Brent to average $60/Bbl in 2020: STEO

Brent crude oil spot prices will average $59 per barrel in the fourth quarter of 2019, then fall to $57/Bbl by the second quarter of 2020, $5/Bbl lower than forecast one month ago, the Energy Information Administration reported Tuesday in its October Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). Despite the recent increase in supply disruptions, EIA expects

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Enterprise to further expand midland to Echo system

Enterprise Products Partners has announced it has long-term agreements that support additional expansion of the Midland to Echo crude oil pipeline system. The midstreaming giant will build a pipeline that connects the partnership’s 6-million-barrel (Mmbbl) Midland, Texas, storage facility to its Echo Terminal through its Eagle Ford system in South Texas. This line will have

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Working-rig count keeps falling

The number of rigs working onshore in the Lower 48 U.S. states last week maintained its downward stride, falling for the 14th straight week, and the 24th of the last 26 weeks, Kallanish Energy calculates. For the week ended Oct. 4, 823 rigs were working, down six rigs from the previous week, according to Baker

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Pa moving ahead with power plant emission caps

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is working to bring the state into a regional consortium of states that sets a price and caps on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, part of the Democrat’s agenda to fight climate change, Kallanish Energy reports. Wolf made a formal announcement Thursday that he’s ordering a start to the

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US crude oil exports continue growing in first half of 2019

U.S. exports of crude oil rose to average 2.9 million barrels per day (Mmbpd) in the first half of 2019, an increase of 966,000 b/d from the first half of 2018, the Energy Information Administration reports. U.S. crude oil exports also set a record-high monthly average in June, at 3.2 Mmbpd, Kallanish Energy learns. Despite

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Oil rises on Saudi supply concerns

Crude oil rose slightly Monday, after gaining nearly 7% last week, as lingering concerns over global supplies following the Sept. 14 attack on Saudi oil facilities offset prospects for a faster-than-expected restoration of the kingdom’s output and on signs of European economic weakness. Global benchmark Brent futures were up 40 cents to $64.68 a barrel,

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US crude oil inventories drop more than expected

U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) decreased by 6.91 million barrels (Mmbbl) during the week ended Sept. 6, from the previous week, the Energy Information Administration reported. The American Petroleum Institute had U.S. crude inventories down 7.2 Mmbbl in the week ended Sept. 6, to 421.9 Mmbbl, compared with analysts’

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Prices fall after larger-than-expected drop in crude inventories

U.S. crude oil prices fell Wednesday after a sharp drop in U.S. crude stocks and Opec member Iraq said the cartel would discuss deepening output cuts amid ongoing demand concerns. Brent crude fell 0.19%, to $62.26 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude dropped 0.61%, to $57.05/Bbl, Kallanish Energy reports. Oil prices have risen more than 7%

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Iraq will comply with Opec cuts, minister says

Iraq will immediately comply with Opec production cuts after months of overproduction, its oil minister told CNBC Tuesday. The second-largest crude producer in the 14-member cartel is known to chronically overproduce even as the group tries to curb output to help prop up prices, Kallanish energy reports. In August, Baghdad reported its highest oil production on

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GE’s voting share in Bhge dropping below 50%

Baker Hughes, a GE company (Bhge) announced Tuesday General Electric and its GE Oil & Gas US Holdings I, GE Holdings (US), and GE Oil & Gas US Holdings IV units have begun a secondary offering of 105 million shares of Bhge Class A common stock. The offering’s underwriters will have a 30-day option to

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Angola launches offshore bidding round

Angola’s National Agency for Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (Anpg) on Tuesday launched its 2019 licensing round at a presentation in the capital city of Luanda, Kallanish Energy learns. The country is offering 10 offshore blocks in the Namibe and Benguela basins, which have been underexplored and are expected to hold significant reserves. They cover an

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Plains gives up on pipeline steel surcharge

U.S. pipeline operator Plains All American has abandoned a plan to institute a surcharge to offset Section 232 steel tariffs for its new Cactus II Pipeline, following objections by ConocoPhillips and Encana, according to regulatory documents secured by Kallanish, sister publication of Kallanish Energy. The proposed tariff would have been $0.05/barrel on its 670,000 barrels

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Power sector still the U.S.’s largest electricity consumer

Energy consumption in the U.S. reached a record high of more than 101 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in 2018, surpassing the previous high recorded in 2007, by less than 0.3%, the Energy Information Administration reports. For nearly 70 years, the electric power sector, which both consumes and produces energy, has been responsible for some of the

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Wood to sell nuclear business for $302M to cut debt

Wood Plc has agreed to sell its nuclear business for 250 million pounds ($302 million), as it cuts debt associated with the 2017 acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler and a prolonged oil-price slump, Kallanish Energy reports. The Scottish engineering and services business will sell the unit to a subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering Group. The deal

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U.S. Breaks Records to Become Global Leader in Oil and Natural Gas Production

The U.S. energy revolution that’s taken place since 2000 catapulted the country to become the global leader in petroleum, including oil, and natural gas production in 2018, according to a recent report from the Energy Information Administration: “Last year’s increase in the United States was one of the largest absolute petroleum and natural gas production

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