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US crude oil inventories, excluding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, decreased by 1.2 million bbl for the week ended Dec. 7, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration. At 442 million bbl, US crude oil inventories are about 7% above the 5-year average for this time of year, the report indicated.

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has extended the public comment period for a proposed environmental impact statement (EIS) relating to a proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea oil and gas lease sale, the agency’s Anchorage office said on Dec. 11.

Cenovus Energy expects to allocate the majority of its planned 2019 budget of $1.2-1.4 billion to sustain base production at its Foster Creek and Christina Lake oil sands operations. The company also plans to complete construction of the Christina Lake Phase G expansion. With an approved design gross capacity of 50,000 b/d, production startup from the expansion is expected in second-half 2019.

US Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will become the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s ranking minority member when Congress reconvenes in January, it was announced on Dec. 12. He will succeed Maria E. Cantwell (D-Wash.), who has been the committee’s top Democrat since January 2015.

In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the US Energy Information Administration has revised its 2019 price forecasts for Brent and West Texas Intermediate to $61/bbl and $54/bbl, respectively, which are both $11/bbl lower than forecast in the STEO for November.


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