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Investors Ask Oil Companies for Risk Reduction Strategies

According to an August 6 report from Environment News Service, suffering deep financial losses from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and in response to a proliferation of deepwater offshore drilling for oil worldwide, investors have sent a joint letter to 27 major oil companies seeking transparency on risk reduction strategies for their offshore oil operations. Fifty-eight investors in the United States and Europe, representing trillions of dollars in assets, sent the request for more information to chief executive officers at the oil companies, including the world's three largest deepwater oil producers - ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras. (Source: Environment News Service)


Oil Spill Contained in Davao

Elements of the Philippine Coast Guard Station (CGS) Sasa contained the spread of oil spill reported at the Legaspi Oil Company Incorporated at KM 09, Sasa, Davao City last Friday, January 17. According to report, the incident resulted when the coco fatty oil, a by-product of coconut oil, overflowed from the final catch basin at the refinery department of the said oil company. Approximately 500 liters of oil spilled affecting the seawall and foundation post of Legaspi Oil Company


Norway To Simplify Licensing Rules

Norway's government wants to let firms other than pure oil companies apply for stakes in offshore oil and gas licenses as part of a drive to simplify the sector and attract investments. Government officials said smaller oil companies, downstream companies and the supply industry could take stakes in licenses on the shelf if the regulations are changed. Currently only pure oil and gas firms are allowed to apply. Analysts say that companies like offshore supply group Aker Maritime are


MMS Delays Decision On Oil Drilling In California Waters

The U.S. Interior Department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced it will delay its decision on whether oil companies can drill for oil and natural gas off California's coast, until August 16, 1999. The MMS was scheduled to decide by June 30 if drilling would be allowed on 40 undeveloped leases off the central coast of California, but said it needs more time to review the oil company requests.


Concordia Maritime Signs Contracts with Lukoil

Concordia Maritime has signed two-year timecharter contracts for the V-MAX vessels Stena Vision and Stena Victory with Litasco, a subsidiary of the Russian oil company Lukoil. The new time charters will begin immediately upon expiration of the current charter contracts with the American oil company Sunoco at the end of 2007. The vessels are chartered in from Arlington Tankers Ltd until the end of 2009. With the new time charter contracts Concordia Maritime has secured employment


Union Rejects Oil Refinery Contract Offer

Union negotiators on Thursday rejected the latest contract offer from oil companies and said the largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 may spread to more plants beyond the 11 where walkouts are underway. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said in a message to members and news media that the latest proposal from lead oil company negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc failed to improve safety at refineries and chemical plants in an "enforceable way."


Exxon Mobil 1Q Income Soars To $5 Billion

Exxon Mobil Corp., the No. 1 oil company, said first-quarter earnings rose 51 percent, as it cashed in on strong crude oil and natural gas prices as well as better profits from refined fuels such as gasoline. Exxon Mobil posted record first-quarter income, excluding merger effects, of $5.05 billion, up from $3.35 billion in the year-earlier period. First-quarter revenues rose to $57.28 billion from $54.1 billion a year before


Colombia Grants E&P Rights To 5 Oil Companies

The Colombian government Tuesday granted exploration and production rights on nine offshore areas on the Caribbean coast to five different companies in an effort to boost the country's oil reserves. In Tuesday's auction, Colombian state-owned oil company Ecopetrol SA, India's state-run oil company Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (500312.BY), Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR), U.K.-based BP PlC (BP) and Hess Corp. (HES) won the rights separately or in partnership to explore the nine blocks


CNOOC to Bid on Nation Energy

CNOOC is likely to bid for a Kazakhstan oil company just days after it unveiled plans to spend $2.3 billion on offshore oil and gas assets in Nigeria, www.TheStandard.com reported. CNOOC is eyeing an offer for Nations Energy, an independent oil producer based in Canada. The move by CNOOC comes after the company announced the acquisition of a 45 percent stake in oil and gas fields owned by Nigerian oil company South Atlantic Petroleum earlier this week


Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC Appoints CFO

Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (DFM: GULFNAV) has announced the appointment of Khalid Karim to the position of Chief Financial Officer  Khalid brings to Gulf Navigation over 30 years of experience in major oil & gas and shipping companies in senior finance roles. He joins the company as it enters a new phase in its substantial expansionary plan where he will assist the company in its continuing growth strategy.


MSRC CEO to Retire in April 2017

Photo courtesy of MSRC

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC), the nation’s leading oil spill response organization, has announced that Steven T. Benz, the company’s President and CEO, will be retiring on April 30, 2017.   Tim Plummer, Chair of the MSRC Board of Directors


State to Take Reins of Alaska LNG Project

Image: Alaska LNG Project

 Alaska Gasline Development Corp. President Keith Meyer says the Big 3 oil companies are cooperating with the state’s desire to take full ownership of the AK LNG Project.   He laid out an ambitious list of “to-dos” the state needs to check off if it is going to lead


LR's OVID to Strengthens Vessel, Rig Inspection Service

Lloyds Register strengthens vessel and rig inspection service through the Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) to provide faster assurance checks and improved safety performance. Photo LR

Inspectors of Lloyd’s Register are optimising inspection regimes thanks to their accredited status using the OVID web based inspection tool to reference inspection reports. “OVID has been designed to provide a number of positive benefits to Oil Companies International Marine Forum


Iran's Crude Oil Exports above 2.1 Mln BPD in July

Iran's crude oil exports in July were more than 2.1 million barrels per day, the oil ministry's news agency SHANA cited a senior Iranian oil official as saying on Wednesday.   Director of the International Affairs Department at National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Mohsen Ghamsari told SHANA


Ocean Rig UDW Beats on Revenue

Photo:  Ocean Rig

 Ocean Rig UDW Inc, the offshore drilling contractor, posted revenue of $452.6 million in the second-quarter, beating Wall Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $385.7 million.   The company has reported second-quarter profit of $155.6 million


BP Loads ANS Crude for Export

British oil company BP Plc has loaded a cargo of Alaskan North Slope (ANS) crude for export, according to two trade sources and Reuters Trade Flows data, the latest indication that exports of Alaskan crude are becoming less rare.   The crude loaded on the Cascade Spirit


Weak Oil Pushes SBM Offshore to Axe More Jobs

Photo: SBM Offshore

SBM Offshore's first-half results lagged analysts' expectations on Wednesday as challenging conditions persisted in the oil industry and the Dutch oil services company announced an additional 250 job cuts.   It said it did not expect a full recovery in its business until 2018


Shell: Force Majeure on Nigerian LNG

Shell Petroleum Development Company has declared force majeure (FM) on gas supplies to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facility on Bonny Island, a spokeswoman said. "The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) declared force majeure on gas supply to NLNG on


Libya's Largest Oil Port Begins Work

Image courtesy: Ansamed

 Libya has begun maintenance of the port of Es-Sider, biggest in the country of the terminal on oil export as part of plans to increase output from Africa’s biggest holder of crude reserves, says RNS.   Exports should resume in a month once official orders are received to reopen


Tropical Storm Earl moves inland over southeastern Mexico

Tropical Storm Earl Image Weather Underground

Tropical Storm Earl moved inland early on Saturday over southeastern Mexico where torrential rains could produce deadly flash floods and mudslides, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm with winds of 50 mph (80 kmh) was about 30 miles (50 km) southwest of Veracruz


Storm Earl lashes Belize, Heads for Mexico

Tropical storm Earl whipped Belize with wind and heavy rain as it weakened, moving into Guatemala toward southeastern Mexico on Thursday after hundreds of people took shelter overnight. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said at 1200 GMT that Earl had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles


Brexit Impact on Shipping and Sea Trade in UK

Image: Worldshipping.org

 Eversheds International says that UK trade would clearly be impacted by the Brexit vote.    "We saw an immediate effect on currency and share prices, although there are signs that the market is settling down after the initial post-vote furore," says a report by Eversheds


China Refineries Enters Global Oil Trade

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 During the last year, China’s “teapot” refiners are helping to boost China’s crude import demand and their influence is expanding, says Clarkson Research Services.   Chinese crude oil imports have historically been dominated by a handful of state-owned companies


Libyan Deal to End Oil Ports Blockade Needs Signing

Libyan Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) commander Ibrahim Jathran said on Monday he was ready to end a blockade at key oil terminals, but the U.N.-backed government still needs to sign an agreement for exports to resume.   The PFG has been demanding payment of workers' wages as part of any


IOC Mulls Buying GSPC's Stake in Mundra Terminal

Image: Gujarat State Petroleum Corp

 Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the country's largest oil company,  is in talks to buy debt-laden Gujarat State Petroleum Corp’s (GSPC) stake in the under-construction Rs.4,500 crore ($669 million) Mundra LNG import terminal, according to PTI.  






 
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