“We are on course to report good results, which reflect solid operational performance in all our businesses and excellent progress delivering our strategy.
“Healthy new order intake in both our core and growth markets reflects our competitiveness in a market that has seen some delays in contract awards. We have also made excellent progress transitioning back to a capital light business with US$0.8 billion(2) of divestments of non-core assets, realising US$0.5 billion of net divestment proceeds to date.
“Looking forward, we remain focused on securing new orders, delivering operational excellence and maintaining a strong balance sheet. We are well-positioned with a differentiated offering, good backlog and revenue visibility, and high levels of tendering for award in 2019.”
Engineering & Construction (E&C)
We have made solid progress delivering our portfolio of projects. In Kuwait, the Lower Fars Heavy Oil, Manifold Group Trunkline and KNPC Clean Fuels projects are in pre-commissioning or phased hand-over stages. In Abu Dhabi, we recently achieved a major milestone on the Upper Zakum Field Development with the oil facility ready for start up. Elsewhere, the Jazan North and South tank farms, Fadhili sulphur recovery plant and RAPID projects are nearing completion. The topside platform has also been successfully installed on the Borwin 3 offshore wind project in the North Sea.
We have been awarded new orders worth US$3.8 billion in E&C year to date. Of these, US$2.2 billion were awarded in growth markets, including the Thai Oil refinery project in Thailand, three projects in India and an offshore wind project in The Netherlands. We are currently bidding on more than US$15 billion of tenders scheduled for award in the first half of 2019.
Engineering & Production Services (EPS)
The continued resilience of our operations business, short-term extensions of historical contracts in EPS East and good progress on our EPCm (3) projects are off-setting a challenging market environment for brownfield projects in the North Sea.
We have secured US$1.2 billion of awards and extensions in EPS year to date, predominantly in the UK, Oman, Turkey and Iraq.
Integrated Energy Services (IES)
Net production is forecast to be approximately 6.1 mmboe in 2018, in line with guidance (4). The average realised oil price (net of royalties) for the year is expected to be approximately US$61 per barrel of oil equivalent (2017: US$51/boe) reflecting higher oil prices, production mix and hedging activity.
Group backlog stood at US$10.2 billion at 30 November 2018: