ExxonMobil expects to start production at a record 10 major projects in 2014, adding new capacity of approximately 300,000 BOE per day and contributing to profitable production growth, Rex W. Tillerson, ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO, said.
“These projects exemplify our focus on maintaining a diversified portfolio and highlight our ability to grow profitable volumes,” Mr Tillerson said at the company’s annual investment analyst meeting at the New York Stock Exchange. “We are adding new volumes that improve our profitability mix with higher liquids and liquids linked natural gas volumes. We’re also driving increased unit profitability through better fiscal terms and reducing low-margin barrel production.”
ExxonMobil’s capital spending will decline to $39.8 billion this year from a peak of $42.5 billion in 2013, Mr Tillerson said. Excluding potential acquisitions, capital expenditures are expected to average less that $37 billion per year from 2015 to 2017. “We have financial flexibility to pursue potential strategic opportunities and maintain a disciplined and selective approach to capital that ensures any new investment will contribute to robust cash flow growth.”
A liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guinea and the largest offshore oil and gas platform in Russia are among significant projects scheduled for startup this year. Others include a heavy oil expansion project in Canada and deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico.
ExxonMobil anticipates additional project startups in the next few years in several countries, including Australia, Indonesia, Canada, Nigeria and the US. All of these projects are expected to add about 1 million BOE per day by 2017. In North America, ExxonMobil’s near-term production outlook is made up of significant high-margin, low-risk liquids growth. The company’s production outlook also reflects strategic choices made to improve unit profitability while maintaining disciplined capital allocation.
“We have a balanced and diversified portfolio that gives us a fundamental competitive advantage,” Mr Tillerson said. “Resource and geographic diversity across the portfolio enables us to mitigate risks in a dynamic market environment and maximize profitability through changing business cycles.”
The company is pursuing more than 120 high-quality projects to develop about 24 billion BOE and natural gas.