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Exec: Bakken Rail Loading Available Today, Will Be Vital Tomorrow
Friday, December 19, 2014 Crude oil export options are expanding and diversifying for Bakken producers.

Report: Only Three out of Four IOCs Generating Enough Free Cash at $60/bbl
Friday, December 19, 2014 IOCs will need to cut spending by $170 billion in 2015 in order to keep net debt flat at $60/barrel, according to a Wood Mackenzie report.

New York Commission Will Recommend Banning Fracturing
Friday, December 19, 2014 New York, which is a net importer of energy, could be a part of the solution to its energy problems by following the lead of its neighboring states Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

Singapore Shipyards Keep Busy in Second Half of Year
Friday, December 19, 2014 Singapore's major yards managed to keep busy in the second half of 2014 after experiencing a slow first half in orders for rig & platform fabrication and vessel conversions.

Report: Texas Could Face 2.7 Trillion Gallon Water Shortfall by 2060
Friday, December 19, 2014 The state of Texas could face a water shortfall of 2.7 trillion gallons by 2060, according to a recent report by Texas A&M University's Mosbacher Institute.



Energy Demand to Underpin Long Term Growth in Offshore E&P Expenditure
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Higher global energy needs are likely to boost long term growth in expenditure for exploration and production in the offshore oil and gas industry.

EIA, Analyst: US Crude Production Strong, Despite Rig Count Decline
Thursday, December 18, 2014 A drop in rig counts as crude oil prices weaken does not have to translate into a drop in production, analyst says.

Sources: China Ends Near Decade of Rising Iraq Crude Oil Orders
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Chinese oil firms will keep the amount of crude they buy from Iraq unchanged in 2015 for the first time in almost a decade.

Few Big US Land Drillers Set To Ride Out Oil Downturn As Winners
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Large US onshore drilling firms that operate new, faster rigs are best placed to weather the looming downturn brought by slumping crude prices.

Most North America Shale Plays Still Profitable at $65/Barrel
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Most North America shale plays should remain profitable at $65/barrel, an industry expert tells Rigzone.

Kurdistan Says Nearing Economic Self-Sufficiency On Oil Boom
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Kurdistan will see a steady rise in oil exports in the coming months, moving it closer to economic self-sufficiency.

Low Oil Prices to Slow, but Not Derail US Shale Boom
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Lower oil prices will slow, but not derail US shale activity in 2015, industry experts say.

Report: $930B in Future Oil, Gas Investments at Risk from Low Oil Prices
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Future oil and gas project investments of $930 billion could be at risk due to lower oil prices, according to a Goldman Sachs research note.

Bank of England: Plunging Oil Prices Could Boost Geopolitical Tensions
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Plunging oil prices could heighten geopolitical tensions, the Bank of England warns.

Russia Energy Minister Says to Maintain 2014 Oil Output into 2015
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Russia will maintain its 2014 oil output level into 2015, Russia's energy minister says.

Keystone XL: Oil, Gas Industry Awaits Fate of the Pipeline's Final Phase
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 TransCanada, and the oil and gas industry, is hoping 2015 is the year that the Keystone XL pipeline project gets the go-ahead.

Report: Shale Vulnerable to Short-Term Investment Cuts Versus Deepwater
Monday, December 15, 2014 Companies with flexible financing may choose US deepwater project investment opportunities over US shale in the near-term, according to a recent report.

Q&A with Canada's MacPhail Energy School Training Consultant Abid Rashid
Monday, December 15, 2014 Rigzone interviews Abid Rashid, a training consultant at SAIT Polytechnic's MacPhail School of Energy in Canada, on manpower and training issues facing the petroleum industry.

Kemp: Past Oil Price Slumps Show US Drillers' Inertia
Monday, December 15, 2014 The most important characteristic of the US oil industry is inertia - or to put it another way, drilling and production respond sluggishly even to a large change in prices, John Kemp says.

OPEC Chief Defends Policy, Says Group to Try to Ride Out Price Fall
Sunday, December 14, 2014 OPEC says it can ride out a slump in oil prices and keep output unchanged, arguing market weakness did not reflect supply and demand fundamentals.

Petronas to Boost Training Enrollment at Instep, Unfazed by Oil Prices
Friday, December 12, 2014 Falling oil prices have no impact on plans by Petronas' Instep training center to increase student in-take.

KPMG Analyst: Still Bullish about Oil, Gas Market Despite Crude Downturn
Friday, December 12, 2014 Crude oil prices will likely begin trending up again soon as OPEC constricts supply, an analyst said.

IEA: Slow Demand, Rising Supply Put Further Pressure On Oil Price
Friday, December 12, 2014 Oil prices are likely to come under further downward pressure, IEA says, as it cuts its outlook for demand growth in 2015 and predicts healthy non-OPEC supply gains will aggravate a global oil glut.

Falling Oil Prices Raise New Concerns For States
Thursday, December 11, 2014 Plummeting oil prices may add a little jingle in the pockets of holiday shoppers and travelers but are raising financial worries in some states that had been tapping into surging oil tax revenues.

Exec: Brazil's Govt Needs to Show Restraint to Promote Shale Development
Thursday, December 11, 2014 Texas-based energy executive offers his take on how Brazil can capitalize on its unconventional oil and gas resources.

OPEC Cuts 2015 Demand For Its Oil, Says Low Prices May Slow Shale
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Global demand for OPEC crude in 2015 will be less than expected and far below its current output, the organization says.

BP Still Expects Growth Despite Challenging Environment
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 BP says it will see growth from conventional and deep-water assets, as well as an increasing contribution from its gas activities, in spite of the current challenging environment.

Experts: Shale Success Demands Local Focus, Predictability, Education
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Pennsylvania-based geologist and attorney offer insights on what measures countries aspiring to develop shale plays should implement.

Brazil: How to Import a Shale Revolution
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Brazil needs more diverse sources of electricity. Domestically produced shale gas could help the country reach this goal.

Exxon Sees Abundant Oil, Gas Far Into Future
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 North America will be supplying the world with oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by the end of this decade, according to ExxonMobil's annual long-term energy forecast.

Thailand's Mermaid Maritime Raising $500M for Offshore Marine M&A
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Thai company Mermaid Maritime is building up its cash holdings ahead of moves for merger and acquisition in the offshore marine sector.

Kemp: Watching For A Drilling Slowdown In North Dakota
Monday, December 08, 2014 In the next few months, everyone in the oil market will be intently watching the volume of new drilling activity in the US shale plays, says analyst John Kemp.

IEA's Birol Sees Oil Price Rising Near $100 in Coming Years
Friday, December 05, 2014 International Energy Agency Chief Economist Fatih Birol says he sees oil rising to near $100 per barrel.

BDO Energy Survey: Lower Crude Prices Jolt Energy's Financial Executives
Friday, December 05, 2014 A new survey reveals that energy executives consider the drop in commodity prices to be their chief concern in 2015.

More Than $150B Of Oil Projects Face The Axe In 2015
Friday, December 05, 2014 Global exploration projects worth more than $150B are likely to be put on hold next year as plunging oil prices render them uneconomic, data shows, potentially curbing supplies by the end of the decade.

Eagle Ford Produces 1 Billionth Barrel of Oil
Friday, December 05, 2014 The Eagle Ford shale play produces its one billion barrel of cumulative oil production, and the play's potential remains strong despite lower oil prices.

Singapore's NUS to Launch Petroleum Engineering Program
Friday, December 05, 2014 The National University of Singapore plans to launch a petroleum engineering program later next year to meet the manpower needs of oilfield services companies operating in Singapore.

Kemp: No More Geopolitical Risks Please
Thursday, December 04, 2014 Geopolitical risk has become a convenient catch-all to describe problems overseas, analyst John Kemp says.

Statistics Norway: Norway's Growth, Oil Spending to Take Big Hit in 2015
Thursday, December 04, 2014 Norwegian economic growth will slow sharply next year as the offshore energy sector contracts.

Musings: HAL/BHI Deal - Transformational Or Just Shifting Deckchairs?
Thursday, December 04, 2014 The recent agreement for Halliburton to acquire Baker Hughes sparks industry speculation as to the significance of the purchase for the global oilfield service industry.

Bridging Appalachia's Skills Gap
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 Chevron-led initiative supports science, technology, engineering and math education to boost the Marcellus and Utica workforce.

Kemp: News Of OPEC's Demise Has Been Much Exaggerated
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 Analyst John Kemp asks, "if OPEC cannot act to defend the prices and revenues of its member countries, does the organization still serve any purpose?"

Bridging Appalachia's Skills Gap: Nigel Hearne, Chevron Appalachia
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 Rigzone recently spoke to representatives of API's founding partners: Chevron, ACCD, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and RAND Corp. Read on for their perspectives on the initiative.

Bridging Appalachia's Skills Gap: Dennis Yablonsky, ACCD
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 Rigzone recently spoke to representatives of API's founding partners: Chevron, ACCD, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and RAND Corp. Read on for their perspectives on the initiative.

Bridging Appalachia's Skills Gap: Jim Denova, Benedum Foundation
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 Rigzone recently spoke to representatives of API's founding partners: Chevron, ACCD, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and RAND Corp. Read on for their perspectives on the initiative.

Bridging Appalachia's Skills Gap: Gabriella Gonzalez, RAND Corporation
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 Rigzone recently spoke to representatives of API's founding partners: Chevron, ACCD, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and RAND Corp. Read on for their perspectives on the initiative.

Exxon's Tillerson: Price Drop Will 'Sort Out' Shale Oil Sector
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 The sharp decline in crude oil prices will lead to a "sorting out" of the shale oil sector, Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil's CEO, says.

Kemp: Continental Becomes Lightning Rod For Fears About Shale
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 Continental's decision to lift most of its hedges for 2014, 2015 and 2016 has made the company a lightning rod for concerns about the impact of falling oil prices on the US shale sector.

Musings: Failure To Cut Production Puts Pressure On E&P Operations
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 G. Allen Brooks examines the factors influencing global oil demand in light of OPEC's recent "war on shale".

Pressure Grows on Austria's OMV to Unveil Convincing Strategy
Monday, December 01, 2014 With its ambitious expansion plans in doubt and top management in flux, oil and gas group OMV is struggling to persuade investors that Austria's biggest company can master increasingly difficult markets.

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