Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Kuwait News

USA to Dominate in LNG Capacity

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The US and India are expected to lead capacity growth in the global LNG liquefaction and regasification industries from planned and announced (new-build) projects, respectively during the outlook period 2019-2023.The US's new-build liquefaction capacity is expected to grow from 26.1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) in 2019…

Environmental Activists Block BP London HQ

Activists blockade entrances to the BP headquarters in London, demanding an end to new oil and gas exploration. The campaigners arrived at 3 a.m. on Monday and encased themselves in heavy containers before the oil company’s annual general meeting on Tuesday. Other activists are also climbing the building to hang signs from the windows. (© Chris J Ratcliffe / Greenpeace)

Greenpeace activists blocked the entrance to BP's London headquarters on Monday, demanding one of the world's biggest energy companies ends all new oil and gas exploration or goes out of business.Greenpeace activists arrived at the building in St James' Square in central London at 0200 GMT and encased…

Oil Price Risks Rise

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Supply disruptions in the Middle East on top of an already tight crude market could send oil prices violently upward, said the energy research firm Rystad Energy.Two Saudi Arabian oil tankers were reportedly attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates this weekend, sending crude futures up sharply May 13.Bjørnar Tonhaugen…

TAQA Buys Schlumberger Rigs for $415mln

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Saudi Arabia’s Industrialization and Energy Services Company (TAQA) announced that its drilling subsidiary, Arabian Drilling Company (ADC), has agreed to acquire Schlumberger’s Middle East drilling rigs business in Kuwait, Oman, Iraq and Pakistan for $415 million (SR1.56 billion).This acquisition will add 18 rigs to ADC fleet and welcomes more than 1…

IEA Says Oil Markets Adequately Supplied

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The International Energy Agency is monitoring developments in global oil markets, and notes that markets are now adequately supplied, and that global spare production capacity remains at comfortable levels.Further tightening of sanctions on Iran will have an impact on its export capacity. Iranian shipments…

New CEO at Kuwait Petroleum

Kuwait has appointed Hashim Sayed Hashim as chief executive of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), state news agency Kuna reported on Wednesday.Hashim was also appointed as vice chairman of the KPC's board, the report said.(Reporting by Hadeel Al Sayegh; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

OPEC to Release Country Quotas for Oil Output Cut

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Oil producer group OPEC plans to release a table detailing output cut quotas for its members and allies such as Russia in an effort to shore up the price of crude, OPEC's secretary-general said in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday.Mohammad Barkindo said to reach the proposed cut of 1.2 million barrels per day…

Tendeka Launches FloFuse

Annabel Green, Tendeka’s Chief Technology Officer (Photo: Tendeka)

Independent global completions service company Tendeka said it has launched a new technology that increases oil recovery by improving injected water conformance in fractured reservoirs or by ensuring effective placement of matrix stimulation acids.When installed across a segmented wellbore, FloFuse autonomously…

Nghi Son Refinery Begins Commercial Production

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Vietnam's Nghi Son oil refinery has officially begun commercial production following months of tests, the owner of the refinery said on Monday.Commercial production had begun from Nov.

Oil Rises as Saudi Arabia Seeks to Tackle Oversupply

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Oil prices rose on Monday after Saudi Arabia said OPEC and its partners believed demand was softening enough to warrant an output cut of 1 million barrels per day next year.Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, said on Sunday it would cut its shipments by half a million barrels per day in December…

Oil Gains after Saudi Paves the Way for an Output Cut

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Oil rose by more than 1 percent on Monday, set for its largest one-day increase in a month after Saudi Arabia said OPEC and its partners believed demand was softening enough to warrant an output cut of 1 million barrels per day.Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, said on Sunday it would cut…

Sinochem raises 2019 term oil supply from Saudi Aramco, Kuwait

China's Sinochem Group agreed to annual crude oil supply deals for 2019 with Saudi Aramco and Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC) with volumes from both suppliers more than 20 percent higher than in 2018, a senior Sinochem executive said on Friday.The Saudi volumes will be processed at Sinochem's wholly-owned Quanzhou refinery in southeast China's Fujian province…

Higher US Export, Lower Fleet Growth Aid LPG Exports

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The Middle East is the most active export market of LPG exports on very large gas carriers(VLGC), said Norway-based LPG shipping firm Avance Gas.Oslo-listed Avance Gas said in a statement that traditionally Saudi Arabia was the largest exporter, but though growing LNG production from mid-2000 combined with increased petrochemical use of LPG in Saudi Arabia…

Golar FSRU Golar Freeze Lined Up for Jamaican Project

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Norwegian shipping company Golar LNG Partners is deploying a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to Jamaica for up to 15 years from the fourth quarter of 2018."FSRU Golar Freeze will shortly arrive offshore Jamaica where she will service a 15-year charter for an energy and logistics company…

How Refiners Plan to Grapple With Fuel Oil Output After 2020

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High-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO), essentially the leftovers of an oil refiner's output, will still flow from refineries around the world even after new rules start up in 2020 curtailing its use in the global shipping fleet, a Reuters survey showed.Sixty percent of the 33 refineries contacted by Reuters in…

Oil Producers Cut July Output by 9 pct More than Agreed

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An OPEC and non-OPEC monitoring committee found that oil producers participating in a supply-reduction agreement cut output in July by 9 percent more than called for in their pact, two sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.The committee groups representatives from Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Algeria, Venezuela and Oman.Reporting by Ran

Oil Rises to $76 as OPEC+ Committee Sees Production Increasing

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Brent oil prices rose to near $76 a barrel on Monday as a committee monitoring a deal on oil output curbs between OPEC and non-OPEC producers saw production rising while a U.S.-China trade dispute capped gains.International Brent crude oil futures were at $76.04 per barrel at 1326 GMT, up 22 cents from their last close.U.S.

Rising Use of Plastics to Drive Oil Demand to 2050 - IEA

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Plastics and other petrochemical products will drive global oil demand to 2050, offsetting slower consumption of motor fuel, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday.Despite government efforts to cut pollution and carbon emissions from oil and gas, the Paris-based agency said it expected the rapid growth of emerging economies…

Bahrain's Oil Company Targets $1 Bln Through Dual-tranche Bond

Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Chairman (Photo: Nogaholding)

Bahrain's state-owned oil company Nogaholding plans to raise $1 billion through a dual-tranche U.S.

ADES Acquires 12 Rigs From Weatherford In Kuwait

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Drilling company Ades International Holding has bought 12 onshore rigs from Weatherford in Kuwait for $ 123 million.The oil & gas drilling and production services provider in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) said in a press release that the transaction forms part of the previously signed definitive…