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FWS issues Shell letter of authorization on Chukchi Sea lease

Wed, Jul 1, 2015

The US Fish & Wildlife Service issued Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. a letter of authorization (LOA) related to the potential disturbance of polar bears and Pacific walrus resulting from the company’s proposal to operate two drilling rigs in the Chukchi Sea this summer.

USGS: Water usage for fracturing varies widely across shale plays

Wed, Jul 1, 2015

The volume of water required to hydraulically fracture wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a recent US Geological Survey study.

Case for Keystone XL has grown stronger, TransCanada tells Kerry

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Canada is taking strong steps toward combating climate change, and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline crude oil pipeline remains in the US national interest, TransCanada Corp. said in a June 29 letter to US Sec. of State John F. Kerry and two senior State Department officials.

OxyChem-Mexichem JV lets contract for ethylene storage

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Ingleside Ethylene LLC, a 50-50 joint venture of Occidental Chemical Corp. (OxyChem) and Mexichem SAB de CV (Mexichem), has let a contract to CB&I, Houston, to provide engineering, procurement, and construction for an ethylene storage complex in Markham, Tex. The complex will be built as part of the JV’s ethylene cracker project now under way at nearby Ingleside, Tex.

Forum extends study of subsea integrity

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Work by an industry forum called SURF IM Network, which studies oil and gas subsea integrity management, has been extended by 3 years.

Contract let for converting FPSO for use in Libra field

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Jurong Shipyard Pte. Ltd. has let a topsides detailed engineering and procurement services contract to Technip SA as part of the conversion of a shuttle tanker into a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel, built at the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore.

Survey begins of collaboration on the UKCS

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Deloitte has begun a survey about collaboration in the oil and gas producing industry of the UK Continental Shelf.

Lytle named to Canada’s National Energy Board

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Murray Lytle has been appointed as a full-time member of Canada’s National Energy Board for a term of 7 years, effective July 6.

Construction begins on Chinese section of Russia-China Gas Pipeline

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Construction has begun on the Chinese section of the Russia-China Gas Pipeline, according to China National Petroleum Corp.

Court rejects BP, Anadarko Macondo appeals

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

BP PLC and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. have lost separate appeals to the US Supreme Court to overturn a lower-court decision expanding their financial responsibility for the April 2010 Macondo blowout and spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

CNOOC starts oil production from Bozhong 28/34 oil fields

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

CNOOC Ltd. reported the start of production from its Bozhong 28/34 oil fields comprehensive adjustment project.

Statoil submits amended PDO for Gullfaks license

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Statoil ASA has submitted an amendment to the plan for development and operations (PDO) for the Gullfaks license for the first phase of the Shetland-Lista development.

Senate Democrats outline broad energy goals to nation’s governors

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Forty-five US Senate Democrats outlined broad energy policy goals including more clean energy technology investments, infrastructure improvement, and carbon pollution reduction in a letter seeking support from the nation’s governors.

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX, Brent crude oil prices slump on Greek default fears

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

US light, sweet crude oil futures and Brent crude oil futures for August delivery each settled down by more than $1/bbl on June 29, with Brent sliding to its lowest closing in more than 2 months.

RIL’s Jamnagar refinery due maintenance

Mon, Jun 29, 2015

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), Mumbai, is planning to shut down a crude unit for scheduled maintenance at its 1.24 million-b/d Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex in Gujarat, India.

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