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Rosneft and Gazprom break into Brazil

Thursday, September 18, 2014

During the third quarter of 2014, both Rosneft and Gazprom have made notable advances into the Brazilian oil and gas sector. As of mid-July 2014, the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Biofuels authorized the sale of an additional 6 percent of HRT O&G to Russia’s Rosneft. Early-September, Gazprom announced their intention to purchase shares in several of Brazil’s offshore fields. After Rosneft’s acquisition of TNK-BP, they petitioned the company in March to increase their ownership. Rosneft now has a controlling 51 percent interest in HRT O&G that owns the Solimoes Onshore Project ... Read more

For a few trillion barrels more

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today, Scotland will vote on the following question: Should Scotland be an independent country? Answer YES and the vote is for independence, answer NO and the vote is to stay with The United Kingdom. Energy has not figured at the top of the debating issues that have been dominated by currency union, the economy and disaffection with Westminster. The future of North Sea oil has been on the second tier but periodically gets thrust into the limelight, normally on the back of sensational headlines about the future. Part of the current reality is that Aberdeen is in the early stage of cyclical recession, brought about by decl... Read more

Oil price, Scotland, Caza and finally...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Oil price The oil price remains relatively week but looks to be trying to form a bit of a base around here, after the Fed stated yesterday that 'accommodative interest rates would remain for a considerable time' the greenback strengthened again... The EIA stats mirrored those of the API, analysts were completely wrong getting both the sign and the size incorrect, the build was 3.7m barrels vs a guess of a draw of 1.6m barrels. Nobody has told the little darlings that refinery runs decline in September, Wall Street banks employing them should insist they read the blog before forecasting stuff they don't know! ... Read more

Oil price, Northern Petroleum, Petroceltic, Sound Oil, Sundry -BP-Tangiers and finally...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Oil price The first thing to say is that the Brent price is really around $99, the price above not reflective of realité. The two dollar turnaround was mainly started by the Opec Secretary General who gave an interview after a meeting with the Russian Oil Minister yesterday. Whilst saying that the current low price of oil was temporary he also suggested that at the next Opec meeting quotas may have to come down from the current level of 30m b/d to around 29.5m b/d. The trouble is that whilst all member of Opec want higher prices few are prepared to cut their own production and even if they do agree to pare back the... Read more

How do you spend $35 billion in a town of 13,000 people?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) countdown is on in Canada. Within weeks, there are three major catalysts happening that could reshape the entire economy and labour market of western Canada. The British Columbia government outlines its fiscal regime for LNG The environmental assessment for the Petronas’ LNG facility in Prince Rupert will be issued The Malaysian national oil company Petronas is widely expected to give a positive FID–Final Investment Decision–to build North America’s first greenfield LNG export terminal at Prince Rupert.I spent three days in Prince Rupert in mid-August to get a first ... Read more

Oil price, Ophir, Ithaca and sundry- FOGL-Thalassa- And finally...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oil price Technical differences to WTI and Brent yesterday, the latter fell as few physical buyers were around as the old contract expired but this morning the new contract is up over a dollar. I saw the North Dakota July production numbers yesterday which at 1.1m b/d of oil and 1.3m TCF of gas were clearly a new high. API stats tonight but September is always a spooky month, watch out for gasoline stocks as the retail price fell 5 cents last week to $3.41, down 14 cents year on year. Fed monetary policy tomorrow and that vote on Thursday... Ophir The Silenus East-1 well in Equatorial Guinea has come in as a gas discove... Read more

Yes or no? Implications for the UK Oil & Gas Industry

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

After one of the longest political campaigns in British political history, the end is in sight. On 18 September, 2014, the Scottish people will vote on whether Scotland should leave the union and become an independent country. A “yes” vote would have enormous strategic, political and economic implications in the UK and will have effects beyond its borders. One of the sectors that would potentially feel the greatest effects, however, is the oil & gas industry. Let us assume that there is a Yes vote on 18 September. What then happens is that the Scottish and UK Governments will negotiate the terms of Scottish... Read more

Oil price, Scotland, Hurricane, Bahamas Petroleum, Tangiers and finally...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Oil price The fall in the oil price is relentless and shows no sign of changing although a bounce of some sort, either bear closing or of the dead cat variety will inevitably happen soon. Do not confuse this with equilibrium returning, that may take longer. This morning Brent is nearly a dollar easier at $96.21 as I write and with the contract expiring tonight more volatility is to be expected. The industrial production numbers from China are the latest knife in the back for the oil price, a substantial slow down in August resulted in the lowest number since 2008 at 6.8%, worse than economists had predicted. Supply remain... Read more

The Importance of Public Image to the Petroleum Industry

Monday, September 15, 2014

Public attention to the petroleum industry may never have been higher and more critical than it is today. The intrusiveness of operations in unconventional plays, the climate change debate, deepwater operational risk, growing interest in Arctic deposits and the search for renewables are all hot topics in the news and sources of broad concern to the general public. This in turn puts pressure on governments and institutions to be more active than ever in regulating and “managing” the industry. So what’s driving public opinion? Ordinary citizens may have valid concerns. These include community disruption ... Read more

How does BP's gross negligence affect the pending criminal cases against its 'company men'?

Monday, September 15, 2014

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s finding that BP was grossly negligent in the Deepwater Horizon disaster raises troubling questions about the criminal trial of the BP “company men” on the ill-fated drilling rig, Donald Vidrine and Robert Kaluza. As BP’s representatives, Vidrine and Kaluza face 11 counts of involuntary manslaughter, one for each of the men who died in the disaster. They also face a single count of violating the Clean Water Act. Barbier makes it clear in his ruling that BP was reckless in its handling of the events surrounding the accident, which led to the worst offshore oil spil... Read more

Big Data is a solution looking for an Upstream problem

Monday, September 15, 2014

According to my friend Neil McNaughton at OilIT, annual Upstream spend on IT may reach as much as $60bn by 2016. And if you were to believe everything you read, “Big Data” is going to swallow a big part of that, with even Aberdonian academics getting in on the act! After all, the argument goes, hasn’t Big Data transformed the retail business (forgive me, I thought that was more likely to be Lidl, Aldi, Poundland, Matalan!); and allegedly the financial sector, perhaps even for the better? Though on reflection, probably not for the better in the latter’s case! So the Big Data cognoscenti are sugges... Read more


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Yes or no? Implications for the UK Oil & Gas Industry

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