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Trinidad and Tobago asks US to revise terms of sanctions waiver for Dragon gas project

6 June 2023

Trinidad and Tobago has requested that the US make changes to a waiver that permits the joint development of the Dragon gas field without any penalty under the US sanctions regime.

Japan’s Marubeni thinks long term with ammonia supply chain

6 June 2023

If eventually successful, a memorandum of agreement will see the joint development of a supply chain processing low-carbon ammonia through to Japanese markets and others on the Asian mainland.

Saudi cuts deeper as OPEC+ extends deal

5 June 2023

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will cut its oil output by 1mn barrels per day in July, with OPEC+ agreeing to extend its current deal until next year.

Re-elected Alberta premier warns Trudeau on climate change

1 June 2023

Alberta premier Danielle Smith’s United Conservative Party (UCP) won re-election in the provincial oil-patch’s elections on May 29. And Smith, a conservative, immediately lambasted the climate change policies of Ottawa.

Dramatic reduction of methane emissions among US oil, gas producers – new analysis

1 June 2023

Reported methane and greenhouse gas intensities in the US oil and gas sector have declined 28% and 30% respectively between 2019 and 2021. This is despite an increase in natural gas and total hydrocarbon production.

Mountain Valley Pipeline in debt ceiling bill passed by House

1 June 2023

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 31 evening passed a debt ceiling bill by a 314-117 margin.

Equinor shelves Bay du Nord in surprise decision

1 June 2023

Equinor has shelved the $12bn Bay du Nord oil drilling project off Newfoundland and Labrador for up to three years.

Commonwealth LNG anticipates export licence in June

1 June 2023

Commonwealth LNG revealed that it believes the US Department of Energy (DOE) will grant it a licence to export LNG before the end of June.

EIA: US natural gas prices to rise amid higher LNG exports

31 May 2023

Domestic prices for US natural gas are expected to rise amid increasing exports of LNG, the Energy Information Administration predicted on May 24, Reuters reports.

ConocoPhillips to purchase remaining 50% of Surmon, locking out Suncor

31 May 2023

ConocoPhillips will exercise its pre-emption right to purchase the remaining 50% interest in the Surmont oil sands thermal project in Alberta from TotalEnergies EP Canada Ltd for about $3bn.

US Supreme Court narrows Clean Water Act in victory for oil, gas

31 May 2023

The US Supreme Court has significantly narrowed the scope of the Clean Water Act. The ruling is expected to ease permitting for oil and gas drilling.

Shareholders reject Norway fund's bid to have ExxonMobil, Chevron adopt stricter climate targets

29 May 2023

Shareholders have rejected an attempt by the world’s largest investment fund, Norway’s $1.4 trillion sovereign wealth fund, to push ExxonMobil and Chevron to adopt stricter climate targets.

Cape Town refinery to receive rare shipment of US crude

25 May 2023

The first US oil shipment to South Africa since 2021 is on its way to the country’s Astron Energy refinery, located in Cape Town, according to tracking data provided by energy data provider Kpler and Refinitiv Eikon.

ExxonMobil says IEA's 2050 net zero emissions scenario “unlikely”

25 May 2023

Oil supermajor ExxonMobil has said that a scenario of net-zero emissions by 2050 globally is “unlikely”. The comment came in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in response to a proxy advisor.

Chevron to buy shale firm PDC for $7.6bn

25 May 2023

Chevron has agreed to buy the shale firm PDC Energy in an all-stock transaction that is valued at $6.3bn, or $72 per share. The total enterprise value of the transaction, including debt, is $7.6bn.

Western Midstream to sanction new cryogenic plant in Delaware basin

25 May 2023

Western Midstream Partners (WES) has announced the sanctioning of a new cryogenic processing plant in the North Loving area of cryogenic processing plant with a capacity of 7.1mn cubic metres per day in North Loving, West Texas.

Biden administration invests $251mn in carbon capture and storage

25 May 2023

The Biden administration has announced $251mn in funds for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in seven states, including a large project by oil supermajor BP.

Chord Energy to purchase Williston Basin assets for $375mn from ExxonMobil subsidiary

25 May 2023

A Chord Energy subsidiary has agreed to buy acreage in the Williston shale basin of North Dakota from ExxonMobil’s subsidiary XTO Energy and affiliates.

Energy Transfer criticises US denial of Lake Charles LNG extension

24 May 2023

US midstream company Energy Transfer has denounced the Department of Energy’s decision to deny an export permit extension for the pipeline operator’s Louisiana LNG export project in a filing on May 22.

Report: US Gulf of Mexico oil production leads globally with lowest emissions intensity

24 May 2023

The greenhouse gas intensity of US oil production, particularly in the US Gulf of Mexico, is significantly lower compared to most other regions around the world.

Kerry challenges oil industry to prove carbon capture and storage

19 May 2023

US climate envoy John Kerry has challenged the oil industry to show that it can use carbon capture and storage within enough time to help ward off climate change.

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