Pipelines run toward oil storage tanks stand at the Enbridge Inc. Cushing storage terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Crude oil prices rise again after U.S. inventories continue to dip

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U.S. crude inventories declined by 2.2 million barrels from the week prior, which had seen a dip of nearly 4 million barrels. U.S. refinery inputs last week also decreased an average of 379,000 barrels a day from the previous week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration update. Refineries operated at more than 91 percent capacity last week.
Oil flows out of the top of the transition spool, which was placed into the gushing Macondo wellhead at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2010. AP Photo/BP PLC, File)

Plan OK’d to drill into BP’s ill-fated Macondo reservoir

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A privately owned Louisiana firm will be looking to extract oil and gas deep under the Gulf of Mexico’s seafloor, an undertaking that proved catastrophic for BP.
(Kristen Hays/Houston Chronicle)

Subsea 7 plans to eliminate 2,500 jobs globally

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Subsea 7 is not yet elaborating on whether its North American headquarters at the Westgate complex in Houston’s Energy Corridor will be impacted much, but the company did say it has begun consulting with employees in the United Kingdom and Norway where a lot of its operations are run.
Ryan Lance, ConocoPhillips CEO, speaks during the opening panel discussion of the 2015 IHS Energy CERAWEEK. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Questions linger for ConocoPhillips on Arctic drilling program following Shell’s OK

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ConocoPhillips paid about $506 million for 98 exploration leases about 100 miles off Alaska’s north coast in 2008. In April of 2013, the company suspended its plans to drill an exploratory well in the sea, citing uncertainty in regulations.
A handout picture released by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi Arabia's new King Salman bin Abdul Aziz (C) praying along with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (2nd L), King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa of Bahrain (L) and other dignitaries and officials during the funeral of his half-brother late King Abdullah in Riyadh on January 23, 2015. The desert kingdom's elderly King Abdullah died early in the morning and was replaced by his half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam. AFP PHOTO / HO / SPA == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/HO/SPA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==-/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia maintained its oil output surge last month

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Prices collapsed by almost half last year as Saudi Arabia led OPEC in maintaining production rather than cede market share to booming U.S. supply. The group has become more unified about keeping its output target because prices are now rising, according to Kuwait’s oil minister.
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EIA: U.S. shale production set to fall again in June

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Output growth is shrinking even in the Permian Basin, where oil companies have kept more horizontal rigs drilling for oil.
J. Ray McDermott S.A., a McDermott International subsidiary, completes  the Front Runner Spar hull project in the Gulf of Mexico. (McDermott)

Houston engineering company cuts 1,700 jobs amid first quarter loss

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For the first quarter of 2015, McDermott posted a loss of $14.5 million, or 6 cents a share, including $10.4 million in restructuring charges, which compared to a larger $46.5 million loss, or 20 cents a share, for the same quarter in 2014.
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Morgan Stanley selling oil storage and transport business

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NEW YORK — Morgan Stanley is selling its oil storage and transport business, which has drawn scrutiny from Congress, to commodities trading company Castleton. Castleton is buying oil terminal storage agreements, inventory, oil purchase and sale and supply deals, and freight shipping contracts. The companies say they hope to complete the deal in 2015. They […]
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Chevron unit in Saudi Arabia to halt output at Wafra oil field

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The stoppage at Wafra may help reduce a worldwide glut that has pushed crude prices down by about 40 percent in the last 12 months. OPEC, which counts Kuwait and Saudi Arabia as members, chose in November to keep pumping crude oil to protect its share of the market rather than cutting output to boost prices. Brent crude, a global benchmark, was trading at $65.08 a barrel Tuesday at 8:42 a.m. in London.
A driver refuels her car at a gas station of PetroChina, a subsidiary of CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation), in Luoyang city, central China's Henan province, 19 August 2014. (File, Bloomberg)

China to cede top oil buyer spot back to U.S.

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China’s new ranking shows how the U.S. shale boom is reshaping flows of oil around the world as suppliers hunt for buyers amid a global glut. A surge in American production is reducing the need for the world’s biggest economy to import crude while the Asian nation seeks to take advantage of a slump in prices to fill its emergency stockpiles.