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Exxon Mobil set to slash spending with the year's production likely flat

NEW YORK--Exxon Mobil Corp. says it will cut capital spending by 6 percent this year and overall production will be flat.

The shares fell nearly 3 percent.

The nation's biggest oil company said Wednesday that it will spend US$39.8 billion on energy projects and other costs this year, down from US$42.5 billion last year.

Exxon said that barring acquisitions, annual spending will average less than US$37 billion from 2015 to 2017.

Production is expected to be the equivalent of 4 million barrels of oil per day, the same as 2013 after excluding an expired deal in the United Arab Emirates and partial sale of a project in Iraq, the company said. In 2015 through 2017, production is expected to rise by about 100,000 barrels per day each year.

The company said production of liquids such as oil — more lucrative right now — would grow 2 percent this year, but the company is letting natural gas production ease in the U.S., where gas prices are low.

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