US Rig Count Dips
U.S. energy firms this week reduced the number of oil rigs operating for the first time in three weeks as production growth forecasts from shale, the country's largest oil fields, continue to shrink.Drillers cut eight oil rigs in the week to April 18, bringing the total count down to 825, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Thursday.Baker Hughes released the report a day early this week due to the Good Friday holiday.The U.S. rig count, an early indicator of future output,…
Oil Prices Rise on Lower U.S. Stocks, OPEC+ Supply Cuts
Oil prices rose slightly on Thursday, boosted by a decline in U.S. inventories, ongoing supply cuts from OPEC and its allies, and U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Iran.Brent crude futures were at $71.80 a barrel at 1313 GMT, up 18 cents from their last close and near Wednesday's five-month high of $72.27 a barrel.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $63.83 per barrel, up 7 cents.Both contracts traded slightly lower earlier in the day.U.S. crude inventories fell by 1.4 million barrels in the week to April 12, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data showed on Wednesday."The latest weekly statistics on U.S.
US October Crude Oil Production Tops Record
U.S. crude oil output hit an all-time high of more than 11.5 million barrels per day in October, according to government data released on Monday.U.S. crude production rose 79,000 bpd in October to 11.537 million bpd, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a monthly report. The EIA revised its September oil production figure down by 17,000 bpd to 11.458 million bpd.U.S. oil production broke its 1970 record of 10.04 million bpd in November 2017, and has set monthly record highs for five straight months since June.Production rose to 4.7 million bpd in Texas, 1.37 million bpd in North Dakota and 772,000 bpd in New Mexico.
Iraq in Deal with Schlumberger to Drill in Majnoon
Iraq has agreed a deal with U.S.
Pemex Crude Oil Output, Exports Fall
Mexican national oil company Pemex's crude output dipped to 1.76 million barrels per day (bpd) in October, down more than 7 percent compared with the same month last year, according to company data released on Monday.October crude output marked one of the lowest monthly production levels since 1990, when publicly accessible records begin.Crude exports also fell in October to reach 1.03 million bpd, down by about a quarter compared with the same month in 2017.Since September, the ailing Mexican oil giant has only exported its Maya heavy grade to international customers…
Ca Tam Field to Start Production January 15
Vietsovpetro, a Vietnam-Russia oil joint venture, will start crude oil production at the Ca Tam field offshore southern Vietnam from Jan. 15, three sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.Ca Tam is the first new field to be brought into production in Vietnam in years after a 2014 plunge in oil prices slashed exploration. The start-up is significant as declining production from the country's key fields has left it struggling to maintain oil and gas output.Production from Ca Tam, jointly developed by Vietsovpetro, PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corp (PVEP) and Bitexco Group…
Yarudeyskoye Field Produced 10 MT of Crude Oil
PAO Novatek announced that cumulative production at the Yarudeyskoye field owned by the Company’s subsidiary Yargeo, reached a milestone of 10 million tons of crude oil production since the commencement of operations.The field’s commercial production commenced in December 2015, and by January 2016, the field reached its full productive capacity, said a press release from the Russia's largest independent natural gas producer.The Yarudeyskoye field is the largest crude oil asset in the Company’s portfolio, and is characterized by unique geology…
US Rig Count Rises to Highest Since March 2015
U.S. drillers added oil rigs for a second week in a row this week, raising the rig count to the highest level since March 2015.Drillers added four oil rigs in the week to Oct. 19, bringing the total count to 873, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday.The U.S. rig count, an early indicator of future output, is higher than a year ago when 736 rigs were active because energy companies have ramped up production to capture prices that are higher in 2018 than 2017.Due to transport constraints to remove oil from the Permian Basin…
GoM Offshore Platforms Evacuated Ahead of Hurricane
Energy companies on Monday halted nearly a fifth of Gulf of Mexico oil production and evacuated staff from 10 platforms as Hurricane Michael intensified and headed for a path up the eastern U.S. part of the Gulf.BHP Billiton, BP, Equinor and Exxon Mobil Corp were evacuating personnel from oil and gas platforms in the Gulf as forecasters predicted the storm would become a Category 3 hurricane.Companies turned off the daily production flow of 324,190 barrels of oil and nearly 284 million cubic feet of natural gas at midday, according to a survey of producers.
Eni to Invest $1.8 Bln in Offshore Mexican Oil Fields by 2040
Italian oil major expects to invest $1.795 billion in three offshore Mexican oil fields by 2040, according to a development plan approved by Mexico's oil regulator on Tuesday.The plan covering the Amoca, Mizton and Tecoalli shallow water fields is the second one approved by the regulator, known as the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH), following a landmark 2013 energy opening that has led to more than 100 oil and gas contracts being awarded in a series of auctions.Eni sees initial crude oil production of 8,000 barrels per day (bpd) in early 2019 from its Amoca and Mizton fields…
EIA Lifts 2019 U.S. Crude Output Growth Forecast
The U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday it expects domestic crude oil production in 2019 to rise by more than previously expected.In its monthly short-term energy outlook, the agency forecast that U.S. crude oil output will rise by 1.14 million barrels per day (bpd) to 11.86 million bpd next year. Last month, it expected a 750,000 bpd year-over-year increase to 11.44 million bpd.Reporting By Jessica Resnick-Ault
Oil Up on U.S. Crude Drawdown, Forties Outage
Britain's biggest pipeline likely to be shut for several weeks. Oil prices rose on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles, while expectations for an extended shutdown of a major North Sea crude pipeline also continued to bolster markets. Brent crude was up 42 cents at $63.76 a barrel by 1122 GMT. It had settled down $1.35, or 2.1 percent, on Tuesday on a wave of profit-taking after the North Sea pipeline shutdown helped to send the global benchmark above $65 for the first time since mid-2015. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 41 cents at $57.55 a barrel.
Oil Gains on Forties Pipeline Shutdown, New York Blast
Oil prices rose Monday, reversing earlier declines, after a North Sea pipeline shut for repairs and investors focused on commodities following an explosion in New York. Brent crude futures were up $1.20, or nearly 2 percent, at $64.60 by 12:22 p.m. EST (1722 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $57.87 a barrel, 51 cents or 0.9 percent above their last settlement. The difference between the two benchmarks <WTCLc1-LCOc1> was the largest since late October, as Brent rallied after the shutdown of the pipeline that carries the largest grade of North Sea crude oil.
EIA Raises US Oil Production Growth Forecast for 2018
The U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday it expects U.S. crude oil production in 2018 to rise by more than previously expected. The agency forecast that 2018 crude oil output will rise by 680,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 9.92 million bpd. Last month, it expected a 590,000 bpd year-over-year increase to 9.84 million bpd. For 2017, it forecast a rise of 380,000 bpd to 9.24 million bpd. Last month, it expected a 400,000 bpd increase to 9.25 million bpd, according to the EIA's monthly short-term energy outlook. Meanwhile, the agency forecast that U.S.
Chevron to Invest $4 billion to boost Permian Output
Chevron plans to boost its Permian output to over 400,000 bpd; expects that to happen over next few years. Oil major Chevron Corp will next year invest around $4 billion to ramp up its crude production in the Permian Basin area of the United States, a company executive said on Monday. Ryan Krogmeier, Chevron's vice president of crude supply and trading, told the S&P Global Platts APPEC conference in Singapore that the company would increase its output from the Permian Basin, largely situated in Texas and New Mexico, to over 400,000 barrels per day over the next few years.
Oil Firm Evacuate Workers as Storm Approaches Texas
Oil companies evacuate workers as storm takes aim at Texas. Royal Dutch Shell, Anadarko Petroleum and Exxon Mobil announced they were curbing some oil and gas output on Wednesday at facilities in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a storm expected to hit the Texas coast later this week. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a hurricane watch Wednesday for much of the Texas coast, calling for slow-moving Tropical Depression Harvey to intensify as it nears landfall. Shell said it was evacuating all personnel from the roughly 100,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Perdido oil and gas production platform as a precaution.
Norway's Record July Gas Sales Could Lift Statoil Earnings
Norwegian gas sales hit a record July high, boosted by maintenance at British North Sea fields and the need to restock gas storage in Europe, which analysts said would deliver strong quarterly earnings for top producer Statoil. Total gas sales from Norway, Europe's second-largest supplier, rose to 10.6 billion cubic metres from 8.6 bcm in June and were 18 percent above official forecasts, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said on Friday. Preliminary gas sales figures were the highest ever recorded for the month of July, it added.
Oil Prices Dip as OPEC Oil Exports Rise
Oil prices edged lower on Friday and were on track for weekly losses, weighed down by rising OPEC exports and strong output from the United States. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark, were trading at $51.76 a barrel at 1141 GMT, 25 cents below the last close and heading for a fall of close to 1.5 percent on the week. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were 30 cents lower at $48.73 per barrel and were set to drop by around 2 percent for the week. Analysts said prices were pressured by rising output, although strong demand limited the losses.
Mexico Auctions Two-thirds of Blocks in Shallow Water Oil Tender
Mexico on Monday auctioned two-thirds of the shallow water oil and gas blocks up for grabs in the latest round of its energy market opening, surpassing the cautious estimates of officials last week. Italy's Eni, Colombia's Ecopetrol and Capricorn Energy, a unit of Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy , were among the companies at the forefront of the bidding for 15 blocks in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Ten of the 15 blocks were taken up in the auction. Eni took one of the blocks by itself and two in consortium with other companies. One comprised Capricorn and Mexican oil firm Citla, the other was with Citla alone.
Oil market to OPEC: Show me the data
OPEC's extended oil supply deal faces a litmus test in the next couple of months while summer demand kicks in, as wary oil traders and investors will need evidence, rather than reassurance, that rebalancing is underway. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed last week with a number of rival producers, such as Russia and Oman, to renew an agreement to cut crude oil output by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) until March 2018. The oil price has fallen below $50 a barrel for the first time in four weeks, despite…