Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Gas Producers News

Oxy Shareholders Criticize Anadarko Bid

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Several major Occidental Petroleum Corp shareholders have voiced opposition to the oil company's $38 billion bid for rival Anadarko Petroleum Corp that now includes a pricey financing deal with billionaire Warren Buffett.Occidental and Chevron Corp are battling for Anadarko and its holdings of nearly a quarter million acres in the Permian Basin, the top U.S. shale field, where low-cost production has helped turn the United States into the world's top oil producer at 12.3 million barrels per day.

Warren Buffett Backs Oxy's Anadarko Bid

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc committed $10 billion on Tuesday to Occidental Petroleum Corp's $38 billion cash-and-stock bid for Anadarko Petroleum Corp, boosting its chances of snatching a deal from Chevron Corp.Occidental and Chevron are locked in the biggest oil-industry takeover battle in years as they eye Anadarko's prized assets in West Texas' huge Permian shale oil field.Anadarko on Monday agreed to start negotiations with Occidental…

Chrysaor to Buy ConocoPhillips’ UK Assets

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Chrysaor has reached a deal to acquire ConocoPhillips’ oil and gas exploration and production assets in the UK for $2.675 billion, the companies announced on Thursday.Full-year 2018 production and year-end 2018 proved reserves associated with the assets being sold were approximately 72,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) and approximately 99 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), respectively. This acquisition increases Chrysaor’s pro forma 2018 production to 177…

Qatargas Delivered 500 Cargoes LNG to China in Ten Years

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Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas) has recently highlighted its long-term relationship with China."Qatargas has reliably supplied Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to China for 10 years, having safely delivered more than 500 cargoes of LNG to date," Qatargas said.Qatargas established its Beijing Representative Office (BRO) in China in November 2009 to facilitate easy access to both existing and potential LNG buyers in the country.The BRO team…

Sempra Gets Okay for LNG Export in Mexico

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San Diego utility company Sempra Energy Sempra Energy said that its subsidiary Energía Costa Azul (ECA) LNG received two authorizations from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to export US produced natural gas to Mexico and to re-export LNG to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement (non-FTA) with the US.Permission to export to non-free trade agreement nations such as China, Japan and South Korea is desirable status to LNG exporters because due to higher natural gas prices in East Asia.

Schlumberger, Rockwell Form Automation JV

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Industrial automation and information company Rockwell Automation and oilfield services provider Schlumberger have teamed up to create what they're calling the first fully integrated digital oilfield automation solutions provider.The new Houston based joint venture, Sensia, is expected to begin serving customers in the summer of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.“Oilfield operators strive to maximize the value of their investments by safely reducing the time from drilling to production…

Australia's Best Option is LNG Imports

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Australia has painted itself into a corner with its natural gas industry and faces the stark reality that there are no easy choices to alleviate the dual problem of a looming supply crunch and the associated higher prices.Australia is far from the first country to find itself with an energy issue, but it is unusual insofar as the country is about to become the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and still it can't get its policy settings right to ensure domestic supplies.It sounds counter-intuitive and somewhat bizarre…

BP Names New Head of Wind Power Business

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The head of BP's wind energy business Laura Folse will retire at the end of month, three years after taking the role, a company spokesman said on Monday.Folse, who joined BP in 1982, will be replaced by Al Vickers, currently vice president of technical functions in the operations of BP's upstream, or oil and gas, business. He will be Houston based.BP's wind division includes 11 onshore wind farms in the United States and is one the biggest renewable energy businesses among the world's top oil and gas producers.

LNG Only Fills Niches in Europe

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Although LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) provides a solid supplement to European gas supplies, the EU is and will remain a pipeline market – for good reasons, said Wintershall's new position paper.The report from Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer on the importance of liquid gas for Europe said that the liquefaction is highly energy-intensive – the energy consumption corresponds to about 13% of the gas transported.With an energy loss of less than five percent, pipelines are much more energy-efficient.

Schlumberger Sees International Growth in 2019

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Schlumberger NV on Friday reported quarterly revenue that topped estimates and forecast single-digit growth in international markets this year even as crude prices have tumbled roughly 30 percent since October.With the drop in oil prices many producers were evaluating spending budgets for 2019, stoking concerns that a slowdown in activity would hurt oilfield service companies that have struggled to boost prices since the 2014 downturn.Schlumberger…

Adnoc Fleet Slashes Carbon Emission 23%

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Adnoc Logistics & Services (Adnoc   L&S) announced that it has reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 23% across a fleet of 27 vessels.The marine and logistics subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc ) said in a press release that the ‘Al Daffah Energy Efficiency Project’ is one of many ongoing initiatives by the shipping and logistics giant to deliver greater operational efficiency and a more competitive offering to…

CNOOC Storing LNG Offshore

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China's state-owned CNOOC is temporarily storing liquefied natural gas (LNG) in a tanker off South Korea as a warmer than usual winter cuts expected spot demand for the fuel, industry sources said on Wednesday.China faced a severe winter gas shortage last year after switching millions of households to natural gas from coal for heating, prompting Chinese companies this winter to secure supply well ahead of time, they said.However, the winter…

Novatek, Saibu Gas Ink MoU

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Russia's largest independent natural gas producer Novatek said it had agreed with Japan's Saibu Gas to study the possibility for the Russian company to enter the Japanese energy market.Novatek said in a press release that PAO Novatek and Saibu Gas Co Ltd signed a  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), whereby the parties agreed to consider potential cooperation to enter the end-customer market and optimize Novatek’s LNG portfolio supplies to the…

US Shale Producers Curb 2019 Spending

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U.S. shale producers are slamming the brakes on next year's drilling with crude prices off 40 percent and mounting fears of oversupply, paring budgets that in some cases were set only weeks earlier.The reversal is alarming because blistering growth in shale fields has propelled U.S. crude output 16 percent to about 10.9 million barrels per day for 2018, above Saudi Arabia and Russia. Production has been expected to rise 11 percent more in 2019…

Hunting Expects Oil Producers to Defer Projects

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British oilfield services company Hunting Plc expects oil and gas producers to defer some projects as a recent decline in crude prices could hit their short-term budgets, it said on Monday.Oilfield service companies, including U.S.-based Schlumberger, have been hit this year by a slowdown in demand as regional oil prices have fallen and oil-producing customers face transportation bottlenecks."Clients are indicating caution on committed spend…

PetroChina Strikes Large Flows in Tarim Exploration Well

PetroChina Co Ltd struck sizeable oil and gas flows in an exploration well in the Tarim basin of the remote northwestern region of Xinjiang, marking a breakthrough in exploring an earlier untapped region, parent CNPC said on Thursday.Zhongqiu-1 well tested a daily natural gas flow of 330,000 cubic metres and 21.4 cubic metres of condensate, a super light crude oil, CNPC said on its news portal news.cnpc.com.cn.The well is located in the southern part of Kuche trough in the Tarim basin and part of an exploration zone with a size of 5,200 square kilom

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…

Addax Petroleum Extends Yinson’s Adoon FPSO Deal

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Nigeria-focused oil company Addax has extended the charter for the Yinson-owned FPSO Adoon for another three months, pending discussion for a potential longer-term deal."Unless otherwise expressly defined in this announcement, terms and expressions used in this announcement shall have the same meaning as ascribed to them in our earlier announcements made in October 2018," the Malaysian-based Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO…

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…

Serica Energy to Buy BHP Stake in North Sea Fields

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North Sea operator Serica Energy has struck a deal with commodities giant BHP Billiton to up its stakes in two North Sea fields, taking it above 90 per cent ownership of the assets.Under the a sale and purchase agreement (SPA), Serica UK will acquire a 16.00% interest in the Bruce field and a 31.83% interest in the Keith field and associated infrastructure (BHP Assets) from BHP Billiton Petroleum Great Britain Limited.The structure of the Transaction…