Jim Bentein

  • Canada Must Aggressively Defend Its Oil And Gas Industry

    Allan Fogwill argues that it’s time for the Canadian oil and gas industry to be more aggressive about defending itself, saying it has let U.S.-based environmental and petroleum interests sabotage the country’s energy sector without financing convincing pro-industry arguments.

    January 30, 2019, 6 AM MST

  • FID For Value Creation Partial Upgrader Expected By Year-End

    Calgary-based Value Creation Inc. is expected to make a final investment decision by the end of this year on its $2 billion partial bitumen upgrading project in the Alberta Industrial Heartland east of Edmonton.

    January 23, 2019, 6:55 AM MST

  • Getting Ready For Generation Z In Oil And Gas

    Many in Canada’s oil and gas industry may be surprised by recent findings about the next generation who will enter the workforce.

    January 18, 2019, 9:31 AM MST

  • Capline Owners Planning Binding Open Season For Proposed Reversal

    A pipeline reversal project that could give Canadian heavy oil and bitumen producers a new way to reach U.S. markets now appears more likely to proceed following a recent announcement of a planned binding open season.

    January 11, 2019, 11:31 AM MST

  • Fuel Theft Crisis In Mexico Hits New Level

    The fuel theft crisis in Mexico has reached a new level, with gasoline shortages persisting in many states and the military being deployed to guard fuel storage and distribution facilities.

    January 11, 2019, 10:55 AM MST

  • Pemex Officials To Face Criminal Charges For Fuel Theft

    Three officials of Mexico’s state-owned oil and gas company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), who were allegedly complicit in the theft of petroleum from the company, have been dismissed and will face criminal charges, the country’s acting attorney general said late last week.

    December 31, 2018, 7:06 AM MST

  • Positive Outlook For LNG Over The Next Decade

    Two analysts who specialize in the LNG sector say they see good times emerging for the industry in the next decade, as the worldwide shift to clean-burning natural gas in the power sector ramps up.

    December 20, 2018, 12 AM MST

  • Energy Futures Lab Fellowship Program Is Transformational

    Deanna Burgart is an aboriginal woman who completed a challenging program in engineering technology, while still a single mother. She then completed an engineering degree when she and her husband were raising two children, while also experiencing the ups and downs of a 20-year career in the oil and gas and renewables industry.

    December 20, 2018, 7:26 AM MST

  • Bleeding In Service Sector Hasn’t Stopped: New PSAC Head

    The bleeding in the Canadian oilfield service sector hasn’t stopped, says the new head of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), even though it has been very difficult for those companies and their employees for the past five years.

    December 19, 2018, 6 AM MST

  • Opposition To Energy Projects Also Happening In Mexico

    Crucial pipelines, vital for the country’s economy, being delayed and even stopped as a result of opposition from Indigenous people; local and other groups concerned about the social and environmental impacts of those pipelines, leading to drawn out court battles.

    December 13, 2018, 7:43 AM MST

  • Renaissance Not Concerned With ‘AMLO’ Impact

    November 30, 2018, 12 AM MST

  • Plans Outlined For Mexico LNG Export Plant

    San Diego-based Sempra Energy recently announced plans for an LNG export facility on the west coast of Mexico, while another company has received U.S. Department of Energy approval for another Mexican LNG export plant.

    November 27, 2018, 6:52 AM MST

  • Natural Gas Series: LNG Exports On The Horizon For Canada. How Much Will It Benefit The Industry?

    Thanks to mainly LNG exports, natural gas demand and prices should rise for Canadian-based natural gas producers, but the extent of these expected increases is up for debate.

    November 21, 2018, 12 AM MST

  • More Refining Needed: MacGregor

    Alberta needs to add about one million bbls/d of refining capacity to avoid long-term steep differentials its bitumen and heavy oil producers will face, as the world shifts from higher-sulphur fuels, says the chief executive of the company building the province’s newest refinery in decades.

    November 16, 2018, 6 AM MST

  • Private Companies Will Eventually Be Embraced By AMLO: Company Head

    The president and CEO of Calgary-based junior International Frontier Resources Corporation (IFR) said he believes investment by privately-owned companies like his will eventually be embraced by the country’s new left-leaning president.

    November 15, 2018, 12 AM MST

  • Improved Results For NCS Despite ‘Challenging Operating Environment’ In Canada

    NCS Multistage Holdings Inc. reported improved third quarter results Wednesday, despite what its CEO Robert Nipper called “a challenging operating environment in Canada” and a slowdown in completions activity in the U.S.

    November 7, 2018, 8:45 AM MST

  • Source’s Q3 Results Impacted By ‘Unpredictable’ Operating Environment

    Source Energy Services Ltd., Canada’s largest frac sand services provider, released disappointing third quarter results Thursday, surprising analysts and investors, who had been told by company executives to expect strong results for the quarter, after the release of second quarter results this past summer.

    November 2, 2018, 9:21 AM MDT

  • MEG Reiterates Husky Rejection; Reports Strong Q3 Results

    Directors of MEG Energy Corp. repeated their rejection of a $6.4 billion takeover offer from Husky Energy Inc. again Thursday, while reporting good third quarter results.

    November 1, 2018, 10:23 AM MDT

  • Mobility In A Low-Carbon Future

    As the world shifts to electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, the use of more biofuels and “smart cities,” where public transit increasingly supplants single-vehicle movement, a forward-thinking initiative entitled “Mobility in a Low Carbon Future” aims at helping Alberta’s fossil-fuel-reliant economy and population benefit from those developments.

    October 29, 2018, 8:06 AM MDT

  • Mullen Group Reports Strong Q3 Results Despite ‘Mess’ In Oil And Gas Industry

    Despite what outspoken Mullen Group Ltd. chairman and CEO Murray Mullen called the “total mess” in Canada’s oil and gas business, the Okotoks, Alta.-based company reported strong third quarter results Thursday, thanks to a series of acquisitions and its shift into the broader consumer economy in Canada.

    October 26, 2018, 7:24 AM MDT

  • Mexico’s Newly Elected President Plans To End Oil Exports

    There was some little noticed good news for Canadian heavy oil and bitumen producers last week, who have been struggling with record higher differentials between prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil and Western Canada Select (WCS) heavy crude — and it came, literally, out of left field.

    October 22, 2018, 9:47 AM MDT

  • 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