Sunday, September 22, 2019

Gulf Of Mexico News

Flooding Disrupts U.S. Gulf Coast Energy Operations

Energy infrastructure on the U.S. Gulf Coast was hit hard by Tropical Storm Imelda on Thursday, as flooding forced a major refinery, a key oil pipeline, terminals and a ship channel in Texas to shut, according to sources familiar with operations.Torrential rain has inundated the Gulf Coast from Houston to western Louisiana for a second straight day.

GoM Lease Fetches $159mln in High Bids

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Gulf of Mexico (GoM) Lease Sale 253 in New Orleans generated over $159 million in high bids for 151 tracts covering 835,000 acres in federal waters.Twenty-seven companies participated in the lease sale, submitting approximately $175 million in bids, said Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).“We are excited about the results from today’s lease sale, which show a continued upward trend for the year.

Total Extends Pacific Santa Ana Gig

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Offshore drilling contractor Pacific Drilling has been awarded a one-well extension for its drillship working for French oil major Total in Offshore Mauritania.Pacific Santa Ana is expected to run from this month to September, said offshore ultra-deepwater drilling company."We added backlog for our fleet as an option was exercised for Pacific Santa Ana.

Oxy CFO Pledges to Quickly Pare Acquisition Debt

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Occidental Petroleum Corp expects to quickly reduce the $40 billion in debt it took on with its purchase of Anadarko Petroleum, the company's finance chief said on Monday.Cedric Burgher, in his first public remarks since the $38 billion acquisition closed last week, told an EnerCom energy conference audience, the resulting debt burden was "not too bad…

Baker Hughes: U.S. Cuts Rigs for Fifth Straight Week

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U.S. energy firms this week reduced the number of oil rigs operating for a fifth week in a row as most independent producers cut spending even though majors were still pushing ahead with investments in new drilling.Drillers cut six oil rigs in the week to Aug. 2, bringing the total count down to 770, the lowest since February 2018…

Enterprise Products to Build GoM Crude Terminal

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Enterprise Products Partners LP said on Wednesday it expects to take about two years to construct its oil export project called Sea Port Oil Terminal, or SPOT, in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Permitting for the terminal was expected to reach the final stages by the end of the first quarter of 2020 and final approval was expected during the second quarter…

Hess Corp Posts Smaller Quarterly Loss

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Hess Corp reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Wednesday, helped by lower exploration costs and a surge in output in its Bakken shale and Gulf of Mexico assets that also prompted the company to raise its 2019 production forecast.The company also cut its full-year spending plans by $100 million to $2.8 billion against…

Enterprise, Chevron to Build Offshore Port

Chevron in the Gulf of Mexico. Image: Chevron

Pipeline operator Enterprise Products Partners  signed long-term agreements with Chevron Corp to develop Enterprise’s Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT) in the Gulf of Mexico.The American midstream natural gas and crude oil pipeline company said in a release that its SPOT project consists of onshore and offshore facilities, including…

USCG Investigating Offshore Facility Fatalities

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, who recently took command of the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, who recently took command of the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, convened a formal investigation last week for the incident that occurred onboard the offshore production facility Auger, June 30, 2019.Crewmembers aboard the Auger were testing the facility’s lifeboat recovery system when a malfunction occurred resulting in the loss of two lives.

BP Profits Lifted by Production Uptick

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A strong rise in oil and gas production helped BP offset weaker crude prices and refining profit to again beat profit expectations on Tuesday, boosting its shares.BP's second quarter contrasts with Total and Norway's Equinor, which posted sharp earnings drops, and builds on a steady recovery after deep cost cuts since the 2014 downturn, project start-ups and last year's $10.5 billion purchase of BHP's U.S.

Williams Acquires Deepwater Gas Pipeline

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Williams, the provider of large-scale infrastructure connecting U.S. natural gas and natural gas products to growing demand for cleaner fuel and feedstocks, acquired a deepwater natural gas pipeline system that connects offshore output to its Mobile Bay processing plant.The 16-inch-diameter Norphlet gas gathering system in the Gulf of Mexico had been placed into service.

Mexico Unveils Pemex Business Plan

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Mexico on Tuesday unveiled parts of a keenly awaited business plan meant to bring the world's most indebted oil company back from the abyss, but its vow of $7.2 billion in government support failed to dispel worries of a ratings downgrade.Octavio Romero, CEO of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex , presented the broad outlines of the 200-page plan at a news conference…

Leviathan Platform Starts Voyage to Israel

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The gas platform for the Leviathan natural gas field is on its way to Israel from the Gulf of Mexico, the partners in the project said on Sunday.The first of four barges transporting the production structure units has left Texas and the other three will set sail in the coming weeks. In September, all the units will be installed…

Storm Cut 73% of US Offshore Production

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Tropical Storm Barry has cut 73%, or 1.38 million barrels per day (bpd), of crude oil production in the U.S.-regulated areas of the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S.

Anadarko Shareholders to Vote on Oxy Deal

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Anadarko Petroleum Corp shareholders will vote Aug. 8 on the oil and gas producer's planned $38 billion sale to Occidental Petroleum Corp - the biggest oil and gas deal of the year.Occidental avoided its own shareholder vote on the deal by securing a controversial $10 billion financing agreement with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway…

Tropical Storm Barry Forms in Gulf of Mexico

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Tropical Storm Barry formed on Thursday with heavy rains expected across the north-central U.S. Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said.Barry, the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, was located about 95 miles (150 kilometers) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River at about 11 a.m. EDT with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles (65 km) per hour…

Oil at Six-week High

BP, the second-largest oil producer in the US Gulf of Mexico by volume, is shutting all production at its four Gulf platforms, including Na Kika (pictured). (File photo: BP)

Oil prices hit a six-week high on Thursday as oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico were evacuated ahead of a storm, while an incident with a British tanker in the Middle East highlighted tensions in the region.Brent crude futures were up 32 cents at $67.33 a barrel by 1153 GMT. Earlier in the session they hit their highest since May 30 at $67.65, after ending Wednesday up 4.4%.U.S.

Light Sweet Crude Exports Jump at LOOP

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The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) exported a record 283,333 barrels per day of light sweet crude last month, according to trade sources, as prices weakened against global Brent.LOOP, which exports mostly medium sour grades produced in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, last month exported more than twice the amount of light sweet from the prior month. Overall exports of U.S.

GulfSlope Energy Forms JV for GoM

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GulfSlope Energy, an independent oil and natural gas exploration company, has signed a letter of intent to enter a joint venture (JV) for drilling of shallow water depth prospects in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).The oil and natural gas company focused on exploring offshore U.S. GoM said in a press release that it will retain and deploy…

EnVen Co-founder Exits, Sues Company

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An EnVen Energy Corp co-founder claims the chief executive of the offshore oil and gas producer provided misleading production and financial data to the board and forced him out as president, according to a lawsuit in a Texas court.David Dunwoody alleges CEO Steve Weyel and other company employees inflated production forecasts presented to its board of directors to influence 2018 and 2019 budgets…