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Shell helped Nigeria’s military to commit human rights abuses – Amnesty

November 28, 2017 | Health, Safety & Environment, Nigeria, Politics & Social Unrest

London, UK | – Oil giant Shell should be investigated for alleged complicity in” horrific crimes” committed by the military in Nigeria in the 1990s, Amnesty International has said. Shell encouraged a crackdown, which led to killings and the burning of villages in the oil-producing Ogoniland region of Nigeria’s restive Niger Delta, the rights group added. The Anglo-Dutch oil supermajor said the allegations were “without merit”. The region was hit by protests over oil pollution and poverty in the 1990s. It led to a massive …

Statoil plans to drill five to six wells in Arctic Barents Sea in 2018

November 28, 2017 | Drilling / Completions, Exploration / Discoveries, North Sea & Western Europe

London, UK | – Norwegian multinational oil and gas company and the world’s largest offshore operator, Statoil will continue to drill for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea next year even though its 2017 campaign was mostly disappointing, the company’s head of exploration told Reuters on Nov. 28. Statoil plans to drill between 25 and 30 wells in Norwegian waters in 2018. Of these wells five or six are expected in the Barents and the rest will be split between the North Sea and the …

Total strikes first oil from offshore Brazilian mega-field

November 28, 2017 | Deepwater, Rigs & Vessels, South America

London, UK | – French multinational oil giant, Total SA, have announce the first oil from the Libra mega-field, located 180 kilometres of Rio de Janeiro. The floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit Pionerio de Libra is located in unltra-deep water and has a 50,000 barrel capacity. The start-up phase of production will focus on generating initial revenue and capturing technical data to streamline the development stage. The Libra development will continue to search for further investment  in the Libra 1 FSPO, which has …

South Africa’s Sasol signs $3.9 billion credit facility

November 28, 2017 | Budget & Investment, Company Operations, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa | – South Africa’s multinational energy and chemicals group Sasol has signed a $3.9 billion five-year credit facility. According to a note to shareholders issued on Thursday, the initial target was $3bn but due to oversubscription, it increased to $3.9bn. The revolving credit facility includes two further extension options of one year each. Chief financial officer Paul Victor, who was speaking at Sasol’s Capital Markets Day in Sandton on Thursday, said the credit facility would help with liquidity and refining the group’s debt. …

Sasol dumps $13-$15 billion U.S. project, to exit Canadian shale

November 28, 2017 | Company Operations, Petrochemicals, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa |  – South Africa’s  integrated energy and petrochemical company, Sasol is pulling out of all of its gas-to-liquids (GTL) greenfield projects including one in Louisiana project expected to cost $13 billion to $15 billion, the company said on Thursday. Walking away from the project, which would have been the biggest investment abroad by a South African company, underscores the headwinds the industry is facing in a volatile market with generally depressed prices. “While our current GTL assets are generating good returns and …

Scramble for African Oil Tests Beijing’s Resolve to Stay Clean

November 28, 2017 | Roundtable Discussion

Translated by Alan Lee | – The people of Hong Kong were shocked when news came out last week that former home affairs secretary Patrick Ho Chi-ping, along with the former foreign secretary of Senegal Cheikh Gadio, was arrested by US authorities for allegedly having bribed the president of Chad and the foreign minister of Uganda to gain exclusive oil drilling rights on behalf of a Chinese energy company. The US Department of Justice didn’t mention the name of the company in question; all it …

U.S shale producers renew challenge to OPEC

November 28, 2017 | Shale oil & gas, United States & Canada

London, UK | –  U.S. shale producers have started adding more drilling rigs in response to rising oil prices and improving confidence about the outlook for 2018. Experience shows changes in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States tends to follow changes in WTI prices with a lag of about 16 to 20 weeks. The active rig count peaked in mid-August and then declined through September and October, in response to the earlier peak and fall in prices between February and …

Russia concerns keeps market guessing ahead of OPEC meeting

November 28, 2017 | Commodities & Oilprice, Energy Trading & Markets, OPEC

  OPEC is expected to extend its deal with Russia and other oil producers to keep 1.8 million barrels a day off the market, but what’s not clear is for how long OPEC ministers head to Vienna on Thursday to decide whether to extend output cuts beyond March next year. The prospect, however, of an alliance breakdown between the world’s two largest oil producers threatens to scupper the cartel’s plans. OPEC is expected to extend its deal with Russia and other oil producers to keep 1.8 million barrels …