Sunday, September 15, 2019

Oil And Gas News

US Rig Count Slides

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U.S. energy firms this week reduced the number of oil rigs operating for a fourth week in a row as producers cut spending, leading to slower growth in crude output.Drillers cut five oil rigs in the week to Sept. 13, bringing the total count down to 733…

Inpex Eyes Australia Expansion

Ichthys LNG onshore facilities (Photo: Inpex)

Inpex Corp, Japan's top oil and gas company, wants to expand in Australia at its Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and through potential acquisitions, as part of a plan to become a major regional gas company, its Australian boss…

GE to Shed Majority Control of Baker Hughes

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General Electric is looking to raise up to $3 billion in sale of majority-owned Baker Hughes shares, resulting in a reduction of the U.S industrial conglomerate's stake in the oilfield services provider to less than 50%, Baker Hughes said on Tuesday.Shares of Baker Hughes…

DNV GL Route Map for Energy Transition

Liv A. Hovem, CEO, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. Photo: DNV GL

Gas and variable renewables  must work together alongside greater uptake of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to secure a rapid energy transition, according to a new forecast of the energy transition by DNV GL.According to the report…

Brazil Sells Rights in Minor Oil Areas

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Brazil auctioned off the exploration rights to 33 minor onshore and offshore oil and gas blocks on Tuesday, in what authorities framed as a bid to boost the industry outside of the nation's core, offshore pre-salt play.At an event in downtown Rio de Janeiro…

Woodside Looks to Sell Gas Assets

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Australian oil and gas producer Woodside is seeking to reduce its stakes in the Scarborough gas field at home and in Canada's Kitimat liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to cut its capital exposure, its chief executive told Reuters on…

Siemens Plans to List Energy Unit in 2020

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Siemens plans to list its energy unit by around September next year, the head of its gas and power division said on Tuesday.The German conglomerate said in May that it was spinning off its gas and power business, which has dragged on…

Xodus Hires Rivers

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Energy consultancy Xodus Group said it has appointed Stephen Rivers as Subsea & Pipelines Manager for Asia-Pacific as the company targets strategic growth and new projects in the region. He will be based in in Perth, Australia.Rivers’…

Increased Confidence in CO2 Storage

The bespoke drill rig being lowered over the side of the RRS James Cook. The rig is designed to push the curved steel pipe into the seabed sediment. Image: Copyright STEMM-CCS Project

If we are going to store large volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in depleted oil and gas reservoirs beneath the seabed we need to be sure that, in the unlikely event of a leak, we can detect it. A research expedition, carrying a world…

Gazprom, Kogas for Tighter LNG Cooperation

Hee-Bong Chae and Alexey Miller at meeting. Photo: Gazprom

Russian oil and gas company Gazprom Neft has announced that a working meeting has been held between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Hee-Bong Chae, President and Chief Executive of KOGAS.The meeting participants…

Baker Hughes: U.S. Oil Drillers Cut Rigs Again

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U.S. energy firms this week reduced the number of oil rigs operating for a third week in a row after drilling slowed for nine straight months as independent producers cut spending by about 10% this year.Drillers cut four oil rigs in the week to Sept.

Industry Showcases Positive Changes at OE 2019

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Commitment to accelerating the energy transition is gathering pace, as operators and technology developers at SPE Offshore Europe 2019 said they will invest to secure a more sustainable energy mix.In another encouraging sign that the…

NGO Pushes for Green Recycling in North Sea

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With the oil and gas sector seeing a downturn since 2014, the Platform has documented an increasing number of offshore units sold for scrap.While the recycling of fixed installations occurs under strict regulations, there are serious concerns regarding the recycling of floating structures…

TGS Acquires Production Data Firm

TGS said it has purchased all outstanding shares and completed the acquisition of Lasser, Inc., a Fort Worth-based company which provides historical and monthly oil and gas production data.Lasser owns, maintains and licenses a nationwide U.S. offshore and onshore well production database.

India and Russia Sign Energy Deals

IndianPrime Minister, Narendra Modi and the President of Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin at the Joint Press Statements, at Vladivostok, in Russia on September 04, 2019. Photo: PIB

India and Russia have agreed on a five-year roadmap to step up cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector, including investment, not only in exploration and production in each other's oil and gas fields but also in downstream projects.India…

Schlumberger CEO Outlines Digital Strategy

Schlumberger CEO Olivier Le Peuch (Photo: Schlumberger)

Schlumberger NV's newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer Olivier Le Peuch on Wednesday outlined his vision for the world's largest oilfield services company, vowing to exit unprofitable businesses, restructure some units and focus on…

Exxon, Chevron See Consolidation in Top U.S. Shale Field

The two largest U.S. oil and gas companies on Tuesday left the door open for more acquisitions in the country's top shale field.Exxon Mobil Corp expects to see industry consolidation to happen "over some period of time," in the Permian Basin in west Texas and New Mexico…

Russia Open to Private Firms Developing Arctic

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Russia's natural resources and environment minister said on Wednesday he supported allowing private oil and gas companies to work on the Arctic shelf.Speaking to reporters at an economic forum in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok…

PGNiG Starts Norwegian Drilling

Platform Deepsea Nordkapp. Photo: Odfjell Drilling

Polish state-controlled oil and gas company PGNiG said its unit PGNiG Upstream Norway started drilling an exploration well in licence area PL838 (the Shrek prospect) on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, for the first time in the role…

China, Philippines: 'Bigger Step' Possible Offshore

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Chinese President Xi Jinping said China and the Philippines could take a "bigger step" in the joint development of oil and gas resources in the South China Sea if they can "properly" handle their dispute over sovereignty.Xi made the remarks on Thursday in a meeting in Beijing with Philippi