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Schlumberger projects global oil and gas drilling recovery

Schlumberger cuts more jobs in first quarter

During 2016, the “oil glut” that helped drive global oil prices down was the impetus for cutbacks by OPEC and other oil-producing nations. But oilfield services company Schlumberger chairman and CEO Paul Kibsgaard mentioned a shortage, not oversupply, of oil in years to come, reports Fuelfix. In a conference call with investors, Kibsgaard said drillers will need to begin putting ...

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Exxon Mobil joins Permian land rush

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Exxon Mobil announced Tuesday it will sell $5.6 billion in stock to acquire companies that control prime areas of oil and gas real estate in the Permian Basin. The company estimates that 60 billion barrels of oil reside under the land included in the oil and gas interests soon acquired from Fort Worth’s Bass family. About 3.4 billion barrels is ...

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Rig count slides after 10 weeks of increases

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After ten weeks of gains, the U.S. rig count from Baker Hughes shows a decrease of six since last week, dropping from 665 to 659. However, the total is still up 9 from last year at this time when the count was 650. Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania each lost one rig. Oklahoma and Texas were each down two ...

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Rig count up for 10th straight week

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The total U.S. rig count increased seven this week for a total of 665, one ahead of last year’s total. Baker Hughes reported 529 rigs exploring for oil, with 135 exploring for natural gas. The Permian Basin still remains the rig leader, with 267 rigs in the area, up three from last week. Colorado gained one, Louisiana was up two, ...

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Halliburton hiring in West Texas

Halliburton hiring in Permian, An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Permian Basin near Farmington, New Mexico. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp)

According to FuelFix, Halliburton is set to hire 200 workers in the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico. The Current-Argus reported that Halliburton spokeswoman Emily Mir said in late December there will be job opportunities throughout the Permian, including in Artesia. As the oil industry begins to see a small upswing, local businesses are crossing their fingers that ...

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Activity up, hiring increases in the Bakken

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Oil companies are hiring in the Bakken, and more jobs are expected to open up next year, according to the Bismarck Tribune today. Job Service North Dakota announced six oil companies are looking for workers to man fracking crews in the new year, said Cindy Sanford, customer service office manager of Job Service’s Williston branch. She said she couldn’t reveal ...

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Will Trump’s policies affect drilling or pipelines?

Oil field, Lost Hills, California (Image: Vincent Lammin) flickr

The election of Donald Trump has thrilled many people across the West’s oil and gas industry who say his promises to roll back regulations will free it from unfair and unnecessary obstacles imposed by President Obama, including drilling in the Western part of the United States. As California “If the Trump administration does nothing but stop being hostile to us, we’ll ...

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Obama’s offshore drilling ban–“Trump-proof”?

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In a historic move taken a month to the day before he hands over the White House to one of the most fossil-fueled administrations in U.S. history, President Obama answered the call of Native Alaskans, coastal residents and climate activists demanding offshore drilling bans, and stuck it to Donald Trump. Obama banned all future offshore oil and gas drilling from ...

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Trump’s picks leave energy industry optimistic

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For those who have been frustrated with the Obama Administration’s policies on climate and energy, Trump’s choices of several oil men for executive positions have those in the oil and gas industry feeling optimistic that change is coming. A Fuelfix article earlier this week reminds us that government and oil haven’t always gotten along. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Reducing Refrac Risk – A Strategy for Success in Uncertain Times

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The World Bank has forecast crude oil prices around $55 per barrel in 2017. Yet there is considerable uncertainty around the outlook. Ongoing negotiations among OPEC producers, and China’s transition from a manufacturing to a service-based economy, will both affect an already volatile market.  So, which companies will be in the best position to not only survive—but thrive—during times of uncertainty? ...

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