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Bolsonaro To Privatize Petrobras?

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said he wants to privatize Petrobras, the state-controlled oil company that is under political pressure to lower fuel prices. Shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the Rio de Janeiro-based producer is known, extended a four-day surge in Sao Paulo following the remarks, outperforming the local equity gauge. Bolsonaro didn’t elaborate on the privatization comments, made during an interview streamed on his Facebook page. Rising energy prices have eroded Bolsonaro’s popularity ahead of reelection next year and put Petrobras under political scrutiny in a country with a history of subsidizing fuel. CEO Joaquim Silva e Luna has been grilled in Congress over the surge in fuel prices but has said the company will continue to adjust to international levels. Oil in New York soared past $81 a barrel last week after the International Energy Agency became the latest to say natural gas shortages are boosting demand for crude. If Petrobras is privatized, it likely won’t happen anytime soon. Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said last month that Brazil plans to take the company private within a decade. He suggested on Wednesday that Petrobras could sell shares and use the proceeds for social programs... > read more

Aramco, World's Most Valuable?

Saudi Aramco is close to claiming the prized position of the world’s most valuable company from Apple Inc. The Saudi state oil giant has soared on the back of higher energy prices, bringing its market value to $2 trillion, just shy of Apple at $2.3 trillion. The share prices of the two corporate giants are symbolic of how the global economy is changing this year. Apple shares have suffered as consumers rein in spending on home entertainment and get back into the world. All that transportation activity has sparked a boom in oil prices that feeds directly to Aramco’s bottom line. There’s reason to believe that Aramco could continue climbing. Bank of America Corp analysts have said the global energy crunch could help propel oil prices above $100 a barrel for the first time since 2014. At the same time, Apple is coming under... > read more

McDermott Selected For GCC

McDermott has signed a Letter of Guarantee to deliver engineering and procurement for the ethylene cracker of the Gas Chemical Complex (GCC) project—the largest polyethylene integration project in the world—with China National Chemical Engineering and Construction Corporation Seven, Ltd (CC7). This agreement follows McDermott's safe and successful delivery of the front end engineering design (FEED) and early works phases of the project. The ethane cracker project is owned by Baltic Chemical Complex LLC, (BCC) a subsidiary of RusGazDobycha, located onshore Russia in the Gulf of Finland. "Our proven experience delivering world-class ethylene cracker projects, underpinned by our collaboration with Lummus Technology and in-house project delivery capability from the FEED to the startup phase, make us the ideal partner to continue supporting CC7 and BCC on the GCC project," said Samik Mukherjee... > read more

ExxonMobil Project Increases

American multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil, which is headquartered in Irving, Texas, has increased its participation in the proposed Acorn carbon capture project in Scotland by signing an expression of interest to capture, transport and store CO2 from its Fife Ethylene Plant. The agreement to include the ethylene plant, located in Mossmorran, Scotland, is in addition to an earlier announced memorandum of understanding to capture and store emissions from gas terminals at the St Fergus complex at Peterhead, Scotland, which includes ExxonMobil’s joint venture gas terminal. The initial phase of Acorn, which is bidding to be in the first wave of carbon capture clusters to be announced by the UK government, has the potential to deliver more than half of the country’s target of capturing and storing 10 million tpy of CO2 by 2030... > read more

Comstock Divests Bakken Assets

Comstock Resources Inc has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Northern Oil & Gas, Inc (NOG) to sell its assets in the Bakken shale for $154 million in cash, subject to adjustment and customary closing conditions. The properties being sold include non-operated interests in over 400 producing wells (65.9 net) with recent production of greater than 4500 net boe/d (approximately 65 percent oil). The sale is expected to close in 4Q21 and will have an effective date of October 1, 2021. Comstock expects to recognize a pre-tax loss of $130-$140 million on the divestiture. EnergyNet is acting as exclusive advisor to Comstock on the sale... > read more
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Halliburton Raises $2.6 Million

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USA Adds Ten More Rigs

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Bolsonaro To Privatize Petrobras?

Bolsonaro To Privatize Petrobras?

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said he wants to privatize Petrobras, the state-controlled oil company that is under ... > read more
Aramco, World's Most Valuable?

Aramco, World's Most Valuable?

Saudi Aramco is close to claiming the prized position of the world’s most valuable company from Apple Inc. The Saudi ... > read more
McDermott Selected For GCC

McDermott Selected For GCC

McDermott has signed a Letter of Guarantee to deliver engineering and procurement for the ethylene cracker of the Gas Chemical ... > read more
ExxonMobil Project Increases

ExxonMobil Project Increases

American multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil, which is headquartered in Irving, Texas, has increased its participation ... > read more
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Comstock Divests Bakken Assets

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Shale Consolidations Generate $250m+

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Shale Drillers Fear Losing Orders

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Permian Basin JV for Oryx

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Penn Virginia Closes Lonestar Merger

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US Shale Producers’ Minimal Expansion

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Valaris Announces Jackup Contract

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Baker Hughes’ Upstream Flare Monitoring

Baker Hughes’ Upstream Flare Monitoring

Panametrics, a Baker Hughes business, has made its flare control and digital verification platform, flare.IQ, available to ... > read more
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Baker Hughes on US Rigs

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Hilcorp Considers Phillips 66 Refinery Purchas

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