Oil & Gas Journal News

LyondellBasell has ceased discussions with Sotragem SA, Monaco, for the sale of its shuttered 105,000-b/d Berre refinery in France to Sotragem SAM.

The US drilling rig count was unchanged from a week ago at 1,831 rigs working during the shortened holiday week that ended Apr. 17, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Western Refining Inc. plans to lay 40 miles of pipeline for light crude oil and condensate produced in the Delaware basin of Texas.

Crude oil inventories on the US Gulf Coast reached a record high of 207.2 million bbl on Apr. 11, as a result of the continuing strong crude oil production growth, the opening of TransCanada’s Marketlink Pipeline, and a drop in crude oil inputs at Gulf Coast refineries due to seasonal maintenance, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Kuwait National Petroleum Co. (KNPC) has finalized lump-sum turnkey contracts previously let to three groups of oil and gas service providers for work related to its Clean Fuels Project (CFP) at the Mina Abdullah and Mina Al Ahmadi refineries in southern Kuwait.

Spain’s Repsol has drilled a dry hole with its Pinter One offshore Trinidad and Tobago’s east coast. The dry hole represents a major failure for the company, which has been trying to boost its falling crude production from its Teak Samman and Pouis acreage.

Total Exploration & Production says its Saphir-1XB exploratory well discovered oil in deepwater off Ivory Coast.

Brent crude oil prices climbed above $109/bbl on the London market Apr. 16 while crude oil prices gained only marginally on the New York market as world oil markets received mixed signals from international political news, analysts noted.

US natural gas producers added more than 35 tcf of reserves in 2013, the American Gas Association said in its latest annual preliminary estimate based on reported results by the 30 largest companies representing more than half of the total US production and reserves.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has made a natural gas discovery with the Rosmari-1 well, which was drilled 135 km offshore Malaysia on Block SK318.

Power Engineering News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has delayed finalizing 316(b) of the Clean Water Act until May 16, marking another delay to the release of the cooling water intake rule.

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this week that may add extra charges to utility customers who want to install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines. 

The Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala., will conduct a hostile action-based exercise in coordination with federal, state and local emergency officials that will be evaluated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Minnesota Power, an ALLETE Company (NYSE:ALE), applied to state and federal regulators for permits to build the 500-kV Great Northern Transmission Line from Minnesota to an electric substation on the Mesabi Iron Range.

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) completed demonstration work of its MEISTeR remote controlled robot to help with decommissioning efforts inside Unit 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

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