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Feb 27, 2015

Canadian crude proves perfect partner to U.S. shale: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – U.S. refineries are processing
record quantities of heavy crude from Canada as the perfect
complement to light oils from North Dakota and Texas as they
struggle to keep their average blend steady.

Crudes vary enormously – from low-density oils with few
impurities to much denser oils containing a relatively high
percentage of sulphur and heavy metals such as nickel and
vanadium.

Feb 25, 2015

Bakken oil drillers retreat to the core: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – North Dakota’s oil producers have
pulled back to the core areas of the Bakken formation to cut
costs and maximise output amid the slump in prices.

The number of active rigs in the state has fallen to just
121, from 190 a year ago, according to an active rig list
published by the state’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)
on Wednesday. (here)

Feb 25, 2015

Keystone shows environmental review process is broken: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – “Because this act of Congress
conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts
short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our
national interest – including our security, safety and
environment – it has earned my veto.”

With those words, the president returned the Keystone
pipeline authorization act (S.1) to the Senate unsigned, and
challenged lawmakers to find the two-thirds majorities in both
houses needed to enact the law without his approval, something
that remains unlikely.

Feb 23, 2015

Oil-by-rail shipments are playing Russian roulette: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Train derailments involving crude
oil and ethanol in the United States will cost more than $18
billion over the next 20 years, according to an assessment by
the U.S. Department of Transportation.

USDOT forecasts there will be just over 200 derailments
involving trains carrying 20 or more tank cars of crude or
ethanol between 2015 and 2034, an average of more than 10 per
year, based on analysis of previous accidents and predicted
growth in traffic volumes.

Feb 20, 2015

Shale producers postpone oil well completions: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – EOG Resources became the
latest major shale producer to state that it would “delay a
significant number of completions” when it announced
fourth-quarter results.

The company plans to end 2015 with 285 wells awaiting
completion services, up from 200 at the end of 2014, it told
investors during an earnings call on Thursday.

Feb 20, 2015

Texas tax collections point to surging fuel demand: Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) – Consumption of gasoline and diesel in Texas is growing faster than at any time since the financial crisis, as an improving economy and lower fuel prices encourage more use of cars and trucks on the state’s roads.

Receipts of motor fuel taxes in January 2015 were 9 percent higher than the same month in 2014, according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Feb 17, 2015

U.S. oil trains are taking high-stakes risks with lives: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Five hundred and ninety one days
have passed since a train carrying crude oil derailed and
incinerated the town of Lac Megantic in Quebec.

In that time, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
has still not finalised new safety rules on tank car standards
and operational controls for trains carrying highly flammable
liquids.

Feb 16, 2015

U.S. shale on more sustainable course after price rally: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters) – U.S. shale producers have
responded even more quickly to lower oil prices than analysts
expected, which should ensure shale production hits a plateau by
May or June and is sustained rather than falling in the second
half of the year.

The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States
declined by another 84 last week, according to oil field
services company Baker Hughes.

Feb 13, 2015

Mass layoffs complicate oil industry’s long-term plans: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – “This is the really crappy part
of the job, and this is what I hate about this industry
frankly,” the chief executive of oilfield services company Baker
Hughes complained as he announced it would lay off 7,000
employees.

Baker Hughes is cutting jobs in response to slumping prices
and a downturn in drilling activity.

Feb 12, 2015

Lindsey oil refinery falls victim to UK policy and shale: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – French oil major Total
has announced plans to halve capacity at its Lindsey refinery on
Britain’s North Sea coast as part of an overhaul of downstream
activities intended to address overcapacity in the European
refining sector.

Total’s decision comes as no surprise. Of the six refineries
still operating in Britain, Lindsey was most at risk of closure
or capacity reduction, as shown in a report prepared by
consultants Purvin & Gertz for the UK Petroleum Industry
Association in 2013.

    • About John

      "John joined Reuters in 2008 as one of its first financial columnists, specialising in commodities and energy. While his main focus is on oil markets, he has written broadly on the emergence of commodities as an asset class, regulatory issues and macroeconomic themes. Before joining Reuters, John spent seven years as a senior analyst for Sempra Commodities (now part of JP Morgan) covering base metals and crude oil. Previously, he worked as an analyst on world trade, banking and financial regulation for consultancy Oxford Analytica."
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