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Mohamed bin Zayed chairs ADNOC Board of Directors Meeting at Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI, 1st December, 2021 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), today presided over the annual meeting of the ADNOC Board of Directors.

During the meeting, which was held in the UAE pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed conveyed the support and encouragement of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for ADNOC and commended the company’s proactive steps to embrace the energy transition, noting its clean energy partnership with Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC). Sheikh Mohamed lauded ADNOC’s strong performance and its landmark achievements in 2021 that have maximised value and growth opportunities for the UAE.

Other board members that attended the meeting were H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office; H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Crown Prince Court; Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNOC; Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State; Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Ali Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council Office; Khaldoun Khalifa Al Mubarak, Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of Mubadala; Jassim Mohammed Buatabh Al Zaabi, Member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance Council; and Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy.

During the meeting, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed underlined ADNOC’s important role as a catalyst for the UAE’s growth and diversification and expressed confidence that the company is well placed to continue to empower the nation’s socioeconomic ambitions as it looks ahead to the next 50 years.

ADNOC is building on this success and today announced a significant increase in national reserves of 4 billion stock tank barrels (STB) of oil and 16 trillion standard cubic feet (TSCF) of natural gas. These additional reserves increase the UAE’s hydrocarbon reserves base to 111 billion STB of oil and 289 TSCF of natural gas, reinforcing the country’s position in global rankings as the holder of the sixth-largest oil reserves and the seventh-largest gas reserves.

Commenting on the achievements, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed congratulated ADNOC and said the UAE will continue to responsibly unlock its hydrocarbon resources to drive progress and contribute to global energy security.

As ADNOC unlocks the UAE’s lower carbon oil and gas resources, it is ensuring greater economic value is retained in the local economy through its successful In-Country Value (ICV) programme which is nurturing new business opportunities for the private sector and creating jobs opportunities for UAE Nationals.

Sheikh Mohamed and the board reviewed the ongoing achievements of ADNOC’s ICV programme. Since ADNOC launched the programme in January 2018, it has driven AED105 billion ($28.6 billion) back into the UAE economy and created over 3,000 jobs for UAE Nationals in the private sector, including over 1,000 jobs this year.

The Board of Directors approved ADNOC’s five year business plan and capital expenditure (CAPEX) of AED466 billion ($127 billion) for 2022-2026 to enable its plans to expand its upstream production capacity and downstream portfolio as well as its low carbon fuels business and clean energy ambitions. As part of this plan, ADNOC aims to drive over AED160 billion ($43.6 billion) back into the UAE economy across 2022-2026 through its ICV programme. This will further stimulate growth and diversification and support the objectives of the UAE Principles of the 50 outlined by the wise leadership to usher a new era of economic and social growth over the next 50 years.

The board also approved ADNOC’s New Energies Strategy aimed at further reducing its carbon footprint and enabling it to capitalise on opportunities in renewable energy, hydrogen and other lower carbon fuels. The board noted that ADNOC’s clean energy partnership with EWEC will see up to 100 percent of ADNOC’s grid power supplied by EWEC’s nuclear and solar clean energy sources, and concluded it is an important milestone in ADNOC’s journey to a lower-carbon future.

In Downstream and Industry, the board endorsed ADNOC’s plans to evaluate doubling its liquefied natural gas (LNG) production capacity from 6 to 12 million tonnes per annum (MMTPA). The potential expansion of ADNOC’s LNG production capacity is underpinned by the growth in its natural gas position, with new developments planned to add 3 billion standard cubic feet per day (scfd) and more to come from associated gas as it expands its crude oil production capacity.

The board highlighted the progress of the TA’ZIZ Industrial ecosystem in Ruwais and the strong local and international investor interest received, particularly in the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone. The Chemicals Zone, ADNOC’s joint venture with Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADQ), is a key pillar of ADNOC’s downstream and industrial expansion strategy and is helping to accelerate the development of Abu Dhabi’s petrochemicals and manufacturing industry. Anchor projects for the world-class chemicals zone are already in the design phase and international partners such as Reliance Industries, Fertiglobe, GS Energy and Mitsui have announced they will partner with TA’ZIZ.

Within the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone, ADNOC is advancing a world-scale low carbon ammonia facility as part of its ongoing efforts to reinforce Abu Dhabi’s leadership in the clean hydrogen economy and capitalise on growing global demand for low-carbon ammonia. The board noted the progress on this front, including ADNOC’s recent sales of low carbon ammonia demonstration cargos produced by Fertiglobe at its Fertil plant in Ruwais to customers in Asia.

In trading, the board recognised the significant strides made by ADNOC’s trading teams following the establishment of two new trading entities – ADNOC Trading (AT) and ADNOC Global Trading (AGT) – over a year ago. The board congratulated ADNOC on the establishment of its trading offices in Singapore, which are the latest step in the growth of its trading businesses.

The board discussed recent developments in oil and gas markets and noted that ADNOC continues to remain agile, resilient and able to quickly adapt to market conditions.

The success of the Murban Futures Contract on ICE Futures Abu Dhabi (IFAD) was also highlighted with the new Murban Futures Contract recently trading over one billion barrels of Abu Dhabi’s flagship low-carbon Murban crude. The board noted that Murban was now more widely available to a broader set of market participants around the globe and is well positioned to act as an important price marker for crude oil.

On this occasion, Dr. Al Jaber said, "ADNOC is very grateful for the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Supreme Council for Economic and Financial Affairs and the ADNOC Board of Directors, as their guidance has been instrumental in enabling our robust operational and financial performance and landmark achievements this year. Our progress is as a result of the wise directives of the UAE’s leadership and the hardwork and dedication of all my colleagues at ADNOC.

"We have laid a solid foundation to ensure ADNOC continues to drive greater and more sustainable value for the UAE during the energy transition. As we build on this foundation, we are capitalising on the many commercial opportunities in this era while strengthening our position as one of the lowest cost and lowest carbon oil and gas producers in the world.

"The Board of Directors’ approval of ADNOC’s Business Plan and New Energies Strategy marks an important phase in our ongoing journey to future-proof our business model. We are confidently moving forward to deliver upstream growth, accelerate the UAE’s industrial development through our downstream expansion, build our trading capabilities and advance our position in hydrogen and clean energy. At the same time, we are creating opportunities for the UAE’s private sector to benefit from ADNOC’s growth and enabling more skilled job opportunities for UAE National talent, in line with the Leadership’s wise directives."

The increase in oil and gas national reserves was driven by ADNOC’s continuous appraisal activities and enabled by best reservoir management practices across its onshore and offshore portfolio as well as leveraging advanced tailored technologies. In addition, maturing development plans towards achieving ADNOC’s 5 million barrels per day (mmbpd) production capacity target by 2030 contributed to the substantial reserves increase.

Around half of the newly added 4 billion STB oil national reserves are Murban-grade crude, Abu Dhabi’s highly sought-after lower-carbon crude grade which has been successfully trading on the ICE Futures Abu Dhabi (IFAD) commodities exchange since March 2021.

The new Murban reserves offer the potential to reinforce the long-term liquidity of the Murban Futures Contract. Furthermore, the increase in oil and gas reserves underpins ADNOC’s objectives of boosting its crude oil production capacity and driving gas self-sufficiency for the UAE. These objectives will be enabled by the growth of ADNOC’s drilling activities, through ADNOC Drilling, as they will require thousands of new wells by 2030.

The latest increase in national reserves follows ADNOC’s announcement last year of the discovery of recoverable unconventional oil resources estimated at 22 billion STB and an increase in conventional oil national reserves of 2 billion STB. Also, in 2019, ADNOC announced national reserves increases of 7 billion STB of oil and 58 TSCF of conventional gas and the discovery of unconventional recoverable gas resources totaling 160 TSCF.

This year ADNOC has delivered several other landmark achievements. These include the largest initial public offering (IPO) in the history of Abu Dhabi’s stock exchange, ADNOC Drilling, which was more than thirty times oversubscribed; the IPO of the world’s biggest shareholder-owned exporter of fertiliser, Fertiglobe, which was more than twenty times over-subscribed; raising $1.64 billion (AED6 billion) through the combined offering of ADNOC Distribution shares and issuance of exchangeable bonds; the successful conclusion of Abu Dhabi’s second exploration block bid round and the signing of a $6.2 billion (AED22 billion) strategic partnership with Borealis to build Borouge 4 in Ruwais.

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Ryanair cabin crew in Spain announce 12 new days of strikes in July

Spain-based cabin crew at Ryanair plan to strike for 12 days this month to demand better working conditions, the USO and SICTPLA unions said on Saturday, raising the prospect of travel chaos as the summer tourist season gets under way.

The announcement came on the final day of the crews’ current strike, which began on Thursday and forced Ryanair to cancel 10 flights in Spain on Saturday.

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Cabin crew will strike on July 12-15, July 18-21 and July 25-28 across the 10 Spanish airports where Ryanair operates, the unions said in a statement.

“The unions and crew of Ryanair … demand a change of attitude from the airline,” they said in a statement, calling for Ryanair to resume negotiations on working conditions.

The unions also urged the government “not to allow Ryanair to violate labor legislation and constitutional rights such as the right to strike.”

Airline workers across Europe have been staging walkouts as the sector adapts to a resumption of travel after pandemic lockdowns.

Spain-based cabin crew at easyJet are striking for nine days this month for higher pay. The airline cancelled five flights from Spain on Saturday.

Workers at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport went on strike on Friday and into Saturday, forcing the cancellation of about 10 percent of flights.

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Tesla braces for delayed delivery due to China plant shutdown

Tesla Inc. is expected to announce quarterly production and delivery figures this weekend that will likely be among the worst of the year – and break its multi-quarter streak of record-setting results – due largely to an extended shutdown of its factory in Shanghai.

The electric vehicle maker may have delivered more than 261,000 vehicles globally during the three months ended in June, according to nine analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, ending a two-year stretch of consecutive quarterly gains.

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Tesla handed over more than 310,000 vehicles in the first three months of the year, more than any previous quarter.

“We cut our second-quarter deliveries estimate by 65,000 to 245,000 units, reflecting a prolonged Covid 19-related shutdown and logistical challenges in the Shanghai factory,” wrote Emmanuel Rosner of Deutsche Bank in a research note to clients. “Recall that during the first-quarter call, CEO Elon Musk had provided directional guidance of sequentially flat deliveries for the quarter but the situation in China worsened subsequently,” only improving in early June.

Shares of Tesla rose 1.2 percent to close trading Friday at $681.79, but the stock is down about 35 percent so far this year.

Deliveries are one of the most closely watched metrics at Tesla. They underpin the Austin, Texas-based company’s financial results and are widely seen as a broad barometer of consumer demand for EVs amid a wider shift away from the internal combustion engine.

Many large automakers will announce US sales results Friday but Tesla, which reports global totals, hasn’t specified a release date.

Dan Levy, an analyst with Credit Suisse, reduced his delivery estimate for the period to 242,000 units. “In aggregate, we believe the Shanghai shutdown accounted for about 90,000 units of lost production in the second quarter,” Levy wrote in a note to clients.

Tesla makes the Model S, X, 3 and Y vehicles at its plant in Fremont, California. It also produces Models 3 and Y at a factory near Shanghai. The company has begun delivering the first Model Ys from its new plant near Berlin and held a “Cyber Rodeo” event for 15,000 people in April to celebrate a new factory in Austin.

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However, both Berlin and Austin have been slow to ramp up production, with Musk warning in a late May interview that both plants are “gigantic money furnaces.”

Analysts and investors are also worried that the price hikes automakers are imposing to combat soaring raw material costs will weigh on demand. Tesla had boosted its sticker prices by as much as $6,000 a car earlier this month, according to Electrek.

A stronger-than-expected delivery number could provide a boost to Tesla’s stock, which is down more than 35 percent this year amid wider market concerns about rising energy costs, inflation and a potential recession.

Musk shares many of those concerns and is in the process of laying off 10 percent of Tesla’s salaried work force while pushing others to return to the office.

Earlier this week, Tesla laid off roughly 200 people on its Autopilot team, mostly hourly employees who worked as data annotation specialists.

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Regulator urges Germans to prepare for possible gas shortage

Fearing Russia might cut off natural gas supplies, the head of Germany’s regulatory agency for energy called on residents Saturday to save energy and to prepare for winter, when use increases.
Federal Network Agency President Klaus Mueller urged house and apartment owners to have their gas boilers and radiators checked and adjusted to maximize their efficiency.
“Maintenance can reduce gas consumption by 10 percent to 15 percent,” he told Funke Mediengruppe, a German newspaper and magazine publisher.
Mueller said residents and property owners need to use the 12 weeks before cold weather sets in to get ready. He said families should start talking now about “whether every room needs to be set at its usual temperature in the winter – or whether some rooms can be a little colder.”
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The appeal came after Russia reduced gas flows to Germany, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia earlier this month, as European Union countries scramble to refill storage facilities with the fuel used to generate electricity, power industry and heat homes in the winter.
Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom blamed a technical problem for the reduction in natural gas flowing through Nord Stream 1, a pipeline which runs under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany.
The company said equipment getting refurbished in Canada was stuck there because of Western sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
German leaders have rejected that explanation and called the reductions a political move in reaction to the European Union’s sanctions against Russia after it invaded Ukraine.
Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck, who is also Germany’s economy and climate minister and responsible for energy, has warned a “blockade” of the pipeline is possible starting July 11, when regular maintenance work is due to start. In previous summers, the work has entailed shutting Nord Stream 1 for about 10 days, he said.
The question is whether the upcoming regular maintenance of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline will turn into “a longer-lasting political maintenance,” the energy regulator’s Mueller said.
If the gas flow from Russia is “to be lowered for a longer period of time, we will have to talk more seriously about savings,” he said.
According to Mueller, in the event of a gas supply stoppage, private households would be specially protected, as would hospitals or nursing homes.
“I can promise that we will do everything we can to avoid private households being without gas,” he said, adding: “We learned from the coronavirus crisis that we shouldn’t make promises if we’re not entirely sure we can keep them.”
He said his agency “does not see a scenario in which there is no more gas coming to Germany at all.”
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