Bakken

Transport Minister Visits PCK Oil Refinery

High vapor pressures can increase the flammability of crude oil and Bakken grades were determined to have higher pressures than several other common international grades refined in the US, which raises rail transport safety questions. “Given the recent derailments and subsequent reaction of the Bakken crude in those incidents, not enough is known about this… Keep reading →

FL Gov. Rick Scott Tours Dredge Site At PortMiami

The Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington D.C., recently published “Big Bets & Black Swans – A Presidential Briefing Book” with policy recommendations for President Obama in 2014. Among a plethora of issues addressed, Tim Boersma and Charles K. Ebinger also discuss lifting the ban on U.S. oil exports. Let’s briefly assess the validity… Keep reading →

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

The EIA recently said that U.S. oil production will peak at 9.61 million barrels per day by 2019 and thereby nearly match the 9.64 mmb/d record set back in 1970. This is great news for U.S. energy self-sufficiency aspirations. Moreover, as Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil, pointed out in a recent interview:”We’re already the… Keep reading →

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

TransCanada’s CEO Russ Girling says they are not giving up on the Keystone XL Pipeline project and neither are producers seeking to ship their product through the line. The economic rationale of transporting oil via pipe rather than rail underpins the project and Girling is confident “the oil market transcends politics.” [The Hill] Eike Batista’s… Keep reading →

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

Addressing the natural gas flaring issue in North Dakota’s portion of the Bakken Shale formation is not as simple as just connecting new wells to pipeline infrastructure. Sometimes new, high-pressure wells can overwhelm existing infrastructure and without additional compression, more frequent maintenance or expanding the system, extinguishing the flares is not feasible. The latest report… Keep reading →

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

Those familiar with the US oil and gas industry probably saw the now famous picture of North Dakota from space at night that depicts widespread natural gas flaring. As hydrocarbon production – primarily oil – rapidly increases, new wells in remote areas often flare natural gas until gathering pipelines are constructed to transport the gas… Keep reading →

High Oil Prices Continue To Drive Gas Prices Steadily Upwards

The US oil and gas industry has long focused on rig count as a critical component of activity level assessments and production forecasts. But as the Energy Information Administration’s first Drilling Productivity Report shows clearly, in major plays like the Bakken and Eagle Ford, new well production per rig has been rising even as rig… Keep reading →

Global Issues Impact Oil Price

The US became a net-exporter of oil products like gasoline and diesel fuel in 2011 for the first time since 1949 and oil product exports have steadily increased since that point. US refiners found a new lease on life – after several East Coast refinery closures – by purchasing Bakken crude at a discount to… Keep reading →

Olympics Day 13 - Women's Football Final - Match 26 - USA v Japan

The United States is expected to produce more hydrocarbons – oil, natural gas, and liquids (such as condensates) – than any other country in the world this year, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The EIA published an article last Friday on US hydrocarbon production growth, comparing it to that of global oil and… Keep reading →

Yukos Oil and Gas Company

There may be a shale oil deposit in Russia’s Siberian region larger than the Bakken. Exxon Mobil is investigating and oil service firms are “shipping equipment, technology and drilling crews from the Bakken and the Eagle Ford in Texas to Siberia, in what is becoming a full-scale west-east technology transfer.” [Financial Times] The Sudanese government… Keep reading →

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