Fracking

CNOOC Drops Bid For Unocal

Chinese firms are becoming increasingly competitive in the global oil field services market, undercutting South Korean and Singaporean suppliers while gaining business from the majors. “Manufacturing energy equipment is an expensive, labour-intensive and lengthy process, and with global energy firms trying to cut costs, the affordability of the services offered by Chinese firms has trumped… Keep reading →

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Replacing water for hydraulic fracturing operations with carbon dioxide is long-term prospect, but an attractive one. As part of its ecomagination program the company is trying to figure out the best way to get the super-cooled gas to deliver proppant. “GE, which is making a push into oilfield technology, is studying how a chilled form… Keep reading →

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

Safe and responsible development of America’s vast oil and natural gas reserves located in shale and other tight-rock formations created the U.S. energy revolution, which continues to this day. Thanks to advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, the U.S. is an energy superpower. The numbers on shale energy, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA): 3.5… Keep reading →

Farmland Tapped For Oil In The Midwest

To mark this year’s World Water Day, UNESCO and UN Water released the 2014 World Water Development report highlighting the key role that water and energy play in economic development. According to the report, some 768 million people do not have access to an improved source of water, while 2.5 billion people do not have… Keep reading →

Firstfrack

Happy birthday, fracking! What a fantastic, 65-year ride it has been – and here’s to another 65 years and more. Advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling launched an oil and natural gas renaissance in this country – bringing dynamic job creation, economic stimulus that radiates well beyond the oil and natural gas industry proper and… Keep reading →

Anti-fracking Protest Camp At Barton Moss

You can’t un-ring that bell, but Total CEO Christophe de Margerie laments the fact “hydraulic fracturing” became the widely accepted terminology for the controversial well completion technology. De Margerie’s dissatisfaction with the term appears to stem from a belief that it sounds overly complex and scares the general public. The French oil major’s chief made… Keep reading →

Surging Oil Industry Brings Opportunity To Rural California

The Wattenberg field is not a new shale play you are just hearing about, it’s produced 2.8 Tcf of gas since its discovery in 1970 and much of that output was made possible by hydraulic fracturing. This Forbes piece argues fracking is not new or untested, as many opponents claim, and the practice has been… Keep reading →

Distributor Offloads Oil From Barge

Up to 150,000 b/d of Bakken crude oil currently passes through Albany via rail and/or barge on its way to East Coast refineries and other destinations. Read Breaking Energy coverage of rail transport capacity expansion at the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery in New Jersey here. Some are concerned about the crude oil transport increases Albany… Keep reading →

CEO's Discuss Future Of American Manufacturing In Washington

GE CEO Jeff Immelt said the company is researching technology that could use carbon dioxide instead of water for hydraulic fracturing operations. GE is reportedly putting an additional $10 billion through 2020 into its “ecoimagination” budget, which focuses on energy solutions including high efficiency natural gas turbines, “CNG In a Box,” wind turbine manufacture and… Keep reading →

Nick Clegg Opens Offshore Wind Farm

  A 30-megawatt offshore wind pilot project will use 5 floating turbines to generate electric power routed back to the mainland in Coos Bay, Oregon. “We’re not as anxious to commercialize it, but it’s still worth getting the projects into the water and testing them,” said Belinda Batten, director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable… Keep reading →

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