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Oil slumps to six-month low

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Brent futures declined as much as 2.6 percent, extending an 18 percent drop in July that was the biggest in seven months.
Chris Finlayson, CEO of BG Group, speaks during the IHS CERAWeek conference at Hilton Americas - Houston Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

BG profit beats estimates as record output shows appeal to Shell

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BG, the U.K.’s third-biggest oil company, raised its 2015 production forecast to the upper range of its guidance.
View of the Abkatun A-Permanente platform on fire on the Gulf of Mexico's Campeche Sound on April 1, 2015. An explosion and a fire erupted on an offshore oil platform operated by Mexico's Pemex on Wednesday, killing at least four workers, injuring 16 and forcing 300 to be evacuated.    (AFP PHOTO/ STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images)

Pemex reports 11th straight loss

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Pemex’s earnings were crimped after U.S. benchmark oil prices fell an average 44 percent from 2014 and production slid following three offshore accidents in as many months.
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Billionaire said to be considering sale of U.S. shale gas holdings

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Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd. is weighing a sale of its U.S. shale gas investments, people with knowledge of the matter said.
A General Electric Co. employee assembles a component for a gas turbine at the company's factory in Belfort, France. (Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg)

GE books $2.5 billion African orders from oil to locomotives

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GE expects to seek financing for projects worth at least $1.5 billion in Africa each year as it expands its footprint in a region increasing investment in infrastructure development, and exploitation of its natural resources.
Categories: Africa, Crude oil
A wind farm under construction off the southeast side of Block Island R.I., July 21, 2015. A few miles off the coast, a small flotilla has been gathering: crane vessels, tugboats and barges that began this week installing the 840-ton foundations of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. (Gregg Vigliotti/The New York Times)

First U.S. offshore wind farm raises hopes for industry revolution

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While there’s plenty of potential energy to harness, offshore wind has been mostly stymied by high costs. Onshore turbines are some of the cheapest sources of electricity, with an average cost of about $85 a megawatt-hour, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Coal costs about $90.
An oil tanker, right, cruises past a new liquefied natural gas tanker at the Cheniere terminal in Cameron Parish, La. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Flotilla of European gasoline tankers fuels U.S. driving binge

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Surging demand and rising prices for gasoline in the U.S. are luring about double the number of tankers compared with 2014, boosting shipping rates to the highest seasonal levels in seven years.
A row of pump jacks operate in Apache Canada’s Provost field, located in the southeast part of Alberta (Apache Corp.)

AS Canada’s oil patch faces more job losses, robots add to the misery

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The burgeoning use of robots is one more reason there probably won’t be a quick jobs rebound in Canada’s energy industry as it grapples with cheap crude, tougher environmental controls, higher taxes and elevated costs.
In this Jan. 24, 2015 file photo, Saudi Arabia's King Salman attends a ceremony at the Diwan royal palace in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Yoan Valat, Pool)

Saudi king plans U.S. trip after giving Iran deal hedged support

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After private meetings in Jeddah on the Red Sea coast, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters that King Salman and his defense minister “reiterated their support” for the deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program while expressing reservations about its enforcement.
In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 file photo, A worker walks past tanks at a Petrochina storage base in Suining, in southwest China's Sichuan province. (AP Photo)

ConocoPhillips halts Sichuan shale gas talks with PetroChina

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While China has sought to replicate the U.S. shale boom, the nation last year cut its 2020 shale gas production target to about a third of its original estimate amid difficult geology, lack of infrastructure and limited exploration rights.