FROM RUSSIA, WITH OIL: ExxonMobil and Rosneft, the U.S. and Russian oil giants could invest over $500 billion in a joint venture to explore for and produce oil in the Arctic and the Black Sea. They agreed in August to team up to develop oil and natural gas fields in Russia and North America.
In a dramatic stroke of luck for the Kremlin, this morning there is hardly a person in the world who is happier than Russian president Vladimir Putin because overnight state-run run OAO Rosneft announced it has discovered what may be a treasure trove of black oil, one which could boost Russia's coffers by hundreds of billions if not more, when a vast pool of crude was discovered in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean, showing the region has the potential to become one of the world’s most important crude-producing areas, arguably bigger than the Gulf Of Mexico.
"Big Oil" has to make "Big Investments" in exploration and capital equipment to earn those "Big Profits" We hear a lot from the media and politicians about the "big profits" of "Big Oil" companies like ExxonMobil, which earned $9.45 billion in the first quarter of 2012, and $41 billion last year. But the media never reports about the "big investments" companies like ExxonMobil make, which are almost equal to the profits it earns.
On Monday, at the suburban residence of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the chiefexecutives of the US and Russian oil giants, ExxonMobil and Rosneft, signed a deal to collaborate in the development of oil and natural gas fields in Russia and North America. The agreement was officially announced on Wednesday and holds the potential for $500 billion to be invested in the exploration and production of oil in the Arctic and the Black Sea.
Last May, when the Obama administration was furiously cracking down on the Kremlin in the aftermath of the CIA-backed Ukraine presidential coup and the resulting "territorial expansion" by Russia which promptly took over the Crimea peninsula (and is on its way to annexing the Donetsk republic) with attempts to "isolate" Russia, one prominent US company dared to defy the White House embargo and extended its partnership with Moscow.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Oil major ExxonMobil and Russia's Rosneft unveiled an offshore exploration partnership on Wednesday that could invest upward of $500 billion in developing Russia's vast energy reserves in the Arctic and Black seas. Under the deal, signed in Moscow on Monday after nearly a year of talks, the partners will seek to develop three fields in the Arctic with recoverable hydrocarbon reserves estimated at 85 billion barrels in oil-equivalent terms. ...