Exxon set to slash spending as market conditions worsen over COVID-19 pandemic

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US oil major ExxonMobil is looking to significantly reduce spending as a result of market conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and commodity price decreases, the company said Monday.

“Based on this unprecedented environment, we are evaluating all appropriate steps to significantly reduce capital and operating expenses in the near term,” said Darren Woods, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation. “We will outline plans when they are finalized.”

Woods said that ExxonMobil has faced numerous market downturns throughout its long history and has experience operating in a sustained low-price environment. “We remain focused on being a safe, low-cost operator and creating long-term value for shareholders,” Woods stated.

The company is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and has adjusted work arrangements to ensure a healthy work environment and support communities where we operate.

Woods stressed the company will maintain its ongoing commitment to safety and environmental performance.

“We are confident that we will manage through these challenging times by taking deliberate action to keep our people safe, our environment protected and our company strong,” said Woods.

Rystad Energy said in February that global oil firms were preparing to spend more than $53 billion in Guyana’s coveted Stabroek Block during the coming decade, led by ExxonMobil, with capital expenditure in the South American country forecast to reach around $22.6 billion between 2019 and 2030.

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