Cairn Energy reduces Senegal, UK spending plans

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LONDON (Reuters) – Oil and gas producer Cairn Energy (L:) on Friday reduced investment plans by about a fifth, following the fall of oil prices () to less than $30 a barrel.

Cairn and its partners, including Woodside (AX:) and FAR (AX:), were assessing “substantial initiatives to reduce and re-phase” investment in the $4.2 billion (3.4 billion pounds) Sangomar oil development project in Senegal, Cairn said in a statement.

Sangomar is expected to produce around 100,000 barrels per day with first oil scheduled for 2023.

“Based on initiatives already identified, Cairn’s expectation is that net capital expenditure on Sangomar in 2020 will be below $330 million, reduced from the original forecast of $400 million,” Cairn said.

“A broader review of capital expenditure for 2020 and future years is ongoing with the joint venture.”

FAR said in January it had signed a binding agreement with Glencore (L:) to market the Australian company’s share of from Sangomar.

For its producing fields in the British North Sea, Cairn expects capital expenditure to fall to $45 million this year from a previous forecast of $65 million.

Cairn kept its production forecast from Britain at between 19,000 and 23,000 bpd, just over a third of which it hedged at a $62 a barrel and with production costs at below $20 a barrel.

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