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The world’s top 10 oil and gas companies. Infographic shows

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The world's top 10 oil and gas companies [infographic]

When North Americans think of oil and gas companies, they often think of the big private sector companies such as Exxon Mobil or ConocoPhillips. However, it is always interesting to look at the sheer size and scope of some of the major government owned (or partnered) oil and gas firms to really see the extent of the industry.
Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian oil and gas giant, is by far the biggest energy company in the world. Saudi Aramco’s biggest field, Ghawar, generates 5 million barrels per day of oil, and the company as a whole makes more than $1 billion per day in revenues. The company’s value has been estimated around $10 trillion – the biggest company in the world. That’s about 15 times the size of Apple.
Gazprom and National Iranian Oil Company also produce 8.1 million and 6.1 million bpd equivalent. Meanwhile PetroChina, only one of three big state-owned oil giants in China, produces 3.9 million barrels each day.
With oil prices at their lowest in five years, it will be interesting to see how all of these companies respond.
Henry Sapiecha


Friday, February 27th, 2015

UPDATED: The world's top 10 gold producers

Number one Barrick Gold’s output drops in 2014, but fellow Canadian firm Agnico Eagle adds 30% to production ounces.

In 2014, preliminary estimated gold production by the top publicly-traded and non state-owned gold mining companies amounted to 30 Moz, in line with the 2013 totals.

Three out of the 10 miners suffered a decline in their attributable gold output while six of them achieved growth.

With 6.25 Moz of gold produced in 2014, Canada’s Barrick Gold Corp. (TSE:ABX) holds first place in global ranking, well ahead of its competitors.

Compared to 2013’s 7.17 Moz, Barrick’s gold output declined by 13%, mainly because of significant drop in output at its Cortez Mine (-33%), as well as a number of gold mines in Australia and USA which Barrick sold during the year.

UPDATED: The world's top 10 gold producers

Provisional attributable gold production by 10 leading companies in 2014/2013, Moz of gold except Gold Fields and Kinross, where Moz of equivalent gold used (data retrieved from corporate reports)

The US-based Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE:NEM) ranks second in the global gold competition and produced about 4.85 Moz of the precious metal in 2014, a 4% decline on 2013 (5.07 Moz), due to a significant decrease of gold output at its North America’s operations (-16%) and decline at Newmont’s Australia/New Zealand operations (-6%).

Third-ranked AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU), reported its second consecutive growth in annual production. In 2014, company mined out 4.44 Moz of gold, or 8% more than 2013 totals (4.11 Moz).

Fourth-ranked Goldcorp Inc. (TSE:G) produced 2.87 Moz of gold in 2014, including discontinued operations, or 7.5% more than in 2013 (2.67 Moz). This increase was due to development of production at Penasquito (Mexico, +41%) and Pueblo Viejo (Dominican Republic, +36%) mines, and commissioning of Cerro Negro (Argentina) and Eleonore (Canada) mines.

Another Canadian company Kinross Gold Corporation (TSE:K), fifth in world gold production rankings, produced 2.71 Moz of gold equivalent in 2014. This volume is slightly exceeded the Kinross’ guidance of 2.5-2.7 Moz of gold equivalent and is 3% higher than 2013 production totals (2.63 Moz of gold equivalent).

Sixth in the ratings, Australian Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX:NCM), produced approximately 2.33 Moz of gold in 2014 calendar year, which is 1% lower than 2013 output (2.36 Moz).

South African Gold Fields Limited (NYSE:GFI), currently ranked seventh, produced 2.22 Moz of gold equivalent in 2014, or 10% higher than in 2013 (2.02 Moz). This increase is mainly due to the inclusion of a full year’s production from the Yilgarn South assets in 2014 compared with only one quarter in 2013.

In eighth place, Russian origin Polyus Gold International (LON: PGIL) produced 1.7 Moz of gold, a 3% increase from its 2013 tally of 1.65 Moz.

South Africa’s Sibanye Gold Limited (JSE: SGL & NYSE: SBGL), which split from Gold Fields in February 2013, enters at ninth position with its first full year output. In 2014, Sibanye produced 1.59 Moz of gold, or 11% more than in 2013 (1.43 Moz)* from its four Witwatersrand mines.

Canadian Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd (TSE:AEM) gold output jumped by staggering 30%, from 1.1 Moz in 2013, to 1.43 Moz in 2014, thanks to new mines coming on stream, including Goldex mine (Canada) and La India mine (Mexico), as well as acquisition of 50%-share in Canadian Malartic mine.

This allows Agnico Eagle to jump two positions up in the world rankings, from 12th to tenth, pushing Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX) out of the top 10. Production at US-based Freeport – primarily a copper producer and owner of the iconic Grasberg mine Indonesia – decreased by 3%, from 1.25 Moz in 2013, to 1.21 Moz in 2014.

Knocking on the door is Canada’s Yamana Gold (TSX:YRI) which and increased its gold output by 18%, from 1 Moz in 2013, to 1.18 Moz in 2014.

Note: For corporate attributable gold production, figures used are from actual official data or companies’ expectations for the 2014 calendar year. Wherever possible, calculated gold ounces are quoted instead of gold equivalent ounces. 


Henry Sapiecha


Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Global Competitive Manufacturing Index

This year’s report indicates that access to talented workers capable of supporting innovation is the key factor driving global competitiveness at manufacturing companies – well ahead of ‘classic’ factors typically associated with competitive manufacturing, such as labor, materials, and energy. The 2010 report also identified the emergence of a new group of leaders in the manufacturing competitive index over the next five years. These include Mexico, Poland, and Thailand – countries not always considered alongside longer-standing, up-and-comers like Brazil and Russia. Not unexpectedly, Asian giants like China, India, and the Republic of Korea are projected to dominate the index in five years, as they do now. Further, dominant manufacturing super powers of the late 20th century – the United States, Japan, and Germany – are expected to become less competitive over the next five years.

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Received & published by Henry Sapiecha


Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Australina richest people &

Gina Rinehart second richest Aussie

NEALE PRIOR, The West Australian May 26, 2010, 1:00 pm

Gina Rinehart second richest Aussie
WA News / Steve Ferrier ©

Booming iron ore production and prices have made Gina Rinehart the second richest Australian and the nation’s richest woman with an estimated worth of $4.75 billion, according to a wealth list to be published by a business magazine.

Ms Rinehart, the heiress of prospector Lang Hancock, has enjoyed a $1.3 billion rise in her estimated wealth billion as she enjoys more than $200 million in annual royalties from Rio Tinto’s Pilbara mining operations and her cut of profits from her Hope Downs joint venture with Rio.

The BRW Rich 200 list estimates that Angela Bennett, the daughter of Mr Hancock’s late business partner Peter Wright, is Australia’s second richest woman with a fortune of $2.09 billion built on the half share of the Hancock-Wright royalty stream enjoyed by the Wright heirs.

BRW has Westfield shopping centre boss Frank Lowy as Australia’s richest man with an estimated fortune of $5.04 billion, taking the top spot from late cardboard mogul Dick Pratt’s son Anthony with $4.6 billion.

The Lowy fortune was estimated to have risen by $700 million over the past year, while Visy cardboard heir clocked up a relatively humble $300 million increase in wealth.

WA iron ore boss Andrew Forrest was listed as having a fortune of $4.24 billion – up from $2.38 billion last year, when the shares of his Fortescue Metals Group were still reeling from the effects of the global financial market shake down.

But in an illustration of how fleeting share market fortunes can be, the value of his stake in Fortescue has plunged by around $500 million over the past fortnight and he was probably worth only a relatively humble $3.6 billion yesterday.

BRW lists construction and building products mogul Len Buckeridge as the third richest West Australian with an estimated wealth of $2.24 billion, up from an estimated $1.95 billion last year.

Australia’s richest people on BRW magazine’s Rich 200 list:
1. Frank Lowy $5.04 billion property

2. Gina Rinehart $4.75 billion resources

3. Anthony Pratt $4.6 billion manufacturing

4. Andrew Forrest $4.24 billion resources

5. Harry Triguboff $4.2 billion property

6. James Packer $4.1 billion media, investment

7. Clive Palmer $3.92 billion resources

Youngest: Nathan Tinkler, 34, $355 million resources, racing

Oldest: David Mandie, 91, $263 million property

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha