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  • Fracking is evolving, showing industry can do better

    09/30/2014 9:24:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 29, 2014 | Chris Tomlinson
    Fracking is evolving. There are mutant wells in the Eagle Ford that are producing four times more oil and gas than hydraulically-fractured wells did in 2010. In Pennsylvania, the wells are using less water because drillers are recycling. And in North Texas, the number of earthquakes have dropped dramatically since the good people of Azle through a fit and convinced the Texas Railroad Commission to hire a seismologist to investigate. When you include the demand that drillers take more care in completing their wells to avoid contaminating the ground water, the only conclusion is that the oil and gas industry...
  • Dominion welcomes final FERC approval for Cove Point LNG

    09/30/2014 7:17:47 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    LNG Industry ^ | 30/09/2014 | Katie Woodward
    Dominion Energy has welcomed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s final approval to site, construct, and operate the Cove Point LNG liquefaction and export project. “We are pleased to receive this final approval that allows us to start constructing this important project that offers significant economic, environmental and geopolitical benefits,” said Diane Leopold, President of Dominion Energy. “This order is based on more than two years of thorough, exhaustive analysis by FERC along with numerous other federal and state agencies. It also reflects a robust public input process. Dominion is dedicated to constructing a safe, secure, environmentally compatible and reliable export...
  • EXXONMOBIL INCREASES WOLFCAMP POSITION IN PERMIAN BASIN

    09/30/2014 4:52:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Oil & Gas Financial Journal ^ | September 19, 2014 | Exxon Mobil Corp.
    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) has entered into a non-monetary exchange agreement with LINN Energy LLC (NASDAQ: LINE) to add 17,800 net acres in the Permian Basin to its US oil and natural gas portfolio managed by subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. “Our operated-acreage position in the Midland Basin Wolfcamp core is now around 120,000 net acres. We continue to increase drilling activity in the play, currently operating six horizontal rigs, and are very encouraged by initial well results.” In the exchange, LINN Energy will receive interest in about 500 net acres from ExxonMobil’s South Belridge Field near Bakersfield, California. In the...
  • GE gets $500M price tag for gas turbines in Texas

    09/29/2014 12:38:59 PM PDT · by thackney · 32 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 29, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    General Electric’s new high-efficiency gas turbines, fired at temperatures 200 degrees hotter than an erupting volcano, will see their U.S. debut at two gas power plants near Houston and Dallas. The New York industrial conglomerate said Monday it is getting paid more than $500 million to build four of its most advanced gas turbines and other equipment to power two of Exelon Corp.’s planned combined-cycle gas turbine units at its existing gas-fired plants in Texas. Combined-cycle units are more flexible than plants that rely only on gas or coal. GE’s new 440,000 horsepower gas turbines, each as powerful as about...
  • Massive Arctic Oil Discovery - Rosneft Elated, XOM Adheres To Sanctions

    09/29/2014 10:54:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 48 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 9/28/2014 | Jeff Reed
    Rosneft and ExxonMobil have discovered oil in an area that may turn out to contain more hydrocarbons than the US Gulf of Mexico. Over a month ago, Oilpro member Jeffrey Lareau reported that ExxonMobil and Rosneft had begun drilling a $700 million well in the Kara Sea in the Arctic, despite intensified measures taken by the US and EU against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. The Universitetskaya-1 well (Russia's northernmost well) is the first of as many as 40 offshore wells Rosneft said it planned to drill in order to assess the potential of the unexplored Arctic by 2018....
  • Monitoring Group: Air Strikes Hit Oilfields & Islamic State Bases in Syria

    09/26/2014 1:00:21 PM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | September 26, 2014 | Reuters
    Air and missile strikes, thought to be carried out by U.S.-led forces, hit oilfields and Islamic State bases in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor overnight and early Friday, a monitoring group said. U.S.-led forces started bombing Islamic State militants in northern and eastern Syria on Tuesday. The United States has been bombing bases of the al Qaeda splinter group in Iraq since last month. The Friday morning air strikes hit Islamic State bases and positions on the outskirts of the city of al-Mayadin, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through a network...
  • TAPS and Keystone Have Similar Environmental Issues But One Critical Difference

    09/25/2014 9:46:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 9/25/2014 | Allen Brooks
    The proposed 1,200-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska may be the second most famous crude oil pipeline in American history after the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline. One has yet to be built while the other has been operating since 1977, but the two pipelines share a common history marked by environmental controversy in its approval process. The TAPS line, as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline became known as, was proposed in 1969 to move the recently discovered Alaskan North Slope oil to the Lower 48 market via tanker from the Port of Valdez. The Prudhoe Bay oil...
  • Saudi Arabia uses largest amount of crude oil for power generation since 2010

    09/25/2014 5:50:26 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Saudi Arabia is one of a handful of countries that burn crude oil directly for power generation, according to the Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI). During the summer, Saudi Arabia typically experiences an increase in electricity consumption as domestic demand for air conditioning rises. Saudi Arabia burned 0.9 million barrels per day (bbl/d) of crude oil in July, the highest ever recorded in JODI data for the month of July and the highest overall since August 2010. Saudi Arabia used an average of 0.7 million bbl/d of crude oil for power generation during the summers from 2009 to 2013. During...
  • Mexican cartels steal billions from oil industry

    09/25/2014 5:43:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    Mexico overcame 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry. But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are stealing billions of dollars’ worth of oil from pipelines. Figures released by Petroleos Mexicanos last week show the gangs are becoming more prolific and sophisticated. So far this year, thieves across Mexico have drilled 2,481 illegal taps into state-owned pipelines, up more than one-third from the same period of 2013. Pemex estimates it’s lost some...
  • Suncor sends its first tanker of Western Canada heavy crude to Europe

    09/24/2014 10:32:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 23, 2014 | Reuters
    Canada's largest oil and gas producer, Suncor Energy Inc, is shipping its first ever tanker of Western Canadian heavy crude from Canada's East Coast to Europe, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal confirmed Reuters shipping data that shows the aframax tanker Minerva Gloria was set to pick up a cargo of crude oil from the port of Sorel-Tracy on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. Seetal declined to comment on where in Europe the crude cargo is going, citing commercial confidentiality. According to Reuters data it will be discharged in the Mediterranean. The crude was delivered...
  • Panel: Don’t expect high natural gas prices any time soon

    09/24/2014 7:44:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 23, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Natural gas prices aren’t going to surge any time soon, panelists said at a Houston forum Tuesday, which could be good news for consumers adopting the fuel source as an alternative to gasoline and diesel — but not necessarily welcome news for producers. “2015 is going to be bad for gas,” said Dan Pickering, co-president of the energy investment firm Tudor, Pickering Holt and Co., at the forum hosted by the law firm Winston & Strawn. Since the middle of 2010, the spot price for domestic natural gas generally has remained under $5 per million British thermal units, except for...
  • Shale boom buoys businesses far removed from oilfields

    09/24/2014 5:30:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 23, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    From steel pipe manufacturers to companies that produce sand and gravel, the U.S. shale boom is buoying businesses far removed from the oil and gas fields, a new study finds. These companies are benefiting from the huge investments needed to explore, produce, process and transport oil and gas unlocked from previously inaccessible dense rock formations through advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, according to the findings by Houston-based energy analyst firm IHS. The boom has been most generous to companies working in states with the most oil and gas activity, but the economic boost has also trickled down to...
  • Clean Energy’s Dirty Secrets

    09/24/2014 5:26:04 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | September 23, 2014 | Rupert Darwall
    Renewable energy has become a potent rallying cry uniting Hollywood and the Beltway. “We can move our economy town by town, state by state to renewable energy and a sustainable future,” Leonardo DiCaprio says in his eight-minute climate movie Carbon, released in August. In his fiscal-showdown speech during his first term, in April 2011, President Obama put Paul Ryan’s proposals for a 70 percent cut in clean energy at the top of his list of reprehensible and unnecessary reductions. “These aren’t the kind of cuts you make when you’re trying to get rid of some waste or find extra savings...
  • Dangers Aside, Railways Reshape Crude Market

    09/23/2014 1:05:22 PM PDT · by thackney · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 21, 2014 | RUSSELL GOLD and CHESTER DAWSON
    In May 2008, a locomotive with a grizzly bear painted on its side pulled into a railroad siding next to an abandoned grain elevator in the ghost town of Dore, N.D. The engine, property of the Yellowstone Valley Railroad, hitched up a couple of tank cars of crude from nearby oil wells and set off on a thousand-mile journey to Oklahoma. Dore would never be the same—and neither would the U.S. energy industry. Until then, most oil pumped in North America moved around the continent in pipelines. Suddenly, and just as the oil industry began a period of unprecedented growth,...
  • Higher Permian production, constrained infrastructure increase spread between WTI oil hubs

    09/23/2014 12:47:48 PM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Increasing production of crude oil in the Permian Basin in western Texas, and parts of New Mexico, has outpaced pipeline infrastructure to move the crude to refineries, causing prices for crude in the Permian Basin (at Midland, Texas) to fall below similar crudes priced at Cushing, Oklahoma. While the price difference between Midland and Cushing has been increasing for almost a year, recent refinery outages in the region caused it to widen substantially. Several infrastructure projects that will allow more crude to flow from the Permian to the U.S. Gulf Coast are expected to come online soon, which should cause...
  • What energy exports are doing for Houston's job surge

    09/23/2014 8:05:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 24 replies
    Houston Business Journal ^ | Sep 16, 2014 | Jordan Blum
    U.S. energy exports, much of which come from the Houston region, represent a large chunk of the nation's overall export growth in the coming years, according to a new national HSBC Bank USA report. The banking report notes that Houston will see an additional job creation surge going forward partially because of energy exports that target emerging foreign markets. HSBC specially mentions that "chemical plant expansions and liquefied natural gas terminal upgrades, coupled with the opening of Mexico's energy industry to foreign investment, will result in a new export boom for Houston and will create more than 55,000 new jobs."...
  • A Four-Step Energy Strategy For Our Time

    09/23/2014 6:20:58 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | September 23, 2014 | Mark Mills
    It's a sign of the times: The Islamic State is getting millions in oil revenues. According to one news organization, the terror group is even recruiting petroleum engineers. And farther north, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko secured a promise from the White House last week for the U.S. to join in a review of his country's Russian energy entanglements. Meanwhile, North Dakota's shale fields just passed 1 million barrels per day of production, a milestone only three fields in the U.S. have reached. For context, only ten shale fields have reached it in world history. These events point to the need...
  • Condensate production booming, but fight over definition limiting exports, EIA official says

    09/23/2014 6:05:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 22, 2014 | Robert Grattan
    Condensate is coming, and a whole lot of it too, U.S. Energy Information Administration Director Michael Schaal told attendees at a Platts, McGraw Hill Financial pipeline conference today. A comprehensive definition about what exactly condensate is, however, might have to wait. By one broad classification, lease condensate is a very light type of oil separated at field facilities from natural gas. Under that definition, lease condensate production has been growing rapidly in the U.S. as more oil is drawn from shale. In 2012, the EIA estimated that the U.S. pumped 274 million barrels of lease condensate from the ground, compared...
  • Hollis residents vote to oppose natural gas pipeline

    09/22/2014 10:21:12 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    WMUR9/abc ^ | Sep 20, 2014 | Stephanie Woods
    In a special meeting Saturday, the town of Hollis voted to oppose the construction of a natural gas pipeline that would run under the town. Four-hundred and twenty people attended a special town meeting Saturday morning in the Hollis-Brookline High School gym. Townspeople debated the controversial pipeline, which would run through the middle of Hollis from the southwest to the northeast. Tennessee Gas Pipeline argues that the pipeline is necessary to meet increasing energy demands in the northeast. The natural gas company submitted a proposal to build the pipeline in 2018, which the New Hampshire Energy Facility Site Evaluation committee...
  • Burning issues, ND operators ramping up as a new era of flaring governance draws near

    09/22/2014 7:36:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Petroleum News Bakken ^ | Week of September 21, 2014 | Maxine Herr
    North Dakota’s natural gas production rose nearly 40 million cubic feet per day in July, a 3 percent increase, and the state’s gas capture also rose, increasing from 72 percent in June to 74 percent in July indicating that the industry’s efforts to capture more gas are working. However, those are cumulative statistics with some operators capturing more than 74 percent and others capturing less as drilling activity continuing to rise. The state’s Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said the industry “will have to work very hard” in order to meet the upcoming requirements set by the North...
  • Fighting Close to Libyan Oilfield, Refinery as Rival 'Oil Minister' Appears

    09/22/2014 5:21:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | September 22, 2014 | Ayman al-Warfalli & Feras Bosalum
    Soldiers and police have clashed in the last few days near Libya's biggest El Sharara oilfield in the south, while separate fighting erupted in the west not far from the Zawiya refinery, residents and medics said. The violence came as video emerged on social media purportedly showing a rival oil minister appointed by an armed opposition group controlling the capital Tripoli giving a speech at the oil ministry. If confirmed this could mean the central government has lost control of the oil ministry, potentially paralysing vital oil exports over questions of ownership. Apparently speaking from the office of the deputy...
  • America's Fracking Boom Comes to China

    09/22/2014 5:09:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | SEP 19 2014 | JAEAH LEE AND JAMES WEST
    ...The guests at the compound that week were gearing up for another great leap: a push to export the United States' fracking boom to China's vast shale fields—and beyond. Attendees slid into black leather chairs behind glossy rosewood tables, facing a stage flanked by large projector screens. Chinese businessmen wore high-waist slacks with belts clasped over their bellies. I watched as one thumbed through business cards bearing the logos of Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Halliburton.... The U.S.-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum, sponsored by the U.S. departments of Commerce and Energy, as well as China's National Energy Administration, has...
  • N.D. oil boom ignites cash-spending splurge

    09/21/2014 2:37:53 PM PDT · by thackney · 24 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | September 21, 2014 | PAM LOUWAGIE
    The workers sometimes come in with stacks of $100 bills, their jeans and boots still covered in oil field mud as they scour the glass jewelry counter looking for clean sparkle. One oil field worker plopped down $25,000 for a diamond for his girlfriend back home. Many others settle on $1,000 necklace pendants in the shape of a tiny oil derrick, a diamond anchoring the bottom where the oil would be. “These guys spend lots of money on their women, and there’s plenty of money to be spent,” said Gina Abfalter, a clerk at Ritter Brothers Diamond Cutters downtown. “A...
  • McConnell: Make me majority leader, I'll give you Keystone XL

    09/19/2014 7:51:37 AM PDT · by thackney · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/18/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Marking the sixth anniversary of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline's permit application, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) teased voters with a preview of what a GOP-controlled Senate would do. "If American people give us the opportunity to be in a majority next year, I'll be setting the agenda," McConnell said. "It's easier to score if you're on offense, and the majority leader is offensive coordinator." He added: "If we have a new majority next year, and a new majority leader, the Keystone pipeline will be voted on on the floor of the Senate, something the current majority has been avoiding...
  • Energy investment boom drives economic recovery

    09/19/2014 7:38:47 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 18, 2014 | Derrick Freeman
    Americans seem to have a love-hate relationship with major energy companies. On the one hand, our iconic brands are global leaders and symbols of U.S. technological and economic prowess. On the other hand, Big Energy takes the heat when the public gets restive over rising gas prices, or there’s an extended power outage. A new Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) report highlights an underappreciated fact about energy companies—they are huge investors in the U.S. economy. In fact, along with telecoms and Internet-based businesses, they are leading our economic recovery. Each year, PPI economists Michael Mandel and Diana Carew rank America’s top...
  • N. Dakota needs $800 million for housing, schools in wake of oil boom, state GOP says

    09/19/2014 5:39:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 55 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    North Dakota Republicans on Wednesday unveiled an $800 million one-time spending plan to address immediate problems tied to the oil boom in the western part of the state.... The proposal includes $475 million to oil-producing counties and cities; $140 million to oil patch hub cities of Williston, Dickinson and Minot; $35 million to county schools affected by oil development; and $150 million for road projects outside of the oil patch.... Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, said infrastructure needs and a shortage of workers are the biggest challenges facing North Dakota’s energy sector. The state has more...
  • Chevron first energy giant to meet new sustainable shale standards

    09/19/2014 5:19:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday... Chevron’s pledges to recycle drilling fluids, not use open waste pits and to reduce methane leaks address “very big” concerns for many people, said Davitt Woodwell, president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Chevron also says it now discloses all of the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process in the region. Woodwell said his group hopes other drilling...
  • Range Resources to pay $4 million drilling waste fine

    09/19/2014 5:15:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    Energy company Range Resources said Thursday it has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for environmental violations at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. The penalty is the largest the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry. Range, based in Fort Worth, said in a statement that it accepts the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fine and is “deeply disappointed” over the violations at Washington County wastewater impoundments, about 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. The fine was imposed for leaks at open pits Range operates to store the so-called flowback waste from natural...
  • Oil and gas companies court military veterans as shale boom grows

    09/18/2014 10:09:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    EagleFordTexas.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Shane Thielges
    John MacZura, an Army infantry veteran, started work a week after graduation. Before receiving his petroleum engineering degree from Penn State in 2013, Mr. MacZura, 30, had already piqued the interest of five or six oil and gas companies. He had job offers from three. He eventually joined Houston-based Cabot Oil and Gas, where he now works as a completions engineer. “The military plays a large part in how I got to where I’m at today,” said Mr. MacZura. He spent four years stationed at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and two in the National Guard. “I can’t say I...
  • The Next Logical Step For Natural Gas Supplies?

    09/18/2014 8:47:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | September 17, 2014 | Matthew V. Veazey
    A California-based company claims that it has found a commercially viable technique to directly convert natural gas into liquid fuels or petrochemical building blocks. "Natural gas is the next logical step for the energy and chemistry industry," said Rahul Iyer, vice president of corporate development with Siluria Technologies, which is partnering with world-class refining and petrochemical companies to roll out its catalytic processes for producing ethylene and liquid hydrocarbon fuels or fuel blend stocks. Last month, Siluria announced that it raised nearly more than $30 million in a financing led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) – the venture investment...
  • What Offshore Oil Might Mean for an Independent Scotland

    09/18/2014 8:10:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    American Interest ^ | September 17, 2014 | WALTER RUSSELL MEAD & STAFF
    There’s still plenty left to parse ahead of Scotland’s historic independence referendum tomorrow, not the least of which are very real concerns over what a “yes” vote might mean for the country’s energy ambitions. The North Sea is lousy with oil deposits (though production from many of these seems to be tapering off), and many of the pro-independence agitators have campaigned on a desire to claim more of the revenues from these offshore plays. But as the New York Times reports, these fields could prove fractious for the Scotland-UK relationship: [A] yes vote on Thursday could lead to protracted wrangling...
  • Medlock: Without oil exports, drilling rigs could flee U.S.

    09/18/2014 5:28:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 67 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    It will take a “train wreck” of falling prices, declining oil production and idle drilling rigs before the United States lifts its longstanding ban on exporting crude, a noted economist predicted Wednesday. Analysts have warned those are the possible outcomes if existing discounts on U.S. crude grow even larger and domestic oil production exceeds the ability of the nation’s refiners to process it. And while oil producers are beseeching the Obama administration and lawmakers to ease the export ban now — heading off any such “day of reckoning” — Rice University economist Kenneth Medlock said political action probably will lag...
  • Libya Shuts Down Largest Oilfield After Rebel Attacks

    09/17/2014 10:43:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 9/17/2014 | Abisha Rabiyah
    Production has been halted at Libya's largest oilfield- the Sharara field- after a rocket attack at the connected Zawiya refinery, threatening nearly 30% of the country's production, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. A rocket exploded near a crude storage tank at the Zawiya refinery. The field was completely shutdown last evening following the discovery of damage to a 300,000 barrel crude storage tank at the facility, Mansur Abdallah, director of oil movement at the Zawiya refinery, told Bloomberg by phone. Prior to the disruption, the Sharara field produced approximately 250,000 bpd. Production was shut down as a precautionary measure after an attack...
  • Islamic State Funds Push Into Syria and Iraq With Labyrinthine Oil-Smuggling Operation

    09/17/2014 5:34:46 AM PDT · by thackney
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 16, 2014 | BENOÎT FAUCON and AYLA ALBAYRAK
    The Islamic State is funding its rapid push into Syria and Iraq with a labyrinthine oil-smuggling operation that starts at seized Syrian oil fields, goes through makeshift refineries and can end up in jerrycans carried by mules into the hilly borderland of Turkey. Amid Western pressure to squeeze the group's finances, Turkey is expanding efforts to crack down on the increasingly organized business, which is now generating an estimated $2 million a day. A major route linking Syrian oil fields with the smuggling enclaves of southern Turkey offers a window onto the complexity of the oil network run by Islamic...
  • Feds reveal details on Shell’s Arctic ambitions

    09/17/2014 5:01:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 16, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    More details came to light Tuesday on Shell’s plans for exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, as federal regulators released a copy of the company’s broad Arctic drilling blueprint. Shell filed the document with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last month, a milestone in its quest to resume drilling in the region after its previous, attempt two years ago was marred by mishaps. Shell is aiming to drill up to six wells on separate lease blocks encompassing its Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, with work unfolding over several years. It plans to put two...
  • Spectra Energy announces $3 billion New England project

    09/16/2014 10:34:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 16, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Spectra Energy Corp. announced a $3 billion expansion to its New England pipeline network which it says will help meet growing demand for natural gas in the region. The undertaking will allow Houston-based Spectra and its partners to deliver 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the area, the company said. The project will serve both gas-fired power plants as well as customers who use natural gas for heating. “This is another step in our commitment to improving power system reliability, reducing electric costs to make the region more economically competitive, and protecting New England’s quality of...
  • Russia's Energy Minister To Meet OPEC As Oil Price Falls More

    09/16/2014 6:59:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | September 15, 2014 | Reuters
    Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak will meet OPEC officials on Tuesday in Vienna, his spokeswoman said, as oil's price fall piled pressure on Moscow's budget. The annual meeting had been planned long before oil fell below the $100 per barrel level critical for Russia's oil sales which account for 40 percent of state budget revenues. Russia suffered from a decline of oil production and prices this year and has cut its outlook for oil output as core Western Siberian fields become more depleted. The spokeswoman said that Novak and the officials from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries had...
  • Industry Group: Brazil 'Falling Off World Oil Map' Over Failed Policies

    09/16/2014 6:02:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | September 16, 2014 | Jeb Blount
    Investors are losing interest in Brazil's oil industry as the country's energy policies raise costs, reduce efficiency and increase risk, Brazil's oil industry association, the IBP, said on Monday. Without changes Brazil will likely lose out to places such as Mexico, Iran, Iraq and Algeria where policies are becoming more open to private sector investment. "I went to the three largest oil conventions in the world this year and you hardly heard Brazil's name mentioned," Milton Costa Filho, Executive Secretary of the IBP told reporters at an industry event in Rio de Janeiro. "Brazil is falling off the world oil...
  • Oil tanker sizes range from general purpose to ultra-large crude carriers on AFRA scale

    09/16/2014 5:56:37 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    The global crude oil and refined product tanker fleet uses a classification system to standardize contract terms, establish shipping costs, and determine the ability of ships to travel into ports or through certain straights and channels. This system, known as the Average Freight Rate Assessment (AFRA) system, was established by Royal Dutch Shell six decades ago, and is overseen by the London Tanker Brokers' Panel (LTBP), an independent group of shipping brokers. AFRA uses a scale that classifies tanker vessels according to deadweight tons, a measure of a ship's capacity to carry cargo. The approximate capacity of a ship in...
  • Energy boom fueled by small business, not Big Oil, industry report says

    09/15/2014 6:45:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Times-Picayune ^ | September 09, 2014 | Jennifer Larino
    When it comes to the U.S. energy boom, small and mid-size firms -- not Big Oil -- are providing the momentum for growth, according to an American Petroleum Institute report released Tuesday (Sept. 9). The industry group's report looks at the oil and gas supply chain in all 50 states, listing more than 30,000 firms across the country. The findings were based on a nationwide survey asking oil and gas companies what suppliers, contractors and other vendors they use. "Oil and natural gas companies are only one part of a much larger economic success story that is creating job growth...
  • New petroleum technology revitalizes Powder River Basin oil production

    09/15/2014 5:54:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    The Powder River Basin, well known for its abundant coal supply, is experiencing a turnaround in oil production. Production has rebounded from a low of 38,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2009 to 78,000 bbl/d during first-quarter 2014. Although U.S. oil production growth is occurring primarily in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian Basins, the Powder River Basin is among other regions of the country that have also benefitted from the application of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The increase in Powder River Basin oil production is largely attributable to production growth in the Turner, Parkman, and Niobrara-Codell formations, which...
  • Meeting Heavy Demand – Industrial Infrastructure in the Eagle Ford Shale

    09/15/2014 5:45:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 9/12/2014 | Tim Stinson
    While the economic boom brought on by the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas has no doubt brought attention and prosperity to the state, it’s brought on its fair share of complications, too. One such complication: industrial infrastructure in the Eagle Ford Shale. To remedy the challenges created by the large influx of oil and natural gas production in the state, numerous regional refineries are being overhauled to meet demand, and billions of dollars in new pipelines are being created as well. New Pipelines Transportation of oil and natural gas from the Eagle Ford Shale to local refineries has been...
  • Oklahoma oil hub getting bigger with new pipelines

    09/15/2014 5:05:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 14, 2014 | Associated Press
    CUSHING, Okla.— New pipeline projects are expanding the size of an Oklahoma crude oil hub that is already one of the most important oil storage facilities in the world. One new pipeline is in operation at the hub in Cushing, another is almost complete and a new project was announced earlier this month when Tulsa-based NGL Energy Partners revealed plans for the Grand Mesa Pipeline, a joint venture with Rimrock Midstream LLC, the Tulsa World reported Saturday. Grand Mesa, which will be open to oil producer commitments starting next week, will be a 550-mile system from Colorado to Cushing. Once...
  • UTSA, Southwest Research find a new way to clean frack water

    09/12/2014 5:04:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 12, 2014 | Jennifer Hiller
    The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say they have found an inexpensive way to treat the water that flows back to the surface after hydraulic fracturing. A team of researchers used a plant matter called biochar to remove impurities from the flowback water. UTSA and Southwest Research Institute say it’s a low-cost method that could help address the issue of the millions of gallons of water use and disposal – per well – in new oil and gas fields such as the Eagle Ford Shale. Hydraulic fracturing pumps a mix of water and chemicals...
  • Oil industry accuses administration of political motive in ethanol rules

    09/12/2014 5:02:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 11, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    An oil industry trade group unveiled its latest attack ads on the nation’s renewable fuels policy, accusing the Obama administration of “playing politics” with a mandate to blend more ethanol into gasoline. The American Petroleum Institute said Thursday it fears the Environmental Protection Agency will boost ethanol requirements to help a Democrat locked in a close U.S. Senate race in Iowa — a corn-growing state that benefits from the mandate because most U.S. ethanol is made from corn. U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, an Iowa Democrat running to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, last month sent a letter to the...
  • Back from South Texas, regulator re-warns of pipeline threat

    09/11/2014 12:43:07 PM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 11, 2014 | Michael Brick
    He went. He saw. He issued another news release. Making good on his vow to “see the situation first hand,” Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter returned Thursday from a visit to oil installations with a grim safety assessment. But the industry, he stressed, was not to blame. “South Texas pipelines are vulnerable,” announced Porter, whose agency regulates the state’s petroleum industry, “because the federal government has abdicated its most basic function to protect our borders.” Repeating an assertion that he made in an open letter last month to the federal Customs and Border Patrol agency, Porter said “his concerns stems...
  • US, EU Ready New Sanctions to Stop Oil Exploration in Russia

    09/11/2014 7:46:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | September 11, 2014 | Timothy Gardner
    The United States and European Union plan to stop billions of dollars in oil exploration in Russia by the world's largest energy companies including Exxon Mobil Corp and BP Plc, U.S. government sources said. The planned sanctions over Russia's aggression toward Ukraine would ban U.S. and European companies from cooperating with Russia on searching its Arctic territory, deep seas or shale formations for crude, said two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the measures have not been made public. The measures, which one of the sources said represented "preliminary thinking," would expand sanctions the Obama administration announced...
  • Senators chide freight railroads on delays

    09/11/2014 5:36:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 55 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 10, 2014 | Associated Press
    Senators and shippers complained Wednesday that widespread delays in freight rail shipments are hurting a wide array of industries and driving some companies out of business, and they expressed doubt that the railroad companies are doing all they can to fix the problem. The delays, which escalated late last year and continued through the spring and summer, appear to be the result of too few rail cars and too much demand from shippers, officials representing the agriculture, auto and chemical industries told a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Lawmakers displayed a photo of a giant mound...
  • COLUMN-Worst time for Saudi Arabia's giant new oil refinery: Russell

    09/10/2014 9:43:33 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 10, 2014 | Clyde Russell
    If you could pick the worst set of circumstances in which to start up a giant, export-oriented oil refinery, you might well have them right now. Saudi Aramco and joint venture partner Sinopec have started test runs at their 400,000 barrel per day (bpd) Yanbu refinery, located in the oil-rich Middle Eastern kingdom. This puts the new plant on schedule to begin commercial exports in November, possibly even by the second half of October, according to trade sources. Yanbu will be the second major refinery to come online in Saudi Arabia in little more than a year, following the September...
  • OPEC Says World Will Need Less of Its Oil Next Year

    09/10/2014 7:45:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 10, 2014 | BENOÎT FAUCON
    OPEC said demand for its crude oil will be lower than expected next year, with a surge in U.S. output potentially bringing its production to levels not seen since the past decade. In its monthly oil-market report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said it had lowered the estimate of demand for its crude by 200,000 barrels a day for 2015 and by the same amount for this year. As a result, markets will need 300,000 barrels a day less of OPEC crude next year, it said. OPEC's statement comes after the Brent oil contract—the most widely traded international...