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Last key structure sails for Cygnus off UK

Jul 21, 2015

The last of four main structures for Cygnus natural gas field has departed the Heerema Hartlepool yard in the UK en route to installation on North Sea Blocks 44/11a and 44/12a, 150 km offshore Lincolnshire (OGJ Online, Aug. 13, 2012).

EPA needs to improve oversight of fracing with diesel, OIG report says

Jul 20, 2015

The US Environmental Protection Agency needs to improve its oversight of hydraulic fracturing using diesel fuels and address any compliance issues, EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) said. The agency also needs to take further steps in its May 2014 plan to determine whether a federal requirement to publicly disclose frac fluid ingredients is necessary, OIG said in a July 16 report.

URTeC: Shell’s Hackbarth says unconventional innovation begins with data

Jul 20, 2015

Operators should resist the impulse to pull back on investments in technology despite a down oil market, said Claudia J. Hackbarth, manager, unconventional gas and tight oil research and development, Shell International E&P Inc. during a July 20 luncheon speech at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in San Antonio. “Innovation is needed now more than ever.”

BPTT relocates Juniper project fabrication work to Texas

Jul 20, 2015

BP Trinidad & Tobago LLC (BPTT) reported that it has agreed to relocate fabrication of its Juniper platform’s jacket and piles from Trinidad Offshore Fabricators Co.’s (Tofco) yard in La Brea to a fabrication yard in Texas in an effort to keep its Juniper project on schedule.

URTeC: Panel sees resiliency in unconventional space

Jul 20, 2015

Panelists commented on future recovery of oil prices and the growth of unconventional drilling, then took questions from an overflow audience during the opening plenary session of the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in San Antonio July 20.

Gas compression problems limit oil production at Jubilee field offshore Ghana

Jul 20, 2015

Tullow Oil PLC reported oil production at Jubilee field offshore Ghana is constrained to 65,000 b/d due to technical issues with gas compression systems on the Kwame Nkrumah floating production, storage, and offloading vessel.

Watching Government: DOI, EPA budget battles

Jul 17, 2015

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan did not mince words on July 7 when he described problems the Obama administration sees in the US House's fiscal 2017 US Department of the Interior appropriations bill.

EIA's estimates for state crude oil production to be helped by direct survey

Jul 17, 2015

Understanding how crude oil production in US key states has been affected by recent changes in crude oil prices and drilling activity is of great importance.

EIA: US oil output fell 50,000 b/d in May

Jul 17, 2015

Total US crude oil production dropped 50,000 b/d in May compared with April and is expected to continue falling through early 2016 before growth resumes, according to the US Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO).

BLM proposes updates to its oil, gas measurement requirements

Jul 17, 2015

The US Bureau of Land Management proposed regulations to ensure more accurate measurement, accountability, and royalty payments for oil and gas production from onshore federal and Indian oil and gas leases.

Advocates urge US to end its crude export ban in Iran agreement's wake

Jul 17, 2015

Advocates called for removing the US ban on exports of domestically produced crude oil in the wake of the July 14 international nuclear weapons agreement with Iran that also would lift sanctions on that country's crude sales.

BHI: US rig count falls 6 units to 857

Jul 17, 2015

The US drilling rig count fell 6 units to reach 857 during the week ended July 17, essentially cancelling out the last 3 weeks’ worth of gains, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Husky begins production at Rush Lake heavy oil project

Jul 17, 2015

Husky Energy Inc., Calgary, reported startup of production from its Rush Lake heavy oil thermal project in Saskatchewan, some 8 weeks after startup of commercial steaming operations (OGJ Online, May 21, 2015).

ENOC trims Turkmen plan in Dragon takeover

Jul 16, 2015

Emirates National Oil Co. Ltd. (ENOC), Dubai, will lower target oil production from the Cheleken area offshore Turkmenistan after acquiring full control of Dragon Oil PLC as it expands into upstream oil and gas operations.

CAPP: Canada needs global LNG markets for gas production growth

Jul 16, 2015

Canada needs to connect to global LNG markets to avoid a decade of decline in natural gas production, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

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