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  • Feb 27- Contract driller Rowan Cos Plc wrote down the value of 12 of its oldest jack-up rigs by $438.4 million, joining rivals such as Transocean Ltd in recording big asset impairment charges. Rowan swung to a quarterly loss on the impairment charge, although the company's revenue rose 41 percent to $556.2 million due to two ultra-deepwater rigs coming into...

  • Feb 26- Offshore driller Ensco Plc said it would shut down an ultra-deepwater rig as demand dwindles due to a slump in crude prices, a day after it slashed its quarterly dividend by 80 percent. Ensco reported a fourth-quarter loss on Wednesday, compared with year-ago profit, hurt mainly by a $3 billion goodwill impairment charge. Ensco cut its quarterly dividend...

  • Feb 25- Engineering company Weir Group Plc said uncertainty in the oil and gas industry would significantly reduce its 2015 revenue on a constant currency basis despite aggressive cost-cutting, sending its shares tumbling on Wednesday. The number of rigs drilling for oil in North America last week was the lowest since July 2011, a survey by oil services firm...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 23- Shale oil producers are throttling back so quickly on drilling that U.S. crude output could fall sooner than expected, within months, executives say as they slash costs to cope with tumbling crude prices and compete with Persian Gulf rivals. For one, companies are cutting costs deeper and faster than before as Wall Street investors increasingly...

  • LONDON, Feb 20- Brent crude oil steadied above $60 a barrel on Friday as expectations of falling U.S. rig count numbers outweighed concerns about oversupply. This week's numbers, produced by oil services firm Baker Hughes Inc, are due around 1800 GMT on Friday. "A further sharp decrease in the oil rig count is expected... which points to declining U.S. oil production in...

  • Analysts said the rouble's trajectory would continue to be determined by oil, forex sales before large rouble-denominated taxes due next week and news out of Ukraine, where the market hopes a fragile ceasefire will hold. Russia celebrates the Defender of the Fatherland Day public holiday on Monday, meaning traders could be exposed to losses over the...

  • LONDON, Feb 20- Brent crude oil rose towards $61 a barrel on Friday as expectations of falling U.S. rig count numbers outweighed concerns about oversupply. This week's numbers, produced by oil services firm Baker Hughes Inc, are due around 1800 GMT on Friday. "A further sharp decrease in the oil rig count is expected... which points to declining U.S. oil production in the...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 20- Russia's Eurasia Drilling said on Friday it was delaying a deal to sell a stake in the company to oil services giant Schlumberger while it waited for approval from a Russian regulator. Last month, Schlumberger said it planned to buy a 45.65 percent stake in Eurasia for about $1.7 billion, potentially paving the way for it to become the sole owner of...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 20- Barely two months into his new job as the head of the world's largest offshore driller, Steven Newman was steering Transocean through the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, quickly earning a reputation as a CEO with a steady hand. A Transocean official declined to comment. According to a Transocean presentation, its fleet is about 25 percent larger than...

  • *North Sea, West Africa, Brazil projects most vulnerable. OSLO, Feb 19- The global oil service industry will have to cut more jobs and idle more rigs following the slump in crude prices and companies must reshape their business models to get a grip on costs, the CEO of U.S. firm FMC Technologies said on Thursday. One of the world's biggest subsea equipment suppliers, FMC...

  • MILAN, Feb 19- Europe is attracting twice as many liquefied natural gas tankers as last year and more are expected in what is now the premium-priced market after a year-long demand slump in Asia. "We see NBP plus transportation returning as a price benchmark to Asia, at least for the next two to three years," said Javier Moret, head of LNG origination at RWE, Germany's...

  • Feb 17- Oilfield services giants Schlumberger Ltd and Halliburton Co and many others in the oil and gas industry have announced plans to lay off thousands of people in the past few months as global oil prices have nearly halved since June. In January, crude prices fell to their lowest in more than five years, hurt by a global supply glut and OPEC's refusal to curtail...

  • Oil train derails in W. Va., sparks blast, fires Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 4:22 PM ET

    A train carrying crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday sparking a house fire and threatening the water supply.

  • LONDON, Feb 16- U.S. shale producers have responded even more quickly to lower oil prices than analysts expected, which should ensure shale production hits a plateau by May or June and is sustained rather than falling in the second half of the year. The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States declined by another 84 last week, according to oil field...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 16- After years of enduring spiralling operating costs Canada's oil and gas industry is being hit by price deflation, as producers push to share the pain of low crude prices with contractors, service providers and suppliers. "The pressure on pricing was almost instantaneous and right across the board," Precision Drilling Corp Chief...

  • US oilfield jobs cull gains pace, more pain ahead Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    Feb 13- When Ian Sandlin was laid off last week after 13 months working on oil rigs in southeast Texas, he was surprised to have lasted that long. The 27- year-old Houston native is among thousands of workers caught in an accelerating cull of oil field jobs across the once booming U.S. oil industry. Interviews with more than a dozen oil workers and job recruiters...

  • LONDON, Feb 13- "This is the really crappy part of the job, and this is what I hate about this industry frankly," the chief executive of oilfield services company Baker Hughes complained as he announced it would lay off 7,000 employees. Baker Hughes is cutting jobs in response to slumping prices and a downturn in drilling activity. Halliburton announced it will cut...

  • OSLO, Feb 13- Seadrill, the world's third-biggest offshore driller, cut $1.1 billion worth of Petrobras orders from its backlog due to the Brazilian firm's troubles, sending its shares 13 percent lower. Seadrill, which had an order backlog of $20 billion at the end of the third quarter, announced the contract extensions in November in a relief to investors as...

  • SINGAPORE/ MILAN, Feb 13- Over a dozen liquefied natural gas tankers are parked, many idle, in and around Singapore- one of the world's biggest trading hubs for the fuel- in a sign that the slowdown engulfing world gas markets may be worsening into a crisis. With Asian spot LNG prices down by almost two-thirds since February 2014 as slowing demand combines with rising...

  • *Q4 adjusted loss 23 cents/ share vs est 32 cents. Feb 12- Rig contractor Hercules Offshore Inc said it slashed its workforce by nearly a third and cut salaries, as the company keeps a tight leash on costs to counter a fall in demand due to a slump in crude oil prices. Oil and gas producers, drillers and services providers such as Cenovus Energy Inc, BG Group Plc,...