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AER strengthens air quality requirements for Peace River operators

08/19/2014

Addressing emissions and odors, Alberta Energy Regulator says it has strengthened requirements to capture casing and tank top gas from heavy oil and bitumen operations in the Peace River region.

BlackPearl files OSCA application for Blackrod SAGD

08/19/2014

Alberta Energy Regulator reports that BlackPearl Resources Inc., Calgary, has filed an Oil Sands Conservation Act application for the Blackrod commercial steam-assisted gravity drainage project.

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX, Brent oil prices continue slump

08/19/2014

Oil prices slid on the New York market Aug. 18 while oil prices on the London market slumped to the lowest level since June 25, 2013, after Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured a dam from Islamic insurgents, reducing concerns about any immediate disruption to Iraqi oil production.

NRL lets contract for Karachi refining complex

08/19/2014

Pakistan’s National Refinery Ltd. (NRL) has let a contract to China National Chemical Engineering Corp. Ltd. (CNCEC) for work related to the upgrade and expansion of its refining complex in the Korangi Industrial Zone, about 9 miles southeast of the center of Karachi.

Petrobras begins FPSO transport to Lula field

08/18/2014

A consortium comprised of Schahin Group and Modec Inc., contracted by Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), has begun transporting the newly built Cidade de Mangaratiba floating production, storage, and offloading vessel from the BrasFels shipyard in Angra dos Reis, Brazil, to the Iracema South area of Lula field in the presalt layer of the Santos basin.

CSB releases incident report for Tesoro’s Martinez refinery

08/18/2014

Loose pipe fittings are to blame for a sulfuric acid release that seriously injured two workers in early February at the alkylation unit of Tesoro Corp.’s 161,000-b/d Golden Eagle refinery near Martinez, Calif., according to an Aug. 15 report released by the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB).

EnLink to continue Utica expansion with 45-mile condensate pipeline

08/18/2014

EnLink Midstream Partners LP and EnLink Midstream LLC, affiliates of EnLink Midstream, plan to build a 45-mile, 8-in. condensate pipeline and six natural gas compression and condensate stabilization facilities in the Ohio River Valley at a total cost of more than $250 million.

EIA: China to increase natural gas consumption, investment

08/18/2014

China more than tripled natural gas production since 2003, producing 3.8 tcf in 2012, and the government is targeting production to reach about 5.5 tcf/year of gas by the end of 2015, according to a recent analysis from the US Energy Information Administration.

Hydrogen unit shuttered at Neste’s Porvoo refinery

08/18/2014

Neste Oil Corp. has shuttered a hydrogen production unit for repairs at its 205,000-b/d Porvoo refinery in the Kilpilahti Industrial Area, about 20 miles east of Helsinki, Finland.

MARKET WATCH: Crude oil futures price closes week higher

08/18/2014

The New York Mercantile Exchange September crude oil contract closed the week ended Aug. 15 higher, climbing $1.77 to close at $97.35/bbl. The October contract also gained, rising $1.24 to $95.32/bbl.

Mexico accelerates energy reform efforts

08/18/2014

Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) faces the task of determining areas where it wants to bring in partners under the sweeping energy reform that President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law to open Mexico’s oil and gas exploration and production to private and foreign companies for the first time since 1938.

Fire hits at KNPC’s Mina Al Ahmadi refinery

08/18/2014

Kuwait National Petroleum Co. (KNPC) is investigating the cause of a fire that broke out on Aug. 17 at its 466,000-b/d Mina Al Ahmadi refinery, which lies about 28 miles south of Kuwait City on the Persian Gulf.

Apache makes major oil discovery off Western Australia

08/18/2014

Apache Corp. has made an oil discovery with its Phoenix South-1 well, drilled 110 miles north of Port Hedland in 435 ft of water in permit WA-435-P of Australia’s offshore Canning basin. The company estimates as much as 300 million bbl of oil could be in place.

DOE finalizes LNG export national interest review reforms

08/15/2014

The US Department of Energy finalized reforms it proposed on May 29 to its process for determining whether planned LNG export projects are in the national interest.

BHI: US rig count continues rise, reaches 1,913

08/15/2014

The US drilling rig count gained 5 units to reach 1,913 rigs working during the week ended Aug. 15, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Kansas refinery scheduled for late-August restart

08/15/2014

CVR Refining LP, Sugar Land, Tex., has notified state regulators it will restart its 115,000-b/d refinery at Coffeyville, Kan., in late August after it completes repairs and maintenance work in the wake of a July 29 fire that led to the plant’s shutdown.

Murex, Cetane to double Permian rail terminal capacity

08/15/2014

Murex LLC and Cetane Energy LLC agreed to double the capacity at their Cetane crude oil transloading terminal in Carlsbad, NM, to 40,000 b/d by July 2015. Murex says it and Cetane have already worked closely with the BNSF Railway and Southwest Railroad to convert Cetane from what was a 25 car/day manifest terminal into a site capable of shipping as many as two unit trains/week.

Prelude FLNG turret sets sail for Samsung shipyard

08/15/2014

The largest piece of the turret for Shell’s 3.6 million tonne/year Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) plant has set sail from Dubai for the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, where the vessel is under construction.

BP, Noble plug, abandon deepwater Bright well on Atwater Valley block

08/15/2014

The BP Exploration & Production Inc.-operated Bright exploration well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico did not show hydrocarbons after reaching the targeted Upper and Middle Miocene objectives, according to Noble Energy Inc., an equal partner in the well.

Nova nears 100% NGL feedstock conversion at Corunna ethylene plant

08/15/2014

The cracker feedstock conversion project at Nova Chemicals Corp.’s Corunna, Ont., refinery and petrochemical complex, which was designed to allow the cracker to utilize up to 100% NGLs from growing North American supplies, is nearing its final completion, the company said in its latest quarterly earnings call.

Kvaerner, KBR form JV to bid on Johan Sverdrup topsides

08/15/2014

Kvaerner ASA and KBR Inc. have agreed to establish a joint venture to competitively bid on offshore platform topsides contracts for field development of Johan Sverdrup offshore Norway.

MARKET WATCH: Crude oil futures prices fall amid ‘slowing’ global demand

08/15/2014

Futures prices for West Texas Intermediate crude fell again Aug. 14, heading for the fourth weekly decline in a row, noted analysts with Raymond James & Associates Inc. WTI crude prices fell, RJA analysts said, “amid a growing market sense that supply is expanding as global demand slows.”

Study links states’ economic growth to energy regulation

08/14/2014

Judged strictly by economic efficiency, energy regulation at the state level works best in the US South and interior and worst on the West Coast and in the Northeast and Upper Midwest.

Contract let for Kaombo hybrid risers

08/14/2014

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has let a contract to 2H Offshore, an Acteon company, to engineer hybrid risers for Total SA’s Kaombo Block 32 project offshore Angola.

Eustream to begin testing Slovak gas line to Ukraine

08/14/2014

Eustream Slovak Gas TSO will begin testing phase for the 10-billion cu m/year Vojany–Uzhorod natural gas pipeline Aug. 16. Eustream is upgrading the previously idle line to return it to service for shipment of gas from the European Union to Ukraine.

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