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Agcapita Oct Energy Briefing

  1. 1. Agcapita Energy Update October 2009 1
  2. 2. Summary There has been considerable discussion recently about the “paradox” of bonds and stocks and commodities going up together - that the bond market is predicting a continuing recession via low interest rates and the stock market is predicting a recovery via high equity prices. Why is the bond market behaving so strangely in the face of a huge recovery stocks and commodities – surely one of these indicators must be wrong? Maybe, but perhaps there is an alternative interpretation that fits the facts. Markets always appear to act strangely to profit maximisers when non-profit maximisers are involved. I actually feel that the behavior of the sovereign debt market makes sense. Virtually every asset class is exhibiting the short-term effects of a massive monetary expansion. Once again assets that are liquid and traded - including LT sovereign debt – are rapidly “increasing” in price in nominal terms. Monetary authorities have expanded the global money supply aggressively allowing speculative activities to re-ignite via Contents investment and commercial banking intermediaries and at the same 2 Global Oil Production - time they are busy monetizing the rapidly expanding government UKERC debts - hence low interest rates and rapidly recovering equity prices. 3 North American Natural Gas Storage When cross-correlations between assets classes are very high and positive we should always be asking ourselves whether we are in a 3 Crude Natural Gas Ratio period of liquidity/money printing induced euphoria. 3 Natural Gas – Supply Demand Analysis Ultimately monetary authorities can control exchange rates or interest rates but not both. If they decide to sacrifice exchange 5 Energy Consumption Quick rates for low interest rates then, in my opinion, inflation is sure to Facts follow. Kind Regards Stephen Johnston - Partner 1
  3. 3. Energy Update The peak year for discoveries of giant oil fields Global oil proDuCtion - uKerC (ultimate recovery of 500 mbbl oil or more) in the U.S. was 1930—in the world, 1962. 80% of the oil Despite large uncertainties in the available data, produced in 1995 was found before 1973. We now sufficient information is available to allow the status find one barrel for every four we consume. and risk of global oil depletion to be adequately assessed. But the available methodologies can frequently lead to underestimates of resource size and overly pessimistic forecasts of future supply. The Chart 1: UKERC canvassed the existing research and came to exploration - DisCovery - Consumption the following conclusions: 80 12 70 11 − The rate of decline of production is accelerat- Exploratory drilling “wildcats” (thousands) ing. The global average decline rate of post-peak Annual oil discoveries minus annual 60 10 consumption (billions of barrels) 50 9 fields is at least 6.5%/year and the corresponding 40 8 decline rate of all currently producing fields is at 30 7 least 4%/year. This implies that approximately 20 6 3 mb/day of capacity be added each year just to 10 5 maintain production at current levels – equivalent 0 4 Discoveries greater than consumption to a new Saudi Arabia coming on-stream every 3 -10 3 -20 Consumption greater than discoveries 2 years. An additional 1 mb/day is required to meet 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 demand growth. From a different perspective, Source: Association for the Study of Peak Oil, more than two thirds of existing capacity may need to be replaced by 2030 solely to prevent production from falling. In the last 20 years, only three fields (in Norway, − A peak in conventional oil production before 2030 Columbia and Brazil) have been found with more than appears likely and there is a significant risk of a one billion barrels each. None produce more than peak before 2020. 200,000 barrels a day. From 1990 to 2000 a total of 42 billion barrels of new reserves were discovered. In the same period the world consumed 250 billion barrels. 2
  4. 4. Energy Update (continued) north ameriCan natural Gas storaGe CruDe natural Gas ratio Working gas in storage was 3,734 Bcf as of Friday, The oil/natural gas ratio has moved down sharply October 16, 2009, according to EIA estimates. This from the extreme trading of just 4 weeks ago. represents a net increase of 18 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 397 Bcf higher than last year at natural Gas – supply DemanD analysis this time and 432 Bcf above the 5-year average of 3,302 Bcf. In the East Region, stocks were 114 Bcf Highlights from the recent Bernstein Energy report above the 5-year average following net injections of “Why $5 Gas Is Still Cheap: It’s Cyclical, Not Secular: 11 Bcf. Stocks in the Producing Region were 252 Highlights” Bcf above the 5-year average of 935 Bcf after a net injection of 5 Bcf. Stocks in the West Region were 65 “− Gas investors are now faced with two controver- Bcf above the 5-year average after a net addition of sial questions: what is the marginal cost of supply 2 Bcf. At 3,734 Bcf, total working gas is above the and where are we in the cycle? Although some 5-year historical range. people believe that gas has become structurally Chart 2: Wti CruDe versus natural Chart 3: Wti CruDe versus natural Gas ratio (september 2009) Gas ratio (oCtober 2009) (CL V9 / NG V9) 9/1/2009 (CL Z9 / NG X9) 10/1/2009 23.50 23.00 22.50 17.50 22.00 17.00 21.50 16.50 21.00 16.29 16.00 20.50 20.00 15.50 19.50 15.00 19.00 14.50 18.50 14.00 18.00 17.50 13.50 17.00 13.00 16.50 12.50 16.00 12.00 15.50 15.00 11.50 14.50 11.00 14.00 10.50 13.50 10.00 13.00 12.50 9.50 12.00 9.00 11.50 8.50 11.00 8.00 10.50 10.00 7.50 9.50 7.00 9.00 6.50 8.50 6.00 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Monthly 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Monthly 3
  5. 5. Energy Update (continued) cheaper, the evidence we have seen suggests the why it has taken time for the reduced rig count opposite: the long-term upward trend in the cost to impact production, but current rig counts are of gas continues. However, we now find ourselves clearly unsustainable over the long term. Cana- in a severe cyclical downturn. We believe that the dian production has also been reduced by lower cyclical recovery will be relatively quick and that, rig counts, and hence imports to the US have as a result, pricing will approach and surpass the dropped materially. marginal cost of $7.50/mcf in the early part of 2010. − We think that LNG will not pose a material threat to a recovery in US gas prices. Imports to the US − The secular upward trend is unchanged because have been just 1.3 Bcfd so far in 2009 and with even though shale gas is clearly abundant, there projects being delayed the anticipated flood of is little evidence that producing it is cheap. We LNG will be smaller than expected. More im- expect that most shales will be like the Barnett portantly, the world continues to have an LNG Shale – very strong initial results followed by years shortage relative to regassification capacity, and of rising F&D as companies either drill further from we expect that demand for LNG will be much the core or drill wells too close to each other. stronger internationally than in the US. Furthermore, shale gas still accounts for only 11% of the total market, meaning that other gas drilling − We believe that the recovery of gas prices will be must continue as well. We also believe that much led by declining supply of gas, not by a surge in of the improvement in initial-production rates demand. Reductions in supply on a year-over- seen in the past two years has been due to E&Ps year basis will be over 5 Bcfd, which is much spending more on expensive completion tech- larger than the reductions in industrial demand, niques, not due to improving geologic prospects. which was never greater than 2.5 Bcfd year over year. We continue to model relatively weak indus- − In terms of the cycle, the long-anticipated reduc- trial demand going forward, with little recovery in tions in onshore supply have begun, with onshore the coming years. We believe there will be some production 1.5% lower in July of this year than in growth in the electric power segment but there June. We expect these production trends to con- may be a brief reduction in gas demand for power tinue and to accelerate, and we believe that gas of around 1 Bcfd once gas again becomes more production may be down as much as 10% year- expensive than coal.” over year by December. There are a few reasons 4
  6. 6. Energy Update (continued) enerGy Consumption QuiCK FaCts − US Foreign Oil Dependence: In 2002, net imports − World Oil Reserves: The US has 2.4 percent of accounted for 53% of U.S. oil consumed and is the world’s “proven” oil reserves, meaning the projected to rise to 70% by 2025. 50 percent oil that we know is there and can be pumped of US oil comes from the Western hemisphere; using existing technology. But that’s a modest Canada and Mexico are its top suppliers. But percentage considering the US consumes more then completing the list are countries like Saudi of it than any other country – and also considering Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria – major players in the US is one of the largest oil producers. No the global oil market with authoritarian regimes or other country that produces as much oil also politically unstable governments. So consider the consumes so much. To put this numbers in range of implications for US oil supply if one of a global perspective, the Middle East has 61 these nations were to undergo a transformation of percent of the world’s proven oil reserves. Iran power, civil unrest or even a natural disaster. The alone accounts for 11.2 percent. US certainly got a foreshadowing of this in 2008 when gas prices reached $4 a gallon. − Transportation: Transportation is one of the larg- est consumers of energy in the world, accounting Chart 4: top suppliers oF oil to the us Chart 5: WorlD oil reserves Thousand barrels per day, 2007 Proved oil reserves as a percentage of world total, at end of 2007 Canada 2,455 Mexico 1,532 100% 1,485 90% Saudia Arabia 80% Venezuela 1,361 70% 61.0% Nigeria 1,134 60% Algeria 670 50% Angola 508 40% Iraq 484 30% Russia 414 20% 11.6% 9.0% 9.5% 10% 3.3% U.S. Virgin Isl. 346 3.2% 0% 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 North South and Europe, Middle East Africa Asia Pacific America Central Eurasia America Source: “Monthly Imports Report,” January 2009, Energy Information Administration Source: “BP Statistical Review of World Energy,” June 2008, BP 5
  7. 7. Energy Update (continued) for 58 percent of liquid fuel consumption in OECD − China: Oil consumption in China has increased countries in 2004. 8% annually since 2002, doubling from 1996- 2006. China is capable of overtaking the U.S. − Coal: Coal is the most abundant fossil fuel pro- as the world’s largest energy consumer by 2010 duced in the US and is used to generate nearly according to the EIA. In March 2009, the Chinese half of all electricity in the United States. The government agreed to finance oil-field develop- United States has the world’s largest known coal ments with Brazilian and Russian oil companies reserves, 263.8 billion short tons, which are pro- in exchange for guaranteed supplies of crude oil. jected to sustain the US demand for electricity for China will loan the Brazilian oil company Petro- 225 years. The consumption of coal is expected bras (PBR) $10 billion for the development of its to increase at an average annual rate of 2 percent pre-salt fields. In return, Brazil will supply China from 2005 to 2030. Countries such as China, with 100,000 to 160,000 barrels of crude oil per India and the US have vast reserves of coal and day. Petrobras (PBR) has reached similar agree- can extract coal relatively cheaply, making it an ments with Unipec, a subsidiary of China Petro- economically attractive source of energy. leum and Chemical Corporation. Petrobras (PBR) will sell between 60,000 and 100,000 barrels − Renewable Energy: Renewable energy is the of crude per day to Unipec in exchange for $10 fastest growing source of energy, with projected billion in loans from Unipec and the China Devel- consumption increasing by 2.1 percent annually opment Bank. In March 2009, the China Devel- from 2005 to 2030. Renewable energy is gener- opment Bank signed a $15 billion financing deal ally more expensive to produce than energy from with Russia’s government-controlled oil company fossil fuels and current projections show that it is Rosneftand a $10 billion deal with Transneft in ex- not a realistic substitute for traditional fossil fuel change for future oil supplies. In exchange for the supply in the foreseeable future. loans to Russian oil companies, China will receive oil supplies and a new pipeline spur to China. For China, the deals secure 15 million tons of oil Chart 6: WorlD enerGy DemanD (300,000 bpd) every year for the next 20 years. China has also agreed to loan Venezuela $12 bil- Total Energy Non-Fossil Wind & Solar lion in order to develop oil projects that have the 60 1.2 potential to increase Venezuelan exports to China 300 Non-Fossil Wind & Solar from 330,000 bpd to 1 million bpd by 2015. } } China’s financing contracts with Petrobras (PBR) Wind and Rosneft are part of the country’s strategy of 150 Developing securing future energy contracts in order to meet Fossil Nuclear, Hydro & Biomass the country’s rising demand for energy. Fuels Industrialized Solar 1980 2020 1980 2020 1980 2020 (Million Barrels/Day Oil Equivalent) Source: Global Energy Network 6
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