MOSCOW (MRC) -- ConocoPhillips has posted a quarterly profit that trounced market expectations as supply bottlenecks and a global economic recovery helped drive a rebound in crude prices, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.
Oil prices have gained nearly 63% since the start of 2021, with global crude benchmark Brent rising above USD86 a bbl to its highest level in about three yr after the pandemic depressed fuel demand in 2020.
This year's strong demand offers "some pretty constructive tailwinds for the industry," Chief Executive Ryan Lance said on a conference call.
ConocoPhillips said it was still evaluating production targets for next yr. It plans to keep the number of shale drilling rigs "steady" until the close of its USD9.5 B purchase of Royal Dutch Shell's Permian assets, expected in the current quarter.
The company forecast fourth-quarter production between 1.53 MMbpd and 1.57 MMbpd, excluding Libya and any impact from the Shell deal. Its production, excluding Libya, rose 41.36% to 1.51 MMbpd in the third quarter, while the total average realized price surged nearly 84%. Adjusted earnings of USD1.77 per share beat expectations of USD1.51 per share, according to Refinitiv data.
Senior Vice President Dominic Macklon said ConocoPhillips does not believe in setting emissions reduction targets that include the use of the company's fuels, as they do not address consumer demand and would shift supply to less accountable producers and jurisdictions.
Unlike their European counterparts, few US producers have set so-called Scope 3 targets that include emissions from customers using the fuel they have purchased. ConocoPhillips has, however, outlined net-zero 2050 goals for Scope 1 emissions that include its own operations and Scope 2 emissions, which account for the power generation to run its facilities.
As MRC informed before, last month, Libya's Government of National Unity approved the sale of US oil company Hess Corporation's stake in the giant Waha oil concessions to both TotalEnergies and ConocoPhillips.
We remind that TotalEnergies has recently inaugurated the extension of Synova in Normandy, the French leader in recycled polypropylene production. TotalEnergies is therefore doubling its mechanical recycling production capacity for recycled polymers, to meet growing demand for sustainable polymers from customers, such as Automotive Manufacturer (Auto OEM) and the construction industry.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,138,510 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.