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Nov 21, 2012

Bakken revolution is only half-complete: John Kemp

LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Crude production from the Bakken
and Three Forks formations could rise by another 50-100 percent
in the next three years, and not start to decline until 2020 or
even 2025, according to official projections from the North
Dakota Oil and Gas Division.

Output from the Bakken, Three Forks and Sanish formations
hit a new record of 662,000 barrels per day in September. But
production could reach 900,000 or even 1.2 million barrels per
day by 2015, according to the Oil and Gas Division, based on
estimates of probable (>50 percent) or possible (>10 percent)
reserves of 10 or 15 billion barrels respectively.

Nov 20, 2012

Fracking all over the world: John Kemp

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Hydraulic fracturing
(“fracking”), the technology which revolutionised the U.S. oil
and gas industry, has started to make its first cautious forays

FTS International, formerly known as Frac Tech, one of the
leading suppliers of hydraulic fracturing equipment and services
in the United States, has signed joint venture agreements to
supply well-completion products and other services, including
pressure pumping, in Saudi Arabia and Brazil.

Nov 16, 2012

Super-grids, mass blackouts and clean energy: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – The concept of a “super-grid”
capable of moving huge amounts of electricity over long
distances is popular with environmentalists and governments keen
to promote the integration of more renewables into the power
supply, overcome transmission bottlenecks and bring power to
remote communities.

“An electricity super-grid could take green electricity
produced in one country to another through thousands of
kilometres of sub-sea cables. Wind farms built out at sea could
also be connected to a number of countries,” Britain’s
Department of Energy and Climate Change announced last year.

Nov 15, 2012

Uruguay’s offshore draws oil and gas prospectors: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Four of the world’s most
successful oil and gas exploration companies last month signed
contracts to invest more than $1.5 billion over the next three
years in prospecting for fossil fuels off the coast of Uruguay,
betting that geological conditions which produced deposits off
the West African coast are replicated on Uruguay’s continental

Sandwiched between hydrocarbon giants Brazil and Argentina,
Uruguay produces just 900 barrels of oil per day, according to
the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). It imports
nearly all the crude used in its lone refinery at Montevideo as
well as refined products.

Nov 13, 2012

Frustrating wait for the power to come back on: Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) – Much as the anger at continued power outages in New York and other states hit by storm Sandy is understandable, past experience shows a two-week wait is far from unusual.

Thirteen days after the post-tropical cyclone hit the East Coast, almost 90,000 customers were still without mains power on Monday, the vast majority in New York state (80,000).

Nov 12, 2012

Montana, the other Bakken: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The Bakken oil revolution has
become synonymous with North Dakota. But the heart of most
productive part of the formation is located on the far western
boundary of the state and extends across the border into

In the early stages of Bakken exploration, drilling was
split fairly evenly between the two states. But from about 2006
the focus shifted squarely onto North Dakota and Montana’s
Bakken was largely forgotten. Now there are signs of a modest

Nov 12, 2012

Bakken oil drilling shows no sign of slowing: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields
are so important for the growth of U.S. production, and as the
herald of a worldwide shale revolution, that any sign output is
starting to peak would have huge consequences for the oil

In recent months, the number of rigs drilling in North
Dakota has fallen around 10 percent from just over 200 in June
to about 180 in October, according to weekly counts published by
oilfield services company Baker Hughes.

Nov 9, 2012

Is Bakken set to rival Ghawar? John Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) – Could oil production from the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana rival output from Saudi Arabia’s supergiant Ghawar oilfield, the greatest oil-bearing structure the world has ever known?

Until recently, comparisons between the shale fields of the Bakken and Ghawar, which produces 5 million barrels per day, would have been dismissed as fanciful.

Nov 8, 2012

Russia’s tantalising Arctic oil and gas deposits: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Some of the world’s largest
undiscovered oil and gas deposits lie under shallow seas on the
broad continental shelves off the northern coasts of Alaska,
Canada and especially Russia — a tantalising prize for the
major international oil companies, but once which has so far
eluded them.

“The extensive Arctic continental shelves may constitute the
geographically largest unexplored prospective area for petroleum
remaining on Earth,” according to the United States Geological
Survey (USGS).

Nov 7, 2012

Election gamble backfires for banks, energy firms: Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) – “Elections have consequences, and Eric, I won,” President Barack Obama famously told House Republican Whip Eric Cantor shortly after his first inauguration in January 2009.

Four years later, Wall Street as well as the oil and gas industry will return to work today knowing that they heavily backed the losing side and now have very little political capital with the re-elected Obama administration and the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate.

    • 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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