U.S. DRILLING UP 35%
API - API announced today that estimated total wells drilled and completed in the first quarter of 2017 saw an increase of 35 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016. This is a drastic improvement from 2016 levels which saw a 59 percent decrease in total wells drilled and completed from the previous year.
"Today's report shows evidence that we could be turning a corner when it comes oil and natural gas drilling," said Hazem Arafa, director of API's statistics department. "The increase in oil and natural gas drilling furthers the U.S. as the world leader in the production and refining of oil and natural gas and in the reduction of carbon emissions which are near 25-year lows. Moving forward, it's important to put in place forward-looking policies that embrace America's leadership in energy that has provided benefits for American consumers, American workers and the environment."
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LUKOIL - The plan is based on the conservative $50 per barrel oil price scenario. Sustainable hydrocarbon production growth is planned in the Upstream business segment along with the growth in the share of high-margin projects in the overall production. In the Downstream business segment, the focus is on the improvement of operating efficiency and selective investment projects targeted at the enhancement of product slate.
BP - BP will acquire on completion a 43% equity share in Lightsource for a total consideration of $200 million, paid over three years. The great majority of this investment will fund Lightsource’s worldwide growth pipeline. The company will be renamed Lightsource BP and BP will have two seats on the board of directors.
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