Oil

Regulators Ease Storage Rules, Fees for Texas Producers

Texas oil and gas regulators voted to temporarily relax their rules for underground crude storage and waive related fees and surcharges that producers typically pay.

Texas Will Not Mandate Oil Production Cuts

Texas energy regulators on Tuesday said they will not mandate oil production cuts, ending a month-long debate about whether they would wade into global oil politics for the first time in 50 years as crude prices cratered.

Magellan Midstream Diesel Flows Fall, Projects Continue

Magellan Midstream has reported a decline in diesel flows on its pipelines as drilling activity in the Permian Basin has dropped due to the collapse in oil prices.

TC Energy Boosts 2020 Capex to Build Keystone XL Pipeline

TC Energy, bolstered by better-than-expected quarterly profit earnings, is raising its capital spending budget for 2020 in order to build its Keystone XL Pipeline.

Head of Texas Energy Regulator Opposes State-Mandated Oil Curbs

The head of the Texas energy regulator has stated his opposition to a proposal of state-mandated oil production cuts.

Ecopetrol Unit to Let Colombia Oil Producers Cut Pipeline Costs for Two Months

Ecopetrol subsidiary Cenit is allowing Columbian oil producers to reduce their transit tariffs by 50% for two months in an effort to ease the strain on the industry due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Reporting Higher Q1 Profits, Enterprise Products CEO Puts a Personal Spin on COVID Response

Enterprise Products Partners’ outspoken co-CEO Jim Teague used a conference call with investors Wednesday as an opportunity to comment on the U.S. economic shutdown, reflecting on his personal experiences during the 1950s polio epidemic and as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam in relation to the COVID-19 response.

Enterprise Products Partners Cuts Capex, Says Oil Pipeline Volumes Steady

Enterprise Products has cut its capital expenditures for 2020 and says volumes on its oil pipelines have not yet declined as oil demand continues to drop around the world.

Continental Resources Halts Bakken Shale Output, Seeks to Cancel Sales

The largest oil producer in North Dakota has halted most of its production and reportedly told some customers it will not supply crude after the latest price crash, but there are doubts whether force majeure applies.

PHMSA Eases Pipeline Regulations, Enforcement in Response to Pandemic

Responding to the impact Covid-19 on midstream staffing and resources, PHMSA has issued two guidance documents to ease some operating requirements, allow discretion in enforcement and provide flexibility to support the critical needs of state and industry partners.

Drowning in Crude, U.S. Producers Say Trump Strategic Reserve Plan Won’t Help

American oil producers are not sure how helpful President Trump's plan to fill the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve will be considering the logistical and economic challenges associated with getting the crude to the storage sites.

Remaining Oil Storage in Cushing, OK is Already Booked — Traders

Oil traders have said the remaining storage space for crude oil in Cushing, Oklahoma, the largest storage site in the U.S., is already completely booked up by producers.

CPC Oil Producers Eye New Transit Routes via Russia’s Transneft

Oil producers in Kazakhstan are seeking to divert flows away from the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) to systems owned by Russia's Transeft as CPC Blend margins fall.

Texas Regulators Decline Production Cuts for Now

Texas oil and gas regulators declined to cut oil production in the state on Tuesday after prices reached negative territory for the first time in history but will most likely revisit the issue at their next meeting.

Producers Scramble for Storage Space as Oil Glut Grows

Oil producers are scrambling to find storage space for excess barrels, many being forced to pay storage companies to take oil as prices turned negative on Monday for the first time in history due to an unprecedented slump in demand.

Oil Price Goes Negative as Demand Collapses

Oil futures plunged below zero for the first time on Monday as demand for energy collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic and traders sought to avoid owning crude with nowhere to store it.

Canada’s Court Rulings Brighten Path for Pipeline Expansion

Canada's efforts to add oil and gas pipeline capacity were stalemated by legal challenges over the past decade, but two important court rulings since the start of the year may break the bottleneck.

Chevron Sells Azerbaijan Pipeline Assets

Chevron announced that its affiliate companies have sold their non-operating interests in the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) oil fields, including interests in two pipelines, to MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas for $1.57 billion.

Oklahoma Judge May Recommend Ruling Oil Production 'Economic Waste'

An Oklahoma Judge will recommend the state's oil and gas regulator approve an emergency order declaring oil production in the state could constitute economic waste, a spokesman for the state's Corporation Commission said.

ConocoPhillips Cuts Oil Output in North America by 30%

ConocoPhillips is cutting its oil output by 30% of its 2020 target, more than any U.S. producer so far.

Shell Restarts U.S. Offshore Oil Hub After Pipeline Leak

Shell has resumed production at its Perdido offshore oil rig after a pipeline leak last week forced the company to halt production.

Tallgrass Energy Shareholders Approve Blackstone-Led Buyout

Tallgrass Energy shareholders have approved a buyout deal worth over $6 billion from a group led by the Blackstone investment company, retaining the valuation offered before the market crash.

U.S. Shale Oil Output to Drop by Record 194,000 Bpd in April — EIA

New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts the country's shale oil output will fall by a record 194,000 bpd in April.

U.S. Crude Stocks Jump by Record 19 Million Barrels: EIA

Crude oil stockpiles in the U.S. rose by 19 million barrels last week, the largest one-week increase in history.

Texas Oil Hearing Stirs Debate but No Decision; Oklahoma Sets May Hearing

Texas energy regulators listened as top executives on Tuesday debated whether the state should cut oil output by 1 million barrels per day, but did not indicate how they might vote after more than 10 hours of sometimes dire testimony.

Kazakhstan Pipeline Work Continues Despite Tengiz Slowdown

Kazakhstan's biggest oil producer has reduced some work on its $45 billion expansion project in the west of the country due to the coronavirus outbreak, but pipeline construction continues.

Pipeline Operator Sues Chesapeake Energy Over Transport Payment Dispute

Chesapeake Energy is being sued for defaulting on transport payments owed to pipeline operator Glass Mountain from a contract that had been renegotiated earlier this year.

Enterprise Offers Crude Shipments on Existing Pipeline from U.S. Gulf Coast to Cushing, OK

Enterprise Products Partners is going to offer spot shipments from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Cushing, OK as demand for inland flow routes surges.

Russia's Rosneft Becomes Top Oil Supplier to Belarus

Russian state oil company Rosneft will be biggest oil supplier to Belarus this month, after Moscow and Minsk settled their oil price row, Belarus state energy company Belneftekhim said on Monday.

OPEC+ Approves Historic Oil Cut Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

OPEC and allies led by Russia agreed on Sunday to cut oil output by a record amount - representing around 10% of global supply - to support oil prices amid the coronavirus pandemic, and sources said effective cuts could amount to as much as 20%.