Jim Bentein

  • Technology Can Take The Bad News Out Of Canadian Oil And Gas

    Canada has a good news — bad news story to tell the world about its rich hydrocarbon resources, but through innovation including the use of technologies such as photonics, nanotechnology, genomics, artificial intelligence and robotics, the good news will overwhelm the bad in the future.

    March 29, 2017, 6 AM MDT

  • Surplus Of Electricity Gives Government ‘Ample Time’ To Come Up With Solutions To Lower Emissions, Provide Enough Electricity; Cogen Is Key

    While the Alberta government’s Climate Leadership Plan (CLP) will eventually lead to significant changes for the province’s electricity market, for power generators and consumers, as coal-power is phased out and more renewables are introduced, a power system expert says slow economic growth and overcapacity means there’s no need to panic.

    March 27, 2017, 6 AM MDT

  • Financially Troubled Pemex Rewards Former Senior Executives

    Financially troubled Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the state-owned oil and gas company that is facing competition from private sector companies for the first time in its 80-year history, has managed to reward former senior executives with rich pensions, despite having a debt of US$100 billion, plus US$90 billion in pension obligations.

    March 23, 2017, 8:09 AM MDT

  • Companies Focused On Shale Oil And Gas In Canada, U.S. Will Increase Capital Upstream Spending

    Companies focused on shale oil and gas plays in the U.S. and Canada will increase capital upstream spending this year by 60 per cent and 28 per cent, respectively, according to international energy consulting and intelligence firm Wood Mackenzie, with production increasing by 800,000 boe per day in the U.S. and 300,000 boe per day in Canada.

    March 20, 2017, 6 AM MDT

  • Mexican Environmental Agency Releases Rules On Hydraulic Fracturing

    Mazatlan, Mexico ‑The government body responsible for environmental regulations in Mexico has published the first ever rules governing hydraulic fracturing as two Canadian companies and others prepare to develop what are expected to be huge unconventional oil and gas resources in the country.

    March 20, 2017, 8:54 AM MDT

  • Alberta, Mexico Continue Energy Collaboration With New Funding

    Mazatlan — Alberta’s two largest and oldest universities have signed deals with the Mexican government that will help it shift to a free market energy sector economy — and while much of that assistance will centre around better technologies to develop unconventional resources in the country — one initiative is aimed at preventing thieves from stealing gasoline from the Mexico’s pipelines.

    March 14, 2017, 10:31 AM MDT

  • Environmental Protection And Economy Linked, Trudeau Tells CERA Week Conference

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday assured an international energy industry audience, including a number of Canadians, that his government’s environmental policies which include a carbon tax are not a repeat of the reviled National Energy Program (NEP) of his father, Pierre Trudeau.

    March 10, 2017, 10:27 AM MST

  • Tampico-Misantla Basin Potential Outlined

    Mazatlan — An energy industry consulting and analytical company has confirmed what two Canadian companies focused on Mexico have been saying since they entered the country’s oil and gas market about two years ago — that the oil and gas potential of the country’s inland (TMB) rivals that of the world’s “super basins.”

    March 7, 2017, 6 AM MST

  • Imports Of Refined Products From The U.S. Into Mexico Will Likely Continue Rising

    Imports of refined products from the U.S. into Mexico will likely continue rising, even though the country now relies on the U.S. for half of its gasoline and diesel, says a downstream market expert.

    March 2, 2017, 7:12 AM MST

  • PC Energy Critic Weighs In On Sturgeon

    While the energy critic for Alberta’s official opposition opposes more government help to spur the go ahead for the second phase of a massive refinery in the province, his counterpart with the Progressive Conservatives says it’s a project that must go ahead, because it will create thousands of jobs and tax revenues.

    February 21, 2017, 9:35 AM MST

  • Provincial Government Not Ready To Commit To Second Phase Of Sturgeon

    The pressure is building on Alberta’s New Democratic government to commit to back the second phase of the Sturgeon refinery, a multibillion-dollar project that converts bitumen into clean diesel, marine fuel and petrochemical feedstock, with the head of the company spearheading the project saying he needs a yes before this summer.

    February 17, 2017, 6 AM MST

  • Norway Officials Tour Canadian CCS Projects

    It’s “too early to tell” if Norway, a world leader in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, would invest in CCS projects in Canada, according to the head of the country’s government-owned enterprise charged with ramping up the technology.

    February 17, 2017, 9:17 AM MST

  • BOEM Approach Could Be Used In Mexico

    Mexican media reports indicate that the country’s Secretariat of Energy (SENER) is planning to copy an approach used by the U.S.-based Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), in which multiple oil and gas blocks are auctioned off at once, when it unveils new auction plans in a few weeks.

    February 17, 2017, 10 AM MST

  • Alberta Climate Plan Could Benefit Natural Gas Producers

    Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan will be bad news for consumers, as they pay more for greener electricity from a power generation fleet free of old king coal, but the big winners will be natural gas producers.

    February 15, 2017, 6 AM MST

  • Energy Sector Links In North America Can Be Spared, Even If NAFTA Reworked

    Mazatlan — Jim Carr, Canada’s Natural Resources Minister, told reporters yesterday, at the tail end of a visit to Mexico to advance trade relations between the two countries, he believes it’s possible the energy sector links between the three countries involved in NAFTA will be spared if the trade deal is reworked.

    February 3, 2017, 7:25 AM MST

  • Decision On Whether To Proceed To FEED Stage For Petchem Plant Looming: Pembina Exec

    A decision on whether to proceed with the front end engineering design (FEED) stage for a new $3.8 billion-$4.2 billion petrochemical plant to be built in Sturgeon County, northeast of Edmonton, will be made in 30 days — but executives with one of the partners in the project seem confident the plant will be built.

    January 27, 2017, 4:27 AM MST

  • Gibson Contemplating Further Expansion: CEO

    Although it has just launched a project to more than double crude oil storage capacity at its Edmonton Terminal, the chief executive of Gibson Energy Inc. said the company is already contemplating further expansion.

    January 27, 2017, 10:15 AM MST

  • AltaGas Acquisition ‘Transformational’

    In what it’s calling a “transformational acquisition” Calgary-based midstream giant AltaGas Ltd. confirmed Wednesday — in an announcement that came as no surprise to those familiar with the company — that it will acquire Washington, D.C.-based WGL Holdings Ltd. for C$8.4 billion.

    January 26, 2017, 6 AM MST

  • Protests, Blockades As Mexico Citizens React To ‘Gasolinazos’

    Mazatlan — Protests, including blockades of fuel terminals and highways, continue throughout Mexico as angry citizens react to what is being called “gasolinazos” after gasoline and diesel prices rose, a consequence of the end of an oil and gas monopoly in the country.

    January 6, 2017, 6 AM MST

  • Economic Arguments For Future Sturgeon Refinery Phases Stronger: Chief Executive

    The head of the company now building the first new refinery in Canada in 30 years says the economic arguments in favour of moving ahead with the next two phases of the project are better than when it was first designed a decade ago and he’s now hopeful all three phases will be built.

    January 5, 2017, 6 AM MST

  • Mexico Farm-Outs A ‘Game Changer’

    The success earlier this month of the first farm-out by Mexico’s state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) for a deep Gulf of Mexico block has been a “game-changer” for the country’s oil and gas reform, says a spokesman for a Canadian junior that is active in the country.

    December 19, 2016, 9:25 AM MST

  • Wide Variety Of Service And Supply Companies Could Benefit From Trans Mountain: RISA

    The federal approval of the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion and Line 3 Replacement Program will benefit a diverse group of Canadian service and supply companies, says the association that represents them.

    December 9, 2016, 8:57 AM MST

  • Mexico Proving Successful In Courting Private Sector Energy Players: Analyst

    Mazatlan, Mexico — Monday was “a great day for Mexico,” after the auction of 10 deep offshore Gulf of Mexico blocks was deemed a success and interest in a partnership with state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in another offshore block led to aggressive bidding, says an oil and gas analyst.

    December 6, 2016, 8 AM MST

  • Successful Auction Expected For Mexican Deep Water Blocks

    Mazatlan, Mexico — Today’s auction for deep oil and gas blocks in Mexican waters in the Gulf of Mexico will likely lead to bids for most or all of the 10 fields being offered, say Latin American energy experts.

    December 5, 2016, 7:50 AM MST

  • An Expanded Trans Mountain Pipeline Could Result In A Kamloops Investment Boom

    As a fourth generation Kamloops, B.C. native and executive director of a local business association, Steven Puhallo knows what makes his hometown’s economy tick—which is why he and the group he speaks for are such strong supporters of the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline.

    November 30, 2016, 6 AM MST

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