Exxon Mobil is progressing growth plans while researching technology breakthroughs to reduce emissions, Chairman and CEO Darren Woods told shareholders during the company’s annual meeting.
Dallas/USA — Exxon Mobil expects to increase annual earnings potential by more than 140 % and double potential annual cash flow from operations by 2025 from 2017 adjusted earnings, assuming a 2017 oil price of $ 60 per barrel adjusted for inflation and based on 2017 margins. During a meeting, CEO Woods highlighted progress on major upstream projects that are expected to help increase production to about 5 million oil-equivalent barrels per day by 2025.
Those projects include plans to increase production in the Permian Basin to 1 million oil-equivalent barrels per day by 2024. In Guyana, the company recently announced the 13th discovery on the Stabroek block, adding to the previously estimated 5.5 billion barrels of discovered recoverable resource. Guyana’s first oil production is on track for early next year — just five years after discovery.
In Brazil, the company has acquired 2.3 million net acres in one of the world’s most promising exploration plays and is finalizing development plans for the Carcara resource, which will begin production by 2024. In Mozambique, the group secured offtake commitments for the Rovuma LNG project as it progresses toward a final investment decision. And in Papua New Guinea, the company is planning a three-train liquefied natural gas expansion as it continues to explore for gas in the country’s Highlands region.
In its downstream and chemical businesses, the company is planning to more than double earnings potential from 2017 adjusted results by 2025, assuming constant 2017 margins, with investments that capitalize on proprietary technology.
Woods highlighted his company's efforts to address society’s dual challenge of providing affordable energy necessary for economic growth while reducing environmental impacts. Last year, Exxon Mobil participated in a Vatican-led climate dialogue, joined the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative and advocated for policies such as a carbon tax and strong methane regulations.
Woods said the company continues its work on potential technology breakthroughs — including next-generation biofuels for transportation, carbon capture for power generation and new industrial processes to reduce energy use — to provide reliable, affordable and lower-emission energy at the necessary scale to have a global impact.
The company recently committed to spend up to $ 100 million over 10 years on research with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and National Energy Technology Laboratory to bring lower-emissions technologies to commercial scale.