Sunday, February 17, 2019

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ConocoPhillips Beats Profit Estimates

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ConocoPhillips beat quarterly profit estimates on Thursday as the world's largest independent oil producer sold more oil at higher prices, sending its shares up 2 percent before the opening bell.Total production, excluding Libya, rose 94,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) to 1.31 million boe/d in the fourth quarter.The company also said it received $85 million from Venezuela's PDVSA…

Newcomers Pile into Race for Qatar LNG

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Qatar is preparing to issue a tender for energy firms seeking a stake in its gas expansion project, drawing interest from long-standing partners as well as newcomers Chevron, Norway's Equinor and Italy's Eni, industry sources said.Plans to expand Qatar's liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, already the world's largest, by more than a third in the next five years are considered one of the…

Exxon to Be Indonesia's Top Oil Producer

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Exxon Mobil Corp unit Exxon Mobil Cepu Limited is expected to produce 216,000 barrels per day of crude oil in 2019, making it Indonesia's biggest oil producer, the country's upstream oil and gas regulator (SKKMigas) said.In second place Chevron Corp unit Chevron Pacific Indonesia is expected to produce 190,000 bpd of crude oil in 2019, SKKMigas chief Dwi Soetjipto told reporters on Wednesday.State-owned Pertamina unit Pertamina EP is expected to produce 85,000 bpd of oil in 2019.Pertam

Norway Awards Record Number of Exploration Blocks

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Norway awarded a record 83 blocks to explore for petroleum resources in mature areas of the Norwegian continental shelf, in a sign of continuing interest from oil companies in the country's oil sector, the energy ministry said on Tuesday.A lack of large discoveries on the shelf has prompted concerns that Norway's top industry, which employs about 170,000 people directly and indirectly, could…

Wellit Partners with Norvestor

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The owners of software company Wellit have decided to sell 60 percent of company shares to private equity company Norvestor.Wellit develops logistics solutions for the global oil and gas industry. Its software, WELS, is a cloud-based multi-tenant platform tailored to the oil and gas industry.WELS enables all involved parties in the oil and gas value chain to communicate on one logistics platform, thereby removing the risk of miscommunication and duplicate information.

Record LNG Capacity to Get Green Light in 2019

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A record amount of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production is expected to get the green light in 2019 amid strong global demand, especially from China, analysts said.A final investment decision (FID) could be taken on more than 60 million tonnes per annum of LNG capacity this year, well above the previous record of about 45 million tonnes in 2005 and triple last year's 21 million tonnes, Wood Mackenzie's research director for global gas and LNG…

Indonesia's Oil Output Rises

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The Indonesian unit of Chevron Corp produced 209,400 barrels of oil per day (bpd) from the Rokan block in 2018, down from 223,000 bpd a year earlier, Dwi Soetjipto, chairman of upstream oil and gas regulator SKK Migas said.Exxon Mobil produced 209,300 bpd of crude oil from the Cepu block in 2018, compared to 203,000 bpd in 2017, Soetjipto said.BP Berau, a unit of BP Plc, which operates the Tanggu LNG plant produced 1,076 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) of natural gas, vers

Equinor Completes NCS Asset Sales

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Norwegian energy company Equinor announced Friday it has completed the sales of two non-core discoveries on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) for a combined $470 million.Equinor announced in October that it would divest from the King Lear and Tommeliten discoveries as part of an effort to prioritize and refocus its asset portfolio.The first sale, of a 77.8 percent operated interest in the King Lear discovery to Aker BP…

CNOOC in Cooperation Pact with Nine Oil Majors

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China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), has signed Strategic Cooperation Agreements with 9 international oil companies including: Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, Husky, KUFPEC, Roc Oil, Shell, SK Innovation, and Total.According to the agreements, the Strategic Cooperation Areas are located in the Pearl River Mouth Basin offshore China, including Area A and Area B (existing mining license areas and the contract areas are not included).Area A is approximately 15…

Qatar to Invest USD 20 bln in US Energy Sector

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Peninsular Arab country Qatar has said that it plans to invest more than $20 billion in the US energy sector over the next five years.According to a report in Reuters, minister of state for energy affairs of the energy-rich Qatar Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, who is also the  President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said he is looking to invest in US oil and gas sectors as well as unconventional resources.The…

Cenovus Cuts 2019 Capital Budget

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Canada's Cenovus Energy Inc said on Tuesday it would reduce its capital spending for 2019 by 4 percent amidst a broader turnaround plan following its highly criticized deal with ConocoPhillips.The company said it plans to invest between C$1.2 billion ($901.1 million) and C$1.4 billion in 2019, with the majority of the budget going to its Foster Creek and Christina Lake oil sands operations.($1 = C$1.33)(Reporting by Laharee Chatterjee in Bengaluru)

Hess, Conoco Raise 2019 Production Outlook

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Oil and gas producer Hess Corp and Conocophillips both expect production for 2019 to be higher than this year even as they spend roughly the same amount of money on exploration, the companies said on Monday.Investors have been urging U.S. oil companies to increase returns on tight spending at a time when they are also looking beyond the Permian Basin, which is getting crowded and costly.Hess…

Big Oil Digs North Sea's 'Final Frontier'

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"Little hope of THIS rock ever producing oil," BP geologist Bill Senior scribbled in 1977 on a note assessing a recent oil discovery in a distant corner of the North Sea.That same rock is today the heart of BP's prized Clair field in the West of Shetland region, which this week started its second phase of production.The giant bridge-linked Clair Ridge platforms are among the projects that have given new life to this area of the North Sea…

Ineos Completes Clipper South Re-routing Project

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UK-based oil products company Ineos Oil and Gas UK has completed a project to re-route production from its Clipper South field via the Shell operated Clipper field into the Bacton processing terminal.According to a company release, the USD 80 mln investment into a new pipeline and sub-sea equipment will extend the life of the Clipper South field, following closure in October of the existing facilities at the Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal…

North Sea Crude: Forties Falls to Three-year Low

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North Sea Forties crude differentials fell to a three-year low on Monday, pressured by ample prompt supplies and limited demand.Ekofisk DelaysSome Ekofisk cargoes for loading in November have been delayed by a few days because of unplanned maintenance, trade sources said. Ekofisk Operator ConocoPhillips could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.Platts WindowForties: Shell sold to Vitol a cargo loading Nov. 29-Dec.

Ineos to Buy ConocoPhillips North Sea Assets

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Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe's oil and gas company Ineos Group Holdings is in exclusive talks with ConocoPhillips to buy North Sea oil and gas fields worth $3 billion from the U.S. energy company.Various news paper reports say that British petrochemicals company has confirmed it is negotiating to buy several North Sea oil fields from U.S. energy giant.The Sunday Times, which first reported the story…

ConocoPhillips Announces Leadership Changes

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Houston based E&P company ConocoPhillips announced it has realigned its executive leadership team following news that its executive vice president, Production, Drilling and Projects Al Hirshberg will retire.Effective January 1, 2019, Matt Fox, currently executive vice president, Strategy, Exploration and Technology, will be named executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Don Wallette…

Venezuela, Mexico Divert Crude to U.S. as Canadian Barrels Get Stuck

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Cash-strapped state-run oil companies in Mexico and Venezuela have begun diverting crude historically processed for domestic use and sending it to U.S. refiners now facing transportation constraints to secure similar grades from Canada, data shows.The situation reflects an unusual set of events, including urgent needs by Venezuela and Mexico for cash for debt payments and investment, and demand for heavy crude in the United States due to less availability of Canadian oil…

ConocoPhillips Tops Profit Estimates, Raises 2018 Spending

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ConocoPhillips beat analysts' estimates for profit in the third quarter, as the world's largest independent oil and gas producer benefited from higher oil prices and a program of asset sales and technology-driven cost cuts.With oil prices rising steadily through the quarter, the company sold each barrel of oil equivalents at a 46 percent higher rate, helping it raise its projected capital spending in 2018 for the second time this year.Conoco also cut jobs…

Norway's Aasta Hansteen Field to Start Producing Gas

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Norway's Aasta Hansteen gas field will start production from Nov.