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Wall Street Journal  Aug 26  Comment 
Statoil said its activity level is at its highest ever, with more than 100 projects in planning or execution, and said it aimed to maintain its current oil and gas production in coming years.
Wall Street Journal  Aug 25  Comment 
Statoil has said that Western countries' sanctions against Russia will slow down approvals for some of the Norwegian firm's Rosneft joint ventures.
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Statoil has awarded Kvaerner a concept study related to a standardised unmanned dry tree wellhead platform for the Oseberg Future Development project. The concept is focused on minimisation of facili
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Statoil shut down production on the Troll C platform in the North Sea on Sunday 17 August after an inspection programme on the platform detected corrosion damage to a pipe connected to the oil export
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Independent well completion and intervention technology developer and manufacturer Omega Completion Technology has secured a completions framework contract with Statoil ASA. The contract awards Omega
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Norway's Statoil partners with Russian state energy giant Rosneft to search for oil in the Arctic, despite Western sanctions against Moscow.




 

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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