Monday, October 15, 2018

Oil News

Shell Sees Nigeria Corruption Trial Lasting Many Months

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Royal Dutch Shell expects a landmark corruption trial over a Nigerian oil deal to last many months, warning staff of continued critical media coverage in the $1.3 billion case, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.Shell's Legal Director Donny Ching encouraged employees to study an internal web page that the Anglo-Dutch company set up for the case before responding to questions from relatives and friends.Shell and Italian peer Eni are defendants in a Milan bribery trial…

Wintershall Struggles to Boost Output from Norway's Maria Field

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German oil firm Wintershall's flagship project in Norway - the Maria oil and gas field - is not meeting output expectations due to water injection issues, the company said on Monday.The field, which started nine months ahead of schedule at end-2017, was welcomed by the Norwegian government as an innovative project to squeeze more barrels from Norway's continental shelf.But 10 months after the startup Maria's output has not…

US Drillers Add Oil Rigs for First Week in Four

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The U.S. oil drilling rig count rose this week for the first time in four weeks even as crude prices tumbled to their lowest in almost three weeks.Drillers added eight oil rigs in the week to Oct. 12, bringing the total count to 869, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday.The increase is the biggest weekly gain since mid August.The U.S. rig count, an early indicator of future output…

US GoM Oil Production Off 32% from Storm

A view of the eye of Hurricane Michael taken on October 10, 2018 from the International Space Station currently orbiting Earth. The photo was taken by NASA astronaut Dr. Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor. (Credit: NASA)

U.S. Gulf of Mexico producers have cut oil output by 32 percent and natural gas production by 13 percent as a result of the lingering effects of Hurricane Michael, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Friday, citing reports from 27 companies.The reductions continued as oil and gas companies moved more workers back to production platforms that were evacuated earlier in the week. As of Friday morning…

Hurricane FPSO Leaves Dubai After Upgrade, Shetlands First Oil Seen in H1

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The Aoka Mizu floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel ordered by Hurricane Energy has left Dubai following a series of upgrades, the company said, another milestone for the group as it seeks to extract so-called fractured basement oil in Britain.Hurricane specializes in recovering oil from fractures in hard and brittle rock known as fractured basement reservoirs, which some see as a risky way to obtain crude.It expects first oil from its Greater Lancaster Area (GLA) project…

Cepsa Postpones Bumper IPO, Blames Market Rout

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Spain's Cepsa postponed what would have been the largest oil company listing in a decade on Monday, the latest IPO to succumb to a global sell-off in equity markets.Cepsa's owner, Abu Dhabi state investor Mubadala, had planned to raise about 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) by selling 25 percent of Cepsa.Markets have been roiled by anxiety about a potential trade war between the United States and China, uncertainty over Britain's exit from the European Union, a global economic slowdown and higher U.S.

Aker BP to Buy Equinor Gas, Condensate Discovery

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Aker BP has agreed to buy Equinor's 77.8 percent stake in Norway's King Lear gas and condensate discovery for $250 million in cash, the two companies said on Monday.The North Sea discovery has estimated reserves of 77 million barrels of oil equivalents, and by connecting it to existing production facilities at the Ula field, Aker BP expects the acquisition to add more than 100 million barrels in total."This (tie-in) will…

India's Petronet LNG says Talks to Invest in Qatar Have Slowed

India's Petronet LNG Ltd said on Monday its talks to invest in Qatar's exploration and production sector had "slowed down," as the company had not been able to reach an agreement on pricing with the Middle Eastern nation."Qatar is still at a very preliminary stage. We were actually looking at getting the molecule (gas) at the well head price. They want to sell it at market price," said Prabhat Singh, managing director of Petronet LNG.Petronet LNG…

Oil Steady as Saudi Tensions Balance Demand Outlook

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Oil prices steadied on Monday as tension over the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist stoked supply worries, balancing concerns over the long-term demand outlook.Benchmark Brent crude oil jumped by $1.49 a barrel to a high of $81.92 before giving up its gains to trade around $80.38, down 5 cents, by 1345 GMT. U.S. crude was down 5 cents at $71.29."Growing tensions over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has proved supportive…

Unmanned Platform Starts Production at Oseberg Vestflanken 2

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The Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field in the North Sea came on stream on Sunday. Remote-operated from the Oseberg field center, the new Oseberg H platform is the first unmanned platform on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Recoverable resources are 110 million barrels.“With Oseberg H we take a huge technological leap forward. The fully automatic, unmanned and remote-operated platform is digitalization in practice, and I am proud of Equinor and its partners having chosen this in-house developed solution…

Cepsa Float Fail Could Jeopardize Other Energy Listings

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The shelving of Spanish energy company Cepsa's initial public offering (IPO) may damage prospects for a string of oil-related companies planning to go public.Returning Cepsa to the Madrid stock exchange this week in a flotation valuing the firm at up to 8 billion euros ($9.3 billion) had been expected to test investor appetite for energy listings amid resurgent oil prices.But the company, owned by Abu Dhabi's Mubadala, postponed…

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…

U.S. Oil Firms Restoring Operations in Storm-tossed Gulf of Mexico

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Oil producers on Thursday were checking Gulf of Mexico production platforms and beginning to return crews to more than 90 offshore facilities evacuated this week as Hurricane Michael moved through the Gulf.Production shut-ins that temporarily halted 42 percent of Gulf oil output and nearly a third of natural gas production was restarting in some areas.BP Plc conducted its first flyovers on Wednesday to check the status of four platforms that were evacuated…

Angola Could Partially List Oil Company Sonangol

Angola, Africa's second largest crude producer, could partially list state oil company Sonangol, a spokesman for the ministry of mineral resources and oil said on Thursday.This follows comments by Mineral Resources and Oil Minister Diamantino Azevedo, reported by state newspaper Jornal de Angola, that any partial listing would only occur after June next year when a restructuring of the company is complete.The Sonangol restructure…

Petrobras Forms JV with Murphy in Gulf of Mexico

Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA is forming a joint venture with Murphy Oil Company to explore oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico, the Brazilian company said on Wednesday in a securities filing.According to the filing, Petrobras, as the Brazilian company is known, will have a 20 percent stake in the joint venture, and Murphy will have 80 percent. Petrobras will receive $1.1 billion in the transaction…

U.S. Crude Stocks Up by 6 mln Barrels - EIA

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U.S. crude stocks rose last week as refineries cut output, while gasoline stocks increased and distillate inventories fell, the Energy Information Administration said on Thursday.Crude inventories rose by 6 million barrels in the week to October 5, compared with analysts' expectations for an increase of 2.6 million barrels.Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub rose by 2.4 million barrels, EIA said.Refinery crude runs fell by 352,000 barrels per day, EIA data showed.

LNG Report: Floating Liquefaction & Regasification

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International Maritime Associates has completed a 12-month study of the global market for floating gas liquefaction plants and floating LNG regasification terminals. The 150+ page study, published by World Energy Reports, is the most detailed analysis yet made of this growing business sector. Project Success EvaluationThe IMA study is the first professional effort to systematically look at the universe of FLNG and FSRU projects…

Cyprus Seeks to Construct first LNG Import Terminal by 2020

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Cyprus has invited bids for the development of the country's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, which it wants to be ready by 2020, a notice posted on a government procurement site said this week.Cyprus depends almost entirely on imported oil products for its energy consumption and needs to switch to cleaner gas from heavy fuel oil for its electricity generation by 2020 to stay in line with EU rules on power plant emissions.Although a number of gas fields have been discovered nearby…

LOOP Resumes Normal Operations After Storm

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), the largest privately-owned crude terminal in the United States, said it resumed normal operations at its Marine Terminal on Thursday after operations were suspended ahead of Hurricane Michael.Major oil producers and drillers began returning workers and restoring output at U.S.

Oil Rebounds Towards $81 but Weaker Demand View Weighs

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Oil rebounded towards $81 a barrel on Friday as an equities rally lent support, though prices pared gains after a closely watched forecaster deemed supply adequate and the outlook for demand weakening.Crude was still heading for its first weekly drop in five weeks, pressured by a big rise in U.S. inventories and fading concerns for now about looming U.S. sanctions aimed at cutting Iran's oil exports.Global equities were set for their biggest daily gain in nearly a month.