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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Announces $600 Million Reduction in 1999 Capital and Exploratory Spending

Spending Plan Coupled with Accelerated $650 Million Cost Reduction Program


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 7 - Texaco Inc. today announced a revised 1999 capital and exploratory (capex) plan of $3.7 billion, including subsidiaries and affiliates, down $600 million from its original $4.3 billion plan. Texaco will also accelerate its $650 million cost and expense reduction program announced in December 1998.

Commenting on the revised capex plan, Texaco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter I. Bijur stated, "Given this period of low energy prices, our revised spending plan together with our cost and expense reduction program are appropriate actions. We are strategically focusing capital on the key projects that represent optimum long-term growth opportunities, and at the same time continuing our effort to drive down costs. These measures will assist Texaco in weathering this extended period of low prices."

At Texaco's annual security analysts meeting in December 1998, the company announced a 1999 capex plan of $4.3 billion, based on an average WTI crude price of $15.00 per barrel. The revised plan of $3.7 billion is based on a lower crude price premise, reflecting general industry consensus that crude oil prices will not rebound as previously expected.

For the year 1998, capital expenditures are expected to be 11 percent below the $4.6 billion originally planned. Texaco reduced its spending program during 1998 when it became evident that oil prices would remain low for an extended period. Preliminary 1998 and forecasted 1999 expenditures for subsidiaries and affiliates are as follows (in billions of dollars):

Subsidiaries       $3.0        $2.7
Affiliates          1.1         1.0

The subsidiary capital program includes most of Texaco's worldwide upstream business and its European and Latin American downstream businesses, as well as natural gas and other businesses.

The affiliate capital program includes Texaco's share of the U.S. downstream alliance companies (Equilon and Motiva), Caltex, and power and cogeneration projects in Thailand, Italy, Philippines and Brazil. The capital requirements of Equilon, Motiva and Caltex, which are fully funded through affiliates, will be lower in 1999. Expenditures for the power and cogeneration projects, also funded through affiliates, will increase by some $250 million in 1999.

In the U.S. upstream, spending will be directed primarily toward continuing development of the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Major international upstream projects include exploration activities in Nigeria, Angola and Trinidad. Development work on the Captain B, Jade and Elgin-Franklin fields in the U.K. North Sea and projects in Denmark will be fully funded. However, development expenditures in certain other international areas will be deferred due to depressed economic conditions.

In the Europe and Latin America downstream regions, 80 percent of the expenditures are centered on marketing and 20 percent on manufacturing. Marketing expenditures are for service stations and logistical support, primarily in growth-oriented markets such as the U.K., Ireland and the Caribbean. Most of the manufacturing capital will be spent at the Pembroke Plant in the U.K. on feedstock flexibility and projects to satisfy the more stringent European fuel specification requirements.

At the security analysts meeting, Texaco outlined other steps the company is taking to manage in the low price environment, including cost and expense reductions. The company identified recurring annual cost and expense reductions of $650 million through the year 2000, of which $450 million is expected to be realized in 1999. Significant efforts are underway to accelerate the realization of the full $650 million in 1999.

Updated: January 1999