North America

Policy & Regulation

Electoral cycle puts off US-Mexico offshore deal

The ongoing presidential election campaign in the United States is likely to delay joint US-Mexican exploration of the Gulf of Mexico.

18 June 2012
Supply & Demand

Kogas looking to invest in US shale assets

South Korea’s Kogas is looking to invest in United States shale gas assets in the hopes of eventually being able to import at least 3 mtpa of LNG to its home country, Dow Jones reported on Monday, citing Kogas’ executive vice president of the Resources Business Division, Park Young-sung.

18 June 2012
Policy & Regulation

Landowners to renegotiate terms of their gas leases with Chesapeake

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has agreed with Chesapeake to allow more than 4,400 landowners to renegotiate terms of their gas leases.

15 June 2012
Exploration & Production

Apache’s hopes for ‘staggering’ Liard Basin

United States independent Apache is not factoring North American gas into its plans for output growth over the next five years, but the company has high hopes for Canada’s gas-rich Liard Basin, which it is calling the world’s best shale gas reservoir.

15 June 2012
LNG

Conoco’s Alaskan Kenai plant exports LNG to Japan

ConocoPhillips restarted LNG shipments from its plant in Alaska last month by sending a cargo to Japan, a spokesman confirmed to Interfax on Wednesday.

14 June 2012
Supply & Demand

Analysts see near-term NGL price volatility

Analysts expect NGL prices to suffer short-term volatility before investment in cracking capacity lifts demand and prices in the longer term.

14 June 2012
LNG

Bechtel to begin initial work on Sabine

United States engineering and construction firm Bechtel has received the go-ahead to begin preliminary work on the first two 4.5 million ton per annum trains for the Sabine Pass LNG plant.

13 June 2012
Companies & Finance

Liquids offer lifeline to US producers

Sustained low gas prices may continue to dent United States producers’ profits, but they are not impeding the exploration and production (E&P) sector’s access to capital.

13 June 2012
LNG

Cheap LNG may tempt US trucks, but market stays cautious

Royal Dutch Shell is seeking to expand its LNG transport fuel business in North America, signing a memorandum of understanding with truck stop operator TravelCenters of America (TA) last week. The company is seeking new markets for United States production, but the use of LNG as trucking fuel faces infrastructure challenges, despite favourable econ

12 June 2012
Policy & Regulation

Pipeline regulations avoid fracturing analysis

Environmental activists argue that building certain pipelines will encourage a rush of fracking projects in Pennsylvania, and that the full impacts of drilling should be considered.

11 June 2012
Companies & Finance

Analysts welcome Chesapeake asset sale, governance concerns remain

United States independent Chesapeake Energy said on Friday it will sell its midstream assets for more than $4 billion, meaning that it will meet nearly half of its $11.5-14 billion target in asset sales this year.

11 June 2012
LNG

GDF bullish on the future of the LNG market

Jean-Marie Dauger, executive vice-president in charge of the global gas and LNG business at GDF Suez, talks to Interfax about the future growth of the LNG market, exports from the US, floating LNG technology and the global growth in gas demand.

8 June 2012
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Gas: Golden Age hero or ‘dirty fuel’ villain?

As gas takes market share from coal in power generation in the United States, proponents of renewables may characterise it as a ‘dirty fuel’ rather than a ‘bridge’.

8 June 2012
LNG

GDF bullish on the future of the LNG market

Jean-Marie Dauger, executive vice-president in charge of the global gas and LNG business at GDF Suez, talks to Interfax about the future growth of the LNG market, exports from the US, floating LNG technology and the global growth in gas demand.

8 June 2012
Exploration & Production

Indian state companies build North America war chests

Indian state-controlled Gail has a $1 billion war chest for shale gas assets in North America, according to a media report released on Thursday. It could double total investment from Indian state-owned companies to $2 billion and lift total Indian investment in the region’s unconventional sector to around $6 billion.

7 June 2012
Exploration & Production

Sierra Club ‘declares war’ on gas

United States environmental group the Sierra Club has hardened its stance against gas and hydraulic fracturing ('fracking'), a position that appears to be at odds with industry, government, and even some other environmental groups.

7 June 2012
Pipelines, Storage & Power

TransCanada selected for GasLink project

Royal Dutch Shell has selected TransCanada to design, build and operate the proposed Coastal GasLink project, a C$4 billion, 700 km gas pipeline connecting gas-producing areas such as the Montney and Horn River shales to LNG Canada, a Shell-led joint venture with PetroChina, Kogas and Mitsubishi to build an LNG export facility on Canada’s west co

6 June 2012
Supply & Demand

Coals generation level lowest since records began

Coal’s share of United States net power generation fell to 34% in March 2012, its lowest level since at least January 1973, the first year for which the US Energy Information Administration has statistics.

6 June 2012
Companies & Finance

Chesapeake boosts share price

United States independent Chesapeake Energy has reshuffled its board of directors as the company seeks to soothe investor concerns and bolster its share price.

6 June 2012
Companies & Finance

EIA administrator named

Adam Sieminski has been named new administrator of the United States Energy Information Administration, the country’s primary agency for energy statistics and analytics.

6 June 2012

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