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Taqa Slashes Proposed Capital Expenditure for 2016

Date : Apr 05, 2016

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) has slashed its proposed capital expenditure for 2016 despite reporting on Thursday a narrower fourth-quarter loss, as the company is impacted by lower oil prices.


Global oil firms have been scaling back investments and cutting costs to cope with a slump in the price of crude.


Taqa, 75 percent owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, said it had reduced capex by 52 percent in 2015 and would cut spending by a further 42 percent in 2016 to no more than Dh1.8 billion dirhams ($490 million).


The company has also been shedding jobs and has reduced its workforce by around a quarter since 2014, following the elimination of 32 percent of its oil and gas jobs and 55 percent of its headquarters staff.


"We exceeded all of our internal targets while shifting to a leaner and more efficient organisation worldwide, with significant revisions to our operating model," Edward Lafehr, chief operating officer, said in the statement.


The state-controlled oil explorer and power supplier made a loss of Dh1.22 billion in the three months to December 31, versus a net loss of Dh3.63 billion in the same period of 2014.


It posted a net loss of Dh1.8 billion for 2015 as a whole compared with a loss of Dh3.01 billion in 2014.


The annual loss came on the back of lower revenue from oil and gas, which nearly halved in 2015 to Dh6.29 billion from Dh12.0 billion as commodity prices slumped.


Taqa also booked a post-tax impairment charge of Dh681 million in 2015.


Taqa will not pay dividends for 2015, according to a bourse filing, the third successive year in which the company has not paid anything to shareholders.


In line with the company's strategy of selling non-core assets, Taqa plans to divest its stakes in Abu Dhabi-based Massar Solutions and the Lakefield wind power project in the United States, the statement added.


Taqa has already said Lakefield would be sold to Qatar's Nebras Power, while sources said in September that shareholders of Massar Solutions had picked HSBC to advise on the sale of 40 percent of the car rental firm.