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Oil & Gas

New federal fracking rules delayed by US judge in Wyoming

24/06/2015

New U.S. fracking safety rules set to take effect Wednesday were put on hold by a Wyoming federal judge who said he needed more evidence to decide whether to block them as requested by drillers and four western states. Before a courtroom audience in Casper that included the state attorneys general of Wyoming and North Dakota, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said he couldn’t grant or reject a bid for a longer-lasting order because he needed more information about the federal government’s process for making such rules.

Americas

Brothers hunt gas (and gators!) as CEOs of rival shale empires

24/06/2015

Here’s a question most brothers might have answered with the gun option: Do you jump on that 9- foot alligator or do you do the more sensible thing and shoot it in the head, given that it weighs a few hundred pounds and could bite you with the force of, say, 12 pit bulls? If you’re the Lawler brothers, who did not get to be two of the hardest-nosed CEOs in the oil industry by making easy decisions, there was only one answer: Jump on it! So they did—Doug first, of course, since, as he likes to note, he is 17 months older than his “little brother,” Dave.

Oil & Gas

Cuadrilla decision due today

24/06/2015

uncillors will decide today on whether to give the green light to fracking for shale gas in Lancashire. Energy firm Cuadrilla wants to develop two new sites between Preston and Blackpool to explore for shale gas by drilling, fracking and testing the flow of gas.

Oil & Gas

E.ON to put North Sea assets up for sale

German utility E.ON is set put its North Sea and Algerian oil and gas assets up for sale, hoping to raise an estimated £1.25billion as it restructures its business. E.ON, which operates a number of North Sea fields including Huntington, also has production interests in the Elgin, Franklin, Glenelg and West Franklin fields.

Oil & Gas

Councillors told ‘be brave’ ahead of Cuadrilla fracking decision

23/06/2015

Residents living near a proposed fracking site have urged councillors to “be brave” and refuse to give it the go-ahead. Energy firm Cuadrilla wants to develop two new sites between Preston and Blackpool to explore for shale gas by drilling, fracking and testing the flow of gas. A report from Lancashire County Council planning officials recommended that one of the sites - at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton - be passed subject to a number of conditions being met such as hours of working, control of noise and highway matters.

Americas

The Obama administration’s fracking high noon has arrived

23/06/2015

High noon for the Obama administration’s stricter rules for fracking on public lands has arrived on the Wyoming range. Four western states at the center of the shale oil boom are headed for a courtroom showdown Tuesday over who should have the last word on rules for extracting oil and natural gas from federal property within their borders.

Oil & Gas

Petrofac’s share price jumps despite Shetland woes

23/06/2015

Petrofac’s share price rose nearly 10% to 939p despite mounting costs. The firm confirmed staffing issues, work delays and harsh weather conditions led to an additional £30million in incurred costs for its Laggan-Tormore project . The bloated expenditure brings the company’s total loss in the year to date to £140million.

Americas

Itochu exits US shale selling biggest energy purchase for $1

23/06/2015

Itochu Corp. ended its $1 billion foray into U.S. shale by selling its 25 percent stake in Samson Resources Corp. back to Samson for $1. The sale reverses the Japanese trading company’s biggest purchase of an energy asset when it was made in 2011. The decision to exit was made because of the state of operations at Samson and the outlook for gas prices in North America, the Tokyo-based company said in an e-mailed response to questions.

Oil & Gas

How the European oil industry decided to save the climate

23/06/2015

It came together in Oslo. The chiefs of some of Europe’s biggest energy companies decided to pull an historic about-face. It was time to heed the protesters marching in the February snow outside their industry conference demanding action to counter global warming. By the time the convention chat turned into action, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc, Total SA, Eni SpA, Statoil ASA and BG Plc, published an unprecedented open letter on climate change. Breaking with their biggest U.S. competitors, they announced their support for efforts to put a cost on polluting, acknowledging they were on the wrong side of history.

Oil & Gas

Petrofac’s Laggan-Tormore project costs skyrocket

23/06/2015

Petrofac confirmed mounting costs from its Laggan-Tormore project will see its profits “significantly weighted” towards the second half of the year. The firm detailed an additional £30million of costs it has incurred with the flagship gas development in the Shetland Islands, bringing their total loss in the year to date to £140million.

Americas

Ship captains steaming to Houston need bait, tackle, endurance

23/06/2015

The most useful thing for an oil-tanker captain heading to Houston right now might be a fishing rod. That’s because they’re going to have to wait an average of four days, or eight times longer than usual, to unload as Houston’s storage tanks fill with record amounts of U.S. oil extracted from shale. U.S. ports and waterways are grappling with the highest crude stockpiles and fuel exports in decades. “There’s a lot more oil on the water,” Erik Broekhuizen, the head of tanker research at Poten & Partners, a shipbroker that specializes in energy, said by phone June 16 from New York. “There are some inefficiencies in the system where ships are left waiting to discharge.”

Oil & Gas

Councillors to discuss Cuadrilla fracking plans

23/06/2015

Councillors will meet today to discuss plans to frack for shale gas. Energy firm Cuadrilla wants to develop two new sites between Preston and Blackpool to explore for shale gas by drilling, fracking and testing the flow of gas. A report from Lancashire County Council planning officials recommended that one of the sites - at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton - be passed subject to a number of conditions being met such as hours of working, control of noise and highway matters.

Oil & Gas

OIS wins decommissioning contract with Antrim Energy

Offshore Installation Services (OIS) has been awarded a contract by Antrim Energy to decommission four subsea wells in the central North Sea. The scope of the campaign, which also includes six wells from Centrica Energy, will include offshore and onshore project management, vessel charter, equipment and personnel.

Oil & Gas

Former Cairn directors raise £316m for Magna Energy startup

Two former directors of Cairn Energy have raised backing of up to £316million to start a new oil company in India. Mike Watts and former Cairn managing director Jann Brown have joined forces to launch a new India-focused upstream oil and gas company, Magna Energy. Investment giant Carlyle Group said it had made an initial commitment of £158million, and would invest a further £158million, depending on projects brought by the company, and approvals by Carlyle's investment committee.

Middle East

Coretrax builds on Middle East presence

Aberdeen-based oilfield service firm Coretrax has invested £1.25million in the Middle East after it opened its fourth office in the region in Abu Dhabi. The expansion comes after it launched a new cement placement tool to coincide with its participation in the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference. Coretrax said a team of four will work from the new base, and this is expected to grow to 14 within the next 12 months as it expands to another office and warehouse based in Mussafah, southwest of the city, later in the year.

Oil & Gas

BP takes negative rating knock

22/06/2015

BP’s rating outlook has taken a hit in the wake of additional Macondo fines. Fitch Ratings downgraded the industry giant’s default outlook from stable to negative. The firm cited outstanding fines and a dipped oil price for the slide.

Oil & Gas

Siberian oil deal dees BP bet on Russia’s pivot toward China

22/06/2015

BP Plc’s $750 million purchase of a Siberian oilfield stake is as much a bet on China as it is on Russia. Taas-Yuriakh Neftegazodobycha LLC’s blocks near China’s northern border will supply the planned Tianjin refinery on the east coast, according to OAO Rosneft, which sold the 20 percent holding last week. BP Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley predicts the unit’s natural gas reserves will prove strategic as Russia develops its Far East and builds ties with the world’s biggest energy consumer. “You have to make a judgment on whether it will have value,” Dudley told Bloomberg News on June 19 in St. Petersburg, referring to the gas reserves. “We believe it will, eventually.”

Oil & Gas

Campaign warns over Cuadrilla fracking snub

22/06/2015

Rejecting plans for test fracking in Lancashire would send a message that the county was not open for business and investment, a campaign group has warned. Members of the North West Energy Task Force said it would be a missed opportunity to create jobs and “significantly” boost the local economy. The coalition, which includes local businesses, academics, farmers and students, spoke out on the eve of the beginning of the decision-making process on proposals by shale company Cuadrilla for two sites between Preston and Blackpool.

Africa

Penspen launches West African feasibility study

Engineering services firm Penspen is set to launch a feasibility study on extending a key pipeline in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas). Penspen and Ecowas signed a contract in February 2015 to enable a formal start to the feasibility study examining the current West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) system performance and its possible future network extension to other Ecowas states.

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