WorldOil Oilfield service companies see drilling rebound everywhere but the U.S. Schlumberger posted better-than-expected earnings Friday and forecast an increase in overseas spending by customers in the next quarter. Earlier in the week, Halliburton said oil markets outside North America may see double-digit growth in the second half of 2021, while Baker Hughes predicted a modest recovery in Latin America, the North Sea and the Middle East. Crisis in Bolivia halts gas exploration projects Natural gas exploration by global oil companies in Bolivia, key to growing the country’s sagging economy, has stopped amid an escalating political crisis that has left the Andean nation rudderless. Echo Energy enters Bolivia's gas market with 80% interest in Hauyco block Further to the Company’s recently announced onshore gas strategy across Latin America, Echo is delighted to announce the signature of its first transaction in Bolivia. Billionaires Soros, Loeb cut YPF holdings as oil prices tumble NEW YORK (Bloomberg) -- Billionaire fund managers George Soros, Daniel Loeb and Richard Perry cut their stakes in Argentine state-run oil company YPF SA in the third quarter as Brent crude posted the biggest losses since 2012. Crowley sells two Jones Act tankers to Kinder Morgan JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- Crowley Maritimeand#39;s petroleum services group has sold two Jones Act tankers, the Pennsylvania and Florida, to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners. Venezuela scraps plans to sell U.S. refining arm Citgo Petroleum Venezuela shelved a planned sale of about $10 billion in U.S. refineries as surging North American crude output pushes down energy prices and profit margins. LNG ships accrue off Argentina as energy demand misses estimates BUENOS AIRES (Bloomberg) -- Ships loaded with LNG are lining up off the coast of Argentina after the government overshot winter orders, with a lack of storage facilities forcing the nation to pay daily fees to each vessel. The Polar Spirit, Iberica Knutsen and Arctic Spirit -- scheduled to unload gas cargoes on Sept. 23, 27 and 30, respectively -- remain anchored in Escobar port near Buenos Aires, ship transmissions captured by IHS Fairplay on Bloomberg show. Further south at Bahia Blanca, the Lobito and British Ruby are yet to dock, missing their respective Oct. 1 and Sept. 29 unloading dates, the data show. Argentine authorities said to have reached oil bill accord BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Bloomberg) -- Argentina’s oil-producing provinces and the federal government agreed to revise a 1967 energy bill to include shale, two provincial officials said. Expro set to unveil new Brazilian base READING, United Kingdom -- Expro, is set to unveil its new facility in Macae, Brazil, a seven-figure investment for the company. Ecopetrol sells $1.2 bn in bonds in second sale this year BOGOTA, Colombia (Bloomberg) -- Ecopetrol tapped the overseas debt market for the second time this year with a $1.2 billion offering.