrie, the fund that controls Viesgo, have agreed the principle points of the agreement for the acquisition of the Cantabrian electricity company combined cycle gas power plants and retail business. The operation is valued at over 500 million euros and involves near 730,000 customers.
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