Business & Markets

Reuniting EQT and Equitrans: Navigating a Volatile Gas Market

Gas producer EQT’s old management weathered an activist investor outcry, squeaked through an expensive deal, and spun off its pipeline division - only to be ejected by the executives they bought out.

Venezuela Proposes Alternative Payment Plan as Weak Bids Surface in Citgo Auction

The highest bid received in a U.S. auction of shares that will decide the fate of Venezuela-owned oil refiner Citgo Petroleum was $7.3 billion, enough to cover only a third of court-approved claims, two people familiar with the matter said.

U.S. Export Credit Agency Approves $500 Million Support for Bahrain Oil Project

The U.S. export credit agency on Thursday voted to approve a $500 million loan guarantee for an oil and gas drilling project in Bahrain, testing a U.S. climate pledge to stop backing projects that expand the use of fossil fuels.

North Dakota's January Oil Output Hits One-Year Low Amid Extreme Cold Snap

Crude oil production in North Dakota fell 14% in January compared with the prior month, hitting a one-year low after a cold snap weighed on activity, state regulators said on Thursday.

U.S. Seeks Oil for Emergency Reserve as Maintenance Ends

The U.S. is seeking to buy 3 million barrels of oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), as one storage site winds down maintenance that had tempered the pace of replenishing the stockpile, the U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday.

TC Energy to Sell 470-Mile British Columbia Gas Pipeline to Ksi Lisims LNG Partners

The pipeline project, which TC will sell to Ksi Lisims co-developers Nisga'a Nation and Houston-based Western LNG, is permitted to move up to 3.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day across British Columbia.

Venture Global LNG Asks FERC to Keep Louisiana Export Facility Documents Confidential

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter Venture Global LNG on Thursday delivered to U.S. regulators a proposed protective order seeking to keep documents on the construction of a Louisiana export facility confidential.

Russia's Gazprom Seeks Over $900 Million in Gas Dispute Damages from Polish Companies

In 2022, Poland terminated its agreement with Russia to receive Russian gas via the Yamal gas pipeline after Warsaw rejected a demand to pay for the fuel in rubles and Moscow responded by cutting off supplies.

IEA Forecasts Non-OPEC+ to Lead 2024 Oil Production Growth, Offset Output Cuts

Near-term global oil and liquids production growth will be driven primarily by the U.S., Guyana, Canada, and Brazil, offsetting voluntary production cuts by OPEC+, the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) forecast on Thursday.

Shell Weakens 2030 Carbon Emissions Reduction Target, Scraps 2035 Objective

Shell weakened a 2030 carbon reduction target and scrapped a "perilous" 2035 objective, citing expectations for strong gas demand and uncertainty in the energy transition even as it affirmed a plan to cut emissions to net zero by 2050.

U.S. Grants $750 Million for Hydrogen Projects Across 24 States

The U.S. Department of Energy said on Wednesday it is granting $750 million to projects across 24 states that are building capacity to produce and use clean hydrogen.

Italy Abandons $5.2 Billion Gas Storage Tariff Plan Amid EU Concerns

Italy's energy authority said it had shelved plans for a tariff to cover the cost of keeping gas stockpiles full, following widespread criticism from energy companies and European Union objections.

Occidental's 1PointFive Strikes Deal with AT&T for Carbon Credit Purchase

Carbon capture firm 1PointFive said on Wednesday telecom company AT&T has agreed to purchase carbon dioxide removal credits as part of its goal to reduce emissions and become carbon neutral in its global operations by 2035.

Nigeria's Oil Output Surges to 1.47 MMbbl/d Amid Crackdown on Crude Theft

Africa / Oil / E&P

Nigeria's oil production is steadily rising, hitting 1.476 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in February, the highest in more than three years, OPEC data showed, as the military and private security contractors crackdown on crude theft and pipeline sabotage.

FERC Asks Venture Global LNG to Justify Confidential Document Filings

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday asked liquefied natural gas developer Venture Global LNG to explain the basis for its extensive filing of confidential documents in its Calcasieu Pass LNG export terminal.

Israel's NewMed Delays $2 Billion BP, ADNOC Buy-In Offer Amid Regional Uncertainty

A $2 billion offer by Abu Dhabi's national oil company and BP to buy a 50% stake in Israeli gas producer NewMed has been put on hold due to uncertainty in the region, NewMed said on Wednesday.

SONATRACH and Huawei Launch Smart Fiber Sensing Solution for Oil, Gas Pipelines

This innovative solution integrates advanced fiber optic sensing technology to enhance pipeline security, intelligence, and operational efficiency.

Kimmeridge Makes $2.1 Billion Offer for SilverBow, Proposing Pipeline Assets Merger

Kimmeridge Energy Management has submitted a new offer to acquire SilverBow Resources that values the U.S. oil and gas producer at close to $2.1 billion, including debt, the investment firm said on Wednesday.

Former Tallgrass Board Member Settles Insider Trading Charges Linked to $3.03 Billion Pipeline Deal

A former Tallgrass Energy board member and his friends will pay $2.2 million to settle insider trading charges related to a Blackstone-led $3.03 billion buyout offer for the oil pipeline operator in 2019, the U.S. SEC said on Tuesday.

Nord Stream Sues Insurers in London Over 2022 Pipeline Explosions

Nord Stream is seeking more than $436 million from its insurers over explosions in 2022 which ruptured pipelines designed to transport Russian gas to Germany, court filings show.

CarbonCapture Raises $80 Million from Saudi Aramco, Others for Carbon Removal Technology

Los Angeles-based CarbonCapture, which aims to build machines that suck carbon dioxide out of the air to fight climate change, said it had raised $80 million from investors that include Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco.

Venezuela Rushes to Strengthen Iran Relationship as U.S. Sanctions Loom

Iran and Venezuela are trying to patch together an oil alliance that began to fray last year, according to six people familiar with the matter, after the South American country fell behind on oil swaps that had boosted crude exports and helped stem domestic fuel shortages.

Freeport LNG's Feedgas Intake Plummets Amidst Operational Challenges

Feedgas intake at the second largest U.S. LNG plant has fallen by almost half over the last week, according to data provider LSEG.

NextDecade Targets Train 4 Final Investment Decision at Texas LNG Facility for Late 2024

NextDecade said on Monday it was targeting a final investment decision (FID) and plans to start construction of the fourth liquefaction train at its Rio Grande LNG facility in Texas by the second half of 2024.

CNX Resources Delays Production Activities, Expects Volume Decline Amid Weak Gas Prices

U.S. energy firm CNX Resources said on Tuesday it expects lower production volumes in 2024 as it is delaying some well completion activities amid weak natural gas prices.

Morocco Plans to Dedicate 1 Million Hectares to Green Hydrogen Projects

The Moroccan government said on Monday it will allocate 1 million hectares to green hydrogen projects, starting with 300,000 hectares in a first phase, as part of an offer to attract investors.

Vopak, Air Liquide to Develop Hydrogen Pipeline Network in Singapore

The companies will look at developing low-carbon ammonia supply chains in Singapore, including ammonia cracking facilities, storage and handling infrastructure at Vopak's Banyan terminal, as well as distributing low-carbon hydrogen through a hydrogen pipeline network, Vopak said.

Leak Shuts Down CDU and Coker at TotalEnergies Texas Refinery, Sources Say

The coker and small crude distillation unit (CDU) were shut by a leak on the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracker (FCC) at TotalEnergies' 238,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, people familiar with plant operations said on Monday.

European Energy Giants Urge U.S. Regulators to Reject Venture Global LNG's Permit Extension

Top European energy companies on Friday asked U.S. regulators to reject Venture Global LNG's request for a one-year construction permit extension to its Louisiana export plant.

Shell's LNG, Gas, and Power Trading Chief Steve Hill to Depart Company

Hill joined Shell in 2016 following the $53 billion acquisition of rival BG Group. He has headed Shell Energy, which oversees business-to-business LNG, gas and power trading, part of the company's downstream division.