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Saudi Arabia Gets Serious About Solar to Meet National, Youth Aspirations
Sept. 14, 2021
Source: Saur Energy

Saudi Arabia Gets Serious About Solar to Meet National, Youth Aspirations

Saudi Arabia is on a tight deadline. The kingdom has set itself some of the most ambitious economic and social targets in the region, with an aim to revamp its economy completely. Underpinning this drive for change is its youth population, now better equipped than ever to contribute productively. Not only does the kingdom want to retain its place as the largest economy in the Middle-east, but do much better than that, to ensure it becomes a magnet for non-oil sectors worldwide. At an average age of just 32, Saudi Arabia has a strong cohort of the young, that has acquired quality qualifications in the recent past, thanks to high investments in building up education and health infrastructure.

Divergent Segment Performance in China’s Oil and Gas Sector
Aug. 27, 2021

Divergent Segment Performance in China’s Oil and Gas Sector

Fitch Ratings-Hong Kong/Shanghai-25 August 2021: China’s oil and gas industry saw a growth recovery in upstream production, rebounding refining utilisation and a fast rise in gas consumption and imports during 1H21. The oil price rally will support upstream operations’ revenue and profitability, but press refining and gas margins in 2H21, says Fitch Ratings. Fitch expects national oil companies’ (NOC) 2H21 production to stay steady on higher upstream capex and segment profitability, which should improve with higher volume and prices. China’s gas production rose by 11.1% yoy during 1H21, while oil production was up by 2.2% yoy, as NOCs accelerated exploration and production.

Oil jumps as much as 6%, snapping longest losing streak since 2019
Aug. 24, 2021
Source: CNBC

Oil jumps as much as 6%, snapping longest losing streak since 2019

Oil prices jumped Monday, snapping a seven-day losing streak that was crude’s worst since 2019, as the dollar pulled back and traders bet the recent selling was overdone. “News of zero new cases in China has certainly provided a tailwind as it gives added light at the end of the Covid tunnel and a breath of fresh air to the demand landscape,” noted analysts at Blue Line Futures. “Additionally, the U.S. Dollar has retreated from recent highs, underpinning the commodity landscape broadly.” West Texas Intermediate crude futures, the U.S. oil benchmark, gained $3.50, or 5.6%, to settle at $65.64 per barrel.

BP says Australia is an ideal place to scale up green hydrogen production
Aug. 13, 2021
Source: CNBC

BP says Australia is an ideal place to scale up green hydrogen production

Oil and gas giant BP said Wednesday “the production of green hydrogen and green ammonia using renewable ‎energy” was now technically feasible at scale in Australia. The energy major’s conclusion is based on the findings of a feasibility study announced in May 2020 and supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, solar developer Lightsource bp and professional services firm GHD Advisory.

Green hydrogen: JSW Energy partners Fortescue Future  Industries
July 30, 2021

Green hydrogen: JSW Energy partners Fortescue Future Industries

Solar and wind plants can produce green hydrogen with the help of electrolysers, and JSW Energy’s collaboration aligns with its plan to expand the renewable energy share in its portfolio to 85% by 2030 from the current 30%. The country currently consumes about around 6 million tonne of hydrogen nnually. JSW Energy said on Thursday its subsidiary JSW Future Energy has entered into a framework agreement with Australian Fortescue Future Industries to collaborate on green hydrogen production. Solar and wind plants can produce green hydrogen with the help of electrolysers, and JSW Energy’s collaboration aligns with its plan to expand the renewable energy share in its portfolio to 85% by 2030 from the current 30%.

Wind turbine giant Siemens Gamesa lays out plan to drive down cost of 'green' hydrogen
June 11, 2021
Source: CNBC

Wind turbine giant Siemens Gamesa lays out plan to drive down cost of 'green' hydrogen

So-called "green" hydrogen production using onshore wind turbines could achieve price parity with fossil-based hydrogen by the year 2030, according to a white paper from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. In a statement on Wednesday the firm — a major player in wind turbines — also said that green hydrogen produced using wind from the offshore sector could achieve price parity by 2035.

Equinor partners with Algeria’s Sonatrach for oil and gas exploration
May 25, 2021

Equinor partners with Algeria’s Sonatrach for oil and gas exploration

Equinor has partnered with Algeria’s state-owned oil company Sonatrach to examine cooperation in global oil and gas exploration and production. Equinor, together with BP and Sonatrach, is involved in the development and production of two gas fields in the country, In Salah and In Amenas. The In Salah dry gas project, which delivered the first gas in August 2004, involves seven gas fields in the central Sahara area. Claimed to be the fourth-largest gas development project in Algeria, the In Amenas gas project was commissioned in 2006. It is located about 1,200km from the coast, towards the Libyan border.

Empire Petroleum buys US oil and gas assets from ExxonMobil
May 21, 2021

Empire Petroleum buys US oil and gas assets from ExxonMobil

Empire Petroleum has acquired oil and gas assets in New Mexico, US, from ExxonMobil for an undisclosed sum. Empire said that the assets comprise about 700 gross oil, gas, and injector wells. It also includes approximately 40,000 net acres of Permian leasehold. Empire CEO Tommy Pritchard added, “This acquisition is a terrific example of what Empire looks to manage in their assets: mature producing oil properties with predictable, long-life production with significant upside potential.“Looking towards the future, the geologic location of the Permian EMSU and AGU holds 23,400 acres of residual oil zone potential (ROZ).”

BP, Eni consider joint venture to improve oil and gas production in Angola
May 20, 2021
Source: world oil

BP, Eni consider joint venture to improve oil and gas production in Angola

BP Plc and Eni SpA are considering merging their Angolan oil, gas, and liquefied natural gas assets into a joint venture in a bid to revive output following years of decline. The companies’ Angolan assets together produce more than 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day, BP and Eni said in a statement on Wednesday. Merging them would bring “significant opportunities” to “boost future developments” and increase investment in the basin, they said.

World needs no new oil, gas projects under the path to net-zero emissions by 2050: IEA
May 19, 2021
Source: S&P Global

World needs no new oil, gas projects under the path to net-zero emissions by 2050: IEA

With the immediate end to spending on new upstream projects and an expected shutting-in of higher-cost production, global oil supplies would shrink by more than 8% each year, the IEA estimates under its Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario or NZE. Oil demand will never again reach its historic peak in 2019 before shrinking to 24 million b/d in 2050, from around 90 million b/d in 2020, the IEA's scenario showed. Gas demand would also decline by 55% over 2020 levels to 1,750 Bcm by 2050.

Cairn Oil & Gas starts production from tight oil project in Rajasthan
May 13, 2021

Cairn Oil & Gas starts production from tight oil project in Rajasthan

Cairn Oil & Gas on Wednesday said it has commenced oil production from NA #01 facility in Aishwariya Barmer Hills in Rajasthan. “The project is a first in Cairn’s tight oil portfolio with a growth potential to contribute 20 percent to the company’s vision production,” the company said in a statement. It is the largest horizontal well with a multi-frac development campaign of 37 wells in the Indian subcontinent which is the key enabler to unlock tight oil.

ConocoPhillips, Diamondback see natural gas-price gain from Texas freeze
May 6, 2021
Source: world oil

ConocoPhillips, Diamondback see natural gas-price gain from Texas freeze

Conoco's average gas price from its Lower 48 operations more than doubled to $4.56/mcf from the fourth quarter. Diamondback, which operates in the heart of Texas's biggest shale field, saw average gas prices jump more than 21 times to $3.05/mcf from a year earlier. The combined company produced 1.32 Bcfg in the period, more than double Conoco's in the previous quarter, which helped offset the financial impact of lost oil production from the freeze.

ONGC says want foreign partners in new fields
April 30, 2021
Source: Energyworld

ONGC says want foreign partners in new fields

India's flagship oil and gas producer ONGC on Wednesday said it is seeking foreign partners for yet-to-be-developed fields in lesser prospective areas but is shackled by uneconomic gas prices and tax structure. ONGC is also looking into strategic relationships and close alliances with key international players through (overseas arm) ONGC Videsh," the company said in a statement.

CGG delivers data from Agata Reimaging to support Brazil's 7th bidding round
April 29, 2021
Source: world oil

CGG delivers data from Agata Reimaging to support Brazil's 7th bidding round

CGG announced the delivery of the fast-track data from its Agata Reimaging program over the Agata block in the Santos Basin, a highly prolific area of Brazil's offshore pre-salt. The ultramodern reimaged seismic data set covering over 9,300 sq km (3,591 sq mi) will provide valuable information to oil and gas companies wishing to evaluate acreage and assess the potential of the Agata block, prior to Brazil's upcoming 7th Production Sharing Bidding Round.

U.S. crude oil inventories increase by 0.1 million barrels - Oil & Gas
April 29, 2021
Source: Oil And Gas 360

U.S. crude oil inventories increase by 0.1 million barrels - Oil & Gas

U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) increased by 0.1 million barrels from the previous week. At 493.1 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are at the five year average for this time of year, according to the EIA crude oil and petroleum weekly storage data, reporting inventories as of April 23, 2021.

Petroleum ministry asks ONGC to privatise oil and gas fields to boost production
April 29, 2021
Source: CNBC TV18

Petroleum ministry asks ONGC to privatise oil and gas fields to boost production

With a decline in India's crude oil production and natural gas output in FY20-21, the petroleum ministry has made its third attempt to get Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to privatize its oil and gas fields along with other infrastructures to raise production. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, on April 1, wrote to India’s largest producer of oil and natural gas asking it to sell its stake in oil fields to private firms and get foreign partners in KG basin gas fields. The letter also sought to monetize existing infrastructure and hive off drilling and other services into a separate firm to increase production.

Renewables push will pave way for green hydrogen
April 29, 2021
Source: Renews.Biz

Renewables push will pave way for green hydrogen

Supportive net zero policies, a steep decline in production costs from electrolysis as well as a broad push towards renewables will pave the way for the widespread adoption of green hydrogen. A series of reports from S&P Global Ratings explores the potential of clean hydrogen to drive decarbonisation across the economy. They found that cost continues to present a major setback to the wider spread adoption of hydrogen.

Amazon set to reach 100% renewable energy by 2025
April 21, 2021
Source: Energy Global

Amazon set to reach 100% renewable energy by 2025

Amazon has announced nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects in the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. The company now has 206 renewable energy projects globally, including 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects and 135 solar rooftops on facilities and stores worldwide, which will generate 8.5 GW of electricity production capacity globally. With this latest announcement, Amazon is now one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy in Europe.

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