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Being right would make the righteous more persuasive

03/09/2012

When people are confident enough about their righteousness to make a public display of it, should they not also be right?

Norway: RWE joins Wintershall on PL418 license

03/12/2012

RWE Dea Norge AS has taken a farmout from Wintershall Norge ASA to earn a 10% interest in Production License 418 in the North Sea offshore Norway.

Indonesia: West Timor trough 2D survey starting

03/12/2012

Spectrum ASA, Oslo, in partnership with CGGVeritas and GeoData Ventures, has begun a broadband 2D multiclient seismic survey offshore West Timor, Indonesia.

Anadarko sees 100-200 MMcfd from Mozambique well

03/12/2012

The first flow test of an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. well offshore Mozambique has provided “confidence in well designs that are capable of 100-200 MMcfd,” the company said.

 

Contract let for Dominican Republic terminal

03/12/2012

Complejo GNL del Este, a consortium of Dominican and Colombian energy companies, has awarded a contract for an LNG terminal and jetty in San Pedro de Marcoris in the Dominican Republic to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG’s global engineering and construction group.

MARKET WATCH: Oil market strengthens on favorable employment report

03/12/2012

The oil market continued to strengthen Mar. 9 on a better-than-expected government report of new jobs. US natural gas prices made slight gains that day after falling to a decade low earlier in the week.

API sues EPA over 2012 RFS cellulosic biofuels requirements

03/12/2012

The American Petroleum Institute sued the US Environmental Protection Agency over what API considers unachievable cellulosic biofuels use requirements in the 2012 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). API filed a petition for review on Mar. 12 in US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia.

Review starts of Laricina's Germain expansion

03/12/2012

Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board has begun its review of applications by Laricina Energy Ltd. for expansion of the Germain commercial demonstration oil sands project in the west Athabasca region.

AFPM: Refiners must speak with clearer, unified voice

03/12/2012

The refining and petrochemical industries benefit the US, and their representatives must rebuke misleading criticisms from politicians so that the general public hears the facts, leaders of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (formerly the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association) said Mar. 12 during an opening session of the AFPM annual meeting in San Diego.

Thai refinery lets contract for cat cracking unit

03/12/2012

Thailand’s IRPC PLC let contracts to Shaw Group Inc. to provide process design and technology license to add a 30,000-b/d deep catalytic cracking unit at IRPC’s 215,000-b/d refinery in Rayong. No contract value or timetable was divulged.

Anadarko starts Caesar/Tonga Green Canyon oil flow

03/12/2012

An Anadarko Petroleum Corp. group has started oil production from its Caesar/Tonga development in the Green Canyon area of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Egypt: North Shadwan concession oil output starts

03/13/2012

BP Exploration (Delta) Ltd. has started oil production from NS377 field on the North Shadwan concession in Egypt’s southern Gulf of Suez.

Kenya: Mandera Lugh (Ogaden) 2D seismic starts

03/13/2012

Afren PLC has started a 1,800 line-km 2D seismic survey on Block 1 in northeastern Kenya along the border with Somalia.

Poland: FX seeing tight gas production increases

03/13/2012

FX Energy Inc., Salt Lake City, said its gas production in Poland has averaged 13.5 MMscfd so far in 2012, up from the 2011 average of 12 MMscfd.

Petronas lets Johor complex FEED contract

03/13/2012

State-owned Petronas has let a front-end engineering design contract to Technip for its proposed refinery and petrochemical project at Pengerang in Johor, Malaysia (OGJ Online, May 13, 2011).

Devon agrees to settle underpayment claim for federal royalties

03/13/2012

Devon Energy Corp. agreed to pay nearly $3.5 million to settle a federal claim that a company the Oklahoma City independent producer acquired in 1999 underpaid royalties on natural gas produced from federal and Indian tribal leases, the US Department of Justice and US Office of Natural Resources Revenue jointly announced on Mar. 12.

Total, KPC eye group for Zhanjiang complex

03/13/2012

Total SA has signed a memorandum of understanding with two wholly owned subsidiaries of Kuwait Petroleum Corp. to participate in a refining and petrochemical complex planned in Zhanjiang, China, in partnership with China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec; OGJ Online, Aug. 11, 2009).

AFPM: US exports of refined products likely sustainable

03/13/2012

Wood Mackenzie analysts expect US exports of refined products to increase based in part on the outlook for US tight oil supplies, a WoodMac spokesman told the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers annual meeting Mar. 13 in San Diego.

Ministry: Shale gas policy near for India

03/13/2012

With a new assessment by the US Geological Survey in hand, India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is moving toward announcement of a regulatory regime for shale gas exploration and production.

MARKET WATCH: Energy prices decline with slowing Chinese economy

03/13/2012

The front-month crude oil contract ended a three-session rally Mar. 12, dropping 1% in light trading in the New York market amid concerns the Chinese economy may be slowing with its largest monthly trade deficit in more than 20 years.

Total in group forming photovoltaic center

03/13/2012

Total SA is part of a group that has created what it says is one of the five largest centers in the world dedicated to research in new-generation photovoltaic systems.

Industry groups dispute White House energy progress report

03/13/2012

Oil and gas industry groups quickly challenged White House efforts to take credit for lower crude oil imports and higher US production in the year since US President Barack Obama unveiled his Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future.

Argentina: Crown Point gears up in Neuquen's El Valle

03/14/2012

Drilling is to start by Mar. 22 on a 10-12-well drilling program in the El Valle area of Argentina’s Neuquen basin, said Crown Point Ventures Ltd., Calgary.

Egypt Western Desert concession gets fourth find

03/14/2012

Kuwait Energy PLC reported its fourth discovery on the Abu Sennan concession in Egypt’s Western Desert.

MARKET WATCH: Stronger consumer data lift energy prices

03/14/2012

Energy prices generally posted small gains in reaction to strong consumer data Mar. 13, recovering some of the loss from the previous session. The front-month natural gas contract was up 1% in the New York market.

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