If Oil & Gas Companies Were World Cup Teams…

Rig Writer

I’m a football fanatic and like most people am looking forward to the World Cup in South Africa in June. Being an England fan, I’m doing what I always do at this point in time in the run-up to a major football tournament… getting over-excited and thinking that we’re actually in with a chance of winning it. I do this every time, I just can’t help it, and it inevitably all ends in disappointment (usually with a quarter or semi final loss on penalties to Germany or Argentina)!

Anyway, it got me thinking about oil & gas companies and which team they would be if they were in the World Cup. Here are a few of my suggestions:

Exxon Mobil: Germany

You know what you’re getting. A consistently high level of performance no matter what the weather, opponents or venue. Not the prettiest to watch, but brutally efficient in their own right.

CNPC: Ivory Coast

Developing at a breakneck pace and winning a lot of things in Africa over recent years. One to watch out for in 2010.

Royal Dutch Shell: France

Not because of their flair, but because of the common opinion that they have just exited a period of greatness and now perhaps are not as formidable as they once were. Having lulled everyone into a false sense of security, will most likely turn it all around when it matters most.

BP: Netherlands

Technically gifted and often thought of as one of the world’s best, but where they finish is anybody’s guess.

QP: Portugal

Have been displaying their unique abilities in recent years, but still a striker (or LNG port) short of the finished article.

Saudi Aramco: Brazil

Have all the resources to the extent where it’s a little unfair on the rest of us…

Feel free to add your own!

By Chris Corander

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