Oil

Sheila McNulty

The weekend oil spill by ExxonMobil into Yellowstone River gives environmentalits more ammunition in their long-running battle against granting the oil industry increased access to US oil resources.

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David Blair

It was not a bluff. When Centrica warned a month ago that it might choose to leave one of Britain’s biggest gas fields off-line because of the higher taxes levied on UK energy companies, some thought this was an empty threat.

However, South Morecambe gas field has become available after a period of routine maintenance – and Centrica chose to leave it dormant on Wednesday morning. Read more

Kiran Stacey

Fifty years after its creation, Opec’s carefully-worded announcements are now pored over like statements from the Kremlin at the height of the Soviet era. Nuanced phrasing and tone are studied for a sense of what member countries might do in terms of production. Read more

Masa Serdarevic

Nothing like the words “Arctic” and “oil drilling” to get the environmental campaigners excited.

Add banks to the mix, and you have the perfect mix for a modern day witch-hunt.

The latest targets are Cairn Energy and the Royal Bank of Scotland. In a joint press release, PLATFORM, Friends of the Earth Scotland and the World Development Movement on Tuesday said they “condemn [the] link between public money and Cairn’s Arctic drilling – RBS provided loan to oil company one month before it acquired rig for arctic drilling.” Read more

Sheila McNulty

ExxonMobil said earlier this week it was giving up its attempt to get a stake in the Jubilee field that has been touted as a game-changer for Ghana. The share purchase agreement with Kosmos Energy had emerged last October, but it was met with fierce opposition by the Ghanaian government, which had been left out of the $4bn venture. Read more

Masa Serdarevic

Following Bloomberg’s story on Thursday morning that Vedanta Resources is in talks “to purchase assets or take a multibillion-dollar equity stake in Cairn Energy Plc, a UK oil and gas exploration company”, Cairn confirmed the following:  

The board of Cairn Energy PLC (“Cairn”) notes the media speculation and confirms that discussions are taking place with a third party in respect of the disposal of an interest in Cairn India Limited. Read more

Sheila McNulty

Mergers and acquisitions in the US oil and gas sector shot up in the second quarter, reaching their highest level in more than seven quarers, according to a report released today by PricewaterhouseCoopers, as expectations of buyers and sellers finally aligned Read more