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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Kimbell Royalty closes deal with EnCap

Kimbell Royalty Partners said Monday it’s closed the previously announced purchase of oil and gas royalty assets from EnCap Investments for roughly $171.6 million in Kimbell Royalty Operating stock. The acquisition includes oil and natural gas mineral and royalty interests previously controlled by EnCap through Phillips Energy Partners, Phillips Energy Partners II and Phillips Energy Partners

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Activity stops at Venezuela’s main oil port after blackout

Venezuela’s main oil port of Jose, operated by state-run oil giant Pdvsa, was virtually shut down following a massive power blackout Monday, two oil industry workers and a union leader close to the facility told Reuters. The most recent oil shipment for export, on very large crude carrier Dragon, chartered by Russia’s Rosneft, left the

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Crudes rise as supply cuts overcome economic worry

Crude oil rose sharply Tuesday as Opec+ supply cuts and expectations of lower U.S. inventories outweighed concern about weaker demand due to a potential worldwide economic slowdown. Brent crude was up 70 cents at $67.89 a barrel, not far from its 2019 high of $68.69/Bbl hit on March 21, Kallanish Energy reports. U.S. West Texas

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Tallgrass Energy promotes Moler to president

Midstreamer Tallgrass Energy this week announced the promotion of chief operating officer Bill Moler to president, effective immediately. The Kansas-based company said David G. Dehaemers Jr. remains CEO and Moler will retain his current COO title, Kallanish Energy reports. “I’m delighted to announce Bill’s ascent to President, a move that recognizes his increasingly vital role

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Crude oil prices mixed after hitting new 2019 highs

Crude oil prices were little changed Tuesday after hitting 2019 highs earlier in the day, maintaining strength on expectations Opec+ will continue its production cuts. U.S. oil prices have risen 9% in the last six weeks, as the Opec+ supply cuts are now expected to continue through the rest of 2019. Opec+ representatives this week

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