Posts Tagged ‘Oilgram News’

Kurds in northern Iraq sell crude cargoes for $100 million, 9% below alternative oil

The government of the Kurdish region of Iraq and the government in Baghdad have been locked in a battle in recent weeks over shipments of crude produced from that quasi-independent area.

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Petrodollars: The oil cash piles up in North Dakota’s Legacy Fund

North Dakota’s Legacy Fund continues to grow, no surprise given gains in that state’s oil output and a healthy commodity price. In this week’s Oilgram News column Petrodollars, Starr Spencer looks at the fund and its future.

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Petrodollars: the Salazar legacy in fixing the dysfunctional MMS

With Ken Salazar leaving the US Department of the Interior, it’s time to look over his efforts to fix the problems in the former Minerals Management Service. In this week’s Oilgram News column, Petrodollars, Gary Gentile reviews the record.

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Regulation & The Environment: the Macondo report that led the way

Soon after the Macondo disaster, a report was put together that spelled out various policy options. It proved to be both controversial and prescient. In this week’s Regulation & The Environment column from Oilgram News, Gary Gentile looks at the impact of that report, more than two years on.

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At the Wellhead: Protecting an increasingly active Caribbean from oil spill damage

With Macondo fresh on their minds, and drilling activity rising in the Caribbean or GOM areas close to it, some hard questions are being asked about the region’s approach toward the potential for a spill. In this week’s Oilgram News column “At the Wellhead,” Leslie Moore-Mira discusses some of the issues facing the Caribbean’s littoral nations.

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Petrodollars: The burdens of being Saudi Arabia’s state oil company

Saudi Aramco is a big company. But the question in Saudia Arabia is whether it’s being called upon to do too much in the kingdom. Kate Dourian, in this week’s Petrodollars column from Oilgram News, discusses the dilemma.

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Regulation & The Environment: EPA’s sky-high cellulosic ethanol targets and whether industry will ever reach them

As the requirement for blending cellulosic ethanol in the US fuel supply continues to rise, even though it still doesn’t exist in commercial quantities, there is debate over whether the numbers will ever be reached. Not everybody has thrown in the towel, as Meghan Gordon discusses in this week’s Oilgram News column, Regulation & The Environment.

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At the Wellhead: Bangladesh finally seeing some opportunities

Everywhere Bangladesh turns to develop its offshore resources, it seems to run into a border dispute. But some of those are receding, and the country is optimistic about its oil and gas prospects. Mriganka Jaipuriyar has an overview of the country’s outlook in this week’s Oilgram News column, At the Wellhead.

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Petrodollars: CNOOC’s Nexen deal another step in its oil diversification drive

The acquisition of Canada’s Nexen by CNOOC, announced last month, makes sense on many fronts.

It gives CNOOC a stake in the North Sea, which means it’s effective now “long” the Brent market, where China has major exposure; and it also gives it a greater stake in what happens with WTI, since Nexen’s Canadian crude sold into the US will be tied to that benchmark.

Robert Perkins writes in this week’s Oilgram News column, Petrodollars, on the reasons why the deal is a logical one for CNOOC.

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Regulation & The Environment: the Saudis are going green

The many words out of the Middle East about turning to renewable technologies and cutting carbon emissions are turning into concrete actions, as Tamsin Carlisle discusses in this week’s Oilgram News column, Regulation & The Environment.

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