Baker Hughes: US rig count climbs another 8 units to 923

The US rig count climbed again during a shortened week last week with an 8-unit climb to 923 rigs working during the week ended Nov. 22 ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, data from Baker Hughes indicate. Source: News

EPA rejects requests to reconsider RFS point of obligation

The US Environmental Protection Agency formally rejected the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and several independent refiners’ requests that it reconsider their suggestions to move the federal Renewable Fuels Standard’s point of obligation farther downstream. Source: News

Kuwait lets contract for Al-Zour refinery expansion

Kuwait Petroleum Corp.’s newly formed subsidiary Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co. has let a contract to Honeywell UOP LLC to provide a range of process technologies for the already proposed expansion of KIPIC’s grassroots 615,000-b/d Al-Zour refinery complex still under construction in southern Kuwait. Source: News

Sasol scrubs US plant in retreat from GTL

Sasol is ending its suspended gas-to-liquids project in Louisiana in a strategic retreat from a business in which it has been an international leader. Source: News

Brazil’s giant Libra field brought on stream

Total SA announced Nov. 27 that the Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras)-led Libra consortium has brought production on stream in ultradeep waters 180 km offshore Rio de Janeiro in Brazil’s presalt Santos basin.  Source: News