Oil & Gas Journal News

The North American oil and gas market started the year on a good note during the first quarter as a cold winter brought relief to producers and refiners, and Mexico progressed on energy reform, Ernst & Young said in its US quarterly report on the industry.

US petroleum product exports in 2013 averaged 3.5 million b/d, up 10% from levels in 2012, according to the US Energy Information Administration. In December 2013, US exports of petroleum products reached 4.3 million b/d, the first time to exceed 4 million b/d in a single month.

Simba Energy Inc., Vancouver, BC, has signed an agreement with Bell Geospace to conduct a comprehensive airborne full-tensor gradiometry (FTG) survey on Block 2A in Kenya. The 30-day survey is expected to start in early May.

The decision to give eight federal agencies more time to prepare comments about the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project’s cross-border permit was not political, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has started additional maintenance on units within its 239,000-b/d Heydar Aliyev (formerly New Baku) refinery at Baku, Azerbaijan.

Suncor Energy Inc. has started planned maintenance at its 137,000-b/d refinery in Montreal, Que.

Oil futures on the New York market gained slightly in Apr. 21 trading, which analysts attributed to positive indicators for the US economy and news that Libya would not resume its exports as fast as had been suggested.

A question larger than who wins elections in the world's fourth-ranked oil-consuming country is how much difference the outcome might make.

The US Department of Energy approved a ConocoPhillips Co. subsidiary's request to resume exports of LNG to countries not having a free-trade agreement with the US from the company's Kenai facility in Alaska in an Apr. 14 order.

Little information exists about the costs and benefits of analyses required under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Government Accountability Office said.

Power Engineering News

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed an Executive Order to promote the growth of distributed solar and wind in the state.

American Electric Power is planning to invest around $4 billion in capital per year from 2014 through 2016 while prioritizing transmission, AEP CEO Nicholas Akins told company shareholders at an annual meeting Tuesday.

Dayton Power & Light has filed an appeal to a March order by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission requiring the utility to hasten its divestiture of around 3,400 MW of mostly coal-fired capacity, according to a report from Platts.

The S.C. Supreme Court will decide if South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) is responsible for a $278 million cost increase at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant or if the utility can recoup those costs from ratepayers.

Dominion Virginia Power’s Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center has recycled nearly 1.1 million tons of waste coal since beginning operation in July 2012, Dominion announced Tuesday.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Wednesday called for new regulation of coal ash ponds in the state following the failure of a pond at Duke Energy's Eden plant in February that sent millions of gallons of toxic ash as far as 70 miles down the Dan River.

Hall District Elementary School, Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) and SunPower Corp. are planning to install of 1.2-MW of high efficiency solar power systems at five district schools in California.

SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), a provider of solar energy services, appointed Jose Perez as president of SunEdison Europe, Africa and Latin America; replacing Pancho Perez.

Wood Group GTS received a contract by SOWEGA Power LLC to replace two Woodward Netcon 5000 turbine control systems at the SOWEGA Power Station in Baconton, Ga.

El Paso Electric (EPE) has named Michael D. Blanchard as the new vice president of Regulatory Affairs. Blanchard will be responsible for developing regulatory strategy and filings to comply with requirements of the regulatory commissions in Texas, New Mexico and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).