Atwood Oceanics ($ATW-$120.03) announced a new contract for its moored semisubmersible rig "Atwood Hunter," which can operate at water depths up to 5,000 feet and drill down to approximately 28,000 feet, commencing in Sept. 2008, for a four-year term with Kosmos Energy and Noble Energy to pursue deepwater drilling opportunities offshore West Africa. Given record prices in the contract of $511,000 to $545,000, Atwood will likely exercise an option with Jurong Shipyard to begin construction on a $590 million floater before a looming June 30 deadline.
Flooding in the Midwest and rising corn costs adversely impact the profitability at Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings (AVR-$4.74), a leading distributor and producer of fuel-grade ethanol.
Will financial irregularities-topple wind turbine and tower maker BroadWing Energy (BWEN-$21.60).
Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE-$11.00), the largest provider of compressed and liquefied natural gas for alternative-fuel vehicles in North America, is an attractive alternative to ethanol as a renewable energy resource.
Do as I say, not as I do at Credo Petroleum (CRED-$13.63).
A balance sheet overburdened by debt constrains the ability of power merchant Dynegy (DYN-$8.44) to expand its expansion strategy.
Will expansion of world tanker fleet capacity expose General Maritime’s (GMR-$26.44) to significant decline in day-rate pricing when Lukoil’s charter contracts begin to expire come 2010?
Occidental Petroleum (OXY-$88.02) is acquiring 15 percent of the multibillion-dollar Joslyn oil sands project in northern Alberta. But the move may not be a prudent means of adding to its slowing oil/gas reserves growth rates. Despite the current price of oil, are the economics sufficiently more attractive now to warrant Occidental’s return to an area it abandoned in 2000?
At seismic driller OMNI Energy (OMNI-$6.46), it's all in the numbers.
SunPower (SPWR-$75.71) frequently negotiates solar services agreements that allow customers to limit the purchase to just the electricity generated — not the solar-power systems themselves. Shifting financing obligations may accelerate sales of its solar-electric systems, but is the company digging deeper into financial uncertainty?
Synthesis Energy Systems (SYMX-$9.17), which operates integrated coal-to-methanol gasification plants, completed a $93 million equity offering to finance its 50 percent joint interest in the Golden Concord project, a 100-megawatt gasification plant under construction in Inner Mongolia, which the company expects to come online in the first half of 2010. How attractive are the potential returns from capital invested in these facilities?
Zoltek Companies (ZOLT-$24.81), a producer of parts for wind turbines, faces an investigation into accounting irregularities that could have serious implications for its business.
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