Crude oil news

Shale Companies, Adding Ever More Wells… Newer Wells Drilled Close To Older Wells Are Generally Pumping Less Oil And Gas And Could Hurt Output

Newer wells drilled close to older wells are generally pumping less oil and gas and could hurt output, leading frackers to cut back on the number of sites planned and trim overall production forecasts

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Venezuela Oil Sanctions Likely to Hit Some U.S. Refiners. Profit margins for turning heavy crude into gasoline and diesel have slumped to the lowest level in more than a year

The Trump administration has drafted a slate of sanctions but hasn’t decided whether to deploy them, said people familiar with the matter. Earlier this month, White House officials warned U.S. refiners that sanctions were being considered, and advised them to seek alternative sources of heavy crude. Some U.S. refiners worried about sanctions experimented with alternatives last year before ultimately returning to Venezuelan crude.

Oil headed for its biggest weekly gain in over two years. Still, prices are about 30 percent lower than their highs in October

Crude’s direction in coming weeks may be determined by whether the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia implement output cuts they have promised for the first six months of 2019. Also crucial will be the outcome of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China — the world’s two biggest economies. A deal between the nations could boost flagging global growth that underpins oil demand.

Qatar Petroleum to invest $20 billion in U.S. over the coming few years, after the Gulf Arab state unexpectedly quit OPEC this month

Qatar, a tiny but wealthy country is one of the most influential players in the LNG market due to its annual production of 77 million tonnes. It plans to boost capacity 43 percent by 2023-2024 and will be building four liquefaction trains for the LNG expansion.

As part of its more than $20 billion investment push in the U.S. QP is looking “at gas and oil, conventional and non-conventional”