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Saudi Aramco signs landmark joint venture agreements with Nabors and Rowan

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Saudi Aramco signed two landmark agreements with Nabors Industries and Rowan Companies to create two new national champions focused on onshore and offshore drilling. The new joint ventures mark a major milestone towards the development of a competitive Saudi energy sector, as encapsulated in the company’s In-Kingdom Total Value Add (iktva) program and Saudi Vision 2030.

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Patterson-UTI Energy and Seventy Seven Energy announce agreement to merge

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Patterson-UTI Energy and Seventy Seven Energy jointly announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Patterson-UTI will acquire Seventy Seven Energy in an all-stock transaction. Patterson-UTI and Seventy Seven Energy are both leaders in building and operating high-spec rigs, and the transaction will further solidify Patterson-UTI as a leader in the US land drilling market with 201 high-spec rigs. Additionally, following the closing of the transaction, Patterson-UTI will have one of the largest and most modern pressure pumping fleets in the industry, with more than 1.5 million hydraulic fracturing horsepower both available and strategically-located in some of the most prolific oil and gas regions in the US. The transaction is subject to customary ...

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New USGS assessment indicates Wolfcamp shale holds an estimated 20 billion barrels of oil

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The Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion bbls of oil, 16 trillion cu ft of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion bbls of natural gas liquids, according to an assessment by the US Geological Survey. This estimate is for continuous (unconventional) oil, and consists of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources. The estimate of continuous oil in the Midland Basin Wolfcamp shale assessment is nearly three times larger than that of the 2013 USGS Bakken-Three Forks resource assessment, making this the largest estimated continuous oil accumulation that USGS has assessed in the United States to date. “The fact that this is the largest assessment of continuous oil we have ever done just goes ...

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New report: Banning fracking could have devastating impact on Texas, American economy

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If hydraulic fracturing were banned, Texas could lose 1.5 million jobs and $196 billion in annual GDP by 2022, a new report from the US Chamber of Commerce Energy Institute finds. The fourth installment of the institute’s Energy Accountability Series details the devastating economic impacts that America, especially Texas, could face if the “Keep it in the Ground” movement succeeded in banning hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas.

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CONSOL Energy, Noble Energy to separate Marcellus Shale joint venture

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CONSOL Energy and Noble Energy jointly announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement to separate their Marcellus Shale 50-50 Joint Venture (the "Exchange Agreement"). The two companies have negotiated a separation of the Joint Venture that was formed in 2011 for the exploration, development, and operation of primarily Marcellus Shale properties in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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