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Baker Hughes (BKR) Wins Award to Enhance Azerbaijan Oilfields

Baker Hughes Company BKR received an award from the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (“SOCAR”) to implement its cutting-edge electric submersible pump (“ESP”) technology and the Leucipa automated field production software solution in Azerbaijan’s oilfields.

The project will see the first 50 of more than 150 ESPs delivered in 2024, marking the initial phase of a major technological upgrade. The combined deployment of these advanced solutions aims to optimize SOCAR’s oilfield operations, promising substantial improvements in efficiency and a reduction in the frequency of workovers.

Simonelli, CEO of Baker Hughes, highlights the longstanding collaboration between the company and SOCAR in pioneering approaches within the Caspian oil and gas sector. Emphasizing the crucial role of technology in sustainable energy advancement, the company’s established production solutions deliver more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly barrels for its clientele.

The partnership will also have significant local impacts. Beyond technological advancements, Baker Hughes and SOCAR are set to establish a joint center of excellence in Azerbaijan. This center will focus on the manufacturing, assembly, repair and maintenance of the ESPs, fostering local expertise and boosting the region’s economic development.

Additionally, Baker Hughes will invest in workforce training initiatives, ensuring that local employees are equipped with the necessary skills to support and sustain these advanced operations.

By incorporating Baker Hughes’ ESPs and Leucipa automated field production solution, SOCAR aims to enhance the efficiency of its mature oil and gas assets significantly. This collaboration not only underscores the commitment of both companies to innovation and sustainability in energy production but also highlights their dedication to fostering local talent and economic growth.

The partnership between Baker Hughes and SOCAR is poised to transform Azerbaijan’s oil and gas sector, driving forward the nation’s energy capabilities while setting a new standard for operational efficiency and sustainability in the industry.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

BKR currently carries a Zack Rank #3 (Hold).

Investors interested in the energy sector may look at some better-ranked stocks like Archrock Inc. AROC, Sunoco LP SUN and SM Energy Company SM, each currently sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Archrock is an energy infrastructure company based in the United States with a focus on midstream natural gas compression. It provides natural gas contract compression services and generates stable fee-based revenues.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for AROC’s 2024 and 2025 EPS is pegged at $1.07 and $1.23, respectively. The company has a Zacks Style Score of A for Growth. It has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions for 2024 and 2025 in the past 60 days.

Sunoco is a leading wholesale motor fuel distributor in the United States, boasting a vast distribution network spanning 40 states. With long-term contracts servicing more than 10,000 convenience stores, it distributes more than 10 fuel brands, ensuring a stable revenue stream. SUN currently has a Value Score of A.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2024 and 2025 earnings per unit is pegged at $7.29 and $7.17, respectively. The partnership has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions for 2024 and 2025 in the past 30 days. The company has a Zacks Style Score of A for Value and Growth, and B for Momentum.

SM Energy is set to expand its oil-centered operations in the coming years, with an increasing focus on crude oil, especially in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford regions. The company’s attractive oil and gas investments should create long-term value for shareholders.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for SM’s 2024 and 2025 EPS is pegged at $6.63 and $7.46, respectively. The company has a Zacks Style Score of B for Value and Momentum. It has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions for 2024 in the past 60 days.

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