Firms in Oilfield Services Expect Better Performance In 2018



 Oilfield services firms are expected to perform better this year due to increase in tendering activity and recovery in oil prices but there are still some challenges for the firms due to reduced profit margins.

Oilfield services sector has been badly hit in the past few years following the collapse in oil prices and sharp pullback in capex in oil and gas sector.

Emma Richards, senior oil and gas analyst from BMI Research said, “the Year 2018 should be bit of a turning point. Rising oil prices and firming sentiment will drive up spending and that should lead to stronger tenderingactivity, higher fleet utilization and rising charter revenues and rates for oilfield services providers,”

From more than $100 (Dh367) per barrel in 2014, oil prices plunged to less than $40 per barrel in 2016 before recovering in the last one year to trade above $50 per barrel due to production cuts by Opec (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) to boost oil prices.

There will still be a very strong focus on keeping down capital and operating costs, which will continue to pressure margins for oilfield services companies.

“We do see spending rise next year, but the growth isn’t overly aggressive around 4 percent globally and a bit shy of that in the GCC.”

“The companies that will outperform will be the ones that can provide upstream producers with continuing productivity and efficiency gains. Conventional onshore will continue to be the main focus, although opportunities will arise in the offshore and to a lesser extent unconventional spaces too.”

Dubai-based Topaz Energy and Marine, the Dubai based company supports the industry with offshore vessels is expecting more opportunities this year compared to previous years.

“The market will continue its slow recovery in 2018 as oil prices stabilize and production increases. As a result we have reactivated three laid up vessels to the Mena (the Middle East and North Africa) fleet and redeployed one vessel from Africa. We are leveraging our strong presence in the region to continue to pursue and win contracts,” said Rene Kofod-Olsen, CEO of Topaz Energy and Marine, a subsidiary of Renaissance Services, a publicly traded company on the Muscat Securities Market.

The firm has a fleet of 100 offshore support vessels with operations in Caspian, Middle East, West Africa, North Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

“After re-financing this year and having secured significant contracts with Dragon Oil and Total, I believe we are in a good position for 2018 and on our way to capture more of the energy logistics market as we look to expand and diversify our offering,” added Kofod-Olsen.

Ebrahim Al Alawi, Deputy CEO of Abu Dhabi-based AlMansoori Specialized Engineering also expects 2018 to be a better year for the industry.

“As we have become accustomed to lower prices for our services, we have incorporated new ways of working with our everyday business practices to optimise costs. We are confident that we will survive this downturn and come out stronger when things pick up.”

The company remains focused on the UAE, Saudi and Kuwait while also expanding their presence in other regional markets such as India, the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries and East Africa.

Source : izmaop

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