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Jun 10, 2013

Time and money, rebuilding oil’s global supply chain: Kemp

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – Lack of specialist equipment and
skilled personnel have been the biggest barriers to raising the
supply of oil over the last decade, contributing to the steady
escalation in prices.

Exploration and production (E&P) activities have been hit by
shortages of everything from drilling rigs and pressure pumping
equipment to the guar gum used for hydraulic fracturing,
experienced geologists and drill team leaders.

Jun 7, 2013

Scaling-up shale: Kemp

LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) – Horizontal drilling and hydraulic
fracturing are transformative technologies, but their eventual
impact on global oil and gas supplies depends on whether the
production techniques pioneered in just a handful of shale plays
in the United States can be replicated in others around the

So far the evidence remains thin. Only a tiny number of
shale wells have actually been fractured outside North America.

Jun 6, 2013

Fracking beneath southern England’s rolling hills: Kemp

LONDON, June 6 (Reuters) – Britain has had small but
significant onshore oil and gas production for over 60 years.
Ironically, most of the output has come from fields in
prosperous and environmentally sensitive parts of southern
England, where hostility to new drilling and hydraulic
fracturing is strongest.

“It’s one thing to have fracking in the vast plains of
America,” according to one Conservative Member of Parliament
quoted in the Financial Times recently. “It’s a whole different
matter when people will see gas production in the rolling hills
of Surrey.”

Jun 5, 2013

Quality shock hits world oil markets: Kemp

LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) – Rising shale oil production in
the United States has slashed light oil imports from countries
such as Nigeria and Algeria by more than half in the past two

The unexpectedly rapid growth in shale oil output has
rightly been termed a supply shock by seasoned observers, but it
is also a quality shock.

Jun 4, 2013

Shale, refinery needs make sweet crude less prized: Kemp

LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) – In future, light low-sulphur
crudes will command a much smaller premium over heavy sour
grades, as booming shale production in the United States and
growing demand from Asian refineries upend traditional pricing
relationships in the physical oil market.

Journalists and analysts have traditionally characterised
light sweet crudes as “high quality” and heavy sour ones as “low
quality,” with light crudes more scarce and valuable than their
heavy sour counterparts.

Jun 4, 2013

Only drilling can firm up Britain’s shale potential: Kemp

LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) – Britain’s politicians and
petroleum explorers are promoting increasingly optimistic
visions about the country’s shale gas future. But the only way
to gauge the potential properly is to start drilling and
fracturing wells.

So far, only a handful of wells has been drilled
specifically to explore shale formations, and only one well has
been fractured.

May 31, 2013

Saudi Arabia must decide response to shale: Kemp

LONDON, May 31 (Reuters) – If OPEC is eventually forced to
trim its oil exports in response to the shale boom, Saudi Arabia
will have to shoulder most of the production cuts.

Past experience suggests Saudi Arabia would have to absorb
about two-thirds of any cutbacks even though it accounts for
only one-third of the organisation’s exports.

May 29, 2013

Toxic gas in Bakken pipeline points to sour well problem: Kemp

LONDON, May 29 (Reuters) – The discovery of perilous concentrations of
hydrogen sulphide gas in a crude oil storage tank earlier this month has sparked
a furious row between pipeline operator Enbridge and Bakken crude shippers
including Plains Marketing and Murex.

On May 8, Enbridge Energy Partners made an emergency application to
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to amend its conditions of
carriage to give it the right to reject crude containing more than 5 parts per
million of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) (Docket IS13-273-000).

May 28, 2013

Facing high fuel costs, North Dakota plans new refineries: Kemp

LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – North Dakota’s residents have
received an enormous income windfall from the shale boom, but
strong local demand for trucking and fracking fuel has left them
facing the highest gasoline prices in the mainland United

Only insular Hawaiians pay more to fill up at the pump.

North Dakota needs more local refining capacity to turn its
abundant, high-quality crude into gasoline and especially diesel
for trucks and oilfield operations.

May 22, 2013

Overcoming the barriers to shale gas in Britain: Kemp

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Britain’s complicated planning
and permitting regime is the biggest barrier to the development
of onshore shale gas, according to a report from the Institute
of Directors (IOD).

Ten different licences from four different public agencies,
involving two separate public consultations, must be obtained
before a single exploratory well can be drilled and
hydraulically fractured, according to the IOD report “Getting
shale gas working” published on Wednesday.

    • 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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