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Shell Q1 earnings preview – stock price at 20-year highs sparks valuation concerns

​Shell shareholders are anxiously counting down to the oil supermajor’s first-quarter (Q1) 2024 earnings release on May 2, with a cloud of valuation concerns hanging over the company. Despite its share price trading near record highs, giving Shell a whopping £185.1 billion market capitalization, the firm was recently dethroned as Britain’s most valuable company by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.

Offshore Oil & Gas E&P Staging A Comeback

Offshore Namibia, the success rate in offshore discoveries has been phenomenal so far.
This week, TotalEnergies and QatarEnergy said they were expanding their efforts to explore for oil and gas in the Orange Basin offshore Namibia.
In Uruguay, Brazil’s neighbor to the south, a subsidiary of Chevron entered in a deal this week to buy 60% and assume operatorship of an offshore exploration block.

TotalEnergies, Shell, Chevron Intensify Focus on African Oil and Gas Resources

Major international oil companies (IOCs) are reaffirming their dedication to the development of African oil and gas resources, signaling positive prospects for service providers, drilling contractors, and the wider industry. During a recent event in Nigeria, top representatives from TotalEnergies, Shell, and Chevron disclosed substantial investment plans, spanning from pioneering exploration endeavors to facilitating gas supply from mature markets. With the Invest in African Energy (IAE) forum scheduled for May in Paris, there exists a prime opportunity for investors to capitalize on this renewed commitment to advancing Africa’s energy sector.

Investor Group Seeks to Steer BP Back to Oil and Gas

Bluebell Capital Partners criticized BP’s plan to reduce oil and gas production by 25% by 2030, labeling it an “irrational strategy”.
The investor group urged BP to cut funding for bioenergy, hydrogen, and renewable projects, claiming the company has “no right to win” in these markets.
Despite pressure, BP’s new leadership, under Murray Auchincloss, plans to continue with the existing renewable energy strategy.

Nigeria oil enters unclear new era after Shell’s onshore asset sale

LAGOS/LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Shell’s exit from Nigeria’s onshore oil sector highlights risks oil majors face in Africa’s biggest exporter but has raised hopes that local firms could reverse the output decline from the Niger Delta, industry officials and analysts said.
Shell – which pioneered Nigeria’s oil industry – is the most prominent Western company to exit the Delta, a region blighted by pollution, oil theft and pipeline vandalism. Those issues have for years stymied investment – and throttled production and government finances.

Climate and Security Issues Force Oil Majors to Leave Nigeria

Equinor, Exxon Mobil, Shell, and other oil majors have sold or are planning to sell their Nigerian assets to local companies.
The divestment trend, which has accelerated in recent years, is attributed to concerns over security in the Niger Delta and a global push towards cleaner energy.
Critics argue that these divestments may not lead to better environmental practices, as local companies taking over might have less stringent emissions controls.