Woodside Announces Third Quarter Report for Period Ended 30 September 2021

Source: 10/21/2021, Location: Africa

- Achieved sales revenue of $1,531 million, up 19% from Q2 2021.
- Delivered production of 22.2 MMboe, down 2% from Q2 2021.
- Executed significant scheduled maintenance activities including at North West Shelf Project and Pluto LNG.
- Average realized price increased to $59 per barrel of oil equivalent, up 28% from Q2 2021.

Executing a clear plan
- Entered into a merger commitment deed with BHP Group to combine BHP’s oil and gas portfolio with Woodside.
- Appointed Ms Meg O’Neill as CEO and Managing Director.
- Issued a limited notice to proceed in October 2021 to Bechtel for Pluto Train 2 engineering, procurement and early works for the construction of the accommodation village in Karratha.
- Completed drilling of the first development well for Sangomar Field Development Phase 1.
- Signed multiple agreements progressing new energy and technology opportunities.

Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said sales revenue for the third quarter climbed 19% compared with the preceding three months on the back of stronger average realized LNG prices.

“Revenue from LNG sales during the period was 27% higher than the second quarter despite production being impacted by planned maintenance activities at the North West Shelf Project and Pluto LNG.

“Our portfolio realized LNG price was $57 per barrel of oil equivalent and our strong realized oil price of $80 per barrel reflects continued demand for Vincent crude in oil blending markets.

“We expect in the fourth quarter to see the benefit of stronger pricing on our realized prices, reflecting the oil price lag in many of our contracts and recent increases in gas hub prices. Our production guidance remains unchanged at 90-93 MMboe.

“Global oil and gas prices have continued their upward trajectory, underlining the rebound in demand as economic activity has picked up in Asia and elsewhere. In addition, short-term gas hub prices in Europe and Asia have experienced unprecedented and sustained increases in both value and volatility with pricing indices in both markets recently reaching all-time highs.

“Woodside’s full-year uncontracted LNG production sold on a spot basis is expected to be slightly above 15% and includes additional November spot volume recently released to Woodside from the North West Shelf. During the quarter, we sold six equity LNG spot cargoes and we are currently expecting approximately 17% of produced LNG to be sold on a spot basis in the fourth quarter.

“The agreement to pursue a proposed merger of Woodside and BHP’s petroleum business is progressing as planned. Execution of a share sale agreement and an integration and transition service agreement is expected in November, in advance of targeted completion in the second quarter of 2022 following all approvals.

“We are on track for our targeted final investment decision (FID) on the Scarborough and Pluto Train 2 developments before the end of this year. All major contracts and Commonwealth and Western Australia primary environmental approvals to support an FID are now in place, and commercial agreements are approaching finalization.

“The proposed Scarborough and Pluto Train 2 equity sell-downs are progressing well, and timing of the Pluto Train 2 sell-down is aligned with the targeted FID later this year.

“An important milestone has been achieved with the issue of a limited notice to proceed to Bechtel for Pluto Train 2, enabling engineering and procurement activities to progress, as well as the commencement of early works for the temporary construction accommodation village in Karratha.

“Significant progress was made at our Sangomar Field Development Phase 1 offshore Senegal, with the project’s first development well drilled and completed. We have also begun discussions with interested parties for the proposed sell-down of our equity in the Sangomar project to a targeted 40-50%.

“We have secured emerging opportunities as part of our strategy to create a significant business in new, lower-carbon sources of energy. These include signing of an agreement to undertake a joint feasibility study into the development of an ammonia supply chain from Australia to Japan and a commitment to invest in HyStation, a company which aims to accelerate the conversion of bus fleets in South Korea from diesel to hydrogen.

“In addition, in October we announced our collaboration with Heliogen to begin procurement for a 5 megawatt commercial-scale demonstration facility using Heliogen’s AI-enabled concentrated solar technology,” she said.

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