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NorthAmOil: A boost for Dakota Access

13 April 2021

The Dakota Access oil pipeline received a boost last week, when the administration of US President Joe Biden said it would not force the pipeline to be shut down while federal regulators carry out a new environmental review on the project.

Occidental CEO opposes carbon tax for US

9 April 2021

Occidental Petroleum’s CEO, Vicki Hollub, has stated her opposition to the idea of a US carbon tax. Her comments come as other companies and industry groups have been voicing their support for such a tax.

Max Midstream preparing to start crude exports

9 April 2021

US-based Max Midstream is preparing to begin crude exports from Texas soon, as it brings a new terminal into service at the Port of Calhoun.

LNG trade booms, as US shipments to Asia, Europe rise

9 April 2021

LNG deliveries are reported to have risen by the most in a year in March, with shipments from the US to both Asia and Europe on the up.

USTR report voices concern about challenges faced by US companies in Mexico

8 April 2021

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) said in a report that Washington was concerned about the increasing number of obstacles facing US-based investors seeking a foothold in Mexico’s oil and gas industry.

Pioneer strikes another Permian mega-deal

8 April 2021

Shale producer Pioneer Natural Resources is consolidating its leading position in the Permian Basin through another major acquisition.

Sempra to sell infrastructure unit stake to KKR for $3.4bn

8 April 2021

US-based Sempra Energy said this week that it had agreed to sell a 20% interest in its Sempra Infrastructure Partners unit to global investment firm KKR for $3.37bn in cash.

Whitecap agrees to buy Kicking Horse for $238mn

8 April 2021

Canada’s Whitecap Resources announced this week that it had struck a deal to acquire Kicking Horse Oil & Gas for CAD300mn ($238mn) in cash and shares. The acquisition is aimed at enhancing Whitecap’s position in the Montney play.

NorthAmOil: Another mega-deal for Pioneer

6 April 2021

Pioneer Natural Resources announced last week that it had struck a deal to buy DoublePoint Energy for $6.4bn in cash and stock.

ConocoPhillips expects higher output, profit hit in first quarter

1 April 2021

ConocoPhillips, the US’ largest independent oil and gas company, released a preliminary update on its upcoming first-quarter results this week.

Canada’s Supreme Court upholds federal carbon tax

1 April 2021

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the federal government can impose a country-wide carbon tax despite legal challenges from three provinces.

NextDecade partnering with Occidental on CO2 offtake, storage

1 April 2021

NextDecade announced last week that it had signed a term sheet with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV), a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum, for the offtake and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the planned Rio Grande LNG project in Texas.

Callon sets new ESG targets

1 April 2021

US independent producer Callon Petroleum has unveiled a new set of environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets, including a 40-50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2025.

Chevron reportedly eyeing Shell’s Pacific Northwest refinery

31 March 2021

Super-major Chevron has reportedly emerged as the leading contender to buy a refinery in the US Pacific Northwest that is owned by Royal Dutch Shell.

Cheniere receives go-ahead for Corpus Christi Train 3 start-up

31 March 2021

US LNG exporter Cheniere Energy has received permission from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to bring the third train at its Corpus Christi LNG export terminal on the Texas Gulf Coast into commercial service.

NorthAmOil: Chevron reportedly eyeing Shell’s Pacific Northwest refinery

30 March 2021

Super-major Chevron has reportedly emerged as the leading contender to buy a refinery in the US Pacific Northwest that is owned by Royal Dutch Shell.

Canadian oil sands producers eye new rail route to Gulf Coast

26 March 2021

Oil sands producers are hopeful that the newly announced $25bn merger between Canadian Pacific Railway (CP Rail) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) will expand their access to refineries on the US Gulf Coast.

FERC incorporates emissions into gas certificate decision

26 March 2021

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has incorporated a review of climate change impacts into a natural gas certificate decision for the first time.

Lawsuits launched against Biden’s oil and gas decisions

26 March 2021

Opponents of US President Joe Biden’s first oil and gas moves, including the cancellation of the Keystone XL permit, have begun contesting the decisions in the courts.

Ovintiv announces $880mn Eagle Ford sale

25 March 2021

Independent producer Ovintiv announced this week that it had struck a deal to sell its assets in the Eagle Ford shale to Validus Energy for $880mn.

US senator calls on Biden to permit diesel swaps with Venezuela

25 March 2021

A member of the US Senate has pressed the administration of President Joe Biden to roll back some of the sanctions imposed on Venezuela and its oil industry.

Decarbonisation in the spotlight for oil sands players

25 March 2021

Canadian oil sands producers Suncor Energy and Imperial Oil have been in the news in recent days for reasons related to decarbonisation.

Annova LNG scraps export terminal plan

24 March 2021

The field of new LNG export terminal proposals continues to thin in the US, with Annova LNG scrapping its project in South Texas this week.

Chevron stops funding for Kitimat LNG

24 March 2021

Chevron announced last week that it was stopping directing funding to the proposed Kitimat LNG project on the British Columbia coast in Western Canada.

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