Monday, October 15, 2018

Middle East News

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 a global survey will still produce HSFO in 2020 although the supply will tighten as 70 percent of these refiners plan to reduce their output.Starting that year…

Oil Rises as U.S. Sanctions on Iran Tighten Supply

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Oil prices rose on Friday as U.S. sanctions on Tehran squeezed Iranian crude exports, tightening supply even as other key exporters increased production.Global crude oil benchmark Brent was up 60 cents at $82.32 a barrel by 1340 GMT. The contract hit a four-year high of $82.55 this week but has been fairly stable during the third quarter, gaining around 3 percent since the end of June.U.S. light crude was up 10 cents at $72.22 a barrel.

Neptune Energy Names Estensen Managing Director for Norway

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Neptune Energy has appointed Odin Estensen as Managing Director of its Norwegian business, based in Stavanger.Estensen joins Neptune Energy from A/S Norske Shell, where he is currently the Norway Operated Asset Manager.With more than 28 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, Estensen started his career with Schlumberger before joining Shell in 1990, where he went on to hold various senior roles across Europe, and also to support operations in the Middle East…

JIP on Single Phase Flow Meters Enters Phase II

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DNV GL is now starting phase II of a Joint Industry Project (JIP) on single phase flow meters in phase-contaminated oil flow. Phase II of this JIP will focus on the influence of the oil fluid properties. This will involve testing different single phase flow metering technologies in oil/water liquid flow (WLR=0-100%) with small fractions of gas (GVF=0-40%, with a focus on the low range). The test matrix used will be jointly defined…

DNV GL Pact with WeatherTech on Wind Turbines

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DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, today announced that it has joined forces with Swedish atmospheric science experts, WeatherTech.The combined expertise of both companies will enable the development of the most advanced icing model for wind turbines available on the market, allowing customers to better predict the performance of turbines in cold climates.In cold climates…

Oil Up On Supply Concerns Ahead of OPEC Meeting

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Oil prices rose on Friday ahead of a meeting of OPEC and other large crude exporters that will focus on production increases as U.S. sanctions restrict Iranian exports.OPEC and its allies are scheduled to gather in Algeria on Sunday to discuss how to allocate higher supply to offset the shortage of Iranian supplies.Brent crude oil was up 90 cents at $79.60 a barrel by 1340 GMT. U.S. light crude was up 65 cents at $70.97.Brent is close to four-year highs…

Morocco Preparing Tender for $4.5 bln LNG Project

Morocco is preparing to invite bids for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Jorf Lasfar worth $4.5 billion, Energy Minister Aziz Rabbah said on Monday.Speaking on the sidelines of an energy conference in Marrakesh, he declined to give details.Last year, Moroccan state-owned power utility ONEE said it had picked HSBC Middle East Ltd as financial adviser for its plan to boost imports of LNG.The project includes the import of up to 7 billion cubic metres of gas by 2025, and the construction of a jetty, terminal, pipelines and g

Oman and Iran to Drive Growth for Oil Storage Industry

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Oman and Iran will drive the majority of the growth in the oil storage industry in the Middle East between 2018 and 2022, contributing more oil storage capacity than any other country in the region, according to leading data and analytics company GlobalData.The company’s report: ‘Oil Storage Industry Outlook in Middle East to 2022’ shows that in 2017, the Middle East had an oil storage capacity of 80,005.7 thousand cubic meters…

Stainless Steel Tubes for Extreme Offshore Conditions

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At the ADIPEC in Abu Dhabi, Schoeller Werk will be presenting its comprehensive range of longitudinally welded stainless steel tubes. The focus will be on solutions for the oil and gas industry. The family company from Germany will be showing its high-load control line and chemical injection tubes specially for this sector. The expert for longitudinally welded stainless steel tubes is thus seeking to further expand its market…

Renewable Energy Conference to Advance Low-Carbon Development in Egypt

Release of IRENA’s ‘Egypt Renewable Energy Outlook’ will be key focus of co-organized three-day conference in Cairo next monthEgypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) together with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will co-organize the country’s first high-level renewable energy conference in the Egyptian capital, Cairo next week.The three-day Egypt Renewable Energy Conference…

Offshore Drillers Eye Recovery by 2020

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Battered oil and gas drilling companies are finally seeing piecemeal signs that the prices they charge for offshore rigs are bottoming out with Brent crude selling for more than $80 a barrel and some are forecasting a full turn in the market by 2020.At the depths of a global slide that took oil below $27 a barrel in early 2016, daily rates for leasing the most sophisticated floating drilling rigs had fallen to just $180,000 from $500…

Weatherford CEO's Rebound Plan Relies on Getting Smaller

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Four years ago, oilfield company Weatherford International Plc pledged to sell non-core businesses and make paying down debt its top priority after years of borrowing and over spending.It almost worked. Asset sales provided some $1.8 billion to pare debt, and Weatherford's stock nearly doubled that year. But when oil prices plummeted in mid-2014 and customer spending on new wells followed, Weatherford failed to cut costs fast enough and payments on its debt jumped…

LNG Bunkering to Grow at CAGR of 62.50% CAGR to Reach $247bn in 2023

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The global liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering market is expected to witness a CAGR of 62.5% over the forecast period 2017-2023, and is projected to reach USD 24,684.7 million by 2023.The key factors driving the growth of LNG bunkering market are increase in LNG demand in order to reduce the carbon footprint in the shipping industry stringent international emission policy, the best cost- effective alternative fuel and significant…

Rowan Sells Two Jack-up Rigs to ARO Drilling

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Texas-based offshore drilling contractor Rowan Companies announced that it has concluded the sale of two LeTourneau TARZAN Class jack-up rigs, the Scooter Yeargain and the Hank Boswell, to ARO Drilling.The net economic impact of this transaction was that Rowan received approximately $90 million in cash and $176 million in shareholder notes from ARO Drilling as consideration for the two rigs.In addition to Rowan's 50% equity stake in ARO Drilling…

DNV GL Completes Due Diligence of World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

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DNV GL has successfully completed a lenders’ technical due diligence on Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One, the world’s largest offshore wind farm with a total capacity of 1.2 GW.The project, which is currently under construction, consists of 174 7 MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines and is located 100 km offshore, making it the furthest offshore wind farm in the UK. The exceptional distance is made possible by an innovative electrical transmission system using the world’s first offshore reactive power compensation mid-station…

Precision Drilling Trumps Ensign Bid for Peer Trinidad

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North American drilling contractor Precision Drilling Corp on Friday said it would buy Trinidad Drilling Ltd in a deal valued at C$1.03 billion ($796 million), trumping a hostile bid from rival Ensign Energy Services.The acquisition, which has an enterprise value of about C$4 billion, makes Precision the third-largest driller in the United States with more than 200 active rigs and 322 rigs in total, said the companies, both based in the Canadian province of Alberta."We'll have strong coverage in other 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, such as India and China, to propel demand for petrochemical products.Petrochemicals that…

Gulf Marine Services Bags MENA Contract

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Vessels provider to the oil & gas industry Gulf Marine Services (GMS) said that it was awarded three long-term contracts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.The provider of advanced self-propelled self-elevating support vessels said in a press release that the new charters, which are subject to the completion of legal documentation and finalisation of the vessel delivery schedule, are for one Small Class and two Mid-Size Class SESVs and are currently expected to commence in Q4 2018/Q1 2019.

Noble Corporation Buys Gusto MSC CJ46 Design Jackup Rig

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Noble Corporation has announced the purchase of a new Gusto MSC CJ46 design jackup rig from the PaxOcean Group (PaxOcean) in connection with a concurrently awarded drilling contract.Noble paid $33.75 million of the $93.75 million purchase price in cash, with the remainder of the purchase price, or $60 million seller-financed at a 4.25% interest rate paid in cash and 1.25% paid in kind over the term of the financing.The Company…

Baker Hughes Acquires 5% of ADNOC Drilling for $550 Mln

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Baker Hughes, the world's second-largest oil services company, will take a 5 percent stake in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's (ADNOC) drilling unit for $550 million under a tie-up announced on Monday.Baker Hughes (BHGE) becomes the first foreign company to take a stake in one of state-owned ADNOC's services companies under the agreement which values ADNOC Drilling at about $11 billion.It will allow Baker Hughes to cement its presence in the Middle East…