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Saudi Arabia pledges to pump as much oil as its customers need

The country won’t cut output unless customers refuse to buy its crude, Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi said in Berlin on Wednesday.  More »

Exxon now has more exploration holdings in Russia than in the U.S., despite sanctions

While U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia forced Exxon to shut down an Arctic drilling project in October, the producer is staking claims to areas that could yield tens of billions of barrels in coming decades.  More »

Lukoil profit drops 39 percent after impairments, oil-price slump

The results come after OAO Gazprom Neft posted a 31 percent decline in profit on Monday as oil prices plunged and a weaker ruble led to foreign-exchange losses, while OAO Novatek last week said earnings dropped 66 percent.  More »

How much more economic pain can Vladimir Putin take?

It looks like the one-two punch of sanctions and cheap oil are about to wreck Russia.  More »

Pemex negotiates lower rig rates as crude collapse hurts profit

Pemex is in talks with oil service and jack-up rig providers to reduce daily rates after the board approved cutting more than $4 billion from its 2015 budget last week.  More »

California energy chief calls Jerry Brown’s fuel target a ‘moon shot’

California has been setting the pace for U.S. policy on climate change and greenhouse gases.  More »

Petronas turns to $2.7 billion fourth-quarter loss on oil slump

Petronas won’t generate enough cash from operations this year to cover capital spending and dividend commitments, said Vikas Halan, a Singapore-based vice president at Moody’s Investors Service Inc., estimating the shortfall to be at least 10 billion ringgit.  More »

Islamic State’s oil revenue cut by air raids, falling oil

The group’s capacity to extract oil, refine it and sell the products has “significantly diminished,” according to a new report.  More »

YPF quarterly profit misses analysts’ estimates on higher costs

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s government allows oil producers to remain profitable amid a slump in crude prices by setting fourth-quarter prices of $83.90 for Medanito light oil and $74 for Escalante heavy oil.  More »

Alberta energy drillers pivot to natural gas as oil plunges

Alberta’s gas prices dropped 35 percent last year while oil fell 46 percent. U.S. crude prices have plunged below $50 from last year’s high above $107 after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries resisted calls to cut output amid a surge of U.S. crude production.  More »

GDF Suez to lower spending on oil crash as 2014 profit falls

GDF Suez had lowered its 2014 profit forecast because two nuclear reactors in Belgium remained halted due to safety checks of cracks in their cores.  More »

Repsol profit triples as refining counterbalances oil drop

Oil’s drop of almost 50 percent over the past six months pushed companies from Total SA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc to BP Group Plc and Statoil ASA to announce investment cuts in the past month.  More »

Premier oil suspends dividend after posting full-year loss

First oil from its Solan project in the North Sea west of Shetlands is now expected in the second half instead of the second quarter because of poor weather conditions, the company said.  More »

CGG to cut about 400 jobs after 2014 $1.2 billion net loss

Last year, Europe’s second-biggest oil-services provider Technip approached CGG about a combination of the two French companies specialized in providing equipment and studies for the energy industry. The surveyor, which has cut jobs and reduced its fleet, rejected the bid.  More »

U.S. tells Canada its climate goal may play Keystone role

Obama has secured climate concessions from China and India as part of those UN talks. A similar deal with Canada could help offset the anticipated environmental damage from the TransCanada Corp. pipeline, responding to project opponents.  More »