Industry News

Alberta Targets $1.5 Billion Upgrader to Get More From Oil
Alberta is working to encourage construction of a C$2 billion ($1.5 billion) partial-upgrading facility that would turn more of the province’s sludgy bitumen into higher-value products. The facility, designed by Calgary
Frac Water Demand in US Skyrockets
The demand for frac water in the United States is about to skyrocket, according to new research by Rystad Energy. While U.S. shale oil production is hitting record levels, Rystad has found that frac water demand has more
Oilpatch CEOs support Indigenous bid for Trans Mountain
Some oilpatch CEOs are supporting a bid by Indigenous groups in Western Canada to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline and the proposed expansion project. Indigenous leaders are in Calgary this week to find consensus....
CME plans to launch e-auction for U.S. crude oil exports
CME Group said it plans to launch an electronic auction platform with U.S. energy firm Enterprise Products Partners LP in March to sell U.S. spot crude oil export cargoes. The United States became the world’s largest
Alberta plans to buy 7,000 railcars to ease 'crisis' in oil price differentials
Alberta needs to buy as many as 7,000 railcars if it wants to be able to meet its goal of shipping an additional 120,000 barrels of oil a day, says Premier Rachel Notley.
Formation water reduction technology proves successful in the field
Produced water, or formation water, is naturally occurring water that is brought to the surface during oil and gas production. It is by far the largest by-product for the industry. While there is significant variation in
Rachel Notley unveils carbon tax break for oil and gas drilling companies
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is handing out tax breaks for oil and gas drillers along with criticism of Ottawa’s lack of appreciation for how damaging are current price discounts on western Canadian oil.
Light at the End of the Pipeline
Western Canada has the cheapest oil prices in the world. Canadian heavy oil is selling for $US 45 under WTI, light oil is selling for $US 25/B less. The price markdowns are costing the Canadian economy over $C 100MM
New Produced Water Blueprint Expected in 2019
According to the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), a U.S. association of state ground water regulatory agencies, more than 90 percent of produced water – laden with salts, organics, metals, solids and other
U.S. sees little impact from Keystone XL pipeline's planned route
The Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project cleared a hurdle on Monday as the Trump administration said in a draft environmental assessment that an alternative route through Nebraska would not do major harm to water...
Oil-by-rail reaches record levels in May — on track to rise higher still amid pipeline crunch
Canadian shipments of oil via rail have hit an all-time record high, and analysts expect shipments to go higher amid a pipeline crunch. New data from the National Energy Board shows Canadian oil companies shipped an...
One scientist's radical idea to engineer mice and stop Lyme disease
Scientists are proposing the radical evolutionary step of genetically engineering the white-footed mice of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket to rid the islands of Lyme disease. The nasty bacterial infection can cause...
Chesapeake Energy sells Utica Shale stake to Encino Acquisition Partners
Chesapeake Energy Corp. has entered into an agreement to sell its interests in the Utica Shale operating area located in Ohio, US, for approximately US$2 billion to Encino Acquisition Partners, a private oil and gas
Aerial drones broaden energy industry’s horizon
Last year, Dhiaa Jamil, chief operating officer of power conglomerate Duke Energy, watched helicopters string transmission lines as they darted between towers standing as high as 100 feet, pondering the high costs of..
Halliburton acquires Athlon Solutions
Halliburton Company has announced the acquisition of Athlon Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of specialty water and process treatment chemicals, customised engineering solutions, and services. Athlon will become part
PRCI: VCIs reduce corrosion
Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) recently completed a research study for mitigating soil-side corrosion on the bottom plates of aboveground petroleum storage tanks.Corrosion management is a major......
Technical Toolboxes Launches New Horizontal Directional Drilling PowerTool
Technical Toolboxes, the leading global provider of integrated and cloud-based pipeline software, consulting and industry training for pipeline engineering and technical professionals, has launched its new Horizontal...
B.C. LNG terminal poised to boost struggling Canadian gas stocks
A liquefied natural gas terminal in British Columbia will “refocus people on Canadian gas,” giving a boost to stocks such Tourmaline Oil Corp. and ARC Resources Ltd., according to the manager of more than $500-million..
CleanChoice Energy launches renewable energy broker program
CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy company providing 100% clean electricity to customers across the country, has launched the CleanChoice Energy Broker Program. The new program allows energy brokers and consultants
'Goose bumps' in Kitimat as Shell ramps up activity towards LNG Canada
A flurry of activity in a remote Canadian town is raising optimism that Royal Dutch Shell Plc and its partners are ready to go ahead with the nation’s largest infrastructure project: a C$40 billion LNG terminal that....