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Army says it intends to grant Dakota Access pipeline final easement

Army says it intends to grant Dakota Access pipeline final easement

The US Department of the Army announced it has completed a presidential-directed review of the remaining easement request for the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline, and has notified Congress that it intends to grant an easement for a right-of-way across government land at Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The decision…

Electric Car Showdown: China And Tesla Scramble For Supply

Electric Car Showdown: China And Tesla Scramble For Supply

As China moves stealthily on the world’s cobalt and lithium supplies to feed an unprecedented US$360-billion renewable energy push, watch what happens next in Chile, where Chinese investors are talking about a mega $2-billion battery factory to rival Tesla.Tesla in January switched on the power at its Nevada battery gigafactory—and…

Deloitte: Oil, gas M&A activity in 2016 exceeded 2015 levels

Deloitte: Oil, gas M&A activity in 2016 exceeded 2015 levels

Global oil and gas mergers and acquisitions activity rose in 2016 against weak commodities, with deal count and deal values higher than 2015 levels, according to a recent report from Deloitte. Significant megadeals and sectoral swings pushed the bar. In 2016, the industry saw seven deals valued at more than…

Are These OPEC Members Sabotaging The Output Deal?

Are These OPEC Members Sabotaging The Output Deal?

OPEC provide a shot in the arm for oil prices this week when S&P Global Platts reported a much higher than expected compliance rate for the month of June. So far, OPEC has achieved 91 percent of its promised production cuts, impressing many oil watchers who expected mutual antipathy and…

US House passes CRA resolution to revoke BLM land-use planning changes

US House passes CRA resolution to revoke BLM land-use planning changes

The US House of Representatives passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution on Feb. 7 that expressed disapproval of the US Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 regulations changing its land use planning procedures by 234 to 186 votes. Four Democrats voted with Republicans in support of the measure, and four…

Chevron’s Utah refinery lets contract for alkylation technology retrofit

Chevron’s Utah refinery lets contract for alkylation technology retrofit

Chevron Corp. has let a contract to WorleyParsons Ltd. to provide engineering, procurement, and construction management services for conversion of the existing 4,500-b/d hydrofluoric acid (HF) alkylation unit at its 53,000-b/d refinery in Salt Lake City, Utah, into the first-ever alkylation unit in the US based on ionic liquids alkylation…

EIA: Global oil market to rebalance during 2017-18

EIA: Global oil market to rebalance during 2017-18

Beginning with the February Short-Term Energy Outlook, the US Energy Information Administration incorporated significant upward revisions to historical liquid fuel consumption from 2013-14, with the largest changes occurring in China and other nonmembers of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. These revisions create a higher baseline from which 2015–16…

Gazprom Neft advances water-treatment project at Omsk refinery

Gazprom Neft advances water-treatment project at Omsk refinery

PJSC Gazprom Neft will build a closed-loop wastewater treatment plant at the 21.4 million-tonne/year Omsk refinery in Western Siberia as part of the company’s broader commitment under an ongoing modernization and upgrading program aimed at reducing environmental impacts as well as improving processing capacities, conversion rates, energy efficiency, and production…

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