ExxonMobil starts production on record number of projects

Exxon Mobil Corp.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) expects to start production on a record 10 major projects in 2014, adding new capacity of approximately 300,000 net oil equivalent barrels per day and contributing to profitable production growth, said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and CEO.

“These projects exemplify our focus on maintaining a diversified portfolio and highlight our ability to grow profitable volumes,” 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, Tillerson said. Excluding potential acquisitions, capital expenditures are expected to average less than $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,” Tillerson said.

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 net oil equivalent barrels 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.

Tillerson noted that the company’s resource and geographic diversity across the portfolio enables ExxonMobil to mitigate risks in a dynamic market environment and to maximize profitability through changing business cycles. The company is pursuing more than 120 projects to develop about 24 billion oil equivalent barrels of oil and natural gas.

ExxonMobil’s Downstream and Chemical businesses are focused on strengthening the portfolio and delivering sustained financial performance across the business cycle. Midstream investments in North America will expand ExxonMobil’s logistics capabilities to transport crude oil and finished products. Other advantaged projects will increase production of high-value products.

“In the Downstream and Chemical segments, we are diversifying feedstocks through our flexible and integrated system, continuously pursuing operating efficiencies and maximizing sales of higher-margin lubes, diesel and chemical products,” Tillerson said.

In 2013, ExxonMobil added proved oil and gas reserves totaling 1.6 billion oil-equivalent barrels, including a 153% replacement ratio for crude oil and other liquids. At year-end 2013, proved reserves totaled 25.2 billion oil equivalent barrels, comprising 53% liquids and 47% natural gas.




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