Local O&G players in limbo despite high oil prices


Watch for the follow-up.

Dateline 2022-03-14, The Edge:

BRENT crude tested the US$120 band last Thursday before tapering off to the US$110 level at press time on Friday.

Since early last December, the benchmark has strengthened by 61.6%. Thursday’s highs were last seen in 2008, when Brent crude hit US$145 per barrel in mid-July that year.

But there is little reason for local oil and gas firms to celebrate, at least for now, simply because they are still struggling to survive, let alone make handsome profits.

Petroleum Nasional Bhd (Petronas), however, chalked up a profit after tax of RM48.6 billion on the back of RM247.96 billion in revenue for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2021 (FY2021).

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