Exxon considers abandoning big oil and gas projects

This is why I voted against these new board members. Oil and gas will continue to have its place for decades to come and investing in new sources, regardless of where the world goes with nuclear and renewables, is key to an energy company’s growth.

Members of the board—which includes three directors successfully nominated by an activist investor in May and two other new members—have expressed concerns about certain projects, including a $30 billion liquefied natural gas development in Mozambique and another multibillion-dollar gas project in Vietnam, the people said.

Oil and gas prices are at multiyear highs, and the world is experiencing a shortage of fossil fuels as economies emerge from the pandemic. But it takes years for such energy megaprojects to produce additional supplies, and more years after that for the investments to pay off.

Exxon board members are weighing the fate of future projects as the company is facing pressure from investors to restrain fossil-fuel investment to limit carbon emissions and return more cash to shareholders. Environmentalists and some government officials are also pressuring the company to produce less oil and gas.

Exxon Debates Abandoning Some of Its Biggest Oil and Gas Projects – WSJ