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Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada's natural resources minister, reports that his country is looking at ways to increase pipeline utilization to boost crude exports as Europe seeks to reduce its reliance on Russian oil.

Enbridge Inc., the operator of the Southern Lights pipeline (part of the Mainline pipeline system), is in talks with the government, looking for ways to ease the current energy crisis. Network capabilities are the main point of discussion, as well as how fully they are utilized. Increasing exports to Europe is a key goal of the Canadian government.

At the moment, oil exports from Canada to the U.S. are approximately 4 million barrels of oil per day, with a small portion reexported to other countries. And this number is poised to rise.

In addition to Enbridge's Mainline pipeline, TC Energy's Keystone pipeline carries another 590,000 barrels/day of crude oil to the United States. However, no comment was provided by TC Energy as of yet.

What is known in the meantime, is that Enbridge's liquids and natural gas pipelines are near or at capacity, but the company has begun examining potential ways to supply more energy to U.S. and European markets. That strategy includes using facilities on the Gulf Coast for crude oil and natural gas export as one of the most feasible options.

This situation unveils following the geopolitical crisis in Eastern Europe. The Canadian government and other nations vowed not to import Russian oil after its military aggression in Ukraine. European leaders agreed to cut their reliance on Russian fossil fuels on March 10.

Ukraine's war has shown all of the European countries that they cannot be dependent on Russian oil and gas for long, which has sped up discussions about transitioning from natural gas to hydrogen. However, this cannot be done overnight.

Together with industry, the Canadian government is also analyzing how pipeline flows can be increased in response to such violence, but the extent of what can be done will not be known for another week.

Despite the fact that Canada is willing to increase pipeline export capacity, many producers have been reluctant to adjust their spending plans, which could significantly increase output.

There are currently no LNG export terminals in Canada, but a consortium led by Shell Plc and Petroliam Nasional Bhd is building a large facility on the west coast that will be open by the middle of the decade. 

This will come in handy, as even by the end of 2021 Canadian oil companies exported a record amount of crude from the U.S. Gulf Coast, mostly to big importers India, China, and South Korea.

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To Be or Not To Be: Bakken Assets Could Fetch $5 Billion for Exxon Mobil

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Exxon Mobil Corp. is weighing prospects of selling its assets in North Dakota’s Bakken, after gauging interest from potential buyers — 5 billion is the issue price, at least according to rumors. The price point came about after the news that the oilgiant is in the final round of hiring bankers to help launch the sale. Yet Exxon Mobil itself stays tight-lipped regarding the situation.

Major: Ameredev II Oil Producer to be Sold for $4 Billion by EnCap

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In light of the conflict in Ukraine, buyout firms are currently scurrying to make cash from the U.S. crudeprices reaching their highest level since 2008. And one of the largest privately-owned US-based oilproducers may be up for sale. EnCap Investments looks to sell its portfolio company Ameredev II for over $4 billion including debt. It’s important to note, however, that both EnCap and Ameredev II alike are staying tight-lipped on the matter.

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Shareholder’s payout target was increased by 50% after the largest U.S. independent oil producer surpassed Wall Street’s earnings estimates on growing energy prices, said Houston-based Conoco Phillips Co. on Aug. 4. Due to Western sanctions on major producer Russia throttling energy supply amid a rebound in demand from pandemic lows, oil and gas #prices have soared. Crude has been trading more than 25% higher since the start of the year and results also benefited from high natural gas prices. Meanwhile, shares were down a fraction, to $91.03, in early trading but are up about 26% year to date. Conoco Phillips stated, that the average price obtained for a barrel of oil and gas accelerated 77% from a year earlier to $88.57. The company acknowledges that it has not hedged any of its oil and gas sales to make the most of higher market prices. The capacity of 1.69 million boe/d was in line with Wall Street estimates, however, the company expected the current quarter’s output would be between 1.71 million and 1.76 million boe/d.

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California oil joint venture, Aera Energy, of Exxon Mobil Corp. and ShellPlc is being sold to German asset manager IKAV, according to the agreement of Sept. 1. Shell noted that the sale of its 51.8% membership interest in Aera Energy is for a total consideration of about $2 billion in cash with additional contingent payments based on future oil prices, subject to regulatory approval. However, the total transaction value was not disclosed. Being one of California’s largest oil and gas producers, Aera Energy accounts for nearly 25% of the state’s production. The sale by Exxon Mobil and Shell ends a 25-year-long partnership in California, meanwhile, it persists a streak of divestments of mature oil and gas properties by the two supermajors. Aera Energy LLC operates about 13,000 wells in the San Joaquin Valley in California, producing oil and associated gas. In 2021, Aera took out about 95,000 boe/d. Exxon Mobil’s interests in the Aera oil-production operation in California contained a 48.2% share of Aera Energy LLC and a 50% share of Aera Energy Services Co. held by Mobil California Exploration & Producing Co. Moreover, Exxon Mobil affiliates have signed a separate agreement for the sale of an associated loading facility and pipeline system. The sale effectively ends Shell’s upstream position in California. The company reported that the divestiture is valued to result in a post-tax impairment of $300 million to $400 million, subject to adjustments.

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The completion of the merger between Centennial Resource Development Inc. and Colgate Energy Partners II LLC happened on Sept. 1, sealing the debut of Permian Resources Corp., which is considered the largest pure-play E&P company in the Delaware Basin. Permian Resources’ idea was to combine two successful E&P companies, creating a better, stronger, and more strategically compelling company. Centennial and Colgate announced an agreement to merge in May, denying rumors that Colgate, a privately held independent Midland-based company, had been seeking an IPO. The merger estimated Colgate at about $3.9 billion and consists of 269.3 million shares of Centennial stock, $525 million of cash, and the assumption of approximately $1.4 billion of Colgate’s outstanding net debt. Permian Resources, being the combined company, has a deep inventory of “high-quality” drilling locations on around 180,000 net acres the companies anticipate will provide more than $1 billion of free cash flow in 2023 at current strip prices, in accordance with the company release on Sept. 1.

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