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Oil & Gas

Oil export bill said to be set to move as price fears Ease

03/09/2015

Congress is set to begin consideration of a measure to lift the decades-old ban on U.S. crude exports after a government study concluded the move wouldn’t raise gasoline prices for consumers, people familiar with the plan said. A panel in the House of Representatives is planning to vote on a measure to lift the ban, which dates back to the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s, as early as next week, according to three lobbyists working on the matter, who asked not to be named because the markup hasn’t been announced yet. The full House may vote on it later in September, leaving ahead the more difficult task of gaining enough support for repeal in the Senate, they said. Repealing the ban has gained new political potency as hydraulic fracturing has triggered a boom in domestic oil and natural gas output. Oil companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. have called for its end, while some refiners say that lifting the ban would lead them to pay more for crude.

Oil & Gas

FPSO achieves first oil offshore Brazil

02/09/2015

MODEC said its Floating, Storage, Production and Offloading (FPSO) vessel Cidade de Itaguai MV26 has achieved first oil offshore Brazil. The vessel is working in the Iracema Norte area of the Lula field in the pre-salt layer of the Santos Basin.

Oil & Gas

OPEC said to be split on need for long-term oil-price forecasts

02/09/2015

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are at odds with Iran and other OPEC members over whether the organization should include oil-price forecasts in its long-term strategy report, according to three of the group’s delegates. The Gulf kingdom, which has led the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in a battle against rival producers, is seeking to exclude price assumptions from the report, according to the delegates, who asked not to be identified because the document isn’t public. The disagreement reflects internal divisions over whether OPEC policy should focus on prices or the stability of the oil market, one of the delegates said.

North Sea

Xodus nets Nexen decom contract

02/09/2015

Aberdeen-based Xodus Group has been awarded a contract with Nexen to provide Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) services in support of the decommissioning of the Ettrick and Blackbird fields in the central North Sea.

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