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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - Royal Dutch Shell appoints a new chairman to its board and reports earnings six percent ahead of expectations.
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Conoco 3Q Profit Rise, 2015 Capex Seen Lower
Thursday, October 30, 2014 ConocoPhillips reports higher third-quarter profit from the sale of its Nigerian unit but lowered its fourth-quarter production outlook.
Total's New Boss Says Europe Must Fight US Oil Export Ban
Thursday, October 30, 2014 The new head of Total challenged Europe to fight Washington over the US oil export ban, in his first public appearance since his predecessor.
Enhanced Oil Recovery: Can Chemical EOR Take Off?
Thursday, October 30, 2014 In the second of three articles focused on enhanced oil recovery, research firm Visiongain looks at how chemical EOR is moving from a pilot phase to commercial scale.
EMAS Offshore Switches Gears from Leased FPSO to EPC Business
Thursday, October 30, 2014 EMAS Offshore changes tack in its floating production business by targeting engineering, procurement and construction contracts instead of focusing on leasing deals.
Argentine Congress Passes Law Aimed At Attracting Oil Investment
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Argentina's Congress gives final approval to a law revamping energy investment regulations, the latest step by President Fernandez to lure foreign companies into the country's promising shale sector.
Oil Slips On Dollar, Rate Fears After 2-day Gain; Brent Below $87
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Oil prices closed down 1%, resuming their downtrend after a two-day climb.
Texas RRC Issues New Regulations on Fracking Disposal Wells
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Texas' oil and gas regulatory body issues new rules regarding the location and operation of disposal wells used in hydraulic fracturing.

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Exploration

Karoon Plans $150M Brazil Oil Well Drilling Plan, Seeks Partner
Friday, October 31, 2014 Karoon Gas Australia is trying to sell a stake in its Brazilian offshore oil-exploration blocks as it plans to start a $120 million to $150 million drilling program, its top South American executive says.
Exoma Energy Withdraws from Galilee JV Exploration Permits in Queensland
Friday, October 31, 2014 Exoma Energy withdraws from the Galilee Joint Venture exploration permits in Queensland, Australia.
Seabird's Hawk Explorer Lands $12M Seismic Survey Contract in Asia Pacific
Friday, October 31, 2014 Seabird's Hawk Explorer vessel lands a $12 million contract for 2D seismic survey in Asia Pacific.
BGP Explorer to Undertake Multi-Client Seismic Campaign in Australia
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Searcher Seismic contracts BGP to undertake a major multi-client seismic campaign in Australia.
Eni Finds 1B Barrels of Oil in Congo's Pre-Salt Play
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Eni says it had found around 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent in its shallow-water Marine XII block off the coast of Congo.
Hydraulic Stimulation Program Commences at Redland-1 Well in Queensland
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Beach Energy commences hydraulic stimulation program at Redland-1 well in ATP 855 in the Cooper Eromanga Basin in Australia.
Seadrill's West Telesto to Drill Sea Lion Prospect in VIC/P57 Off Australia
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Hibiscus Petroleum's unit contracts Seadrill's West Telesto jackup to drill the Sea Lion prospect in permit VIC/P57 offshore Australia.
Senex Spuds Akele-1 Prospect in South Australia Coooper Basin
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Senex Energy spuds Akele-1 prospect in PEL 110 in South Australia Cooper Basin.
Official: Algeria To Hold Oil And Gas Auction Within Weeks
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Algeria is preparing a new auction of oil and gas blocks, an official says, after the North African country awarded just four of 31 fields last month in the first attempt to lure foreign investors since 2011.

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Production

Oilex Progresses Proof of Concept Objectives for Cambay-77H Well in Gujarat
Friday, October 31, 2014 Oilex makes progress in achieving the proof of concept objectives for Cambay-77H well in Gujarat, India.
Eni Sticks to Production Guidance after 3Q Slowdown
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Italy's Eni reiterates its full-year production outlook as its third-quarter net profit increases 2.5 percent.
AWE, Santos Progress Development of Indonesia's Ande Ande Lumut Project
Thursday, October 30, 2014 AWE and Santos progress development work for the Ande Ande Lumut oil project offshore Indonesia.
Petronas Carigali Extends BW Offshore's Contract for FPSO Berge Helene
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Petronas Carigali's unit extends BW Offshore's contract for FPSO Berge Helene for two years.
Madagascar Oil Submits Tsimiroro Oil Field Development Plan for Approval
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Madagascar Oil submits the Tsimiroro development plan in Madagascar for approval by the authorities.
Whiting Profit Beats Street As North Dakota Output Jumps
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Whiting Petroleum posts a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as production rises 33% at its North Dakota wells.
Indonesia Says Chevron Gas Project Set Back by Up to 2 Years
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 The target for full operation of the Indonesia Deepwater Development gas project has been delayed by up to two years to around 2020, a senior official says, reducing the country's prospects of remaining a major gas exporter.

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Finance and Investing

Drillsearch Completes Acquisition of Ambassador Oil & Gas
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Drillsearch completes compulsory acquisition of the outstanding shares in Ambassador Oil & Gas.
BP Posts Slump In Russian Income But Raises Dividend
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 BP increases dividends for its third quarter as it sees a jump in operating cash flow.
Chesapeake Oilfield Services Pulls IPO Plans
Friday, October 24, 2014 Chesapeake Oilfield Services says it would withdraw its plans for an initial public offering.
EMAS Offshore Posts 39.3% Increase in Net Profit for FY 14 to $54.7M
Thursday, October 23, 2014 Ezra Holding's subsidiary EMAS Offshore posts a four-fold increase in net attributable profit for financial year that ended Aug. 31.
6 Mistakes to Avoid When Investing in Natural Gas
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Unfortunately, there's no way to know what the future will bring, but there is a way to maximize your chances of investing success. Check out these six mistakes to avoid when you invest in natural gas.
Rosneft Says Projects Economically Viable Even If Oil Price Slips Further
Friday, October 17, 2014 Rosneft says the recent fall in oil prices is not critical for the company and it sees "no reason for concern".

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Company Operations

Eni Mulls Partnership with Pemex in Mexico's Upstream Sector
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Eni and Pemex sign a cooperation agreement that could pave the way to a strategic partnership between the two firms in Mexico's upstream sector.
Afren Evaluating Restatement of Accounts; Output Falls
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Independent oil firm Afren is looking at restating its historic financial information after the completion of an independent accounting review of unauthorized payments.
MOL Gets Approval for Akri-Bijeel Block Development Plan
Thursday, October 30, 2014 The Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq approves a major new oilfield development that is majority-owned by Hungary's MOL.
Shell Appoints New Chairman, Reports Upbeat 3Q Results
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Royal Dutch Shell appoints a new chairman to its board and reports earnings six percent ahead of expectations.
Oil Services Group Technip Eases Concerns Over Oil Sector Strife
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Technip reports greater-than-expected 3Q profit and revenue, easing concerns about oil sector strife.
Thailand's PTTEP 3Q Net Profit Down 16% On Year
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Thailand's PTTEP says its third quarter net profit fell 16 percent, hit chiefly by rising expenses and lower prices of crude oil that dragged down its selling prices.
Perdana Petroleum Sells Offshore Support Vessel to Hauston for $28.5M
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Perdana Petroleum's subsidiary sells an offshore support vessel to Hauston for $28.5 million.

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