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BBVA Compass: The Texas Economy Can Handle $70-80/bbl Crude Oil Prices
Thursday, November 20, 2014 The Texas economy is likely to remain strong as long as crude oil prices remain at, or above, the $70-80/bbl range, according to a recent report.

Chestnut CEO: Better Communication Might Have Prevented Denton Ban
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 An energy CEO discusses how the Denton voter referendum could have been prevented, and the likely outcome of the vote.

Kemp: Keystone Is Dragging Down The Democrats
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 The Keystone pipeline has assumed a symbolic importance in the struggle between fossil fuels and renewables out of all proportion to its practical significance for either side.

Former PEMEX CEO: Ball Rolling on Mexican Energy Reform
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Former PEMEX CEO Jesus Reyes-Heroles outlines the opportunities and challenges of Mexico energy reform at a recent energy industry conference.

EarthStream Assesses Impact of Lower Oil Prices on Oil, Gas Job Market
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Energy recruitment firm EarthStream assesses the impact of the recent decline in oil prices on the oil and gas job market.

Turkmenistan: Pipe Dreams Turning Real
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Being a landlocked country, Turkmenistan has focused on exporting gas to willing customers through ambitious pipeline networks – with many more in the offing.

In Keystone XL Debate, Obama's Warning on Oil Exports Rings Only Half True
Monday, November 17, 2014 President Barack Obama's sharpest criticism yet of Keystone XL this weekend included a controversial contention that the huge pipeline would be used to pump Canadian oil sands crude to global markets, not to U.S. refiners.

Cyber-Sputnik Needed to Spur Cyber Skills Development
Monday, November 17, 2014 The United States’ dependence on its digital infrastructure makes preparation against cyberattacks more critical than ever, a cyber-intelligence expert tells Rigzone.

KPMG: Thought Leaders Discuss Challenge of Energy Industry's Talent Gap
Friday, November 14, 2014 Recent survey results shed light on the talent shortage in the energy industry, what caused it, and what can be done to alleviate it.

Kemp: Saudi Oil Policy Needs Better Communications
Friday, November 14, 2014 Saudi Arabia provides so little information about its production, pricing and future strategy, that it positively encourages the destabilizing speculation it says it wants to avoid, John Kemp says.

IEA Sees New Era, No Quick Rebound In Oil Prices
Friday, November 14, 2014 The oil market has entered a new era with lower Chinese economic growth and booming US shale output, making a return soon to high prices unlikely, IEA says.

DNB: Sub-$100 a Barrel Oil May Translate into Long Term Demand Growth
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Norway's DNB believes that sub-$100 a barrel crude oil price could produce more sustainable demand for the hydrocarbon in the long term.

Deepwater Gulf Production to Set New Record in 2016
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Deepwater Gulf of Mexico production is expected to reach a new peak of 1.9 million barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2016, according to Wood Mackenzie's latest outlook.

Letter From North Dakota: The Oil Party Rocks On
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Falling oil prices have spooked Wall Street and even parts of Texas. But in North Dakota's booming oil patch, the crude-fueled party carries on.

8 Questions: Martin Houston
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Retired BG Group executive, now an LNG entrepreneur, is bullish on smaller-scale integrated projects.

Kemp: Will The Saudis Drive US Shale Out Of Business
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 There has always been a close link between US oil output, international prices and OPEC, so it should come as no surprise that N. America's shale drillers find themselves locked in a battle with Saudi Arabia.

EIA Sees US Oil Output Growth Slowing Slightly; Cuts Price View
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 US domestic oil output will keep growing next year as slumping crude prices have not discouraged producers in fast-growing shale regions, EIA says.

IEA: Low Oil Prices To Bite Into 2015 US Shale Growth
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Falling oil prices may cut investment in US shale oil by 10% next year, the IEA says, slowing growth in a sector that has turned the United States to a major global producer.

Surge in Petroleum Engineering Increases Energy Focus at Univ. of Wyoming
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 The University of Wyoming adds a drilling rig and makes changes to its energy program to better prepare a growing number of future energy graduates for their careers.

Masculine Image Still Deters Women from Joining Energy Sector
Monday, November 10, 2014 Initiatives to bring more women into oil and gas industry still not working says new survey of global workforce

Will GHG Emission Reduction Create Stranded Fossil Fuel Assets?
Monday, November 10, 2014 A globally consistent carbon policy is needed to allow for the reduction greenhouse gas emissions and consumption intensity, ICF International analysts report.

Norway's Songa Offshore Expects Further Market Weakness in 2015
Monday, November 10, 2014 Rig operator Songa Offshore says it expects weak demand in the Norwegian floater market to persist in 2015.

Romania Does Not Have Shale Gas, PM Ponta Says
Monday, November 10, 2014 Romania's shale gas does not exist, Prime Minister Victor Ponta says.

Aligned Business, Talent Strategies Needed for Success in Mexico
Friday, November 07, 2014 Oil and gas companies looking to enter Mexico's reformed energy sector will need to ensure that the business and talent management strategies are similarly aligned.

Lamprell Steady Despite Softening Oil Market Outlook
Friday, November 07, 2014 Just when Lamprell thought it had sorted out management issues through the astute leadership of Jim Moffat, a new problem emerged: softening global oil prices.

Japan Rethinks LNG Approach, Hurt by High Import Costs
Thursday, November 06, 2014 Japan rethinks approach to liquefied natural gas in response to high import costs necessitated by the shutdown of nuclear power plants after the 2011 earthquake.

Spike Seen In African Offshore Disputes, Oil Companies Watching
Thursday, November 06, 2014 African maritime boundary disputes are expected to rise dramatically, potentially curbing exploration and creating uncertainty in ownership over tens of billions of barrels of oil, industry experts say.

Going Out On A Limb, North Dakota Oil Titan Scraps Hedges
Thursday, November 06, 2014 Harold Hamm stuns a bearish crude market by scrapping all of the North Dakota energy producer's oil hedges, betting that prices will recover soon after sinking 25% in recent months.

TIPRO President: Recent Growth in the Oil, Gas Sector Likely to Continue
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 The oil and gas industry continued to grow strongly in the first six months of 2014, and appears poised for future growth, TIPRO says.

Energy Seen Getting Biggest Boost From Republican Senate
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 The Republican takeover of the US Senate could lead to new legislative measures that directly affect the energy sector and other slices of the equities market.

Don't Rule Out OPEC Cut, Say Top Oil Traders
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 Forget conspiracy theories and be prepared for OPEC to cut output in November because this is what they need to do and have done in the past, veteran oil traders say.

Canada Oil Producers Set To Cut 2015 Spending As Price Tumbles
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 Falling oil prices will lead to lower capital spending in Western Canada next year, observers say, as both oil sands and light oil producers look to cope with less cash coming in the door.

IGas Energy Ups Shale Gas Estimates on UK Well Results
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 IGas Energy increases its estimates of how much gas is in its shale projects following the results of an exploration well in northwest England.

Shale 'Sweet Spots' Still Viable At Current Prices
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 "Sweet spots" in US unconventional plays should continue to be profitable in spite of falling oil prices, but companies operating outside these sweet spots could be pinched if prices decline further.

Saudi Trip To Latam Evokes 1990s Oil Troika With A New Rival: US
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 Some 15 years ago, a troika of powerhouse oil producers forged a secret pact to revive oil prices from a crisis-inducing low of near $10 a barrel.

Kemp: Why Argentina Is Most Attractive Shale Play Outside of US
Monday, November 03, 2014 Argentina could be one of the first large shale plays outside of the United States, according to market analyst John Kemp.

Primus Offers Smaller Scale Solution for Stranded Gas
Monday, November 03, 2014 Primus sees potential for small-scale GTL technology as the global oil and gas industry seeks to address gas flaring.

European Oil Firms Suffer Decade of Disruptions to Succession Plans
Sunday, November 02, 2014 Recent changes in command at Total, Statoil and BG Group are just the latest disruption in the continuity of management at Europe's oil majors.

Enhanced Oil Recovery: Prospects for Thermal EOR
Friday, October 31, 2014 In its final article focused on enhanced oil recovery, research firm Visiongain looks at where thermal EOR is likely be used in the future.

Marriage of Analytics, Engineering First Principles Needed in Oil and Gas
Friday, October 31, 2014 The oil and gas industry needs a marriage of data-driven analytics and the first principles concept of engineering, an industry expert and author tells Rigzone.

Wood Mackenzie: Thailand's Upstream Outlook at Risk from Fiscal Reforms
Friday, October 31, 2014 Wood Mackenzie discusses how the calls for tougher fiscal policies in Thailand may risk future exploration activity in the country.

EMAS Offshore Switches Gears from Leased FPSO to EPC Business
Thursday, October 30, 2014 EMAS Offshore changes tack in its floating production business by targeting engineering, procurement and construction contracts instead of focusing on leasing deals.

Enhanced Oil Recovery: Can Chemical EOR Take Off?
Thursday, October 30, 2014 In the second of three articles focused on enhanced oil recovery, research firm Visiongain looks at how chemical EOR is moving from a pilot phase to commercial scale.

Enhanced Oil Recovery: Prospects for CO2-based EOR
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 In the first of three articles examining enhanced oil recovery, research firm Visiongain looks at the prospects for carbon dioxide-based EOR.

Norway's Fred. Olsen Energy Sees Tough Rig Market Ahead
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Fred. Olsen Energy says the global rig market will struggle with lower demand and oversupply.

Maersk: Drilling Industry Dip Could Last Into 2016
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 The global offshore oil rig market's downturn could last into 2016, longer than seen a few months ago as a fall in oil prices exacerbates the dip, the chief executive of Maersk Drilling says.

Goldman Slashes 2015 Oil Price Forecast As Glut Grows
Monday, October 27, 2014 Goldman Sachs slashes its 2015 oil price forecasts, making it the most bearish among major financial institutions.

FracInsight Offers Better View of Where to Fracture Rock
Monday, October 27, 2014 Knowing where to hydraulically fracture a well remains a challenge for the oil and gas industry, a Halliburton official says at SPE's ATCE.

Kemp: Divided By Shale, Only Some US States Win
Monday, October 27, 2014 Thanks to shale, energy-producing states have been the strongest economic performers in the US over the past decade, sharply improving their position compared with the energy-consuming states.

Oil Price, Industry Costs Dominate Debate at SPE Amsterdam Meet
Monday, October 27, 2014 The oil price and the need for the oil and gas sector to reduce its operating costs dominate the debate at the opening session of the SPE's Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam.

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