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South Sudan urges China's CNPC to expand crude production

South Sudan called on China National Petroleum Corp. to expand crude production by exploring more fields, while promising to protect the company’s interests in the African country.

Xodus strengthens Perth workforce after successful year

International energy consultancy Xodus Group has grown its team in Perth by almost 50% after a batch of new contract wins in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region over the last twelve months.

Shale backlash hits China after deadly quakes in drilling hub

The backlash against shale drilling in earthquake-prone regions -- a thorn in the side of U.S. energy companies for the past decade -- reached China this week after a series of temblors killed two people and reduced homes to rubble.

Benthic completes geotechnical investigation offshore Malaysia

Benthic, a global geosciences company, partnered with Asian Geos Sdn Bhd (Asian Geos), has successfully completed its geotechnical investigation in the Limbayong Field, offshore East Malaysia for PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (PETRONAS Carigali).

McDermott executes contract for Pan Malaysia field development

McDermott International, Inc. has announced two sizeable contracts, one from Sarawak Shell Berhad (SSB) and one from Sapura Exploration and Production (SEP), to provide transportation and installation of offshore structures, pipelines and pre-commissioning work for the Pan Malaysia field development located off the shore of Sarawak, Malaysia.

Oil extends gain on Saudi output pledge, Trump trade flexibility

Oil climbed for a second day after Saudi Arabia pledged to deepen production cuts and U.S. President Donald Trump said he might extend a deadline for additional tariffs on China.

World of oil and gas

Emily Querubin, World Oil

The Huizhou 32-5 oil field comprehensive adjustment/Huizhou 33-1 oil field joint development project reportedly started production.

Oil dips most in a month as China slowdown signals demand drop

Crude skidded to its worst loss in a month as disappointing corporate profit forecasts stoked concern about the economy, bruising a market already anxious about booming American oil supplies.

U.S. ban may offer China and India feast of cheap Venezuelan oil

A possible move by Donald Trump to hurt Venezuela’s oil industry could prove a shot in the arm for the Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi administrations.

Oil falters as U.S. shutdown, China trade cast pall over economy

Crude prices fell to the lowest level in almost a week as China warned of “serious challenges” to the global economy and the U.S. government shutdown cast a pall over growth.

Oil steadies near two-month high as U.S. drilling slows down

Oil steadied near a two-month high in New York amid a pullback in U.S. drilling activity, while ongoing U.S.-China trade talks left an uncertain outlook for demand.

Oil hits 2-month high as China truce signals brighter outlook

Oil prices climbed to a two-month high as China was said to offer a trillion-dollar buying spree to defuse trade tensions with the world’s biggest economy.

Oil rebound fizzles as Treasury denies U.S. easing China tariffs

Oil’s after-market rebound waned Thursday after the U.S. Treasury Department disputed a report that the Trump administration might ease trade tariffs against China.

CNOOC's Huizhou project starts production in the South China Sea

CNOOC has announced that Huizhou 32-5 oilfield comprehensive adjustment/Huizhou 33-1 oilfield joint development project has commenced production.

Oil resumes rally as stockpiles ween lower, China eyes tax cuts

Oil climbed as investors anticipated another decline in U.S. crude inventories and China promised to slash taxes to avert an economic slowdown.

Russia eyes island storage for Arctic LNG amid China demand boom

Russia’s Novatek PJSC is looking at storing liquefied natural gas produced in the Arctic on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu so it can better meet spot demand from China and cut shipping costs.

Petrofac secures engineering design services contract in Brunei

Petrofac, as technical service provider, and its partner Serikandi Oilfield and Services Sdn Bhd, have secured a multi-annual Engineering Design Services contract to support Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) and Brunei LNG (BLNG) in Brunei.

New powerhouse sees plays “taking off” in 2019

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

As it prepares to set up shop in Oklahoma’s flagship shale plays, Encana Corp. is experiencing a measure of deja vu.

Companies in the news

Michele Cowart, World Oil

ABB has been awarded an integrated automation, electrification and telecommunication project, valued at $79 million, for the upgrade of Bab onshore field in Abu Dhabi, by CPECC.

China eases back on Mideast, African Oil after buying binge

China’s crude oil purchases from the Middle East and West Africa dropped to a four-month low in December, following a buying binge the previous month that saw the Asian country’s stockpiles swell.