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Fitch cuts oil price outlook for 2020 from 62.5/bbl to $41/bbl on global recession fears

24 March 2020

Fitch Ratings has cut its short and medium-term oil and natural gas price assumptions in expectation of very large market oversupply in 2020.

LNG Canada cuts workforce in half amid pandemic

19 March 2020

The Royal Dutch Shell-led LNG Canada consortium and its engineering, procurement and construction contractor, JGC Fluor, said this week that they would stop flying workers to the terminal’s site in Kitimat, British Columbia.

Cheniere: no impact on LNG production from coronavirus precautions

19 March 2020

Cheniere Energy, the leading US exporter of the super-chilled fuel, has said it does not expect the steps it has taken to protect its workers in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to have an impact on its production.

North Dakota considers best way forward amid price collapse

19 March 2020

North Dakota’s regulators and producers are evaluating their options for how to move forward amid a further oil price drop.

Wave of US capex cuts accelerates

19 March 2020

More and more US oil companies are rapidly cutting back capital expenditure budgets in response to the collapse in oil prices.

Oil price falls below breakeven point for Canadian producers

18 March 2020

Canada’s already battered energy industry is taking another hit as oil prices tumble to new lows, below the breakeven point for most of the country's producers.

Freeport LNG makes progress towards Train 3 start-up

12 March 2020

The third liquefaction train at the Freeport LNG export project on the Texas coast has reached the final stage of the commissioning process, which includes the introduction of feed gas.

WPX completes Felix acquisition

12 March 2020

Oklahoma-based WPX Energy has completed its acquisition of privately held Felix Energy ahead of schedule after receiving approval from shareholders last week.

US suspends SPR sale as lobbyists push to add cheap barrels to reserve

11 March 2020

The US Department of Energy has suspended a planned sale this week of up to 12mn barrels of crude from the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

ExxonMobil to scale back in Permian

11 March 2020

ExxonMobil unveiled plans last week to reduce the number of rigs it operates in the US’ prolific Permian Basin. The announcement notably came before the collapse of the OPEC+ talks sent crude prices tumbling.

Berkshire Hathaway not to invest in Quebec LNG project

11 March 2020

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has dropped plans to invest CAD4bn ($2.9bn) into an LNG project proposed for Saguenay, Quebec.

Oil price collapse a major threat to Canada’s oil producers

11 March 2020

The collapse in crude prices is expected to hit Canada’s already struggling oil industry hard.

Trafigura, Phillips 66 partner on deepwater oil port project

5 March 2020

Commodity trader Trafigura and Phillips 66 announced on February 28 that they had formed a 50:50 joint venture to develop an deepwater port offshore Texas.

Sempra makes LNG progress

5 March 2020

US-based Sempra Energy is making progress at both its existing Cameron LNG export project in Louisiana and its planned Port Arthur facility in Texas.

Minnesota regulators issue draft permits for Line 3 replacement

5 March 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued three draft permits that are required by Canada’s Enbridge to build the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project.

Tellurian struggles with market conditions

5 March 2020

Weakening LNG demand is weighing on US LNG developer Tellurian, with two pieces of unwelcome news for the company being announced in the past week.

Ottawa, BC, Wet'suwet'en chiefs reach tentative agreement over land rights

5 March 2020

The Canadian and British Columbia governments have reached a tentative agreement with hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation to acknowledge land title rights, in a step forward in a dispute relating to the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Chevron unveils plan to return $80bn to shareholders

4 March 2020

Super-major Chevron unveiled a plan this week to return up to $80bn to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks over the next five years.

Shale’s heavy hitters seen weathering the storm

4 March 2020

Leading shale-focused independents EOG Resources and Pioneer Natural Resources beat analyst expectations for fourth-quarter profits, and are well-positioned to outperform their peers as the industry downturn continues.

Hopes and fears for Canada’s oil sands

4 March 2020

Questions remain over the future of the oil sands, with some projects better positioned than others to proceed.

Ovintiv announces first results since renaming

27 February 2020

Ovintiv, formerly known as Encana, has issued its first set of quarterly results since the company completed its renaming and its re-domicile from Canada to the US.

Pioneer’s CEO urges investors to shun high-flaring firms

27 February 2020

Pioneer Natural Resources’ CEO, Scott Sheffield, has called on energy investors to punish shale producers with high rates of natural gas flaring by selling shares or pulling funding from them.

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Anna Kachkova


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