CNOOC makes major discovery offshore China

China’s oil and gas company CNOOC announced on Monday a “significant” oil and gas condensate discovery off the South China Sea, Kallanish Energy reports. The discovery of Huizhou 26-6 in the eastern South China Sea is set to become the first mid-to-large sized field in the shallow waters of Pearl River Mouth Basin. The well-encountered

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EIA: Permian Gas Drop Almost Stops While M-U Gas Drops Like a Rock

Yesterday our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), issued our favorite monthly report, the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The DPR estimates how much oil and natural gas each of the country’s seven largest shale plays produced in the previous (current) month, and how much each will produce in the coming (next) month.

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Chevron, Shell lead industry’s resilience at $30/Bbl Brent: WoodMac

Chevron and Shell’s upstream portfolios are the most resilient at oil price at $30 a barrel and offer the highest cash margins at $70/Bbl, according to analysts at Wood Mackenzie. Tom Ellacott and the Corporate Analysis team at the consulting firm have studied the resilience of the seven oil and gas majors: BP, Shell, Chevron,

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Rig Count Continues Crash to 311 – Marcellus Loses 1 More Rig

The U.S. onshore rig count continues to collapse. Over the past week another 22 rigs disappeared from the count, mainly located in oil plays (like the Permian). Yet the news continues to be spun as “the bottom appears closer” when the decrease will stop. Really? We don’t see it! Last week the Marcellus (dry gas

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Denmark should ditch O&G exploration: report

Denmark’s energy ministry has been advised to cancel the country’s 8th oil and gas licensing round, in order to maintain its position as a climate-leading country, Kallanish Energy reports. Independent adviser to the government, the Danish Council on Climate Change, said on Thursday that the bidding round that took place in 2018 and received interest

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US rig count drops an additional 17 rigs: BH

The number of drilling rigs in the United States continued to plummet, Kallanish Energy reports. The total dropped by 17 in the count released last Friday by Baker Hughes, the Texas-based well services company. There were 301 rigs at work in the U.S., down from 318 on May 22. A year ago, there were 984 rigs at work. That

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Appeals court blocks Keystone XL construction

A federal appeals court has refused to lift the ruling of a Montana federal judge that blocks construction on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That ruling could add a new delay for the $8 billion pipeline project from western Canada to the U.S. Midwest, Kallanish Energy reports. TC Energy, the Canadian company behind the pipeline,

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BP America taps David Lawler as new chief

David C. Lawler is adding to his titles at BP America, Kallanish Energy reports He is currently the CEO of BPX Energy and will become chairman and president of BP America on July 1, succeeding retiring Susan Dio. He will remain as CEO of BPX Energy. “Beyond a track record of delivering strong safety, environmental

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Rig Count Drop Accelerates Again, 24 Gone Including 1 Marcellus

For the past month and a half, MDN has brought you rig count data from Enverus (formerly Drillinginfo) each Friday. Last Friday we reported the count had hit a new modern-day low, but that the Marcellus had gained back one of the seven rigs lost over a previous three week period (see Enverus: Drop in

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IEA Predicts Biggest Collapse in Global Energy Investment in History

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the “lifeblood” of the global energy system is…investment. That is, money. Without investment, new sources of energy don’t appear. In 2016 IEA began to publish an annual report called World Energy Investment, in order to track spending on all forms of energy worldwide. Earlier this week IEA published

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Is American Energy Dominance Over Already? Oil Veteran Says Yes

David Blackmon, a senior contributor to the Forbes magazine website and 39-year veteran working for various oil companies including Burlington Resources, Shell, and El Paso Corporation, is one of our favorite experts to read on matters relating to the oil patch. He is a strong O&G supporter. So when we spotted a recent Forbes article

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North Dakota regulators approve DAPL expansion

The North Dakota Public Service Commission this week voted 3-0 to approve the proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which involves building a pump station in Emmons County to help push up to twice as much crude oil through the line daily. Pipeline owner-developer Energy Transfer plans to begin construction on the facility this

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Crude gains on smaller-than-expected inventory build

Crude oil prices rose Thursday after the U.S. government reported a much smaller-than-anticipated rise in crude inventories, Kallanish Energy reports. Gains, however, were held down by continuing worries about the spread of the Coronavirus outside China. The Energy Information Administration reported yesterday crude inventories rose only 414,000 barrels for the week ended Feb. 14, compared

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US crude inventories jump in new EIA survey

U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) for the week ended Feb. 7, increased by 7.46 million barrels (Mmbbl) from the previous week, the Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday. At 442.47 Mmbbl, U.S. crude oil inventories are roughly 2% below the five-year average for early February, Kallanish Energy reports. U.S.

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Outside activists threatening energy industry: CEA

Well-funded, out-of-state activists are threatening Oklahoma’s oil and gas resources and pipeline network, a consumer energy group warned in a recent report, CNHI News Service reported. Consumer Energy Alliance officials said the Sierra Club, Earthjustice and Food & Water Watch have operations in Oklahoma or members who are working to halt production in the state.

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