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ConocoPhillips cuts oil drilling budget
Published : Saturday, 31 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 50

NEW YORK, Jan 30: Oil company ConocoPhillips Thursday slashed its 2015 drilling budget, cutting it for the second time in less than two months as falling oil prices pressure petroleum-sector earnings.
ConocoPhillips now plans $11.5 billion in capital spending for 2015, down from the $13.5 billion announced in December, which was itself a cut of 20 per cent from the 2014 level.
The move came as ConocoPhillips reported a net loss of $39 million for the fourth quarter, compared with $2.5 billion in profits a year ago, due in part to lower commodity prices.
"We are responding decisively to a weak price outlook in 2015 by exercising our capital and balance sheet flexibility," said chief executive Ryan Lance.
"In this environment our priorities are to protect our dividend and base production, stay on track for cash flow neutrality in 2017, and preserve future opportunities."
ConocoPhillips said the cuts would entail delays in some US drilling and deferrals on some major projects.
Also Thursday, Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell unveiled plans to slash spending by more than $15 billion over the next three years after posting lower annual profits on tumbling oil prices.

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