Jim Bentein

  • Rural Municipalities Sideswiped By Tough Times In Oilpatch

    The Alberta government, already coping with the loss of billions of dollars in royalty and tax revenue from the province’s troubled oil and gas sector, has another problem on its hands.

    December 2, 2019, 8:49 AM MST

  • Western Canadian Gas, European Demand Are Key Elements For LNG Projects In Eastern Canada

    Liquefied natural gas projects planned for eastern Canada represent a significant opportunity for Alberta’s gas producers to reach tidewater and access markets in western Europe.

    December 2, 2019, 7:19 AM MST

  • Orphan Well Clean Up Needs A Radical Approach, Says Researcher

    Cleaning up thousands of orphan wells in Alberta will require a radical approach, says a researcher with Alberta Liabilities Disclosure Project.

    November 25, 2019, 6 AM MST

  • ‘Continued  Difficult Industry Conditions’ In Canada: Total Energy

    Total Energy Services Inc.’s third quarter financial results reflect just how difficult it is to make a buck in the business.

    November 8, 2019, 11:01 AM MST

  • Decision To Cancel Gateway A Missed Opportunity, Conference Hears

    A B.C. coastal chief highlighted possible missed opportunities from the canceled Northern Gateway project, which Enbridge Inc. was forced to abandon in 2016.

    November 6, 2019, 7:51 AM MST

  • CP3 Founder Dies

    One of the keynote speakers at this week’s National Coalition of Chiefs Energy and Natural Resources Summit, held in Calgary, died of an apparent heart attack the night after he spoke at the conference,

    November 6, 2019, 11:33 AM MST

  • Pieridae Energy Seeks Government Assistance For LNG Facility

    Pieridae Energy Limited has approached both the federal and provincial governments for loan guarantees, tax breaks or other assistance to move forward its Goldboro LNG facility in Nova Scotia.

    November 4, 2019, 7:51 AM MST

  • MEG Shifts $30 Million Of Spending To Accelerate Completion Of Project At Phase 2B CPF

    MEG Energy Corp.  has shifted into 2019 roughly $30 million of expected 2020 capital expenditures to accelerate the completion of its in-progress brownfield project at the Phase 2B central processing facility, which includes incremental steam generation, water handling and oil treating capacity. 

    October 31, 2019, 7:50 AM MDT

  • Teck Reports Increased Fort Hills Production In Q3

    Despite the tailwinds of curtailment and wide differentials, mining giant Teck Resources Limited was able to count on its investment in the Fort Hills oilsands mine, in which it is partnered with Suncor Energy Inc., for better third quarter financial results than would have been the case if it was only in the metals and coal mining business.

    October 24, 2019, 3:13 PM MDT

  • Great Potential For O&G Development In Mexico: Simmons Edeco CEO

    The head of a Calgary-based oilfield services company, which operates mostly in Mexico, remains optimistic about prospects in the country despite the challenging development climate.

    October 18, 2019, 10:23 AM MDT

  • U.S. Crude Exports Set To Double By 2022, Says Rystad

    The U.S. will be exporting almost six million bbls/d by 2022, according to a new forecast.

    October 15, 2019, 10:57 AM MDT

  • Plains All American To Connect Diamond Pipeline To Capline

    Plains All American LLP has sanctioned the 200,000 bbl/d expansion and “modest” extension of the Diamond Pipeline JV.

    August 20, 2019, 12 AM MDT

  • Driving Down Costs Key For Canadian LNG

    The key to more LNG projects to Western Canada is to drive the costs down, says a leading expert on global LNG development.

    August 14, 2019, 8:28 AM MDT

  • Source Energy’s Sand Volumes, Revenues Down In Q2

    It was a tough second quarter of 2019 for frack sand and proppant provider Source Energy Services Ltd., with a fatal accident at one of its key terminals and weather that hampered its customers’ activities, leading to a significant decline in sand volume and revenue compared to the same quarter last year.

    August 2, 2019, 8:34 AM MDT

  • AltaGas Propane Project Begins To Pay Off

    AltaGas Ltd. is showing that its bet on a $500-million propane export terminal in B.C. is starting to pay off, after releasing second quarter results Thursday that include financial contributions from its Ridley Island Export Terminal (RIPET).

    August 1, 2019, 9:16 AM MDT

  • Enbridge In Talks With Southern Lights Shippers

    Enbridge Inc. is talking with Southern Lights shippers about ceasing existing contracts as the company moves forward in repurposing the condensate line to a 150,000 bbls/d of light crude line.

    July 24, 2019, 10:13 AM MDT

  • Newly-Formed Public Policy Group To Focus On Economic Development

    Growing up in small town Alberta in the 1960s during the early oil boom days, Hal Kvisle capitalized on employment opportunities — but now he’s worried those same opportunities may not be available for today’s youth.

    July 23, 2019, 8:49 AM MDT

  • Canada Petchem Can Compete With U.S. Gulf: Report

    Canada’s existing petrochemical industry, as well as new polypropylene plants being built in the Edmonton area, can compete economically with the petrochemical industry in the U.S. Gulf Coast, even if it is faced with a $50 a tonne carbon tax, a new study concludes.

    July 4, 2019, 6 AM MDT

  • Crude-To-Chemicals Technology Has Potential To Unlock More Value From A Bbl Of Oil

    A new chemical process technology used in refinery and petrochemical integration could more than double the profits derived from a bbl of crude oil by converting crude to chemicals, according to a new study by Houston-based IHS Markit.

    June 26, 2019, 11:16 AM MDT

  • Sturgeon Refinery May Have A Soot Handling Issue: UofA Professor

    The technical issues with the Sturgeon Refinery project may be linked to technology not proven as a way to process bitumen, says an expert in gasification technology.

    June 20, 2019, 10:42 AM MDT

  • Related Sturgeon Projects Not Sidelined By Setbacks

    The ongoing delays in the start-up of the Sturgeon Refinery will have little impact on a related project aimed at delivering CO2 about 250 kilometres to EOR-suited reservoirs, says the head of the company involved in the project.

    June 20, 2019, 11:05 AM MDT

  • Journey Boosts East Duvernay Land Position

    While staying somewhat below the radar screen, junior producer Journey Energy Inc. has secured a land position in the hot East Duvernay shale play that the company’s CEO and president says could hold as much as 150 million (gross) bbls and lead to 20 years or more of ongoing production.

    June 17, 2019, 10:32 AM MDT

  • LNG/Natural Gas Proponents Optimistic About Outlook

    Developers of LNG projects in Canada, and the head of an LNG industry group, spoke optimistically on Tuesday about future LNG development, given the demand outlook.

    June 12, 2019, 8:19 AM MDT

  • ‘Significant’ Oil And Gas Potential In Latin America

    While the oil and gas development potential in Latin America is significant, left-leaning governments and political uncertainty have prevented the area from seeing any real growth in production, a conference heard on Monday.

    June 11, 2019, 7:23 AM MDT

  • New Partners And Innovators Join The Energy Futures Lab

    Given her role as an executive with one of Canada’s largest real estate organizations, Cheryl de Paoli has attended numerous meetings, conferences and summits — but the one she attended early this year, where the future of Alberta’s energy sector and its economy were discussed, stands out in her mind as one of the most productive discussions she has ever been involved in.

    June 11, 2019, 10:09 AM MDT

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