Marathon Oil: A Major Oil Sands Player In 2013?
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Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO), coming out of a stable, but underwhelming second quarter, is ready to rig new revenue drivers. The company is driving growth with U.S.-based liquids rich plays, while focusing on growth within cash flow, a solid sign that Marathon does not intend to use its recent separation from downstream operations as an excuse to spend. It is reassuring to see that already Marathon is growing within its means and at a better clip than many expected; I think that its growth will continue on a similar track, particularly due to its willingness to think like an independent, and ability to move like a major.
Oil Sands Could Be a Growth Driver
Marathon is building out its Athabasca oil sands project in Alberta, a joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Chevron Corporation (CVX), with a carbon capture and sequestration mechanism to be completed in 2015. The project, known as Quest CCS, will allow the partners to capture up to 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, to later be injected underground. The cost is estimated at $1.4 billion, although the Albertan government will cover approximately half of this amount. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE