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Shell warns of negative impact from Texas winter storm on its Q1 2021 earnings

April 12/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the world's petrochemical major, has warned that the Texas winter storm is expected to have had a negative impact of USD200 million on its first-quarter adjusted earnings, according to MarketWatch.

In addition, the FTSE 100 oil and gas major said it expects to report natural gas production of between 920,000 and 960,000 oil-equivalent barrels a day for the first quarter, combined with liquefied natural gas volumes of 7.8 million-8.4 million metric tons. This compares with previous guidance of 900,000-950,000 barrels and 8.0 million-8.4 million tons.

For the upstream business, production is expected at 2.40 million-2.475 million oil-equivalent barrels a day, including a 10,000-20,000 barrels hit from the Texas storms. This compares with previous guidance of 2.40 million-2.60 million barrels.

Sales volumes for oil products have been downgraded to 3.7 million-4.7 million barrels a day from 4.0 million-5.0 million. Sales volumes for the chemicals division have been revised down to 3.5 million-3.7 million tons from 3.6 million-3.9 million.

However, the company's chemicals adjusted earnings are expected to be positively impacted by improved base margins and slightly higher intermediate margins compared with the fourth quarter of last year.

As MRC informed earlier, Royal Dutch Shell Plc restarted the small crude distillation unit (CDU) on 2 April at its 318,000-bpd joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery. The 70,000-bpd DU-1 CDU was shut on Feb 14 by a pump seal failure. All other units were shut the following day by severe cold weather. DU-1 is the last unit shut in February to restart at the refinery.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 241,030 tonnes in January 2021 versus 217,890 tonnes a year earlier. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 141,870 tonnes in January 2021 versus 123,520 tonnes a year earlier. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased.

Royal Dutch Shell plc is an Anglo-Dutch multinational oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands and with its registered office in London, United Kingdom. It is the biggest company in the world in terms of revenue and one of the six oil and gas "supermajors". Shell is vertically integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Shell, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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