Filed under: Commodities, Energy, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas
Data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows the nation’s energy sector used a record amount of natural gas-fired generation this past February, reports Reuters.
Consumption from natural gas power plants rose 34 percent from a year before in February, as prices lingered at a 10-year low and many utilities began to switch away from coal-fired generation in response to tightening environmental standards.
Through April 10 of this year, the gas-fired power plants consumed an average of 5 billion cubic feet per day more than over the same period last year, Arun Jayaram from Credit Suisse told the news source. Even Southern Company, which traditionally has relied on coal-fired power plants more than most utilities, saw coal fall below natural gas consumption. Read more
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Reliance Industries (RIL) will buy its third shale gas asset in the US for $392 million. RIL will pay $340 million in cash to acquire a 60 per cent stake in the Marcellus shale-gas acreages held by Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc and its partner, and the remainder $52 million would in Carrizo’s drilling cost in the Marcellus shale-gas areas of central and northeast Pennsylvania.
Earlier in 2010, RIL had bought a 40 per cent stake in Atlas Energy Inc’s Marcellus Shale acreage for $1.7 billion. Then in June 2010, it had agreed to buy a 45 per cent stake in Pioneer Natural Resources Co’s Eagle Ford shale natural gas asset in Texas for about $1.36 billion. Read more