Energy & Oil

Energy & Oil
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.

Saturday, August 30th 2014 - 07:54 UTC

Chile's oil corporation plans to pad drill 55 wells for gas in Tierra del Fuego

ENAP current production of gas in 450.000 cubic meters per day

Chile's petroleum corporation, ENAP, is planning to drill 55 non conventional new wells in Tierra del Fuego beginning September until the end of 2015, with the purpose of increasing the current production from 450.000 cubic meters per day to a million cubic meters of 'tight' gas.

Saturday, August 30th 2014 - 07:10 UTC

Venezuela cheap oil and fuel shipments to allies fall to a five-year low

The accords that former president Hugo Chavez struck to lower energy costs for friends and expand his diplomatic clout, are not being fully complied .

Venezuela’s shipments of crude oil and fuel to its allies have fallen to a five-year low as a weak economy hits its ability to uphold accords that former president Hugo Chávez struck to lower energy costs for friends and expand his diplomatic clout.

Saturday, August 30th 2014 - 06:41 UTC

Falklands Argos Resources oil explorer confident on its farm-out outlook

The company said its farm-out campaign has been strengthened by the contracting of the Eirik Raude deep water rig by Noble Energy and Premier Oil

Falkland Islands Argos Resources Ltd posted Friday a narrowed pre-tax loss for the first half, saying it is more confident on the outlook for its farm-out efforts following the recent contracting of the Eirik Raude deep water rig by Noble Energy Inc and Premier Oil PLC.

Friday, August 29th 2014 - 07:32 UTC

Malaysia Petronas joins YPF to develop shale-oil reserves in Argentina

More than 30 wells will be drilled in the pilot stage, which is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015, YPF said in a statement.

Argentine government controlled energy company YPF said on Thursday it signed a 550 million dollars agreement with Malaysia's Petronas to develop shale-oil reserves in the massive Vaca Muerta formation.

Friday, August 29th 2014 - 06:49 UTC

New technology could end the debate over pipeline safety

Despite advances smart pigs aren’t terribly accurate. Pipeline operations have to shut down and analyzing the data smart pigs gather can take some time

Who could have ever imagined that North America would surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids? A decade ago, that would have seemed laughable. Yet that’s exactly what has happened; and it’s not just Saudi Arabia that has been left in North America’s dust -- Russia has, too.

Tuesday, August 26th 2014 - 07:26 UTC

Falklands: Premier Oil confirms full commitment to Sea Lion project

Various operators in the Falklands, including Premier have secured a rig on a time-share basis for a rolling exploration/appraisal campaign next year (Pic S. Luxton)

Premier Oil has updated progress on the Sea Lion project, the first field development offshore the Falkland Islands. Latest subsurface studies suggest recoverable reserves for the Phase 1 development at 308 MMbbl, with further upside of 60 MMbbl if next year’s well on the Chatham prospect confirms that there is no gas cap in the western side of the field.

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