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Pipelines, Storage & Power

US envoy says Nabucco economics must work

The United States still supports the Nabucco gas pipeline from a strategic and political standpoint, but in order for the project to go ahead it must be commercially viable, the US envoy on Eurasia en

21 December 2011
Pipelines, Storage & Power

US still supports Nabucco, but it must be commercially viable - Morningstar

Richard Morningstar is the United States Envoy for Eurasian Energy, reporting directly to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Interfax interviewed him this month about US energy policy in Europe, Russi

21 December 2011
LNG

US LNG firms hope to avoid previous mistakes

Will US LNG exporters fall into the same trap of misjudging the global and domestic gas market as importers did last decade? This is unlikely because of cost pressures

20 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Encana slams EPA contamination claims

Canadian producer Encana has questioned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) scientific findings and motives in releasing preliminary analysis of an investigation of hydraulic fracturing’s impact on drinking water.

16 December 2011
Exploration & Production

Lucius project

United States independent Anadarko and its partners have sanctioned development of the Lucius project in the US Gulf of Mexico’s Keathley Canyon.

16 December 2011
Exploration & Production

Oil sands operators prevail in gas-versus-bitumen battle

Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has decided to permanently shut in 691 wells producing 1.3 million cubic metres per day to protect bitumen recovery in the area.

16 December 2011
Exploration & Production

First post-Macondo lease sale attracts 20 companies

The first United States Gulf of Mexico (GoM) lease sale since the May 2010 oil spill from BP’s Macondo well received more than $337 million in high bids on Wednesday, but commercialising production

15 December 2011
LNG

Proposed US LNG export plans face regulatory hurdles

Local opposition and US Department of Energy (DOE) caution on approvals for new LNG export plants both threaten to slow the award of licences

13 December 2011
Exploration & Production

Competition may drive future developments

Small North American gas exploration and production companies have developed and improved hydraulic fracturing (fracking) technology as a result of strong competition and high prices, a senior BP exec

12 December 2011
Exploration & Production

Haynesville slowdown could be offset by new plays

Reduced drilling activity in the Haynesville shale formation in Louisiana and Texas may slow production growth from the play, but more efficient extraction methods will support more production from fe

9 December 2011
Companies & Finance

IFC agrees $9.79 mln equity investment deal with Candax

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has agreed an equity investment deal with Toronto-based developer Candax worth $9.79 million.

9 December 2011
Companies & Finance

Encana’s flight to liquids takes wing

Canada’s Encana said on Wednesday that it would sell two gas processing plants in Alberta and British Columbia, and reinvest the proceeds in more lucrative liquids-rich production.

8 December 2011
Supply & Demand

Liquids shield US producers from low gas prices – EIA

A grim outlook for United States natural gas prices has failed to deter robust production growth, as revenues from liquids drilling helps offset low returns on dry gas.

8 December 2011
Exploration & Production

Nexen may struggle to capitalise on British Columbia bounty

The distance of plentiful shale reserves from consumer markets, and an uncertain future for North American gas prices may impede their development

7 December 2011
Companies & Finance

Shell: pace of GTL adoption depends on technology

Shell’s executive vice president of downstream technologies has said that gas to liquids (GTL) refining could compete with LNG in the United States, especially if conversion technology is improved.

6 December 2011
Supply & Demand

Drilling to fall despite higher upstream spending

Low natural gas prices will continue to skew firms’ North American upstream budgets towards oil and liquids, but companies with cash to spend and a view to the long-term are maintaining footholds in

6 December 2011
Companies & Finance

Halfway there: BP sanguine over future asset sales

BP’s sale of its Canadian natural-gas-liquids (NGL) business for $1.67 billion to Plains All American Pipeline has pushed the UK giant past the halfway mark in its asset sale programme to cover costs stemming from last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

2 December 2011
Supply & Demand

Execs see little hope of US gas price recovery

Executives at United States exploration and production firms made grim forecasts for North American natural gas prices at the Jefferies 2011 Global Energy Conference on Wednesday.

1 December 2011
Companies & Finance

KNOC’s deal for US independent combines profits and prospects

Korean Samsung C&T and state-owned Korea National Oil Corp.'s (KNOC) joint purchase of US independent Parallel Petroleum follows a trend of international firms securing US oil and gas assets, but marks a departure from a focus on undeveloped properties.

1 December 2011
Supply & Demand

Canada’s energy regulator offers mixed scenarios on future supply/demand

Canada’s energy regulator, National Energy Board (NEB) published its biennial energy demand projections this month, reassuring Canadians they will have enough energy supplies to meet demand until 2035 based on its “most likely” or Reference Case Projections.

30 November 2011

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