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Jamie Dimon calls US LNG pause "enormously naive"

10 April 2024

Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of leading US investment bank JPMorgan Chase, harshly criticised President Biden’s LNG pause in his annual letter to shareholders.

Cedar LNG moves ahead with notice to proceed issued to EPC contractors

10 April 2024

Pembina Pipeline and its partner the Haisla Nation have issued a notice to proceed to engineering, procurement, and construction contractors Black & Veatch and Samsung Heavy Industries for its Cedar LNG project the partners revealed.

Crude oil prices remain in motion amid Middle East uncertainty

10 April 2024

Fresh talks between Israel and Hamas at the start of the week prompted Brent and WTI prices to slip from higher prices during the previous week, but a lack of progress in the talks by mid-week and a pending new attack by Israel prompted concern.

Enterprise Products to construct new Delaware Basin gas facility, receives deepwater port licence for SPOT project

10 April 2024

Enterprise Products Partners is to construct the Mentone West 2 gas processing plant in the Delaware Basin, which is in the Permian in Texas.

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to start up May 1

10 April 2024

Trans Mountain Corp, the owner of the Trans Mountain pipeline, has announced that the start-up of the CAD34bn ($22.2bn) project’s expansion will be May 1.

ExxonMobil signals first-quarter results will be weaker

10 April 2024

Exxon Mobil, the US’s largest oil company, has warned that its first quarter results will be weaker because of lower oil and gas prices as well as a large loss in fuel derivatives.

FTC requests more information in $7.4bn Chesapeake-Southwestern deal

10 April 2024

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking more information on the $7.4bn merger of Chesapeake Energy and Southwestern Energy. The companies have said this will delay the closing date of their deal until the second half of 2024.

Diamondback may power Permian operations with nuclear power

10 April 2024

Diamondback Energy and Oklo have signed a letter of intent for supplies of 50 MW of nuclear power for the oil company’s operations in the Permian Basin.

US Energy Department halts purchases to refill Strategic Petroleum Reserve

10 April 2024

The US Department of Energy has stopped two planned purchases to refill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve this coming August and September, acquisitions that had been announced in mid-March.

US launches methane waste prevention rule

4 April 2024

The Biden administration has issued a final rule to limit methane waste from oil and gas drilling sites on federal and Native lands.

Oil, gas activity relatively unchanged in Q1: Dallas Fed

4 April 2024

According to the Dallas Fed energy survey, activity in the oil and gas sector in the bank’s region remained largely stagnant in the first quarter of 2024. The business activity index was 2.0, indicating minimal growth during the quarter.

US gas production rose by 4% in 2023, in line with 2022: EIA

4 April 2024

US natural gas production grew by 4% in 2023, or 5.0bn cubic feet per day, to average 125.0 bcfpd, according to the EIA.

SilverBow declines newest Kimmeridge proposal, in advance of proxy fight

4 April 2024

The board of directors of Eagle Ford driller SilverBow Resources Inc. has again rejected a latest proposal from asset manager Kimmeridge to merge it with Kimmeridge Texas Gas

US is world’s top crude producer, but the acceleration is slowing

4 April 2024

The US has produced more oil than any country for the last six years, despite President Joe Biden’s climate policies. But the gains are slowing as shale plays mature. Even so, America could still surprise the market and continue to plough ahead.

Chevron-PDVSA joint venture launches new drilling drive in Venezuela

3 April 2024

Petroindependencia, a joint venture between Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA and US oil behemoth Chevron, has initiated a fresh drilling campaign, as disclosed by PDVSA in a statement on April 1.

SLB to buy ChampionX for $8bn

3 April 2024

Oilfield services company SLB will buy smaller rival ChampionX in an all-stock deal valued at $7.75bn. It is the largest purchase for SLB since the company acquired oilfield gear maker Cameron International for $14.8bn in 2016.

White House rejects GOP proposal to tie Ukraine aid to reversal of LNG pause

3 April 2024

Officials in the Biden administration have shot down the possibility of a deal linking aid for Ukraine with reversing the pause on new US LNG export approvals.

US LNG exports dip slightly in March

2 April 2024

US LNG exports slipped in March to 7.61mn tonnes from 7.73mn tonnes in February.

Mitsubishi makes strategic investment in MidOcean Energy

2 April 2024

Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp has placed a strategic investment in global LNG firm MidOcean Energy.

Energy Minister: Canada not interested in subsidising future LNG projects

2 April 2024

Canada is not planning to invest in or subsidise future LNG projects, the country’s energy and natural resources minister Jonathan Wilkinson told Canadian network CTV.

Moldova to deliver US LNG to consumers for first time

2 April 2024

Moldova’s domestic gas supplier Energocom has said it will deliver test volumes of US LNG imported via a Greek regasification terminal on April 1-2 for the first time.

Summit Midstream sells Utica position for $625mn to MPLX

28 March 2024

Summit Midstream has sold its Utica position for $625mn to MPLX. This includes its approximately 36% interest in Ohio Gathering Company, and about an 38% interest in Ohio Condensate Company.

Next Wave’s innovative alkylate plant is online in Texas

28 March 2024

Next Wave Energy Partners, a portfolio company of Energy Capital Partners, has brought online its ethylene-to-alkylate production facility, known as Project Traveller and located adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel in Pasadena, Texas.

Big Oil increasingly talks down energy transition

28 March 2024

Big Oil is increasingly talking down the energy transition as profits and production soar and as ESG falls out of favour

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