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Exxon Lowers Drilling Budget 13 Percent to $37 Billion

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Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s largest oil company by market value, lowered spending on new wells, offshore platforms and fuel plants by 13 percent after boosting reserves to a record last year.

Capital expenditures will average about $37 billion annually this year and for the next several years, compared with $42.5 billion in 2013, Irving, Texas-based Exxon said in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing yesterday.

Exxon plans to spend $6 billion this year on projects to reduce emissions linked to climate change and air, water and soil pollution, according to the filing. That level of expenditure would be even with 2013 and will continue at that rate next year.

Exxon increased the proportion of its reserves made up of oil to the highest in a decade in 2013 as shale-drilling expertise acquired in the $35 billion XTO Energy deal was mobilized to find crude, it said on Feb. 21.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson is scheduled to brief analysts and investors next week on the company’s long-term exploration and development outlook at a meeting in New York.

Exxon shares have outperformed oil in the past year, advancing 6.8 percent compared with a 2.9 percent decline for Brent crude futures that are a benchmark for more than half the world’s petroleum.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Carroll in Chicago at jcarroll8@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Susan Warren at susanwarren@bloomberg.net

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