Energy News Digest, Oil and Gas Prices,Rig Count & Press, 2nd Dec. 2021

WTI for January delivery fell 61 cents to settle at $65.57 a barrel in New York | Brent for February settlement fell 36 cents to settle at $68.87 a barrel U.S. government report showed that while overall crude inventories fell, stockpiles at the nation’s largest oil hub Cushing, Oklahoma, rose for the third straight week

Eni opens Innovation Outpost in Silicon Valley. Innovation has always been a strategic factor for Eni: with the new challenge of Digital Open Innovation, Eni hopes to stress its interest in and dedication towards protecting innovation ecosystems, with the aim of discovering emerging trends that could have a significant impact on the energy sector. At the launch event, Eni not only took an in-depth look at the main trends in three different business areas, but also met with a range of American startups selected by Mind the Bridge. Read More

Commodity PricesUnitsPrice $change
Crude Oil (WTI)USD/bbl$65.90Down
Crude Oil (Brent)USD/bbl$69.27Down
Bonny LightUSD/bbl$71.97Down
Natural GasUSD/MMBtu$4.26Down
OPEC basket 01/12/21USD/bbl$71.63Down
At press time 2nd December 2021

IMServ announced the signing of a new strategic partnership with British Gas Business (BGB).
The expanded partnership sees IMServ become BGB’s preferred metering partner for the delivery of energy metering services to BGB’s UK customers. BGB provides efficiency, resilience, and sustainability solutions to a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, commercial real estate, and healthcare, and has previously helped Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust cut its carbon emissions by 75%. The race to Net-Zero and dramatically reducing carbon emissions is underpinned by the roll-out of the next generation of smart meters and the consumption data that they produce. BGB has been leading the roll-out by utilising IMServ’s expertise, systems, and skilled teams to help deliver innovative products and services whilst improving customer experience. Read More

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHIENG), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has received an order for compact CO2 capture system from Taihei Dengyo Kaisha, Ltd., a provider of plant construction, maintenance and auxiliary services, for incorporation into a biomass power plant. The system offers a capture capacity of 0.3 metric tons per day (tpd). Spurred by this latest order, going forward MHIENG will promote decarbonization in all sectors globally, especially power and industrial production, as a way of contributing to the realization of a carbon-neutral society. Read More

During the period from 22 to 26 November 2021, Eni acquired n. 1,918,041 treasury shares, at a weighted average price per share equal to 12.24132 euro, for a total consideration of 23,479,351.42 euro within the authorization to purchase treasury shares approved at Eni’s Ordinary General Meeting of shareholders on 12 May 2021, previously subject to disclosure pursuant to art. 144-bis of Consob Regulation 11971/1999. On the basis of the information provided by the intermediary appointed to make the purchases, the following are details of transactions for the purchase of treasury shares on the Electronic Stock Market on a daily basis: Read More

Alexey Oleynikov has been elected Director General of Gazprom Transgaz Tchaikovsky. Alexey Oleynikov was born in 1982. He graduated from Ural State Technical University, majoring in Gas Turbine & Steam Turbine Units and Engines. He has a PhD degree in Engineering. He has been employed with Gazprom for about 13 years. Read More

Compressor Controls LLC (CCC) and Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announce that they have concluded a commercial agreement for the sale of a jointly developed solution, CCC Inside™ for Yokogawa CENTUM VP, that integrates Yokogawa’s process control technology and CCC’s turbomachinery control technology. It is being released on November 30. Process control and turbomachinery control can be performed with the same system, which contributes to efficient staffing, engineering, procurement, and maintenance in plant operations. Read More

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate Uphill from the playground, peeking between trees, is a site where Total Energies is pumping for natural gas. The French energy giant wants to drill three new wells on the property next to Mother’s Heart Learning Center, which serves mainly Black and Latino children. The three wells, along with two existing ones, would lie about 600 feet from where the children planted a garden of sunflowers. Read More

BARQ EV, a smart mobility solutions company, broke two Guinness World Records, by executing the longest flight of a drone for the delivery service at 13.584 km, and the longest non-stop return flight for a drone at 18.065 km, which is one of the longest distances for a drone. The achievement of BARQ EV is a testament to the technical infrastructure of the UAE, which makes it a centre of innovation and provides a launchpad for start-ups specialising in innovation and technology, said a press release issued by the company on Wednesday. BARQ EV is the first licensed Drone delivery service provider in the UAE. Ahmad Al Mazrui and Abdullah Abu Sheikh, founders of BARQ EV, said, “We are at the very nascent stage of the company, and we have already broken two Guinness World Records. It is an extremely proud moment for all of us. This achievement is a testimony to our readiness to launch the drone delivery service in the country.” Read More–>

Mitsubishi Power, a power solutions brand of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed upgrade works for two GTCC power plants with M701F gas turbines at Senoko Energy in Singapore. This has helped to improve energy efficiency and reduce approximately 15,000 tons of carbon emissions annually, equivalent to removing over 4,500 cars from the road a year. The upgrade is part of a long-term service agreement (LTSA) concluded under a consortium with Mitsubishi Corporation. Mitsubishi Power applied its latest gas turbine technologies to the M701F gas turbine, achieving a heat rate improvement by reducing the volume of cooling air, which results in reduced carbon emissions. Read More

Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) announced the appointment of Dana veteran Timothy R. Kraus as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Mr. Kraus succeeds Jonathan Collins, who will be leaving Dana to become CFO of Clarivate plc (NYSE: CLVT), a world-leading information and analytics provider. Mr. Collins will continue with Dana through Dec. 15 to assist with the transition. Read More

According to preliminary data, Gazprom produced 467.6 billion cubic meters of gas in January-November of 2021, which is 14.7 per cent (or 60 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period of last year. Read More

A new report published today by fuel poverty charities National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS) sets out how to achieve a fair and affordable transition to net zero for fuel poor households. Matt Copeland, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at National Energy Action (NEA) said:

“Our report shows that goals to end fuel poverty and reach Net Zero carbon emissions are deeply intertwined. We cannot eliminate our carbon emissions without upgrading the least efficient homes, which are disproportionately occupied by those on the lowest incomes. Our latest polling shows that 8 out of 10 (79%) British adults also believe that the UK is unlikely to reach net zero without financial support for fuel poor households and two thirds (66%) think it is important that the transition does not increase the cost of living for the poorest households, even if that means the Government providing additional financial support”.

The report follows the UK Government publishing its long-awaited Net Zero and Heat and Buildings strategies, which set out the funding for decarbonising our homes over the next three years. NEA warns that investment for the poorest households is less than half of the funding pledged within the Government’s 2019 manifesto for those living in the least efficient and most polluting homes. Read More

At least 500 families living in military housing in Honolulu woke Sunday morning to find that their tap water had an oily sheen and smelled like fuel. Read More

In accordance with Provision 4 of the UK Corporate Governance Code, bp PLC (‘bp’) is providing an update to the statement made on 12 May 2021 regarding the voting in relation to Resolution 13 at its Annual General Meeting (‘AGM’). The full statement is available for download on the 2021 AGM page. Read More

Moscow accuses Kiev of escalation, although indicates that it is ready for dialogue with the West. On December 1, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the troop build-up in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine was alarming. He vowed to raise this issue at a meeting with his Western colleagues in Sweden who, in their turn, at a meeting in Riga expressed concern over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. At a press conference in Riga, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Russia to move its troops away from the Ukrainian border and asserted that “we’ve made it clear to the Kremlin that we will respond resolutely, including with a range of high impact economic measures that we’ve refrained from using in the past.” Read More

RegionPeriodNo. of RigsChange
U.S.A24th November 2021569+6
Canada24th November 2021171+4
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A dispute over Nord Stream 2 continues in Washington. Republicans have delayed a vote on the National Defense Authorization Act for the next fiscal year, citing Democrats’ refusal to include amendments on mandatory sanctions against Nord Stream 2. There is no consensus on the pipeline among Democrats, too, but the Biden administration opposes pressure on the project, because it does not want to push Germany away. Meanwhile, Berlin seeks to stop Washington from turning up the heat on the project. Axios has recently published a letter from the German Embassy in the United States to the US Congress, which contains a request to abandon sanctions against Nord Stream 2 as it may erode trust in the United States. German Foreign Ministry officials declined to confirm or deny the authenticity of the letter to the paper, but said that contacts on the matter were underway with Washington. Read More

180 Toronto buildings have ditched energy intensive air-conditioning in favor of cooling by pumping frigid waters from the depths of Lake Ontario through pipes in the walls and floors. These include City Hall, Toronto General Hospital, hotels, data centers, and the Scotiabank Arena, home to the Raptors basketball franchise—altogether the 54 million square feet of real estate saves 90,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually, which is enough to power 25,000 homes. The Deep Lake Water Cooling (DLWC) system of Toronto is the largest of its kind on Earth Read More

Carl K. Arnet, CEO of BW Energy Limited, has today transferred his 3,721,010 shares in BW Energy Limited to an insurance company that will hold these shares under a life insurance policy where Carl K. Arnet is the policyholder, bears the investment risk and has discretion to make investment decisions. Following this transfer, Carl K. Arnet is not holding any shares in BW Energy Limited in his own name. Read More

LUKOIL announces the conclusion of the results of the Extraordinary General Shareholders Meeting (hereinafter, the EGM) held on December 2, 2021 in the form of absentee voting. The Company’s shareholders approved the payment of interim dividends on the ordinary shares of PJSC “LUKOIL” based on the results of the first nine months of 2021 in the amount of RUB 340 per share.? The dividend record date is December 21, 2021. Read More

Occidental (NYSE: OXY) today announced that it has commenced cash tender offers (each, an “Offer” and collectively, the “Offers”) to purchase up to a maximum combined aggregate purchase price of $2.0 billion, including principal and premium but excluding accrued and unpaid interest (the “Maximum Purchase Price”) of its outstanding notes listed in the table below (the “Notes,” and each, a “Series” of Notes). Subject to the Maximum Purchase Price, the amount of a Series of Notes that is purchased in the Offers will be based on the Acceptance Priority Levels set forth in the table below. The Offers are being made on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase dated December 2, 2021 (the “Offer to Purchase”). Capitalized terms used in this release but not otherwise defined have the meaning given in the Offer to Purchase. Read More

CME Group, reported its November 2021 market statistics, showing average daily volume (ADV) increased 20% to 23.1 million contracts during the month.

November 2021 ADV across asset classes includes:

Interest Rate ADV of 12 million contracts
Equity Index ADV of 5.6 million contracts
Options ADV of 4.1 million contracts
Energy ADV of 2.4 million contracts
Agricultural ADV of 1.4 million contracts
Foreign Exchange ADV of 801,000 contracts
Metals ADV of 631,000 contracts
Additional November product highlights compared to November 2020 include:

Energy ADV increased 15%
E-mini Crude Oil futures ADV rose 96%
WTI futures ADV increased 36% and Brent futures ADV grew 19%
Foreign Exchange ADV increased 6%
Foreign Exchange options ADV increased 18% Read More

Nissan revealed today its exciting new Nissan Ariya Single Seater Concept – a high-performance exploration, development and demonstration project of how the all-electric Nissan Ariya road car powertrain could be used in a bespoke single seater racing car chassis.

The concept was presented at the Nissan Futures event by Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan senior vice president for global design, and Juan Manuel Hoyos, Nissan global marketing divisional general manager for brand and engagement.The Ariya Single Seater Concept explores what a future electrified performance style for Nissan could look like. Read More

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled a lunar rover prototype jointly developed with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) at its Nissan Futures event here. The JAXA Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center is conducting research on lunar rovers — a key technology for space exploration. Nissan has been working with JAXA on driving controllability of the rovers since January 2020. A lunar rover must be able to traverse the moon’s powdery, rocky and undulating terrain and be energy efficient. Furthermore, energy sources for operating vehicles in space are limited. Nissan’s research applies the motor control technology it has developed through its production of mass-market electric vehicles such as the LEAF as well as the e-4ORCE all-wheel control technology featured on the all-new Ariya electric crossover. In particular, it is e-4ORCE that is boosting the lunar rover’s performance over tricky terrain. Read More

The OML 29 Well 1 platform, which is operated by Nigeria’s largest indigenous oil firm, Aiteo Exploration and Production Company Limited, has been spilling crude unabated into the Santa Barbara River for about one month. An estimated 2,000,000 barrels of crude have reportedly been spilled into the river, polluting the flora and fauna of the area. Read More

“The deliberate policies of energy producers” are to blame for the soaring gas and electricity prices in Europe, the head of the International Energy Agency said at an industry event this week, in yet another lash-out at fossil fuel producers generally and Russia specifically. Read More

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