Energy & Oil

Energy & Oil
Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 06:25 UTC

Developing oil field Libra off Brazil will cost 80bn dollars said France's Total

Libra, the first of Brazil's pre-salt fields to have been auctioned off, holds reserves estimated at between 8-12 billion barrels of recoverable crude

Brazil's biggest oil field, Libra, will cost 80 billion dollars to develop, according to a senior executive with France's Total, one of five consortium members participating in the project. Total's vice president of exploration and production for the Americas, Ladislas Paszkiewicz, made the estimate at the Rio Oil & Gas conference, which began Monday and runs through Thursday.

Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 05:03 UTC

Falklands oil company is ready to begin drilling at the end of 2015 first quarter

In all, FOGL expects to take part in a five-well drilling program that will target more than 1.3 billion barrels of oil off the Falkland Islands

Falkland Oil and Gas Limited (FOGL) reported this week that it is making progress with its preparations for its next drilling campaign, which is scheduled to start during the first quarter of 2015 off the South Atlantic Falklands Islands.

Wednesday, September 17th 2014 - 04:02 UTC

Brazil will hold new round of oil right auctions in the first half of 2015

The sale will be the first auction of concession rights since 2013 and third since 2008, when government halted annual oil-rights auctions to re-write its oil law

Brazil will hold a 13th round of oil rights auctions in the first half of next year in a sale that will include new areas in the country's promising Eastern Margin offshore region, a senior mines and energy ministry official said this week.

Monday, September 15th 2014 - 05:11 UTC

Gas prices must increase to sustain strong investment levels, says YPF Galuccio

“If gas prices did not increase we would be bankrupt,” Galuccio said in an interview justifying sustained increases along the year

Argentina's YPF oil and gas state corporation CEO Miguel Galuccio pointed out that the increase in gas prices is needed in order to sustain “strong investment levels” for the company and revealed that the cost of drilling a well in the country's massive oil field in Vaca Muerta has fallen below 7 million dollars.

Thursday, September 11th 2014 - 05:14 UTC

Islamic State's ultimate goal: Saudi Arabia's oil wells

IS knows that first is to capture and secure the most important country in the Muslim world: Saudi Arabia.

For the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Syria and Iraq were a good place to start their campaign, but in order to survive and prosper it knew from the outset that it had no choice but to set its sights on the ultimate prize: the oil fields of Saudi Arabia.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 03:28 UTC

Falklands' GDP 'volatile' because of fisheries and oil and gas exploration

Oil industry activities input to the Falklands economy in 2012 meant the per capita GDP soared to £77.4 thousand for 2012.

Recently released data shows that the Falkland Islands Gross Domestic Product (GDP) continues to be volatile: expanding considerably during some years and shrinking in others. For example, 2012, a year of intense hydrocarbons activity the per capita for a population of 2.562, in the books soared to £77.400.

Thursday, September 4th 2014 - 05:20 UTC

Argentina's dispute with holdouts “will not affect” Chinese investments, says Beijing

The Argentine delegation with their counterparts signing the documents to fund the nuclear power plant Atucha III

The current legal dispute between Argentina and holdouts (“vulture funds”) suing the country over its defaulted bonds “will not affect” planned Chinese investments, since Argentina and China have a 'strategic association', the head of the National Commission of Development and Reform (CNDR) of China Xu Shaoshi, warned on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014 - 22:05 UTC

Soros signals Argentina’s shale is biggest place to be

Soros’ move suggests he is not focusing on the short-term problems facing Argentina, but believes that the geological fundamentals are more important.

One of the world’s legendary investors is upping his bet on Argentina’s shale oil and gas industry in a show of confidence for shale production in South America’s largest unconventional prize —and a big boost for both super-majors and smaller players making big waves in the heart of new discovery areas.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 20:01 UTC

Why the debate over energy storage utterly misses the point

Last year the University of Illinois announced the creation of a new lithium-ion battery that is “2,000 times more powerful than comparable batteries”

The debate over which energy storage technology will prove to be the best in the long-term is woefully misguided. Many technologies have been tested in the field or been fully installed, but their real-world applications have created constant questions around a number of fixed themes: the three-points concern cost, technology, and potential environmental impact, as well as the need for specific regulation and end-of-life management.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 00:18 UTC

Ukraine's Next Crisis? Economic disaster

 The Ukrainian military's showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced coal mines to severely cut production or close down entirely

Ukraine's next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production.

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