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Oil prices rise ahead of key OPEC output discussion

The alliance gathers on Thursday and is expected to loosen the taps after prices got off to their best ever start to a year. But it’s unclear how robustly the group will act, with the Saudi Arabian energy minister calling for producers to remain “extremely cautious.”

Oil majors’ green energy pivot hammers Africa’s largest economies

The situation could worsen as Big Oil makes another round of deep spending cuts, leaving consequences both for the oil market, which needs more supply from the OPEC cartel in the coming years, and the economic stability of a region that’s dependent on petroleum revenue.

All eyes on OPEC as global oil supply imbalance may force an output revision

With the need for more oil supply evident, traders expect the OPEC+ coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, will agree to increase crude production when it meets on March 4, reversing some of the output cuts made last year. But it’s unclear if the group will act vigorously enough.

Exxon takes Canadian oil sands off its books in historic reserves revision

In practical terms, the oil sands revision clipped Exxon’s future growth prospects until oil prices rise, costs slide or technological advances make it profitable to drill those fields.

Oxy’s Permian output slump drives millions in midstream losses

Occidental has long held more pipe space than it needs from the Permian, in the hope that its shale business would eventually grow big enough to make use of it. But last year’s oil-price crash, and, more recently, the winter freeze in Texas, caused the company to cut investment and production in an effort to prioritize near-term cash flow for debt reduction.

Exxon to sell down North Sea assets as focus narrows on key opportunities

The company will sell most of its non-operated upstream assets in the UK central and northern North Sea to NEO Energy, according to a statement Wednesday. NEO is an oil producer backed by Norwegian private equity firm HitecVision AS.

U.S. shale no longer threatens OPEC, says Pioneer CEO

“I’m still a strong believer that demand is going to come back strong, both on airlines and also driving around the world once we get herd immunity,” Pioneer Natural Resources CEO Scott Sheffield said on a conference call Feb. 24.

Keystone XL’s demise shifts crude oil shipments to railways

Without Keystone XL, rail will become a more important way for Canadian oil to reach U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, which need the heavy crude to replace declining supplies from Mexico and Venezuela. And more rail traffic means greater derailment risk.

Texas Alliance: Last week’s rare cold weather stressed the power grid, but gas wasn’t the culprit

Proponents of expanded renewable forms of energy (and opponents of fossil fuel energy, including petroleum) have taken this catastrophe as an opportunity to demonize natural gas, suggesting that falling natural gas supplies were the primary source of the loss of power supply.

Israel and Egypt discuss natural gas pipeline link

The announcement comes as nations in the eastern Mediterranean ramp up investments in offshore gas fields. Egypt is seeking to become a major hub for exporting LNG to Europe, where demand is growing as governments transition from dirtier fossil fuels such as coal and oil.

Iraq’s climbing oil exports push OPEC compliance further out of reach

Baghdad pledged to pump below its quota in February to make up for past overproduction. Still, the pace of its crude exports in the first half of the month, if maintained through the rest of February, indicates the country may exceed its self-imposed production target of 3.6 million barrels a day and perhaps even its OPEC+ cap of around 3.85 million.

Falling Texas crude output becomes a global oil market crisis

In the past, the weather-related oil disruption would largely have been a U.S. issue. Now it’s unmistakably global. Crude markets in Europe are rallying as traders replace lost U.S. exports. OPEC and its allies must decide how much longer they keep millions of barrels of their supply off the market.

Texas rattles gas markets by limiting out-of-state sales during blackouts

Texas Governor Greg Abbott told a media briefing on Feb. 17 that he was banning gas from leaving the state through Feb. 21 to ensure in-state power generators had ample supplies. Abbott said he was forced to act as millions of Texans remain without power for a third day amid frigid temperatures, with no clear timeline for restoring service.

U.S. will import 62% more crude by 2022 due to domestic production declines, says EIA

EIA expects that the United States will import more crude oil to fill the widening gap between refinery inputs of crude oil and domestic crude oil production in 2021 and 2022. U.S. crude oil production declined by an estimated 0.9 million bpd (8%) to 11.3 million bpd in 2020 because of well curtailment and a drop in drilling activity related to low crude oil prices.

Lukoil added nearly 500 MMboe proved reserves in 2020

As a result of geological exploration and production drilling conducted in 2020, Lukoil added 464 million barrels of oil equivalent to its proved reserves. The largest contribution was made by the assets in West Siberia, Ural region, Timan-Pechora and Russian sector of the Caspian Sea.

Equinor taps Aker Solutions to cut CO2 emissions on Troll B & C platforms

“Reduction of climate footprint is high on the agenda for our customers in the oil and gas industry. Electrification of production platforms is one of the ways to reduce emissions from such operations,” said Kjetel Digre, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions.

U.S. oil output plunges as Arctic air freezes Permian shale fields

U.S. oil production has plunged by more than 2 million barrels a day as the coldest weather in 30 years brings havoc to key producing states that rarely have to deal with frigid Arctic blasts.

Oil prices rally as record winter storms hit Texas shale supplies

The Arctic blast gripping the central U.S. may threaten crude exports from one of the world’s top producers, amid rapidly-normalizing global stockpiles that point to the success OPEC has had in draining a surplus left in the wake of the pandemic.

U.S. oil demand accelerates as refiners project more summer driving

American refiners are processing the most crude since the economy ground to a halt in March in anticipation of a vaccine-driven boost in gasoline demand this summer. The uptick means that the refiners are competing for domestic barrels that for months were sent to more robust markets in Asia.

Record cold brings a windfall for small U.S. natural gas producers

After years of depressed prices and weak margins, U.S. natural gas producers -- at least those with wells and equipment that aren’t frozen -- are cashing in on an unusually extreme blast of cold. The freeze is giving a rare boost to a market that’s never recovered from a crash more than a decade ago, flooded by cheap supplies from shale fields.