New sanctions find energy players eyeing Russia with caution

The New York Times

The latest round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine have major energy companies -- including BP and Total -- thinking again about the way they do business with Moscow, The New York Times reports.


Finger pointing over rising production costs as majors slash spending

The New York Times

Major oil companies including Chevron, BP and Total are cutting or delaying expensive megaprojects because costs are outstripping expected return, and they’re trading blame with oilfield services companies about what’s causing the cost inflation, The New York Times reports.


France's Total in shale deal with Russia's Lukoil

PARIS (AP) — French energy company Total SA is hooking up with Russia's largest private oil company to explore and develop a huge Siberian shale oil field, despite Western sanctions and anger over the Kremlin's role in Ukraine's crisis.

The deal signed Friday with Russia's Lukoil draws new attention to French economic ties with Russia, and the French government's reluctance to punish Moscow too heavily.

Total says in a statement that the two will set up a joint venture to develop the Bazhenov oil formation in western Siberia, believed to hold some of the world's largest shale oil deposits. It says Lukoil will have 51 percent of the venture and Total 49 percent.


Total trims costs, to start Kaombo ultradeepwater project off Angola

The New York Times

French oil giant Total says it is setting a 2017 start date for the Kaombo ultradeepwater project off Angola after finding a way to slash the projected cost by $4 billion, down to $16 billion, The New York Times reports.


Myanmar awards 20 oil exploration blocks

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Major oil companies including Total, Chevron, Woodside Energy and Shell have won bids for offshore oil and gas exploration blocks off Myanmar's western and southern coasts, the country's Energy Ministry said Wednesday.

An announcement on the ministry's website said 13 oil companies won bids to explore in 10 shallow water blocks and 10 deep water blocks in the Gulf of Martaban and Tanintharyi, off the western state of Rakhine.


Energy executives increase calls for cost control from suppliers


At last weeks CERAWeek summit in Houston, executives from large companies including Chevron and Total urged oil suppliers to show restraint in the costs of new development, warning increasing extraction costs will not be sustainable for long, FuelFix reports.

Oil giant Total joins UK shale hunt, PM backs deal

LONDON (AP) — France's Total has agreed to explore for shale gas in Britain, making it the first major oil company to enter the country's market in the face of widely publicized environmental protests.

Total SA, Europe's third-largest oil producer, said Monday it acquired a 40 percent interest in two exploration licenses in eastern Britain.

Environmental activists oppose the extraction of fuel from shale, known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, saying it contaminates ground water. The process injects hundreds of thousands of gallons of water laced with chemicals into the ground to shatter the rock and free the gas.

French oil giant Total joins shale hunt in Britain

PARIS (AP) — The French oil conglomerate Total will explore for shale gas in Britain, joining a boom that has overhauled world energy markets.

Total said Monday it has acquired a 40 percent interest in two British exploration licenses, both in eastern Britain, becoming the major stakeholder. The next biggest partner, at 17.5 percent, is the Dart Energy Europe subsidiary GP Energy Limited.

Poland and Britain are the only countries in Europe actively exploring for shale gas. Other countries have been hesitant, fearing the environmental repercussions. Extracting fuel from shale can require hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, and chemicals forced into the ground to shatter the rock and free the gas, a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

It's official: Korea to resell some Sabine Pass gas to Total


Taking advantage of new legislation, Korea Gas Corp. has formally agreed to resell some of its imported Sabine Pass gas to Total, Platts reports. 

Cyprus, French firm to collaborate on gas plant

Cyprus and French energy company Total have agreed to cooperate on developing a planned natural gas processing facility in the bailed-out country.


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