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Vietnam Scraps South China Sea Oil Drilling Project

Mar 23, 2018

Vietnam's state oil firm PetroVietnam has ordered Spanish energy firm Repsol to suspend its 'Red Emperor' project off the country's southeastern coast following pressure from China, the BBC reported on Friday. It would be the second time…

Japan Restarts Reactor as Return to Nuclear Gathers Pace

Mar 23, 2018

Japan's Kyushu Electric Power Co on Friday said it restarted a reactor at its Genkai plant, the fifth nuclear power station in the country to get cleared under new safety regulations imposed after the Fukushima disaster. The move signals…

US LNG Firms Lament Bad Timing of Tariffs, China Trade Spat

Mar 22, 2018

The Trump administration's planned steel tariffs and a potential trade battle with China could hurt U.S. liquefied natural gas companies just as a new wave of developments in the fast-growing market is gaining steam, company executives say. China is the fastest growing major buyer of LNG…

China's CEFC Investigation Hits $9 billion Russian Oil Deal

Mar 22, 2018

Chinese conglomerate CEFC had already started paying for a stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft when the economic crime police took its chairman Ye Jianming away, halting the $9.1 billion deal in its tracks, according to three sources close to the matter…

Global Carbon Emissions Hit Record High in 2017 - EIA

Mar 22, 2018

Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatonnes last year, after three years of being flat, due to higher energy demand and the slowing of energy efficiency improvements, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said…

Lindseth quits Noreco

Mar 22, 2018

The independent Norwegian oil company, Noreco stated that its Board and Cecilie O. Lindseth, the Managing Director, have agreed not to renew her employment contract. According to the contract her last day as Managing Director of Norwegian Energy Company ASA will be 31 March 2018…

Record-size US Offshore Oil Lease Sale Draws Modest Bidding

Mar 21, 2018

Oil and gas drillers bid modestly on Gulf of Mexico acreage in the largest lease sale in American history on Wednesday, dealing a setback to the Trump administration's efforts to rapidly pump up investment in the region. The Interior Department had offered up a record 77 million acres (31…

China Says to Have "Prudent" Oil Exploration with Philippines

Mar 21, 2018

China will prudently advance cooperation with the Philippines on joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, China's top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi said on Wednesday after meeting his Philippine counterpart.Any potential deals…

Oil Approaches Six-Week Highs

Mar 21, 2018

Oil neared its highest in six weeks on Wednesday after a surprise decline in U.S. inventories and as concern persisted over possible disruption to Middle East supply.Unexpectedly large inventory declines in the United States helped underpin the market…

Exxon Assessing Earthquake Damage to New Guinea NatGas Plant

Mar 21, 2018

LNG export project knocked out by major quake in late Feb. A senior Exxon Mobil Corp executive said on Wednesday the company is still assessing damage to its natural gas processing plant in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, knocked out by a strong earthquake last month…

GustoMSC Evolves Chela the "Smart" Crane

Mar 20, 2018

Nearly two years ago GustoMSC introduced a smart crane for lifting and wireline operations under the drilling cantilever. Two years later, following industry feedback and further development, the equipment has evolved into Chela, named after the Greek word for a crab’s claw…

McDermott to Bid for Asia Offshore Oil, Gas Contracts

Mar 20, 2018

U.S. engineering and construction company McDermott International plans to bid for $5 billion in contracts in the next few months in Asia Pacific as the region's offshore oil and gas sector recovers, company executives said on Tuesday. The…

China's Independent Refiners Gear up for Ethanol Push

Mar 20, 2018

Dongming plans to import ethanol, may produce biofuel; China set 2020 target for nationwide 10 pct biofuel use. China's top independent oil refiner is buying ethanol and two others are seeking government approval to blend the biofuel into…

Glencore Acquires Rio Tinto's Hail Creek Coal Mine

Mar 20, 2018

Glencore consolidating in coal as Rio exits; Rio Tinto shares rise 0.9 pct, Glencore slips. Glencore is buying Rio Tinto's Hail Creek coal mine and the Valeria coal project in Australia for $1.7 billion, tightening the Swiss trading and…

Total Renewables Unit Targets Africa's Power-Starved Mining Sector

Mar 19, 2018

Total's renewable energy unit said on Monday it had opened the world's largest solar-thermal hybrid plant in Burkina Faso, the first of what it hopes will be many projects supplying the African mining industry's growing need for power.Total…

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