Tag: crude oil

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 »

Guest commentary: dealing with low energy prices

Many Texans have seen this movie before, and some of us have seen it several times. Until the commodity cycle turns, as it always does, refocus on the basic blocking and tackling of running a business. Take protective measures to guard against avoidable losses.  More »

Dresser-Rand to cut 8 percent of its workforce

Diesel engine and gas turbine maker Dresser-Rand Group is cutting 8 percent of its 8,100-employee workforce around the world in coming weeks, it said Friday, trimming operating costs as falling crude prices have crushed profits in the oil service sector.  More »

Oil rig count falls by 33, as decline continues

The total rig count fell by 43, with 33 oil rigs and 9 gas rigs lost, according to data released Friday by oil service company Baker Hughes.  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 »

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 »

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 »

Yellen says oil price means inflation will fall before it rises

The Fed chair reiterated that she expects the drag on inflation “will be transitory.”  More »

EIA: U.S. crude inventories grow again

The inventory report included a number of figures that have worried analysts in the past.  More »

Tissue paper-for-Venezuelan oil swap offered by Trinidad

Venezuela, plagued with shortages of basic goods, was offered a reprieve by the Prime Minister of neighboring Trinidad and Tobago: exchange oil for tissue paper. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar suggested an oil-for-tissue swap in a news conference Tuesday following a meeting in Port of Spain with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. She said the deal would […]  More »

Oil demand seen rising by Saudi’s al-Naimi as markets calm

Brent crude futures, a benchmark for more than half of the world’s oil, gained 3.6 percent this year, after plunging 48 percent in 2014.  More »
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