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OilVoice  7 hrs ago  Comment 
GE and Statoil have now announced a new collaboration to accelerate the development of more environmentally and economically sustainable energy solutions to help fuel the future. This joint technolog
Financial Times  Jan 28  Comment 
Projects aim to show fossil fuels have long-term future under tough climate regulations
Wall Street Journal  Jan 22  Comment 
Norwegian energy producer Statoil is working to make its smaller oil fields profitable despite the recent plunge in crude prices, underscoring a problem confronting the oil sector.
OilVoice  Jan 21  Comment 
Worth NOK 4.5 billion the contract includes engineering and procurement management EPma until the scheduled production start in 2019. The contract includes engineering and procurement management fo
OilVoice  Jan 20  Comment 
Scheduled for delivery in the summer of 2017 the jacket39s contract value is close to NOK 2.0 billion. The contract is an execution of parts of the letter of intent which Statoil entered into wit
Reuters  Jan 20  Comment 
Norwegian oil services firm Kvaerner finalised a 2 billion crown ($262 million) platform contract with Statoil on Tuesday, part of a 3 billion crown framework deal agreed in June, in one of its biggest orders in years.
Reuters  Jan 14  Comment 
Norway's Statoil has handed back three out of its four Greenland offshore oil and gas exploration licences, it said on Wednesday, in another sign of cost cutting by energy firms following a plunge in oil prices.
Forbes  Jan 12  Comment 
At Statoil we have developed a “can-do attitude” based on decades of experience from working in one of the harshest, most inhospitable climates on earth; the Norwegian continental shelf. Our exploration in emerging markets is often a...
Forbes  Jan 12  Comment 
At Statoil we believe that one of the best ways to combat climate change is to ensure a cost on carbon pollution. Read how carbon markets are linked to climate change here and view the infographic below to understand how it works.
OilVoice  Jan 9  Comment 
The Norne field came on stream on 6 November 1997 and the initial development plans called for the field to be shut down during 2014. But the Norne adventure is far from over. 39Thanks to systema




 

Statoil ASA (STO) is the national oil company of Norway, which holds a majority share in the company (67% in May 2010).[1] Statoil generates revenue in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas. The company is the largest offshore operator in the world, and as such, the prospect of extracting petro-chemicals out of the ground is becoming increasingly more difficult. Its success in turning its reserves into bottom line profits will likely depend on drilling in very deep water, which is an expensive proposition. Statoil has also diversified its exploration to politically unstable areas, where the benefits of discovering large reserves are tempered by the risk of instability.

What makes both geographic expansion and deepwater drilling financially enticing is the increasing appetite for energy throughout the world, especially in rapidly growing economies such as China, where growing demand has bolstered high oil prices.

As with most traditional fossil fuel companies, the prospects of alternative energy sources such as biofuels, nuclear, solar, wind and even clean coal will be a long-term threat to the company's business. Fundamentally higher oil prices will enable alternative energy technologies to become more affordable.

Company Overview

Statoil is involved with all stages of oil and natural gas production, including exploration, drilling, refining, and marketing. It also owns and operates 1,803 Statoil-branded service stations in eight counties, primarily in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. æø

Business Growth

FY 2009 (ended December 31, 2009)[2]

  • Net revenue fell 29% to NOK 465 billion.
  • Net income fell 59% to NOK 17.7 billion.

Trends and Forces

  • Political Instability in Production Areas: Statoil has reserves in many potentially unstable areas. The Caspian Sea region endured warfare through much of the 1990's and even today the countries bordering the sea dispute ownership over seabed resources. The Persian Gulf region is susceptible to instability and violence as a result of the Iraq War and terrorism. Also, other areas such as Venezuela, Nigeria, and Angola are susceptible to civil strife, nationalization of property, and insurrections . These are all areas in which Statoil either has or is in the process of acquiring oil/gas reserves. Thus, political instability in these volatile areas could lead to substantial losses for Statoil. Political instability could lead to Statoil not being able to conduct operations in these areas because of safety concerns, loss of property by the local government nationalizing it, or other reasons.
  • Government Regulation: Statoil operates in 34 different countries and is susceptible to changes in regulation and tax laws in those countries. Concerns over global climate change can lead to increased regulations and thus, higher costs. Another specific cause for concern is U.S. sanctions against Statoil for its operations and investments in Iran. According to the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, the U.S. President can impose sanctions on a company that invests more than $20 million in the development of Iran's petroleum resources.
  • Ownership by the Norwegian State: The Norwegian state is a majority shareholder of Statoil and thus, can make decisions in conflict with the interests of other shareholders unilaterally. The Norwegian state requires Statoil to market Norwegian State's oil and gas with Statoil's oil and gas as one economic unit. Also, before making any decisions concerning the development of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), Statoil must take into account the interests of the Norwegian State's oil and gas operations, which may not always align with Statoil's interests.
  • Deepwater Drilling: As the world's largest offshore operator, Statoil conducts some of its oil and gas production in environments that can make it difficult to carry out drilling, construction, and transportation. Many such areas are located in deep water and require new and advanced technologies that have been proven (for example, Statoil encountered construction challenges in the Snohvit project). Additionally, in some remote locations, transportation infrastructure does not exist for taking oil and gas for refinement or is very difficult to obtain. Thus, Statoil may not be able to utilize all of its potential production capacity.
  • Alternative Fuels: Because of the decreasing availability of oil and concern for the environment, there has been greater pressure on the development of Renewable Energy. Also, rising oil and gas prices are making it more economically feasible for alternative energies to be used. New sources of energy include: biofuels; clean coal; nuclear energy, solar power, and wind energy. The long-term development of alternative energies can have a significant negative impact on Statoil's oil and gas operations.
  • Oil Prices: Statoil is extremely susceptible to changes in oil prices in the global market because they are involved in nearly all the stages of production of oil including exploration, drilling, transport, refining, and marketing. Also, oil prices correlate somewhat with natural gas prices because they are complementary goods. A fundamental driver of the increasing price of oil supply is the great global demand for energy.
  • Foreign Exchange Rate Fluctuations: Most of Statoil's revenue is made in terms of the U.S. dollar, which is used to price the global oil market. However, most of Statoil's costs are paid with the Norwegian kroner. Thus, a decrease in the value of the dollar against the kroner can adversely affect earnings. Because revenue will decrease and costs will increase relative to each other. Conversely, an increase in the strength of the dollar versus the kroner will benefit profits. The following table and chart show the kroner per dollar exchange rate over the past few years. The dollar has weakened relative to the kroner since 2002, thus, Statoil's profits have been adversely affected by foreign exchange rate fluctuations.

Competition

Statoil is involved in every stage of production of oil and gas. It is primarily focused in the Norwegian Continental Shelf and accounts for 60% of Norway's oil and natural gas production. However, Statoil has increased its exploration in foreign international reserves, bringing it into direct competition with the global supermajors who have more resources, expertise, economies of scale, and capital than Statoil.

Notes

  1. Statoil Fights Off Shareholder Effort to Exit Canadian Oil-Sands Projects (2010-05-19).
  2. STO 2009 20-F "Financial Highlights"
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