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Sempra Energy’s Mexican unit Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova), through its subsidiary Gasoducto de Aguaprieta S. de R. L. de C.V., has been awarded a natural gas transportation contract in Chihuahua by the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).

The project includes a header facility with a capacity of 3 Bcf/d of natural gas and a 14-mile pipeline with a capacity of 1,135 MMcf/d. The pipeline will provide gas to the Norte III Combined Cycle Power Generation Plant and will interconnect with Gasoductos de Chihuahua, Tarahumara and Samalayuca-Sásabe pipelines.

Tech-focused research firm Technavio has published a new report on the well completion equipment in the Middle East, which is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 5% from 2015-2019.

It is no secret that fracking companies across the United States have been turning over every rock in the supply chain looking for ways to cut costs and improve efficiency. That’s what the business requires in a downturn.

But now Pioneer Natural Resources seems to be going a step further in the name of price cuts and efficiency. The firm is finding an efficient, if somewhat unconventional, source of water for use in its fracking operations – the neighbors’ toilets.

Since the oil price collapse, global oil production has risen, not fallen. Since the fateful Nov. 27, 2014 OPEC meeting, aggregate production from the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Iraq is up 2 MMbop/d – far more than demand.

November is also when the U.S. inadvertently became the swing oil producer. Prices have not yet fallen far enough or for long enough for an appreciable U.S. supply adjustment to occur. It may not be far off, especially if oil prices fall further with new Iranian supplies, says a study from IHS Energy that notes:

A new study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the potential implications of allowing more crude oil exports finds that effects on domestic crude oil production are key to determining the other effects of a policy change. Gasoline prices would be either unchanged or slightly reduced. Trade in crude oil and petroleum products would also be affected.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The president of Shell Oil Co. said exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.

And in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press Marvin Odum said he expects further protests against the company's plans for Arctic drilling like the ones in Seattle and Portland where activists in kayaks tried to block Shell vessels.

ConocoPhillips delivered first oil at its Surmont 2 in-situ oil sands facility in Canada, marking a significant milestone for the megaproject. Construction of the single-phase, steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project began in 2010.

Earlier this year, the company announced first steam, which has heated the reservoir to a point at which the well pairs could be converted to a SAGD configuration, allowing the oil to flow. Production will ramp-up through 2017, adding about 118,000 bpd of gross capacity. Total gross capacity for Surmont 1 and 2 is expected to reach 150,000 Bpd.

Williams placed a major expansion of its Transco natural gas pipeline into service in Virginia ain order to fuel new electric-power generation in North Carolina.

The $300 million Virginia Southside Expansion provides 270,000 dth/d of incremental transportation capacity, enough gas to serve the equivalent of 1.6 million households. The expansion consists of about 100 miles of new, 24-inch pipeline extending from the Transco mainline in Pittsylvania County, VA and into Halifax, Charlotte and Mecklenburg. It terminates in Brunswick County, VA.

NEW YORK (AP) — Energy company ConocoPhillips says it is cutting around 1,810 jobs, or 10% of its jobs, following a plunge that took oil prices to their lowest levels in years.

The biggest proportion of the job cuts will be in North America, the company said Tuesday. ConocoPhillips plans to eliminate more than 500 jobs in Houston, where it is based.

In a news release, ConocoPhillips said it's making the cuts because the energy industry is in a "dramatic downturn."

ConocoPhillips has already cut 1,000 jobs this year and had 18,100 employees June 30.