Friday, December 14, 2018

Gas Producer News

Yamal LNG Reaches Full Capacity

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The Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Arctic Russia officially commissioned the third and last production line Tuesday.Russia's independent natural gas producer PAO Novatek announced that its joint venture Yamal LNG has reached full capacity at the plant’s three LNG trains.The Yamal LNG project was implemented in record time and on budget with the launches of the second and third trains made ahead of schedule by six months and more than a year, respectively. Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry…

Amerisur Resources Hits Oil at Indico Well in Colombia

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UK-based independent full-cycle oil and gas company confirmed that Indico-1 well in Colombia reached target depth of 10,604 feet and encountered the Lower Sands of the Une formation.The South America focused oil and gas producer, which owns 30% non-operated working interest in the Indico-1 well, said the Lower Sands package is the same formation which holds the 120 feet oil column discovered at nearby Mariposa, which lies some 6.5 kilometres to the North West of Indico-1.The Mariposa well has produced at a stable rate of approximately 3…

Rice Brothers Push for Top-level changes at EQT

EQT Corp is facing calls for a shakeup at the helm from shareholders Toby Rice and Derek Rice, who had sold Rice Energy Inc to the oil and gas producer last year for $6.7 billion.In a letter made public on Monday, the Rice brothers, who own about seven million shares or a 2.75 percent stake in the company, pointed to EQT's "severely depressed" stock price and blamed the management for underperformance.EQT shares have slumped 47.6 percent as of Friday's close since the acquisition of Rice Energy in Nov. 2017…

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 said the lion's share of its 2019 capital expenditure will go towards exploration in Guyana and Bakken. Conoco will spend most of its capex in Alaska and Canada…

Guangzhou Launches World's First Icebreaking LNG Tanker

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The world's first liquid natural gas (LNG) carrier tanker was named 'Boris Sokolov' and delivered by Guangzhou Shipyard International in Guangzhou City.According to Chinese state media, the Arctic condensate tanker carrier designed to traverse the world's icy northern polar region.With a load capacity of 44,550 tons, the vessel, which is built for for Dynacom of Greece, can sail in the Arctic region without icebreaker-piloting, it said. The vessel is mainly used for transporting condensate oil for the Yamal LNG project in northwest Siberia…

Qatar Quits OPEC to Focus on LNG

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Qatar said Monday that it will leave the oil cartel OPEC on January 1 after nearly 60 years. The announcement was made in a series of tweets.Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, announced Qatar’s withdrawal from OPEC and said the organization was informed.Qatar is one of the cartel’s smallest oil producers, but is the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas.The abrupt annoucement from the small, gas-rich state that it would sever ties with the influential oil cartel of 15 oil-producing countries after almost six decades has surprised the oil and gas industry around the world.However…

Denovo Delivers First Gas to NGC from Iguana Field

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Independent gas company DeNovo Energy, a subsidiary of the Proman Group, has made its first commercial supply of natural gas from the Iguana field in Block 1(a) off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago.According to a release from the company, DeNovo plans to deliver 80 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (MMSCFD) from the Iguana field for use by the petrochemical plants on the Pt Lisas Industrial Estate through the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago. DeNovo is Trinidad and Tobago’s fifth natural gas producer.DeNovo…

Novatek Kicks-off Yamal LNG's Train 3

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Russia's Novatek has begun production of the commissioning LNG from its third 5.5 million mt/year train at the Yamal LNG project, bringing the plant's total capacity to 16.5 mln tonnes of LNG per year.“We have successfully launched all three LNG trains at our flagship Yamal LNG project according to our revised early launch schedule,” Novatek’s head Leonid Mikhelson said.Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer said in a press release that the third LNG train was launched more than one year ahead of the planned original schedule.

Equinor Eyes More Russian Gas to Europe

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Russian gas deliveries to northwest Europe will likely continue to grow in the time ahead, Norwegian oil and gas producer Equinor told an investor conference on Tuesday.In the third quarter, Russian deliveries to the region expanded to 59 billion cubic meters from 50 bcm in the same period of 2017, the company added.(Reporting by Lefteris Karagiannopoulos, editing by Terje Solsvik)

Novatek in Nyakhartinskoye Field Gas Find

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Russia's largest independent natural gas producer Novatek announced that its wholly owned subsidiary OOO Novatek-Yurkharovneftegas, upon testing of the exploration well PO-1 achieved commercial flows of natural gas from the Lower Cretaceous sediments at the Nyakhartinskiy license area with a gas condensate mixture well flow rate of more than 300 thousand cubic meters per day.Natural gas and gas condensate reserves of the newly discovered Nyakhartinskoye field will be determined after completion of the well test…

Cimarex to Buy Resolute Energy in $1.6 Bln Deal

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Oil and gas producer Cimarex Energy Co said on Monday it would buy smaller rival Resolute Energy Corp in a deal valued at $1.6 billion, including debt, adding more assets in the shale-rich Permian Basin.The region has seen several deals as bigger producers add more assets, allowing them to negotiate better with oilfield services, frac sand providers and pipeline operators as production costs rise.Cimarex had a market value of $8.49 billion, while Resolute was valued at about $706.3 million as of Sept.29, according to Refinitiv data.Resolute Energy is the latest smaller player to succumb to investor pressure…

DynaGas LNG Partners in the Red in Q3

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Monaco-based owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, reported a third-quarter ended September 30, 2018 loss of $654,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.The gas shipping company said that the Q3 results included $2.3 million of scheduled class survey and dry-docking costs related to the Yenisei River, one of the three tri-fuel diesel engine (TFDE) vessels in our fleet.The company said it had a loss of 7 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 4 cents per share.

Novatek Ships First LNG Cargo To China Via Arctic

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Novatek Gas and Power Asia, wholly owned subsidiary of Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer Novatek, shipped a cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced from the Yamal LNG project to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).The LNG cargo was delivered to Fujian LNG Terminal in China via the Northern Sea Route (NSR) by an Arc7 ice-class LNG carrier in 20 days, completing the NSR part of the journey in 7.5 days.A release from the natural gas producers quoted Leonid Mikhelson, Chairman as saying: "We expanded our customer base in China by shipping our first cargo of LNG to CNOOC.

Gazprom Says Nord Stream Payments Blocked by Swiss Injunction

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Gazprom said a Swiss court has issued an injunction blocking payments from the operators of the Nord Stream gas pipeline as part of a legal dispute between the Russian gas producer and Ukraine's Naftogaz.All payments from Nord Stream AG and Nord Stream 2 AG are to be directed to the Swiss bailiffs, Gazprom said in a program for a eurobond issue dated November 9.Gazprom intends to challenge the injunction in court, TASS news agency quoted Viktor Zubkov, the head of Gazprom's board of directors, as saying.Zubkov was quoted as saying he hoped the block would not affect the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would transport R

Russian Energy Firms Discuss Cooperation Saudi Aramco Chief

 Saudi Aramco Chief Executive Amin Nasser (Photo: Saudi Aramco)

The head of Russian oil giant Rosneft, Igor Sechin, and Saudi Aramco Chief Executive Amin Nasser held talks in Moscow on Friday on areas for cooperation, Rosneft said.Rosneft, the world's largest-listed oil producer by output, said in a brief statement that they "discussed a wide range of issues related to mutual interests and prospects for cooperation between Rosneft and Saudi Arabia".Nasser had said in an earlier statement during his visit that Aramco's relationship with Russia would grow with the projects in which they were cooperating.Gazprom Neft…

Ultra Petroleum Appoints David Honeyfield as CFO

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Ultra Petroleum informed that David Honeyfield has been appointed to serve as CFO of the gas producer with assets in Wyoming’s Green River Basin.A press release from the energy company engaged in domestic natural gas and oil exploration, development and production said that Honeyfield has over 25 years of experience in the energy and natural resources fields with a strong background in accounting and the corporate management of public oil and gas companies.Most recently, Honeyfield served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PDC Energy, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer of Jonah Energy LLC.

Novatek Secures South-Leskinskiy License

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Russia's largest independent natural gas producer PAO Novatek has secured a new exploration license on the Gydan peninsula.The seventh largest publicly traded company globally by natural gas production volume said in a press release that its unit Novatek-Yurkharovneftegas won the auction for geological survey, exploration and production license for the South-Leskinskiy subsoil license area on the Gydan peninsula in the Krasnoyarsk Territory.The license area has estimated hydrocarbon resources of 3.5 billion…

Anadarko to Sell Midstream Assets for $4 Bln

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Oil and gas producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp said on Thursday it would sell nearly all of its midstream assets, including pipelines, to its master limited partnership Western Gas Partners for $4.02 billion.The company is selling assets in the Permian basin in Texas and New Mexico and the DJ basin in Colorado.Western Gas will take complete ownership of DBM Oil Services, and APC Water Holdings, while acquiring a 50 percent stake in multiple gas plants in the Delaware basin of West Texas, the companies said.The sale is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.(Reporting by John Benny in Bengaluru Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar a

Occidental Tops Profit Estimates

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U.S. oil and natural gas producer Occidental Petroleum Corp beat quarterly profit estimates on Monday, benefiting from a surge in production in the Permian Basin and higher prices.The company, which has been investing heavily to boost production in Permian, said output in the basin surged about 62 percent to 225,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) in the third quarter.The company's average production rose about 13.5 percent to 681,000 boe/d.The Houston-based company's net income rose to $1.87 billion, or $2.44 per share, in the quarter ended Sept.

Encana Acquires US Shale Producer Newfield Exploration for USD 4.1 billion

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Canadian oil and gas producer Encana has signed a deal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Newfield Exploration Company in a USD 4.1 billion deal that will provide the former with significant positions in some of North America’s biggest oilfields.In addition, Encana will assume CAD 2.2 billion of Newfield net debt. The strategic combination will create a leading multi-basin company and has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.Subject to receipt of regulatory and shareholder approvals by both companies…