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General Interest 2007 P

  • 03/16/2007 -- MARKET WATCH
    Oil, gasoline prices take a tumble

    US front-month crude oil futures prices dropped to settle at below $58/bbl Mar. 15 and gasoline futures tumbled upon concerns about the US economy in general.
  • 03/16/2007 -- Company sales dominate 2006 global upstream mergers, acquisitions
    Worldwide transaction values for upstream corporate and asset deals totaled more than $166 billion last year compared with more than $160 billion during 2005, consultants said in an annual report.
  • 03/16/2007 -- North, South Korea make oil-for-denuclearization pact
    South Korea will provide North Korea the energy equivalent of as much as 50,000 tonnes of fuel oil in exchange for taking initial denuclearization steps under the so-called Six-Party Framework Agreement.
  • 03/16/2007 -- Meridian sets $127 million 2007 budget
    Meridian Resource Corp., Houston, has approved a $127 million capital budget for 2007, focused on its four primary regions of south Louisiana, South Texas, East Texas, and north-central Oklahoma.
  • 03/16/2007 -- API prepares new standards after Texas City refinery accident
    US refiners are applying lessons learned from the Mar. 23, 2005, fire and explosion at BP America Inc.'s Texas City, Tex., refinery to improving existing operating practices and standards and developing at least one new recommended procedure, American Petroleum Institute officials said Mar. 16.
  • 03/19/2007 -- MARKET WATCH
    Oil futures prices drop modestly in New York, London

    US front-month crude oil futures prices dropped modestly on Mar. 16 while traders watched for clues that economic growth, and consequently oil demand, might decline as some economists have suggested.
  • 03/19/2007 -- UK issues climate change bill to reduce emissions
    David Miliband, the UK environmental secretary, has proposed legislation to enforce a 26-32% cut in carbon emissions by 2020 which could have significant implications for energy companies.
  • 03/20/2007 -- Russian oil field service outlays set to double, analyst says
    Expenditures for drilling, seismic surveying, and workover programs in Russia amounted to $11.4 billion in 2006 and is forecast to rise to $22.5 billion by 2011, according to a recent study from energy analyst Douglas-Westwood Ltd.
  • 03/20/2007 -- MARKET WATCH
    Crude futures price hits 7-week low in New York

    The front-month crude futures contract dropped to a 7-week low under $57/bbl Mar. 19 in the New York market after China's central bank raised its 1-year lending and deposit rates by 0.27 of a percentage point over the weekend.
  • 03/20/2007 -- CSB's final report cites 'broken safety culture' at BP
    BP PLC had a "broken safety culture" at the time of the Mar. 23, 2005, fire and explosion at its 460,000 b/d Texas City, Tex., refinery that killed 15 people and injured 180 others, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said at a news conference Mar. 20 outlining details of its final report.
  • 03/21/2007 -- MARKET WATCH
    Energy prices mixed in directionless markets

    The expiring April crude contract regained a few cents but prices for subsequent months declined Mar. 20 in a reversal of the previous session's outcome in the New York futures market.
  • 03/21/2007 -- UK North Sea operators criticize 2007 budget tax regime
    Energy companies operating in the UK North Sea are disappointed that UK Chancellor Gordon Brown has failed to adjust the tax system in his last budget to encourage more production in the mature province.
  • 03/21/2007 -- Domenici proposes compromise on 1998, 1999 deepwater leases
    US Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) reported plans to propose 3-year extensions of federal Gulf of Mexico deepwater leases issued in 1998 and 1999 without price thresholds if the leaseholders agree to new terms including such a provision.
  • 03/22/2007 -- AGA: US gas reserves 205 tcf at yearend 2006
    US natural gas reserves increased for the eighth consecutive year in 2006 as producers drilled a record 30,000 wells, the American Gas Association reported in its latest annual estimate of domestic supplies.
  • 03/22/2007 -- MARKET WATCH
    Crude prices rally following large fuel draws

    US crude prices increased Mar. 21 following larger-than-expected draws from US gasoline and distillate fuel inventories and a decision by the Federal Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates.
  • 03/23/2007 -- KMG EP eyes PetroKazakhstan, Nations Energy stakes
    KazMunaiGaz Exploration & Production JSC (KMG EP) is carrying out due diligence toward purchase of a 33% stake of PetroKazakhstan and also is assessing whether to acquire a 50% stake in Nations Energy, said KMG EP Chief Executive Askar Balzhanov in an interview.
  • 03/23/2007 -- BP, OSHA, API draw fire in hearing about refinery blast
    Questions during a US House committee hearing about the fatal 2005 refinery explosion in Texas City, Tex., hinted at toughened plant inspections and an end to voluntary industry standards.
  • 03/23/2007 -- OSHA to train more refinery inspectors
    The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration expects to have 280 staff members trained to conduct process safety management inspections by August, Assistant Labor Secretary for OSHA Edwin L. Foulke Jr. announced.
  • 03/23/2007 -- MARKET WATCH
    Iran seizes sailors, spooks energy markets

    Crude futures prices were reported at year-to-date highs in early trading Mar. 23 after naval units of Iran's Revolutionary Guard seized 15 British sailors and marines who had boarded a merchant ship in Iraqi waters of the Persian Gulf.
  • 03/23/2007 -- Hercules Offshore to acquire Todco in $2.3 billion deal
    Offshore drilling contractor Hercules Offshore Inc. agreed to acquire its larger peer Todco in a $2.3 billion stock and cash transaction.

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