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Motiva to buy Port Arthur chemical plant

20 August 2019

Refiner Motiva Enterprises is buying a chemical plant in Port Arthur, Texas, from an affiliate of Flint Hills Resources.

Start-up milestones for Cameron LNG, Freeport LNG

20 August 2019

The first liquefaction train at Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG terminal on the US Gulf Coast has started commercial service, while Freeport LNG confirmed on the same day that it had also entered production.

Power outage results in Hibernia spill

20 August 2019

A power outage on the Hibernia oil production platform offshore Eastern Canada occurred over the weekend of August 17-18, resulting in a spill of 2,200 litres of oil into the Atlantic Ocean.

Woodfibre LNG preparing to proceed with construction

20 August 2019

News that construction could soon begin on Woodfibre LNG is a further sign of progress, however slow, for Canada’s nascent LNG industry.

Second-quarter results show shale struggles

20 August 2019

The tough operating environment shale drillers find themselves in is being illustrated by a number of companies’ second-quarter results.

EPIC begins Permian crude shipments

20 August 2019

EPIC Midstream Holdings has started crude shipments from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast.

US regulators approve Caesar-Tonga stake sale

20 August 2019

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has approved Royal Dutch Shell’s sale of its 22.45% stake in the Caesar-Tonga oilfield in the US Gulf of Mexico to Norway’s Equinor.

Koch exits oil sands

15 August 2019

Koch Industries has confirmed that recently sold off its upstream leases and abandoned licences in Alberta’s oil sands.

Oil shipments begin on Cactus II

15 August 2019

Commodity trader Trafigura announced on August 12 that it has started shipping oil on the Cactus II pipeline out of the Permian Basin.

Occidental closes Anadarko acquisition

15 August 2019

Occidental Petroleum closed its acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum last week and is now figuring out the next steps to take with the latter’s assets.

US shale bankruptcies continue for Halcon, Sanchez

14 August 2019

Over the past week, both Halcon Resources and Sanchez Energy have separately filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Murphy reports Gulf push

14 August 2019

US independent Murphy Oil has announced that it is proceeding with three new projects in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico.

Occidental sells $13bn of bonds to fund Anadarko acquisition

8 August 2019

Occidental Petroleum has sold $13bn of bonds to help finance its $38bn acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum.

Chevron’s profit up, ExxonMobil’s down in second quarter

8 August 2019

Chevron has reported strong profits for the second quarter of 2019, while rival super-major ExxonMobil reported a year-on-year drop owing to low weaker natural gas prices and higher maintenance costs.

Plains completes Cactus II as new partners buy into project

8 August 2019

Plains All American Pipeline has completed its Cactus II pipeline from the Permian Basin in West Texas to the Corpus Christi area on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Turkey’s Tupras reports 15% y/y decline in Q2 profit

8 August 2019

Q2 profit significantly above market average expectation mainly thanks to hefty deferred tax gain recorded by oil refiner.

Canadian pipeline operators add capacity for more crude to reach US refiners

8 August 2019

Pipeline operators are finding ways of sending more Canadian oil to US refiners, despite the fact that no major new pipelines are coming online, and any proposals tend to be held up by regulatory delays and litigation.

Shell approves PowerNap tieback in deepwater Gulf

8 August 2019

Shell Offshore has made a final investment decision for the PowerNap deepwater project in the US Gulf of Mexico.

US authorises Gulf LNG exports

8 August 2019

The US Department of Energy has approved exports from Kinder Morgan’s Gulf LNG project, which would be located in Jackson County, Mississippi.

US becomes third largest LNG exporter as first wave nears completion

8 August 2019

The US is now the world’s third-largest LNG exporter but the US-China trade war still threatens further expansion

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