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Chevron's massive deep water offshore platform heads to the Gulf of Mexico. The project was slated to start production this year, but that's been delayed after several subsea installation tendons sustained damage. (Chevron)

Qatar acquires stake in Chevron oil project off Morocco

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Under the terms of the deal announced Monday, Chevron will hold onto a 45-percent interest in the offshore leases, while Morocco will retain a 25 percent stake.
In search of natural gas, Jacob Spraggins with Helmerich & Payne works on a drill in the Piceance Basin on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, Monday, June 22, 2009, in Rio Blanco County. (Johnny Hanson / Chronicle)

Cash-strapped drillers face deeper financial problems amid cuts

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Domestic oil explorers with high levels of debt will struggle the most this year if they’re forced to cut spending and give up cash from new oil production.
Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, in Houston on June 18, 2013. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

API president attacks Obama’s oil tax as “extremist agenda”

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Gerard expressed astonishment at the president’s proposal Monday, saying his group was only notified of the tax as the administration was “getting ready to roll it out.”
A Chesapeake Energy storage tank near Dilley, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Chesapeake Energy rebounds after denying bankruptcy plans

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The Oklahoma City oil and gas producer has some $11.6 billion in debt and a $500 million note due next month, according to regulatory filings.
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

World’s largest energy trader sees a decade of low oil prices

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The forecast would mean oil-rich countries and the energy industry would face the longest stretch of low prices since the 1986-1999 period.
Motorists refuel at a Mobil gas station in Pittsfield, Mass., where regular gasoline is for sale at $1.99 per gallon, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) BERKSHIRE COURIER OUT, GREAT BARRINGTON RECORD OUT, RURAL INTELLIGENCER OUT, BERKSHIRES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

National gasoline average now below $1.75 a gallon

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Prices at the pump are currently at their lowest prices in seven years courtesy of bountiful supply and cheap costs of crude oil
Motorists refuel at a Mobil gas station in Pittsfield, Mass., where regular gasoline is for sale at $1.99 per gallon, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) BERKSHIRE COURIER OUT, GREAT BARRINGTON RECORD OUT, RURAL INTELLIGENCER OUT, BERKSHIRES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Obama: Cheap gasoline prices drove oil tax decision

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The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Congress, which has repeatedly pushed back against the president’s climate change initiatives.
(Photographer: Eddie Seal, Bloomberg)

Drillers shut down dozens of rigs last week, biggest pull-back since April 2015

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Losses in the oil patch deepened in the second half of 2015 and into 2016 along with plummeting prices of crude.
(Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg)

Wood Mackenzie: Just 0.1 percent of global crude output shuttered by cheap oil

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Though crude is cheaper than during the financial crisis seven years ago, global oil prices haven’t fallen far enough yet to force oil producers to shut in more than 0.1 percent of the world’s daily supply.
A Chinese investor gestures while standing in front of electronic displays showing stock prices in a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. Chinese stocks were volatile Friday and other Asian markets rebounded after a plunge in Chinese prices rattled global markets. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Asia benefiting most from Middle East oil market share battle

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One hundred and seventy-six years after the birth of John Boyd Dunlop, and the crude complex is coming under pressure again. It is Nonfarm Friday, which means that the market is all a’flustered, digesting the soon-to-be-revised official monthly US unemployment report. The report was fairly underwhelming from a headline perspective; only 151,000 jobs were created last […]