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Natural Gas Production Sets Record

Even in the face of low prices, U.S. natural gas production hit its highest level ever. Average daily output in the U.S. set a record in February of 73.3 Bcf, up about 2% from the previous month, Platts Bentek said. The Energy Information Administration reported March 24 that producers had begun sto..

European Leak Detection Market Expected to Grow

Increased pipeline infrastructural investments coupled with high exploration and production activities in the oil and gas sector and high consumer demand for energy will propel growth in the European oil and gas pipeline leak detection market, according to a report issued by Research and Markets. T..

Recent U.S. Oil Imports Generally Heavier than Domestic Production

Oil / E&P

In 2015, more than 70% of the crude oil produced in the Lower 48 states was light oil with an API gravity above 35 degrees. At the same time, 90% of imported crude oil was heavier, with a gravity below 35 degrees API. To accommodate increasing U.S. production of light crude oil, refineries have adju..

Fracking Wells Provide Two-Thirds of US Natural Gas Production

For decades, hydraulic fracturing had been referred to as an unconventional completion technique, but over the past 10 years it has become the technique by which most natural gas is produced in the United States. Based on the most recent data from states, EIA estimates that natural gas production fr..

Hurdles Exist Using CO2 to Boost Oil Output in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Significant barriers exist in using carbon dioxide to enhance oil recovery in North Dakota but the “long-term prize” could be billions of extra barrels of oil, a consultant told lawmakers Wednesday. Curtis Smith, a geologist with Houston-based IHS Inc., told the North Dakota L..

Wood Mackenzie: Global Oil Supply Shortfall of 4.5 Million b/d by 2035 if Exploration Results Don't Improve

Oil / E&P

A new study by Wood Mackenzie warns the global oil market could face a supply shortfall of 4.5 million b/d by 2035, if exploration success doesn’t improve. Wood Mackenzie says discoveries in recent years have been disappointing, with the volume of liquids discovered per annum more than halving over ..

Canada Expects Lower Natural Gas Exports to US, Higher LNG Exports Elsewhere

In its recent publication, Canada’s Energy Future (CEF), Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) projects that both Canada’s natural gas production and its domestic natural gas consumption will increase through the next decade. Exports of natural gas by pipeline to the United States are expected to con..

ExxonMobil Begins Production at Point Thomson Project

ExxonMobil has started production at its Point Thomson project, the first company-operated project on Alaska’s North Slope. Central pad facilities are designed to initially produce about 5,000 bpd of condensate and 100 MMscf/d of recycled gas. The recycled gas is re-injected for future recovery. At..

Expected Fall in Lower 48 Oil Production Partially Offset by Rising Gulf Output

Oil / E&P

In response to continued low oil prices, onshore crude oil production in the Lower 48 states is expected to decline from an average of 7.41 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2015 to 6.46 million b/d in 2016 and to 5.76 million b/d in 2017. Increased production from the federal Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is..

ExxonMobil Starts Production at Julia Oil Field in Gulf of Mexico

IRVING, TX – Oil production started under budget and ahead of schedule at the Julia oil field in the Gulf of Mexico, ExxonMobil said Tuesday. The first production well is now online and a second well will start production in the coming weeks.  The Julia development is located 265 miles southw..

Subsea 7 Awarded Contract Off Egypt

Subsea 7 S.A. is working under a contract from BP, and partner DEA (Deutsche Erdoel AG), to development of the Giza, Fayoum and Raven subsea fields offshore Alexandria, Egypt. This is the second phase of the West Nile Delta project, where the field development will be at depths of up to 800 meters. ..

BP Sets Up Shale Gas Operation in China

UK-listed BP and China’s CNPC aren’t exactly strangers, already jointly developing Iraq’s Rumaila oilfield, but BP’s new shale gas deal with CNPC is the British company’s first foray into China – and it’s a major strategic move that gauges which way the winds are blowing in today’s energy sector. L..

US Judge OKs $20 Billion BP Oil Spill Settlement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans granted final approval Monday to an estimated $20 billion settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resolving years of litigation over the worst offshore spill in the nation’s history. The settlement, first announced in July, in..

U.S. Production of Hydrocarbon Gas Liquids Expected to Increase Through 2017

Oil / E&P

U.S. production of hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL)—a group of products including ethane, propane, butanes, and natural gasoline—is expected to increase from 3.86 million barrels per day in 2015 to 4.33 million b/d in 2017, according to EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). HGLs are produced at both ..

United Kingdom Increases Oil Production in 2015, but New Field Development Declines

Oil / E&P

After many years of decline, production of petroleum and other liquids in the United Kingdom (U.K.) increased by about 100,000 barrels per day (b/d) in 2015. The largest contribution to this increase came from fields that were brought online in the second half of 2014. Significant increases also cam..

Dubai's Dodsal Finds $8B Natural Gas Deposit in Tanzania

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai-based Dodsal Group says it has discovered 2.7 trillion cubic feet of gas deposits in Tanzania’s Ruvu Basin Coast Region valued at around $8 billion. The conglomerate says it had initially estimated that the gas deposits held 2.17 trillion cubic feet, but mor..

Kuwait Oil Company Says It's Found New Oil and Gas Field

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait’s state oil company says it has discovered a new oil and gas field in the Western part of the country. Kuwait Oil Company said in a statement to the country’s state news agency Thursday that preliminary tests suggest the new field in the al-Jathatheel region will provide a..

Is This The Next Offshore Sweet Spot For Big Oil?

France’s Total SA is searching for an “elephant” oil field off the coast of Uruguay. Uruguay does not have much of an offshore oil industry. But the Pelotas Basin, where Total is focusing, is starting to garner more interest. It borders Brazil and there is speculation that both countries have large..

Shale Primed to Decline Substantially this Year

E&P

U.S. shale has weathered the oil crash better than many expected, but the stubborn persistence of low prices through 2016 could amount to the “straw breaking the camel’s back” for shale production. The International Energy Agency released its Medium Term Oil Market Report on Feb. 22 at the IHS ..

Struggling Eagle Ford Still the Sweet Spot

If development in Eagle Ford from 2008 to 2014 felt like a drag racer flying down the track, then 2015 must have felt like skidding to a halt. This year will be like hitting a brick wall − or a shale wall, but it’s a wall that will eventually be torn down. For now, though, the bad news keeps piling..

Oil Production in Federal GOM Expected to Hit Record High in '17

U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM) crude oil production is estimated to increase to record-high levels in 2017, even asprices remain low. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects GOM production will average 1.63 MMbpd in 2016 and 1.79 MMbpd in 2017, reaching 1.91 MMbpd in December 2017. GOM prod..

Biggest Natural Gas Discovery Of 2016 Just Got Bigger

International natural gas is shaping up as one of 2016’s most interesting spots in energy, given that prices in many world markets are still running high, even as valuations for E&Ps subside. And one of those markets is in Southeast Asia — where the year’s most interesting natural gas drilling dis..

Production Rates in Tight Oil Formations Still Rising

Tight oil production in the United States increased from 2007 through April 2015, based on estimates in EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), and accounted for more than half of total U.S. oil production in 2015. Tight oil growth has been driven by increasing initial production rates from tight..

Oil Majors Converging Here Could Mean A New Hotspot

E&P

Even with oil at $30, the petroleum industry continues to see a few bright spots. Particularly when it comes to offshore activity — such as Shell this week announcing the first natural gas production from its ground-breaking Corrib field off the northwest coast of Ireland. And this week also saw ..

Feds Seek Limit on Methane Gas Flaring at Drilling Sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land, arguing the effort will reduce waste and harmful methane emissions as part of President Barack Obama’s bid to curb climate change. Energy companies freq..

U.S. Production to Fall to 8.1 MMbpd by Year End, Genscape Says

  With sustained weakness in crude prices and oil rigs at the lowest level since the economic crisis of 2008, production in the United States is set to see significant year-over-year declines. U.S. production for the year peaked at 9.6 MMbpd in April and declined to 9.2 MMbpd by December. Industry..

More Quakes Rattle Oklahoma but State Avoids Tough Measures

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In Oklahoma, now the country’s earthquake capital, people are talking nervously about the big one as man-made quakes get stronger, more frequent and closer to major population centers. Next door in Kansas, they’re feeling on firmer ground though no one is ready yet to declare vi..