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Alberta expects $1.7 billion profit from crude-by-rail operation

Alberta is preparing a giant crude-by-rail operation to help its oil-sands producers cope with a pipeline crunch, and it expects a big profit from the venture.

Noble Energy announces 2018 results, provides 2019 guidance

Noble Energy, Inc. has announced fourth quarter and full-year 2018 financial and operating results. In addition, the company will be focused on delivering sustainable organic free cash flow in 2020 and beyond.

EU starts natural gas price war Trump and Putin will love

The stage has been set for a European natural gas price war that will help boost demand and enable both Russia and the U.S. to increase sales to the region.

World's biggest battery to boost solar for Texas oil country

The world’s largest battery could soon be storing solar energy deep in the heart of Texas oil country.

Upstart pitches plan for cheapest U.S. gas on water

A little-known company is planning to be a standout in the crowded field of U.S. shale gas exports by slashing construction costs for the massive terminals that turn gas into a transportable liquid.

Shale support secures deal as provider for tier-one E&P

Shale Support Holdings, LLC, a leading provider of frac-sands and logistical solutions to the oil and gas proppant market, has announced it has finalized a deal as a provider for a tier-one petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company

Cenovus forges ahead on rail plans as Canadian peers dial back

Cenovus Energy Inc. is forging ahead with plans to expand its rail shipments of crude to U.S. refiners, even as some peers dial back, in a bet that pricing for Canadian heavy crude will soon shift to make those shipments more economical.

BHP approves Atlantis Phase 3 project

The BHP Board has approved $696 million (BHP share) in funding to develop the Atlantis Phase 3 project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. This follows sanction by BP, as the operator, of the Atlantis Phase 3 project, announced in January 2019.

U.S. Interior has announced region-wide oil and gas lease sale Gulf of Mexico

In support of President Donald J. Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Acting Director Walter Cruickshank have announced that BOEM will offer 78 million acres for a region-wide lease sale scheduled for March 2019.

Texas shale forces big oil cost revolution, Chevron CEO says

Texas shale forces big oil cost revolution, Chevron CEO says

Rowan executes contract with Petronas Mexico for Rowan Renaissance

Rowan Companies plc has announced that the Rowan Renaissance, an R-Class ultra-deepwater drillship, has been awarded a one-well contract in Mexico by PC Carigali Mexico Operations, S.A. de C.V. for an estimated duration of 80 days that is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2019.

USGS: Vegetation recovery on abandoned oil and gas well sites is variable

Recovery of vegetation on plugged and abandoned oil and gas well sites on the Colorado Plateau is influenced by time, moisture, nonnative plants and the type of plant community that was originally in place before well sites were constructed, according to a recently published study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Texas RRC launches new feature on Public GIS Map Viewer

The Railroad Commission of Texas’ Public Geographic Information System (GIS) Map Viewer can now display data for multiple wells in a defined radius area set by a user.

API: New hire in North Carolina to promote key benefits of natural gas, oil

The American Petroleum Institute is growing its North Carolina office to bolster its advocacy efforts on the importance of natural gas and oil, energy infrastructure projects, and how the energy revolution helps support the continued delivery of reliable and affordable energy to consumers across the state.

TGS enters new play in U.S onshore, with Railgun 3D seismic survey in the Powder River Basin

TGS announces a new multi-client onshore 3D seismic survey, Railgun 3D, located within the Powder River Basin.

Canada expects a quiet, flat year for E&P activity

Robert Curran, Contributing Editor

A year ago, things appeared to be looking up for Canada’s oil patch, but that proved unfounded. In early 2019, more uncertainty and pessimism are in the air, and little on the horizon provides hope for improvement.

ConocoPhillips’ Greg Leveille sees rapid trajectory of technical advancement continuing

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

In an exclusive interview with World Oil Editor-in-Chief Kurt Abraham, ConocoPhillips Chief Technology Officer Greg Leveille discusses the technical issues facing global E&P, particularly as relates to the many U.S. unconventional plays

Executive viewpoint

John Tintera, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers

The Great Water Hope: The future of oilfield produced water

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

The status of airguns and alternatives

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

The art of discussing issues in 2019