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It’s onward and stubbornly upward for the U.S. ethanol industry, which shows little sign of slowing after a record year in 2014.

Weekly ethanol production matched its record high in the first week of June, equaling output from the week ending December 19, 2014. At 992,000 bpd, production is up 20,000 bpd from last week and more than 100,000 bpd since the beginning of May.

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — ExxonMobil and its partner, the state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, will sell the Chalmette oil refinery on Louisiana's Gulf Coast for $322 million to a New Jersey energy company.

Multiple news outlets report Friday that PBF Energy Inc., based in Parsippany, NJ, and one of the largest independent oil refiners in North America, has agreed to purchase the 189,000 bpd refinery as well as interests in chemical facilities, pipelines and other assets at the site.

About 530 ExxonMobil employees and 500 contractors work at the refinery.

The country’s oil imports have steadily climbed along with its growing economy. India has surpassed Japan in terms of oil imports multiple times over the past few years, and could trade spots again. But while they duel it out in the short-term, the outlook is clear. India’s import dependence is rising fast and it will be one of the largest sources of demand growth for the foreseeable future.

The International Energy Agency predicts that India will burn through 4.1 MMbpd in the second quarter of this year, edging out Japan’s 3.8 MMbpd.

Energy giants Gazprom and Shell, along with E.ON and OMV, signed a memorandum Thursday to construct a third technical line for a LNG plant on Sakhalin Island on Russia’s Pacific Coast.

Under the agreement, the companies would build a new route under the Baltic Sea from Russia with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters a year. No timeline on the project was announced.

After 25 years of covering the oil and gas industry, I can still find time for a good laugh; either that or shake my head in frustration, yank out some gray hairs and ask, “why”? The other day I was perusing emails when this grabbed my attention. “Poll: Key Primary Voters Support Arctic Drilling, Say Energy is Important Issue in 2016 Race.”

Wood Group Kenny will support the Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company (KPOC) in pipeline engineering and flow assurance engineering studies for the Kamansu East (KME) field offshore Sabah, Malaysia.

The work will include concept select studies and definition engineering on subsea heating options, thus preventing hydrates, for the 30 km gas pipeline that runs from the KME field in 750 meters of water to the company's new shelf edge Kebabangan platform.

The pipeline heating technology could be the first application for deepwater gas development in Malaysia.

Escalera Resources has agreed to buy producing wells and leasehold interests from Warren Resources. The deal is expected to in mid-August.

The assets, located in the Atlantic Rim Area of the Washakie Basin, WY, are complementary to Escalera's existing holdings and consist primarily of Warren's 74% operated working interest in the Spyglass Hill Unit that Escalera already holds a 22% non-operated working interest.

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