Friday, July 19, 2019

Brazil News

Mexico Unveils Pemex Business Plan

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Mexico on Tuesday unveiled parts of a keenly awaited business plan meant to bring the world's most indebted oil company back from the abyss, but its vow of $7.2 billion in government support failed to dispel worries of a ratings downgrade.Octavio Romero, CEO of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex , presented the broad outlines of the 200-page plan at a news conference…

Dominican Republic Kicks Off Licensing Round

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The Dominican Republic's first oil licensing round will be a success if it awards more than two of the 14 blocks on offer this year, a government official said at an event disclosing the Caribbean nation's fiscal terms.The licensing round, which began on Wednesday with disclosure of contract terms, comes after Brazil, Guyana and Mexico attracted billions of dollars in oil investment.

Petrobras to Sell Natural Gas Assets

Brazilian state-owned oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA has reached an agreement with anti-trust regulator Cade to sell off a series of natural gas transportation and distribution assets, the company said in an exchange filing on Monday.Petrobras, as the company is commonly known, said it had pledged to sell stakes in pipeline networks including a 10% stake in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste (NTS) SA, 10% in Transportad

Wärtsilä to Optimize PLSVs of Sapura Brasil

Sapura Brazil’s six PLSVs will gain improved operational reliability through the Wärtsilä optimised maintenance solution. Copyright © Sapura Navegação Maritima 2019. Image: Wärtsilä

Subsea services specialist Sapura Brazil has signed a five-year optimized maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä.As per the agreement the the Finnish tech major will support Sapura’s fleet of six pipe-laying support vessels' (PLSV) operational performance and increase both its efficiency and reliability by accurately predicting maintenance requirements.

Total Launches New Supercomputer

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Energy major Total said its new supercomputer - which has propelled it to a world ranking as the most powerful computer in the sector - will enable its geologists to find oil faster, cheaper and with a better success rate.The Pangea III computer build by IBM will help process complex seismic data in the search for hydrocarbons 10 times faster that before…

US Leads World Oil Reserves

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The United States has a world-leading 293 billion barrels of recoverable oil resources, which is 20Bbbl more than Saudi Arabia and 100Bbbl more than Russia, with the Permian Basin leading that charge.Rystad Energy’s estimate of US recoverable oil is also five times more than officially reported proven reserves as published in the BP Statistical…

Record Number of VLCC Liftings at LOOP

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Medium-sour crudes from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico are being snapped up by overseas buyers, paving way for a record six supertankers to load at the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) in a matter of weeks, according to people familiar with the matter.The six scheduled loadings in late May and early June would double the record of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) reached in December.

OPITO Appoints VP for Americas

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OPITO, the global, not-for-profit skills body for the energy industry, has appointed Brandon Grosvenor to the new role of vice president of strategic development for the Americas region.He had previously spent more than a decade with National Oilwell Varco in Houston, most recently as a global business development manager. Mr Grosvenor…

Petrobras Eyes $9 Bln Transfer-of-rights Addendum

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Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras said on Tuesday its board of directors approved an addendum to a transfer-of-rights oil contract that will see it reimbursed to the tune of $9.06 billion, but the deal remains subject to governmental agreement.Approval depends on the publication of a Ministry of Mines and Energy decree that does not violate the rights and conditions from the contract Petrobras has already nego

Brazil Sets Parameters for Mega Oil Auction

Petrobras chief executive Roberto Castello Branco (Photo: Petrobras)

Brazil's national energy council on Thursday published updated parameters for a massive oil auction scheduled for later this year, including minimum levels of profit-sharing with the government, while also urging a shakeup in the refinery sector.The country is set to auction off rights to excess oil in the so-called transfer-of-rights (TOR) offshore area in October…

Shell to Invest $2 Bln per Year in Brazil

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Royal Dutch Shell has plans to invest about $2 billion per year in Brazil through 2025, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden told newspaper Valor Econômico in an exclusive interview.Its investment plans could be increased to allow the company to bid in three upcoming oil and gas auctions, Valor reported in its Thursday edition based on the interview.Royal Dutch Shell will not focus exclusively on oil projects…

Equinor Q1 Beats Forecast

The Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea is on track to start production in November (Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen / Equinor)

Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor reported on Friday a small fall in quarterly operating profit, beating forecasts, and said its giant Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea remains on track to start production in November.Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT), adjusted for one-off items, fell to $4.2 billion in the first quarter from $4.4 billion during the same period of 2018, higher than a forecast of $3.9 bi

Total Profits Take a Hit

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French energy major Total said its net profit for the first three months of the year fell 4 percent to $2.8 billion compared with a year ago due to volatile oil prices and debt costs, despite record oil and gas output.The firm kept its investments, and cost savings target for the year unchanged, and said production growth should exceed 9 percent during the year…

TechnipFMC Orders Vallourec Pipes for Mero 1

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The provider tubular solutions for the energy markets Vallourec Soluçoes Tubulares do Brasil has been awarded by TechnipFMC in Brazil to supply around 12,000 tons of seamless steel rigid line pipe with outside diameters 8” and 10”.The pipe will be used in the fabrication of the riser and flowline system for interconnecting 13 wells (6 production wells and 7 water alternate gas injection wells)…

Brazil Government to Pay Petrobras $9 Bln

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The Brazilian government reached a landmark deal to pay state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA $9.058 billion for revising a transfer-of-rights oil contract, Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said on Tuesday.Albuquerque told reporters after a meeting in Brasilia that the agreement opens the way for the government to auction off the excess oil in the transfer-of-rights area…

Swiss, Brazil Try to Unravel Petrobras Affair

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Crimefighters in Switzerland and Brazil pledged to intensify cooperation to resolve the sprawling corruption case linked to state oil firm Petrobras in which around 700 million Swiss francs ($701 million) remain frozen in Switzerland.Switzerland has so far returned roughly 365 million Swiss francs ($365.6 million) to Brazil related to Petrobras and construction firm Odebrecht…

GAC Steps up in Guyana

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GAC has opened its newest company in the South American country of Guyana in response to demand for professional shipping and logistics support following the discovery of large reserves of oil and gas in its waters.Bordered by the Atlantic to the north, Brazil to the south and southwest, Venezuela to the west, and Suriname to the east, Guyana covers just 215,000 km².

Petrobras Takes Two of Six Port Terminals in Brazil Auction

Brazil auctioned off six port terminals for liquid fuels in the northern state of Para to private operators on Friday, with subsidiaries of state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA winning two of the areas.The government raised nearly 450 million reais ($117 million) in the auction of the terminals — five in the Miramar port in the city of Belem and one in the Vila do Conde port in the city of Barcarena.The right

Brazil, Petrobras Paving Way for Giant Tender

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Brazil's government will announce "within days" a deal with state-run oil company Petrobras to settle a multi-billion-dollar contract dispute and clear the way to auction billions of barrels of oil off of the Brazilian coast, a minister said on Monday.Economy Minister Paulo Guedes told journalists that his team sat down recently with officials at the Mines and Energy Ministry…

Murphy Oil Sells Malaysian Assets

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Murphy Oil Corp said on Thursday it is exiting Malaysia with the $2.13 billion sale of its oil and gas assets to a Thai company and will use the deal proceeds to pay down debt, buy back shares and fund potential deals in the United States.The buyer, PTT Exploration and Production Public Co Ltd, will also pay Murphy up to $100 million in bonus if certain exploration projects show results before October 2020…