Sunday, August 9, 2020

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DNV GL: Oil Demand, CO2 Emissions Probably Peaked in 2019

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Global oil demand and carbon dioxide emissions probably peaked in 2019 as the COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on both, energy consultancy DNV GL said on Wednesday.The Norway-based consultancy, which advises both petroleum and renewable energy companies on risk management and technology, said global energy use would be 8% lower…

China's Saudi Oil Imports Surge to All-time High

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China's crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia nearly doubled in May from a year earlier to all-time high as refineries snapped up cheap fuel, while the kingdom retained its position as the top supplier to the world's biggest oil buyer.Arrivals from Saudi last month reached 9.165 million tonnes, or 2.16 million barrels per day (bpd), up about…

Refineries around Asia Join Chinese Peers in Increasing Production

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Refineries from India to South Korea are expected to increase output from June, joining their Chinese counterparts as the easing of lockdown measures boosts demand for oil products, industry executives said.The average operating rate for refineries in Asia is expected to rise to 75.5% and 82.2% in the third and fourth quarters, respectively…

China's Daily Crude Oil Imports Rebound in April

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China's crude oil imports rebounded in April from a month earlier on daily basis as refiners ramped up output amid a recovery in fuel demand with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak easing while crude prices crashed on slumping consumption elsewhere.Crude oil arrivals were 40.43 million tonnes last month according to a full data table released by the General Administration of Customs on Thursday…

K2 Advices Creyke Beck A & B OWFs

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Renewable energy consultancy K2 Management announced it is working as Lender’s Technical Advisor (LTA) on the Doggerbank Creyke Beck A and B Wind Farms, two of the three projects which make up the Doggerbank development.In September, all three wind farms were selected in the Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round 3 by the UK Government.The projects will have a combined capacity of up to 3.6 GW…

Xodus Hires Rivers

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Energy consultancy Xodus Group said it has appointed Stephen Rivers as Subsea & Pipelines Manager for Asia-Pacific as the company targets strategic growth and new projects in the region. He will be based in in Perth, Australia.Rivers’ previous roles have included Engineering Director for Peritus International Pty Ltd and Senior Vice President…

Anadarko Approves $20 Bln Mozambique LNG Project

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U.S. energy firm Anadarko Petroleum Corp gave the go-ahead on Tuesday for the construction of a $20 billion gas liquefaction and export terminal in Mozambique, the largest single LNG project approved in Africa, according to the government of Mozambique and energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie.The announcement, which occurred at an event in Mozambique…

Oil Prices Jump 2% After Tanker Attacks

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Oil prices settled 2.2% higher on Thursday after attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman stoked concerns of reduced crude trade flows through one of the world's key shipping routes.The attacks near Iran and the Strait of Hormuz reignited worries about an impact to flows from the Middle East if insurance companies begin to reduce…

Oil Majors Rush to Dominate US Shale

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In New Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert, Exxon Mobil Corp is building a massive shale oil project that its executives boast will allow it to ride out the industry's notorious boom-and-bust cycles.Workers at its Remuda lease near Carlsbad - part of a staff of 5,000 spread across New Mexico and Texas - are drilling wells, operating fleets of hydraulic…

Billions Spent, Little to Show

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How Russia sank billions of dollars into Venezuela quicksandReuters estimates that after sinking more than $9 billion into Venezuela in loans, acquisitions and project spending since 2010, Rosneft, which is majority owned by the Russian state, has yet to show a profit.At the end of 2018, Rosneft had spent approximately $1.5 billion more in Venezuela than it had earned in the form of oil allocated to it as dividends…

OWC, TCE Targets Offshore Wind in India

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UK-based Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) and Tata Consulting Engineers Limited (TCE) have signed an agreement to partner up for upcoming projects in the Indian offshore wind sector.Under the agreement, OWC and TCE will combine its powers to deliver engineering and project management services to Indian offshore wind developments, said the…

Deepwater Oil Output to Reach 10 mb/d in 2019

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Global deepwater oil production was expected to grow 700,000 barrels  per day (b/d) this year to hit a record high of more than 10 million b/d.Norwegian research group Rystad Energy said that it "expects global deepwater production to reach record high level and surpass 10 million bb/d.""With new fields starting up in Brazil and Gulf of Mexico…

Total Plans Biggest Exploration Drive in Years

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Total is launching its biggest exploration campaign for years in 2019 as part of a turnaround plan that is ditching the company's focus on risky long-shots in favor of areas known to contain commercial levels of oil or gas.The French major aims to drill 23 wells this year, its senior vice president for exploration, Kevin McLachlan, told Reuters…

K2 Management Opens Beijing Office

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Offshore wind and sustainable energy consultancy K2 Management  has opened an office in Beijing to support China’s wind and solar market.Active in Asia since 2010, K2 Management has been working in China on several projects for local and international clients.Country Director for K2 Management in China, James Wu, said: “We think the time is right for us now to be present in China…

Aqualis Offshore Establishes Office in Australia

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Marine and offshore engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore has set up an office in Perth, Western Australia, to support oil and gas developments in the Australasia region.“We have supported important projects offshore Australia in recent years and believe it represents a market with good potential. There seems to be an increasing confidence in growth in offshore activity here…

Medco Energi's Potential Deal with Ophir Seen as Diversification Play

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Medco Energi Internasional Tbk PT would boost its valuations and gain access to international assets if its potential takeover of London-listed Ophir Energy occurs, analysts said on Wednesday.Medco confirmed this week that it was in talks with Ophir about a possible cash offer for the oil and gas exploration and production company currently based in Britain.

Aqualis Offshore: OuYang 1 Jacked Up

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Offshore marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore has successfully completed the jacking trial of wind turbine installation vessel OuYang 1.The UK-based Aqualis ASA,  which through its subsidiaries and associates, offers energy consultancy services to the offshore oil, gas and renewables sectors globally said in a press release that Aqualis Offshore was engaged by Ouyang Offshore Co. Ltd.

Brent Crude Rises but Set for First Yearly Drop Since 2015

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Oil prices rose more than 2 percent on the final day of the year, mirroring gains in stock markets, but were on track for their first annual decline in three years as concerns of a persistent supply glut lingered.Hints of progress on a possible U.S.-China trade deal, with U.S. President Donald Trump saying he had a "very good call" with Chinese President Xi Jinping…

LNG Imports into Northeast Asia at Record High

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Shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into Northeast Asia have risen to a record in December, mainly driven by China's continued gasification push, and as the region faces colder-than-usual temperatures this week.LNG imports into China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, have climbed to 20.5 million tonnes so far in December, 5 percent higher than the previous monthly record of 19.5 million tonnes back in January…

Xodus Appoints Phil Cooper as New Director

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The Scottish energy group Xodus Group has appointed Phil Cooper as a new corporate development director to support the continued growth of the company.The Aberdeen-based international energy consultancy said in a press release that Cooper has more than 35 years of experience and was most recently London general manager at Heerema Marine…