BP plc BP received a contract to market Guyana’s share of crude oil produced from two massive offshore production platforms over the next year.
The company will market Guyana’s share produced from the Liza Destiny and Liza Unity platforms at no charge per barrel, per the Ministry of Natural Resources. BP replaced a Saudi Aramco trading unit that held the contract earlier.
Guyana is one of the hottest sources of oil and gas, with about 11 billion barrels discovered so far. A consortium managing the country’s crude production expects to extract 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2027, up from the prior stated 380,000 bpd at the year-end.
Per the contract, BP will be responsible for marketing, evaluating regional and global demand centers, selecting customers and making suitable transport arrangements. The company will provide support to customers in all operating and back-office responsibilities for managing crude sales.
Additionally, BP is expected to enhance timely and cost-efficient crude oil operations and support customers in the continued introduction of the grade to multiple geographies and refinery systems. The energy giant will also provide benchmark and performance comparisons, and help the government understand the behavior and yields of the Liza blend.
BP outperformed 13 other companies to take responsibility as a marketing agent. The government of Guyana will continue to employ apparent and innovative practices to manage the nation’s hydrocarbon resources to attain maximum returns and improve the livelihoods of all citizens. The government recently cited that it would auction 14 offshore blocks to increase production by adding more oil producers.
Shares of BP have outperformed the industry in the past six months. The stock has gained 8.3% compared with the industry's 5.9% growth.
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Zacks Rank & Key Picks
BP currently carries a Zack Rank #3 (Hold).
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