US places near-record volumes of natgas in storage

The amount of stored working natural gas at Oct. 31, was 37 billion cubic feet higher than the previous five-year end-of-October average, according to Energy Information Administration data. Natural gas in storage in 2019 went from a relatively low volume of 1.16 trillion cubic feet at April 1, to 3.72 Tcf at Oct. 31, due

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Volume of working gas placed in storage shrinks

The volume of working gas injected into underground storage slowed to the smallest amount in seven months in the latest weekly survey by the Energy Information Administration, Kallanish Energy calculates. For the week ended Nov. 1, just 34 billion cubic feet of working gas was placed into storage — the smallest amount since 25 Bcf

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Aramco will offer less than 1% of shares to individuals

Saudi Aramco will sell up to 0.5% of its shares to individual investors in what could be the largest initial public offering in history, Kallanish Energy reports. The process begins Nov. 17, and closes on Dec. 4, the company said in its IPO prospectus, released last Saturday. The 658-page document comes almost four years after

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ICD admits receiving NYSE non-compliance letter

Onshore drilling service provider Independence Contract Drilling (ICD) said Tuesday it received written notification from the New York Stock Exchange that as of Nov. 1, the company is no longer in compliance with NYSE continued-listing criteria, Kallanish Energy reports. Said criteria requires listed companies to maintain an average closing share price of at least $1.00 over 30 consecutive

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Trump wants deal with XOM, or others to tap Syrian oil

President Trump said Sunday he’s interested in making a deal with ExxonMobil or another producer to tap Syrian oil reserves, Kallanish Energy reports. “What I intend to do, perhaps, is make a deal with an ExxonMobil or one of our great companies to go in there and do it properly … and spread out the wealth,” he

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Aramco delays planned IPO until post-earnings update

Saudi Aramco has delayed the planned launch of its initial public offering in hopes pending third-quarter results will raise investor confidence in the world’s largest oil firm, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Aramco had been expected to announce plans this week to float a 1% to 2% stake on the kingdom’s Tadawul

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The Carlyle Group exits Corpus oil terminal project

The Carlyle Group, an international private equity/investment firm and the entity behind efforts to build a $1 billion crude oil export terminal at Harbor Island, Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, is pulling out of the project. The Washington, D.C.-based company said in a statement it’s dissolved its relationship with The Berry Group, Kallanish Energy finds.  The

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Federal judge to rule on Ohio referendum petitions

The effort to overturn nuclear bailout legislation in Ohio is now in the hands of a federal judge, Kallanish Energy reports. Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts, the group that had been circulating petitions against House Bill 6 that would aid two nuclear power plants in Ohio owned by FirstEnergy Solutions, filed a lawsuit seeking more time

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Trump nominates Brouillette to be Energy secretary

President Trump last Friday announced he has nominated deputy energy secretary Dan Brouillette to replace departing energy chief Rick Perry, Kallanish Energy reports. “I am pleased to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy. Dan’s experience in the sector is unparalleled. A total professional, I have no doubt that Dan

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Oil falls as China’s economic concerns outweigh refining

Crude oil prices were lower Friday, as concerns about China’s economy outweighed strong signals from its refining sector, Kallanish Energy learns.  But losses were limited on hopes for progress toward a U.S.-China trade agreement. Brent crude oil futures fell 49 cents, to settle at $59.42 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures lost

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Gas rises, coal falls in US powergen

The share of U.S. total utility-scale power generation from natural gas-fired power plants will rise from 34% in 2018, to 37% in 2019 and 2020, the Energy Information Administration forecasts in its October Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). EIA/STEO forecasts the share of U.S. electric generation from coal will average 25% in 2019, and 22% in 2020, down from

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US natgas production to rise in 2019, 2020: STEO

The Henry Hub natural gas spot price averaged $2.56 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) in September, up 34 cents/MMBtu from August, the first monthly price increase since March, the Energy Information Administration reports in the just-released Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). EIA/STEO forecasts Henry Hub prices to average $2.43/MMBtu in the fourth quarter of 2019,

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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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US coal giant faces default

U.S. coal giant Murray Energy Corp., led by the outspoken industry promoter Robert Murray, is nearing default, Kallanish Energy reports. Murray, which bills itself as the U.S.’s largest privately-held coal company, failed to make multiple payments to lenders last week, the Ohio-based company said, in a statement. Creditors have agreed not to take legal action until

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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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