Baker Hughes delivers ‘solid’ 1st quarter

Oilfield services firm Baker Hughes, a GE company, delivered what chairman and CEO Lorenzo Simonelli called a “solid” first quarter, due to stabilizing global oil and natural gas markets, Kallanish Energy reports. “The U.S. rig count dropped slightly less than expected, and international activity remained steady; the LNG market is very active,” Simonelli said. During

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Crude oil slips, as U.S. inventories jump

Crude oil prices slipped Wednesday after U.S. crude inventories soared to their highest point in 19 months, as production set a record, Kallanish Energy reports. The declines were somewhat tempered by the intensifying crisis in Venezuela and Washington’s stopping Iranian oil sanction waivers as of Wednesday, with the fall in the global Brent benchmark more

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BP not interested in Anadarko, other O&G deals

A battle between Chevron and Occidental Petroleum, which now includes billionaire investor extraordinaire Warren Buffett, to take control of U.S. independent producer Anadarko Petroleum, is fueling speculation about more deals to come. But oil supermajor BP Plc CEO Bob Dudley Tuesday said his employer will not get involved. BP acquired BHP Billiton’s U.S. shale assets for

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Kenney sworn in as Alberta’s premier

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney was sworn in Tuesday as the 18th premier of Canada’s largest crude-producing province, Alberta, and named a cabinet he says will go to bat for the energy sector, Kallanish Energy reports. Kenney, a former conservative federal cabinet minister, won the election in a landslide victory against Rachel Notley’s New

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Catch The Buzz

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Buzz, a weekly feature where Kallanish Energy editors select the quartet of stories this past week we feel were the most important – have the chance to make the biggest impact on the oil and gas industry — and energy as a whole. This week’s selections include: Venezuela bypasses U.S. sanctions

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Executive order aims to prevent states from blocking pipelines

President Trump today will sign an executive order designed to prevent states from blocking pipelines and other energy infrastructure by using authority they feel is afforded them under the federal Clean Water Act, Kallanish Energy reports. Under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, companies must obtain certifications from a state before they can build federally-approved

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Crude prices fall as Russia suggests it will raise output

Crude oil prices fell Tuesday from five-month highs as Russian comments signaled the possible easing of the Opec+ supply-cutting deal overcame concern violence in Libya could tighten global markets, Kallanish Energy reports. A U.S. threat to place tariffs on hundreds of European goods and a downgrade by the International Monetary Fund in its global economic

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Callon divests non-core assets in $260M deal

Houston-based independent producer Callon Petroleum said Monday it’s entered into a deal to sell certain non-core assets in the Midland Basin to an unnamed buyer for $260 million in cash. The agreement also provides for potential incremental cash payments of up to $60 million based upon future commodity prices with upside participation starting at the $60/Bbl West Texas Intermediate level,

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Pressure pumping HP demand set to rise in 2019

Pressure pumper horsepower will increase in Q2, rebounding from a sluggish end to 2018, according to the new U.S. Horsepower Outlook report, offered by Westwood’s Global Energy Group. A 9% increase in hydraulic horsepower (Hhp) demand from Q4’18-Q4’19 could lead to a tighter Hhp market and potential undersupply in certain regions, Kallanish Energy learns. Westwood’s quarterly

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Venezuela oil output is said to have dropped by 50%

Power failures that kept Venezuela in darkness for much of March also briefly slashed the country’s crude production by 50%, people familiar with the situation told Bloomberg. Rolling blackouts across much of the country that started on March 7 temporarily paralyzed most of the country’s oil industry, Kallanish Energy finds. Oil output averaged less than

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LNG will be big part of China-U.S. trade once tensions resolved: CNOOC

Liquefied natural gas is expected to become a big part of China-U.S. trade once the dispute is resolved between the two countries, a senior executive from China National Offshore Oil Corp. (Cnooc) said Wednesday. LNG will also continue to dominate China’s natural gas imports, having accounted for 60% of its gas imports in 2018, said Cnooc vice

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Shell enters into 20-year deal with Rio Grande LNG

The liquefied natural gas arm of oil supermajor Royal Dutch Shell has become the first customer of NextDecade’s proposed $15 billion Rio Grande LNG export terminal at the Port of Brownsville, Texas. NextDecade announced the 20-year sale and purchase agreement at the LNG2019 conference in Shanghai Monday night, Kallanish Energy learns. Under the deal, Shell will

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Xom weighs sale of Nigerian O&G fields for up to $3B

ExxonMobil has held talks on the sale of a number of oil and gas fields in Nigeria, as the company focuses on developments in the U.S.’s Permian Basin and Guyana, industry and banking sources told Reuters. The potential sales are expected to include stakes in onshore and offshore fields and could raise up to $3

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Citgo secures $1.2B in long-term financing

 U.S. refiner Citgo Petroleum said last week it received $1.2 billion in financing via a five-year Term Loan B, with participation from roughly 35 financial institutions. As part of the transaction, Citgo’s $320 million accounts receivable securitization facility and $900 million revolver, with maturities in May and July, 2019, respectively, were retired, Kallanish Energy reports. “The significant interest in

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Group takes oil refinery fight to North Dakota’s high court

An environmental group is taking its battle against an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the North Dakota Supreme Court. The National Parks Conservation Association (Npca) argued in its filing an air quality permit issued by the state Health Department for the $800 million Davis Refinery and upheld by a state

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