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Midstates Petroleum in talks to buy some Sandridge assets

Midstates Petroleum Co. may soon walk away with at least some of SandRidge Energy Inc. after setting out to acquire all of it earlier this year.

Oil holds gain as Iran concerns counter bearish U.S. rigs report

Oil held gains above $67/bbl after Iran said the OPEC nation has no intention of holding talks with the U.S. anytime soon, countering signs American shale output may increase.

New products and services

Michele Cowart, World Oil

Plenty-brand screw and vane pumps from SPX Flow are engineered to pump heavy viscous fluids, and are ideal for forced lubrication of rotating machinery and fuel transfer processes.

Executive viewpoint

Barry Zhang, Quantico

Executive viewpoint

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Sensing doubts

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Consent given to fracing first onshore, horizontal well in the UK

Fourth-generation drill pipe connection enhances land drilling, reduces pipe maintenance

Guillaume Plessis, Andrei Muradov, Dan Morgan, Stephen Forrester, National Oilwell Varco; Jeremy Dugas, Brennan White, Quail Tools

A two-year R&D drilling program addresses a new onshore paradigm, enhances performance and improves economics.

New frac-pack additive is step change in sulfide scale control for Permian long horizontals

Dr. Cyril Okocha, Clariant Oil Services

A new sulfide scale control, frac-pack additive solved a Permian basin operator’s severe production impairment during start-up, and initial frac-fluid return, in 50-stage, hydraulically stimulated, 15,000-ft horizontal Spraberry formation wells.

U.S. cuts oil output outlook as Permian constraints threaten

The pace of U.S. crude production growth might be slowing or at least that’s what the government is seeing for now.

Downhole tools and technologies driving performance improvements in the Permian

The Permian Basin continues to be a hotbed of drilling activity, bolstering North American output to record levels.

Encana's earnings beat estimates on output growth, Permian price

Encana Corp., which produces oil and natural gas in Canada and the U.S., reported a better-than expected second-quarter profit as output expanded amid “robust prices,” with a premium for Permian crude.

Northern Oil and Gas buys Williston basin assets in its largest acquisition to date

Northern Oil and Gas, Inc., has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with W Energy Partners for the largest acquisition in Northern’s history. At closing, the acquisition will represent approximately 6,750 boed of production and 10,600 net acres in the core of the Williston basin.

OPEC producer taps banks for $1.1-billion loan in shale push

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co. is borrowing $1.1 billion to spend on oil and natural gas projects as the company plans to expand its shale operations, CEO Sheikh Nawaf Saud Al-Sabah said.

URTeC 2018: Veteran expert says PRMS may be better reserves reporting method than SEC

After modernization of the SEC’s reserves reporting requirements in late 2008, many folks in the U.S. oil and gas industry would have expected that the SEC and PRMS (Petroleum Reserves Management System) systems would classify, characterize and estimate reserves in a broadly consistent way, save for some obvious differences, such as prices and costs used in evaluations and some potential interpretation issues. However, this has not necessarily been the case.

Chesapeake to exit Ohio shale gas in $2-billion divestment

Chesapeake Energy Corp. agreed to sell its Utica Shale assets in Ohio to closely held Encino Acquisition Partners for about $2 billion as the U.S. natural gas giant whittles down its debt and streamlines operations.

Industry leaders voice thoughts on unconventional technology trends to full house at URTeC

It didn’t take long on Monday for officials at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in Houston to realize that attendance at the event will far exceed their expectations, with some technical session rooms swamped beyond capacity.

Unconventional resource teams are “all hands on deck” at URTeC 2018

The adoption of new technologies for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and its impact on America’s growing shale sector, was a primary topic of discussion during Monday’s plenary session at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in Houston, Texas.

Analyst tells URTeC breakfast gathering to expect big U.S. production gains

Walking into one of three URTeC topical breakfast rooms on Tuesday morning, attendees had a fairly good sense of what the speaker was going to say, given that the topic was “Industry Poised for Growth or Prudence?”

Industry leaders voice thoughts on unconventional technology trends to full house at URTeC

It didn’t take long on Monday for officials at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in Houston to realize that attendance at the event will far exceed their expectations, with some technical session rooms swamped beyond capacity.

Cuadrilla granted final hydraulic fracturing consent for first horizontal shale gas well

Cuadrilla has today received final hydraulic fracture consent from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for its first horizontal shale gas exploration well at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire.