Jim Bentein

  • New Era As Canada Enters Cannabis Legalization; Workplace Implications Outlined

    A senior manager of a company specializing in drug and alcohol testing at worksites says he’s concerned about impediments to implementing legislation and practices that will prevent workplace deaths.

    October 17, 2018, 7:05 AM MDT

  • Good News For Natgas Producers From Planned Methanol Plant

    Natural gas producers in northwestern Alberta and northeastern B.C. received some good news Tuesday, with the announcement that a Calgary-based company plans to build Canada’s largest methanol manufacturing plant.

    October 10, 2018, 12 AM MDT

  • AMLO Indicates Ban On Fracturing In Mexico

    Mexico’s incoming president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has indicated his incoming administration will ban fracking in the country, a decision business spokespeople say will mean the country remains reliant on imported gas for most of its needs.

    October 10, 2018, 12 AM MDT

  • Louisiana Crude Terminal Acquisition A Sign Capline Reversal Will Proceed

    It appears likely that the reversal of the previous south-north flow of crude on the 1.2 million bbl/d Capline Pipeline will proceed, enabling Canadian oilsands and heavy crude to flow to the Louisiana coast, says a spokesperson for the company that operates the pipeline.

    October 5, 2018, 8:14 AM MDT

  • ‘We Need To Find A Better Way’ On Pipeline Regulatory Matters: Anderson

    The tortured history of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proves that there needs to be a better way of regulating pipelines in Canada, the head of the government-owned company now overseeing the project said Wednesday.

    September 27, 2018, 4:08 AM MDT

  • Mexico Regulator Recommends New State-Owned Entity To Focus On Gas Production

    Mexico’s energy regulator has recommended the creation of a new state-owned entity to focus exclusively on gas production, in a country where natural gas consumption is growing by more than two per cent a year.

    September 25, 2018, 9:04 AM MDT

  • Potential For Significant Unconventional Oil In NEBC

    There’s potential for a new significant unconventional oil play in northeastern B.C. that could unlock hundreds of millions of light oil bbls, says the head of a newly released Geoscience BC study — and it’s where conventional oil has been developed since the 1950s.

    September 21, 2018, 12 AM MDT

  • Refinery Plans Welcomed By Value Add Supporters

    The executive who heads the company building Canada’s first new refinery in over 30 years says he welcomes the news that an Indigenous-led investment group, partnered with Chinese firms, plans to build another new refinery in Alberta.

    September 19, 2018, 6 AM MDT

  • GHG Intensity Of Oilsands Projects Declining

    Environmentalists who have called oilsands crude “dirty” might want to rethink that label, following the release of a study that argues that the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of oilsands projects is declining steadily and should be 30 per cent below 2009 levels by 2030.

    September 17, 2018, 9:48 AM MDT

  • No Request Yet For Funding From Group Planning Refinery

    A spokesperson for Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd says there has been no request for government funding from a group proposing to develop an $8.5 billion bitumen refinery and petrochemical complex north of Edmonton, but if a request came “it would certainly be considered.”

    September 17, 2018, 11:22 AM MDT

  • SinoCan Pursuing Bitumen-Based Refinery And Petrochemical Facility

    An investment group led by a partnership of Indigenous people in Alberta, two large Chinese companies and a small Edmonton-based firm announced Wednesday they have retained Edmonton-based Stantec Consulting Services to oversee the regulatory review and permitting process for a multibillion-dollar refinery and petrochemical project planned for the Alberta Industrial Heartland.

    September 14, 2018, 3:15 AM MDT

  • LNG Canada Expected To Get Green Light, Webinar Hears

    The $40 billion LNG Canada export plant, the first large such mega project that would be built on Canada’s West Coast, will definitely go ahead, according to an analyst with energy consultants Wood Mackenzie Ltd.

    September 7, 2018, 9:54 AM MDT

  • Tenaris Opens Grand Prairie Facility; LNG Would Be Major Shot In The Arm

    Wednesday’s grand opening of a new Grande Prairie service centre signals that the country’s oil and gas industry is back on its feet, according to Tenaris S.A., and the development of a West Coast LNG export project would give it a major shot in the arm.

    September 6, 2018, 9:04 AM MDT

  • Opportunity For Canadian Export Via Seahorse Pipeline

    With a Federal Court of Appeal ruling having jeopardized the chances of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proceeding, any prospect of new market access for Canadian bitumen producers would be considered good news.

    September 5, 2018, 8:16 AM MDT

  • Indigenous Consultation Will Continue To Be Vital

    It’s unlikely the federal government’s proposed Bill C-69 will have much of an impact on the existing approach Alberta takes towards consultation with First Nations and Metis, according to a senior provincial government official.

    August 28, 2018, 7:56 AM MDT

  • Existing Regulatory System In Canada Already Exemplary: Industry

    Spokespersons for organizations representing the Canadian energy industry are virtually unanimous in their view that the National Energy Board (NEB), the existing regulatory body that reviews resource projects, is one of the best regulators in the world and doesn’t need to be replaced.

    August 27, 2018, 8:23 AM MDT

  • Production Climbs For Renaissance In Q2

    Vancouver-based Renaissance Oil Corp., which three years ago became the first privately-owned oil and gas company to start producing oil and gas in Mexico, released strong second quarter financial results on Monday, but it is only the beginning for the junior, which has started “elephant hunting” in a shale block in central Mexico.

    August 27, 2018, 11:20 AM MDT

  • ACTL Creating ‘New Industry’: Exec

    The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) project will mark the beginning of a new industry in the province that could ultimately lead to one billion bbls of oil being recovered from reservoirs in central Alberta, says an executive with one of the companies involved in the project.

    August 17, 2018, 7:49 AM MDT

  • Total Hikes Capital Spending Again — And Again It’s Directed At U.S.

    Total Energy Services Inc.’s board approved an increase to the company’s 2018 capital expenditure budget to $54 million, which will be directed at the U.S. — the lion’s share of a previous increase was also directed at areas outside of Canada, also mainly south of the border. ​​​​​​​

    August 10, 2018, 11:39 AM MDT

  • Keyera Cash Flow Surges For Q2; Dividend Hiked

    Keyera Corp., one of Canada’s fastest growing midstreamers, continues to fire on all cylinders, as it announced second quarter results Wednesday that saw its cash flow up by 32 per cent from the same quarter last year and its earnings rise by 44 per cent, leading to a decision to award its shareholders by increasing its dividend by seven per cent.

    August 9, 2018, 10:32 AM MDT

  • STEP Revenue Surges, Helped By Tucker Acquisition

    STEP Energy Services Ltd. reported good second quarter financial results Thursday morning, supported by the acquisition this past winter of a company that helped it enter the U.S. fracturing market.

    August 2, 2018, 10:30 AM MDT

  • LNG Project In B.C. Would Create ‘Step-Change’ In Proppant Demand: Source

    Despite the normal slowdown in oilfield activity caused by seasonal spring breakup, Source Energy Services Ltd., Canada’s largest frac sand provider, recorded strong second quarter results Wednesday, thanks to an increase in proppant intensity and completions activities by its customers.

    August 1, 2018, 9:32 AM MDT

  • New Low Sulphur Marine Standards Create Refining Opportunity

    New low-sulphur marine fuel standards could prove to be disastrous for the Canadian oil producing sector, says a new report by the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI), creating the need for more upgrading and refining to take place within Alberta.

    August 1, 2018, 9:13 AM MDT

  • Global Demand Points To Need For “New Wave” Of LNG Export Projects

    A “new wave” of LNG projects is needed with many of them in North America, a webinar on LNG opportunities heard Thursday.

    July 27, 2018, 6 AM MDT

  • Conventional Discoveries Seeing ‘Recovery,’ Says Rystad

    Those who assumed the world’s oil and gas production future would be all about unconventional resources, such as the oilsands and shale, have been proven wrong this year, as conventional oil and gas discoveries are on track for a significant increase, according to a new analysis.

    July 27, 2018, 11:24 AM MDT