WorldOil Nobel Upstream acquires Shell’s stake in North Sea’s Maclure field Nobel Upstream, an independent UK-based EandP company, has signed a sale and purchase agreement to acquire a 7.59% non-operated interest in Maclure oil and gas field from Shell. Aker Solutions to deliver concept study on future Johan Sverdrup phases Aker Solutions will deliver a concept study on a new processing platform for future phases of the Statoil-operated Johan Sverdrup field, Norway's largest oil find in three decades. PA Resources divests North Sea assets to Petrogas PA Resources has signed an agreement to divest its portfolio of North Sea assets to Petrogas EandP. BP CEO ‘very bearish’ on oil as storage tanks are filling up BP is planning for oil prices to stay low for the first six months of the year and expects surplus production to only start diminishing when storage tanks fill up in the second half. Anadarko slashes dividend 81% to weather oil-price crash Anadarko Petroleum Corp. slashed its dividend by 81%, joining a parade of oil and natural gas drillers cutting investor payments as they struggle to preserve cash with prices below $30/bbl. Tullow prepares to cut spending further as low oil prices bite Tullow Oil Plc, a UK explorer focused on Africa, said it’s ready to make further cuts to capital spending as it recalibrates its operations for a period of low oil prices. OPEC sees steeper drop in rivals’ supply as price curbs spending OPEC revised estimates of production from rival suppliers, indicating a steeper drop in non-OPEC supply than previously anticipated. Halliburton said to plan sale of Baker’s offshore fluids unit Almost 16 months after announcing its takeover of oilfield services rival Baker Hughes Inc., Halliburton Co. is adding yet more assets to the list of businesses it plans to sell to appease antitrust regulators who’ve been stalling the deal. Obama’s $319-billion oil tax plan raised to $10.25/bbl President Barack Obama proposed Tuesday to raise $319 billion over the next decade for transportation and other needs with a $10.25/bbl tax on crude—up from $10 that was announced last week. Report raises questions about Obama’s $10/bbl oil tax Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has released a report prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) raising key questions about President Obama’s proposal to levy a new $10/bbl tax on oil. EIA raises shale production estimates in monthly report Shale patches in the U.S. are pumping out more oil and gas than the government previously thought.