Energy news in brief

** Hackers have demanded 565 bitcoins, currently worth about $5 million, from Mexico’s national oil company Pemex in a cyberattack. The hack, detected on Sunday by Pemex, has forced the company to shut down its computers across Mexico, Reuters reported.

** The Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors has approved plans to create Nebraska’s largest solar farm. The board voted 7-1 to move forward with plans to create a solar field capable of generating up to 600 Megawatts (MW) of electricity, with a natural gas backup option. That would be enough electricity to power roughly 300,000 homes for a year.

** Halliburton Companywill host a conference call on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, to discuss its fourth quarter 2019 financial results. The call will begin at 8:00 AM Central Time (9:00 AM Eastern Time). The Company will issue a press release regarding the fourth quarter 2019 earnings prior to the conference call. The press release will be posted on the Halliburton website at


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