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Statoil, Shell awarded shale license in Algeria

Sep 30, 2014

Algeria’s energy ministry has awarded Statoil ASA and Royal Dutch Shell PLC the 2,730-sq-km Timissit permit license in the Illizi-Ghadames basin in the southeast part of the country. The award is part of Algeria’s Fourth International Bid Round launched in January.

Chief operating officer named for American Energy units

Sep 29, 2014

American Energy Partners LP, Oklahoma City, has appointed John K. Reinhart as the chief operating officer of affiliates American Energy–Utica LLC (AEU) and American Energy–Marcellus LLC (AEM).

Encana to acquire Athlon Energy in $7.1 billion deal

Sep 29, 2014

Encana Corp., Calgary, has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Athlon Energy Inc., Ft. Worth, through an all-cash tender offer of $5.93 billion. Encana also will assume Athlon’s $1.15 billion of senior notes, bringing the total transaction value to $7.1 billion.

Watching Government: Smaller study, big early findings

Sep 29, 2014

It may not have had the snap and sizzle of a study the National Academy of Sciences released the same day, but a report the US Department of Energy unveiled on Sept. 15 also put to rest concerns about natural gas from deep hydraulically fractured wells migrating upward into drinking water supplies.

BHI: US drilling rig count unchanged for second straight week

Sep 26, 2014

For a second consecutive week the US drilling rig count was unchanged at 1,931 rigs working during the week ended Sept. 26, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Shell completes Marcellus, Utica acquisition

Sep 26, 2014

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has completed a previously reported deal in which it acquires 155,000 net acres in the Marcellus and Utica areas of Pennsylvania and receives a cash payment of $925 million from Ultra Petroleum Corp., Houston, in exchange for Shell’s 19,000 net acres of leasehold interest in the Pinedale of Wyoming, including associated gathering and processing contracts.

Statoil postpones Corner development at KKD oil sands project in Alberta

Sep 26, 2014

Statoil ASA has decided to postpone for a minimum of 3 years the Corner development at the Kai Kos Dehseh (KKD) oil sands project in northern Alberta. A staff reduction of about 70 employees is expected.

Magellan launches Niobrara-to-Cushing crude line open season

Sep 24, 2014

Magellan Midstream Partners LP has launched an open season to assess customer interest in transporting various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara shale to its storage site in Cushing, Okla., via its proposed 600-mile, 20-in. OD Saddlehorn pipeline.

Cabot to add 30,000 net acres to Eagle Ford leasehold

Sep 24, 2014

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., Houston, has agreed to acquire 30,000 net acres in the Eagle Ford shale from an undisclosed seller for $210 million. The transaction is expected to close in October.

Fort Hills lets $1.3 billion contract for oil sands project

Sep 24, 2014

The Fort Hills Energy LP consortium has let a $1.3 billion engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction contract to Fluor Corp. for the utilities scope of the Fort Hills oil sands mining project, 90 km north of Fort McMurray, Alta., in the Athabasca region.

Investors watch with interest as Mexican energy reforms unfold

Sep 23, 2014

Mexico is implementing key aspects of its energy reform more quickly than some observers had expected. So far this year, the country has passed 21 new and amended laws relating to the sector and selected the oil and gas fields that will be placed on the block in the country’s first competitive upstream bid round, set for mid-2015.

IHS: Unconventional supply chain industries support growing number of jobs, revenues

Sep 23, 2014

A diverse group of industries supporting unconventional oil and gas producers has reaped a large portion of the economic rewards from development of these previously untapped resources, highlights an IHS study released Sept. 23.

EIA: Higher Permian production, insufficient pipelines hike WTI oil hub spreads

Sep 23, 2014

Crude oil prices in the Permian basin at Midland, Tex., have been falling below similar crude priced at Cushing, Okla., due to increasing production in the area and insufficient pipeline systems to move the crude to refineries, according to an analysis of the US Energy Information Administration.

MarkWest, Ohio Gathering to provide Utica gas services to American Energy unit

Sep 23, 2014

MarkWest Utica EMG LLC, a joint venture of MarkWest Energy Partners LP and The Energy & Minerals Group, and Ohio Gathering Co. LLC, a joint venture of MarkWest Utica EMG and Summit Midstream Partners LLC, have agreed to provide natural gas gathering, processing, and fractionation services in the Utica shale in Ohio to American Energy–Utica LLC (AEU).

WoodMac: EOR could boost US tight oil output 3 million b/d by 2030

Sep 23, 2014

Additional volumes from enhanced oil recovery (EOR) slated to come on stream after 2020 could boost tight oil production in the US by 1.5-3 million b/d by 2030, up to 25% more oil than is being forecasted today, according to analysis from Wood Mackenzie.

Total to sell Utica midstream assets to Korean firms

Sep 23, 2014

Total SA affiliate Total E&P USA has agreed to sell its 25% interest in Cardinal Gas Services LLC, a midstream company in Ohio’s Utica shale, to E1 Corp. and a consortium led by Samchully, both from South Korea, for $400 million plus an estimated price adjustment of $50 million.

Oneok to add gas processing, transportation in North Dakota, Wyoming

Sep 22, 2014

Oneok Partners LP, Tulsa, reported on plans to invest $480-680 million between now and the end of third-quarter 2016 to construct natural gas processing facilities and related systems in North Dakota and Wyoming.

Range agrees to pay $4.15 million to settle Pennsylvania DEP charges

Sep 22, 2014

Range Resources Corp., Fort Worth, has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine, close five impoundments, and upgrade two others at its Washington County operations, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reported. The fine is the biggest against an oil and gas producer in the state’s shale drilling era, the agency said on Sept. 18.

Templar completes purchase of Granite Wash assets

Sep 22, 2014

Templar Energy LLC, Oklahoma City, has completed its acquisition of Granite Wash assets from Houston-based Newfield Exploration Co. for $588 million.

AAPG ICE: Seismic reprocessing enhances potential for Russia's legacy basins

Sep 22, 2014

Russia's Precaucus and Uralian Foreland basins are the oldest and most developed oil and gas producing regions in the country. As the "birthplace" of Russia's oil industry, the Precaucus was first developed in the late 19th century.

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