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    US Expects Record Domestic Oil Production In 2019, 2020

    The United States expects domestic oil production to reach new heights this year and next, and that prices — for both crude and gasoline — will be lower than they were in 2018. 

    In this May 14 2015  file photo-the oil drilling rig Polar Pioneer is towed toward a dock in Elliott Bay in Seattle. The government says U.S. oil production will keep climbing and set new records in 2019 and 2020 while oil prices will remain below last yearGovernment forecasters are sticking to their forecast that the United States — already the world's biggest oil producer — will become a net exporter of crude and petroleum products in 2020.

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Tuesday that it expects the United States to pump 12.4 million barrels of crude a day in 2019 and 13.2 million barrels a day in 2020. The January average was 12 million barrels a day, up 90,000 from December.

    Most of the increase is expected to come from the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, where production has been booming for several years as operators use hydraulic fracturing and other techniques to squeeze more oil and gas from shale formations.

    "The U.S. energy industry continues to transform itself," said Linda Capuano, administrator of the agency, which is part of the Energy Department.


    Jury Finds Ship Crush Death Accidental

    The death of an oil worker who was crushed by machinery aboard a ship was accidental, a jury concluded.

    Jeremy Sutch was crushed by machinery on the Platinum ExplorerJeremy Sutch, 46, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, died following the incident on the Platinum Explorer off the coast of Malaysia in February 2016.

    He suffered rib fractures which led to respiratory failure when he was hit by equipment known as a riser feeder.

    At the end of a three-day inquest at Suffolk Coroner's Court, a jury reached a conclusion of accidental death.

    Mr Sutch worked for Vantage Drilling Company and was described as "highly conscientious and competent".

    He died in hospital after a "protracted" evacuation from the drillship, which he had been maintaining and servicing as part of a small crew, on 25 February 2016.

    After being hit by the machinery, he was lowered via a rig crane to a boat which took him on the 30-minute journey to the shore, the jury heard earlier in the inquest.

    His family said they felt it was a "protracted evacuation" and questioned why a helicopter had not been used.

    But pathologist Dr David Rouse said Mr Sutch's injuries were so serious they were "non-survivable".

    Source: BBC


    XTO- Safer Wells One Year After Accident

    One year after an explosion at the Schnegg natural gas well pad near Powhatan Point, XTO Energy officials told Belmont County commissioners about progress at the site.

    Brian Teller, XTO operations manager for the Appalachia District, speaks during the Belmont County commissioners’ Wednesday meeting. He updated the county about new precautions in the wake of last year’s well pad explosion at Powhatan Point.Brian Teller, operations manager for XTO’s Appalachia District, and Karen Matusic, public and government affairs manager for the district, discussed precautions implemented in the wake of the accident that happened off Cats Run Road last Feb. 15. The incident displaced numerous residents, with those living closest to the site being affected for weeks. The XTO officials said the company is now monitoring its well pads more carefully.

    Commissioners Josh Meyer and J.P. Dutton heard the report. Commissioner Jerry Echemann, who took office in January, was out of town attending education sessions for new commissioners.

    “We worked through some different reconstruction plans, looked at the wells individually,” Teller said, adding that XTO has been working with regulators. “We came up with a good plan to reconstruct those wells so that they were safe for production again.”

    Teller said the well pad is active again, with four wells producing.

    “As of (Tuesday), we turned on two of those wells for production, and today we’re turning on the final two for production,” he said.


    BSEE Issues Report Of Investigation Into Petrobras Drillship Fatality

    A lack of training, familiarity, and experience with the drill floor equipment and drillship layout could have contributed to the Dec. 2, 2017, accident that killed a floor hand aboard the Petrobras 10000 drillship working in the Gulf of Mexico’s Walker Ridge 469 area, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a Feb. 13 report of its investigation into the incident.

    Petrobras Drillship 10000BSEE said the Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. floor hand, who was not identified, was part of a crew performing drill pipe picking up and racking back operations on the vessel’s auxiliary drill floor when he was crushed between the skate’s loading platform arm and an auxiliary stanchion post around 4:40 a.m. CST.

    “The panel’s investigation and its findings underscore the importance of placing safety first in every job being undertaken on a facility—no matter how routine,” BSEE Director Scott A. Angell said in a memorandum accompanying the report.

    The report also highlights the importance of following and enforcing safety rules on an offshore rig and the need for appropriate training, familiarity, and experience with a drillship’s equipment, Angell said. “This is particularly important when the crew is reporting to the first shift of their hitch,” he said.

    “Finally, with the fatal incident occurring more than 10 hr into the crew’s shift, the report underscores the importance of not becoming complacent while performing a repetitive job,” Angell said


    Chevron To Ramp Up Permian Basin Drilling Projects

    Oil giant Chevron is preparing for a large round of drilling in the Permian Basin of West Texas.

    An employee walks by pressure pumps before hydraulic fracturing operations begin at a Chevron drilling siteThe California oil company filed 12 drilling permit applications with the Railroad Commission for horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing projects on its DR State Wise Unit lease in Culberson County.

    Located off FM 652 between Guadalupe Mountains National Park and the town of Orla, all 12 drilling projects target the Ford West field of the Wolfcamp geological formation down to a depth of 9,000 feet.

    Chevron closed 2018 with a nearly $14.9 billion profit on $166.3 billion of revenue. The company attributes part of those profits to a production increase in the Permian Basin where it holds more than 2.2 million acres of leases.

    With a large presence in Houston, Chevron filed for 124 drilling permits in Texas last year. The company’s nearly 2,300 Texas leases produced nearly 28.9 million barrels of crude oil, more than 116.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas and nearly 5.4 million barrels of condensate during the first 11 months of 2018.


    Austin’s RigUp Adds $60M For Service That Finds Oil And Gas Workers

    Energy industry startup RigUp has added $60 million in new funding for its service that aims to connect oilfield workers who are looking for a job with oil and gas companies.

    Energy industry startup RigUp has added 60 million in new funding for its service that aims to connect oilfield workersThe financing is Austin, TX-based RigUp’s Series C funding round and was led by Founders Fund, the San Francisco venture firm started by PayPal co-founders Peter Thiel, Ken Howery, and Luke Nosek. Earlier investors Energy Partners, Global Reserve Group, and Bedrock Capital also participated.

    RigUp raised a $15.8 million funding round in February of 2018 to build out mobile features for its online marketplace, as well as to make new hires. Founders Fund, known for a wide range of big-name investments in companies including SpaceX and Stripe, also participated in the Series B deal and in a $15 million Series A funding round in 2016. RigUp added $3 million in 2014, the year it was founded, according to a securities filing.

    About 50 percent of the oil and gas workforce may retire in the next five years, RigUp says. The company hopes to help its customers attract younger workers through its app, where prospective employees can search for and quickly find a job. Employers that use the app will save money on labor costs, find workers faster, and reduce the administrative work they must do, RigUp says.


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