OPEC Deal Tests Oil Majors’ Appetite for Risk and Reward: TOTAL


OPEC’s deal to cut production and boost prices gives oil companies the opportunity to shake off two years of layoffs and slumping profits to start investing again — if they still have the risk appetite.

Just ask Patrick Pouyanne, chief executive officer of Total SA. Throughout the downturn he’s consistently warned that tens of billions of dollars of investment cuts around the world will create an oil-supply shortfall within a few years. The situation presents an opportunity for the French producer and refiner, which will consider next year whether to start developing expensive new projects.

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