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What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Where are the oil reserves?

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

There is sand, and then there is sand

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

A job done well

Decline rates from maturing oil wells in the Permian are on the rise

Oil producers in the Permian basin and elsewhere could soon find themselves facing the oilfield equivalent of trying to walk up the down escalator.

China slams brakes on U.S. crude oil imports

Although Beijing hasn’t sanctioned U.S. oil imports yet, Chinese buyers aren’t taking any chances.

Liquids pipeline to convert to oil in an effort to alleviate Permian bottlenecks

The developer of the private equity-backed EPIC natural gas liquids pipeline will temporarily convert the conduit to carry crude oil as bottlenecks in America’s hottest shale play threaten to curtail production.

Laredo Energy VI weighs sale worth up to $300 million

Laredo Energy VI LP, a private-equity backed natural gas explorer in the Eagle Ford Shale of south Texas, is exploring a sale that could value the company at as much as $300 million, according to people familiar with the matter.

Tendeka unveils new suite of applications to reduce use of water, pumping time

Independent global completions service company Tendeka, has launched the MajiFrac Solution, a new portfolio of applications which aims to reduce water use and pumping time during completion operations in unconventional shale plays in the U.S.

Troubled $4.6-billion gas pipeline hits new snag

A $4.6-billion natural gas pipeline that’s already been delayed by about a year is facing yet another setback after a court vacated a key permit.

NOV opens new service center for customers in the Eagle Ford

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has announced the opening of a new service center in Pleasanton, Texas. The new center, which is the ninth Quality Tubing facility of its kind, is strategically located to service coiled tubing customers in the Eagle Ford shale play.

Encana to sell its San Juan assets to DJR Energy

Encana Corporation has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., has reached an agreement to sell its San Juan assets, located in New Mexico for $480 million to Denver-based DJR Energy, LLC.

Companies in the news

Michele Cowart, World Oil

LLOG Exploration delivered first production from its Crown and Anchor fields in the Gulf of Mexico, during second-quarter 2018.

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Moderate, stable growth is in the offing

RRC names assistant executive director, O&G division director

The Railroad Commission (RRC) of Texas announced Danny Sorrells will serve as assistant executive director and oil & gas division director. Since Aug. 1, Sorrells has served as acting oil and gas division director.

Highlands Natural Resources provides operations update on East Denver Project

Highlands, the London-listed natural resources company, provides the following update about the six new wells being funded entirely by Highlands' partners at its East Denver Project.

Texas Alliance announces full endorsement for RRC chairman

The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Executive Committee has announced their full endorsement of Christi Craddick for re-election at the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Cubility announces its largest product deployment to the North American market

Cubility AS, a provider of solids control solutions that improve efficiencies, solids control and HSE around drilling operations, has announced that it has sold a substantial number of MudCube systems to its exclusive distribution partner Stage 3 Separation for immediate deployment to Stage 3 Separation customers in the land drilling market.

Interior Department revises "burdensome" Venting and Flaring Rule

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced a final rule that revises the 2016 Waste Prevention Rule (also known as the Venting and Flaring Rule).

U.S. gas a no-go for Chinese buyers despite weaker tariff

Even with China’s smaller tariffs on U.S. natural gas, American cargoes may still be shunned by Chinese traders trying to navigate the ongoing trade war.

Vitol-Cheniere pact shows long-term LNG deals aren't dead

Developers of LNG export terminals can breathe a sigh of relief: A supply boom hasn’t killed the long-term contracts that underpin the projects.