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Gazprom Managers May Face Corruption Charges in Switzerland
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 Two Gazprom managers may face corruption charges related to bribes paid in connection with the construction of the Yamal gas pipeline that connects Siberia to Germany.

Russia's Putin Orders Gazprom to Start Gas Pipeline Construction to China
Monday, September 01, 2014 President Putin orders the start of construction of Gazprom's 'Power of Siberia' pipeline to China.

FT: Shell Submits Revised Drill Plan for Arctic
Friday, August 29, 2014 Shell has sought permission from the U.S. government to drill in the Arctic Ocean and is keeping open the possibility that it could drill there next summer, the Financial Times reports.

Italy Aims To Complete Eni, Enel Stake Sales By December
Thursday, August 28, 2014 Italy's government says it is on course to sell stakes in energy groups Enel and Eni by the end of the year.

Feds To Resume Leasing For Fracking In California
Thursday, August 28, 2014 The US Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study.



Alaska Voters Reject Repeal Of 2013 Petroleum Tax
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Alaska voters retain a new petroleum production tax system that offers hope of increased investment and jobs but draws criticism as a giveaway to already profitable oil companies.

With Romanian Gas, Moldova Seeks Energy Independence From Russia
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Moldova took a small but symbolic step towards easing its reliance on Russian gas imports when it inaugurated a pipeline that will bring in Romanian gas from next week.

Texas RRC: Proposals to Amend Fracking Regulations Underway
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 The Texas RRC says amendments to rules affecting fracking disposal wells are being considered.

SKKMigas Extends Triangle's Appointment as Aceh's Pase Block Operator
Monday, August 25, 2014 Indonesian upstream petroleum regulator SKKMigas extends Triangle Energy's appointment as operator of the Pase Block in Aceh, north Sumatra by six months.

Metgasco in Out-of-Court Talks with NSW Government on PEL 16 Drilling Spat
Monday, August 25, 2014 Metgasco in discussions with the New South Wales (NSW) government on an out-of-court settlement over the suspension of an approval for the firm to drill in PEL 16 in northern NSW, Australia.

Remote, Gas-Rich Islands On Indonesia's South China Sea Frontline
Monday, August 25, 2014 The word "sleepy" could have been invented for Ranai, the largest town in Indonesia's remote and sparsely populated Natuna archipelago.

Hibiscus Clears Australian FIRB's Hurdle to Take 25% Stake in Kitan Field
Friday, August 22, 2014 Hibiscus Petroleum moves nearer to completing its acquisition of a 25 percent stake in Kitan oil field after Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board raised no objections.

Mexico Launches Special Police Force To Guard Economic Activity
Friday, August 22, 2014 Mexico launches a scaled-back version of a new police force President Enrique Pena Nieto had vowed to create while on the campaign trail to safeguard businesses against rampant organized crime.

US Steel Pipe Makers Win Key Anti-Dumping Case Against Cheap Imports
Friday, August 22, 2014 The US has approved anti-dumping duties against South Korea and other producers of steel pipes for the energy sector, a victory for domestic producers hoping to benefit from the US shale boom.

Bolivia Says Has Deal To Pay Pan American For 2009 Expropriation
Thursday, August 21, 2014 Pan American Energy agrees to accept less than 30% of the $1.49B it demanded from Bolivia as compensation for the 2009 nationalization of a subsidiary, the Andean nation's state attorney general says.

North Sea Reserves Debate Heats Up Ahead of Scottish Vote
Thursday, August 21, 2014 Sir Ian Wood disputes Scottish government's North Sea reserves estimates while business group N-56 questions UK Office of Budget Responsibility's oil and gas revenue figures.

Alaska Oil Tax Supporters Fending Off Repeal Efforts
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Alaska voters look on track to narrowly uphold a new law that cuts taxes on oil production and is worth up to $1 billion a year to companies such as ConocoPhillips, BP and ExxonMobil.

Lobby Group: Norway's Politics Threatens Oil Competitiveness
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 High taxes and 'political meddling' in oil and gas projects threatens the competitiveness of Norway's offshore energy sector, says the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association.

Acting Libya Oil Minister To Be Replaced By NOC Chairman
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Libya's acting oil minister Omar Shakmak will resign and be replaced by the chairman of the state oil firm NOC, Mustafa Sanallah.

Lower Tertiary Trend Remains Focus of Western Gulf Bidding
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Operators focus bidding on Lower Tertiary and US-Mexico transboundary tracts in BOEM's Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238.

IPB-CalEnergy JV Gets Extension for Permit WA-424-P Work Program in WA
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 IPB Petroleum receives extension to the primary term work program for permit WA-424-P in the Browse Basin, offshore north west Australia.

Lithuania Fires Energy Minister, Risks Upsetting Poland
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite sacks her ethnic Polish energy minister in a row that could affect talks with Poland over the future of the Baltic state's only oil refinery.

Norway To Award Oil Licenses In New Offshore Areas In 2016
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Norway will award oil and gas licenses in new offshore areas, including in an important Arctic zone bordering Russia, in the first half of 2016, the oil and energy ministry says.

Aquino Says Chinese Survey Ships Seen In Philippine Waters
Monday, August 18, 2014 Philippine President Benigno Aquino says two Chinese survey vessels have been sighted in a gas-rich area of its exclusive economic zone.

Thailand Aims to Liberalise Gas Pipeline Business by Mid-2015
Friday, August 15, 2014 Thai government plans to liberalize the country's gas pipeline business by the middle of 2015.

NWS Government Fails to Give Evidence for Suspending Rosella Drilling
Friday, August 15, 2014 The New South Wales (NSW) government fails to give the court evidence on its decision to suspend drilling of the Rosella exploration well in PEL 16 in NSW, Australia.

Colorado Fracking Task Force Faces Big Task, Mixed Reception
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper's task force seeks to allay energy industry concerns while protecting the environment.

CNPC Asks Chad to Drop $1.2B Claim Over Oil Dumping
Thursday, August 14, 2014 China National Petroleum Corporation denies breaking environmental rules in Chad's oil sector and called on the government to cancel its $1.2 billion claim filed before an arbitration court in Paris.

Russian Oil Giant Seeks Funds Earmarked For Pensions
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Rosneft is seeking a $42 billion loan from a fund earmarked for Russian pensions to help it weather Western sanctions imposed over Moscow's role in Ukraine.

US Energy Dept Finalizes Overhaul Of Natural Gas Export Reviews
Thursday, August 14, 2014 The US Energy Department finalizes a plan to revamp its process for approving LNG exports, and as originally proposed the changes eliminate conditional approvals for LNG projects.

Ukrainian Parliament Backs Bill To Open Gas Pipelines To EU, US Firms
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Ukraine approves a law to allow gas transit facilities to be leased on a joint venture basis with participation of firms from the EU and the US.

EU Regulators Say Germany, Others In Breach Of Energy Law
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 EU regulators begin legal proceedings against 24 member states, including Germany, for failing to enforce a law on energy efficiency, the European Commission says.

Liberia Looks Ahead With New Oil Bid Round
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Liberia is inviting international companies to bid for offshore oil production licenses as it grapples with an Ebola fever outbreak.

Mexico Hopes To Lure $50.5B In Historic Oil Tender
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Mexico energy regulator says it will assign oil and gas E&P contracts to foreign and private companies between next May and September under a major sector overhaul.

Spain Clears Repsol To Start Drilling Off Canary Islands
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 The Spanish government gives Repsol the green light to begin a $7-billion oil exploration project off the Canary Islands.

Inpex Receives Environmental Permit for Abadi LNG Project in Masela Block
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Inpex receives environmental permit from the government for the Abadi liquefied natural gas project in the Masela Block, Arafura Sea, Indonesia.

Alaska's New Oil Tax Faces Repeal Vote During State Primary
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Alaskans will vote on Aug. 19 to repeal or uphold a new law that cut taxes on oil production.

BSEE: Better Standards Needed to Address Bolt, Connector Performance
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Existing industry standards to not adequately address bolting/connector performance in subsea marine applications, according to the findings of a recent BSEE report.

Surveys Give Mixed Picture of Support for UK Shale Gas
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Two surveys released this week give a mixed picture of the UK public's attitude to the development of a shale gas industry in the country.

Mexican President Signs Landmark Energy Legislation Into Law
Monday, August 11, 2014 President Enrique Pena Nieto signs a package of laws setting out the fine print of a landmark energy reform.

Genel Says Kurdish Fields 'Remain Safe and Secure'
Friday, August 08, 2014 Genel Energy reports that its Taq Taq and Tawke fields in Iraqi Kurdistan "remain safe and secure" amid fighting between Islamic State and Peshmerga forces in Kurdish territory.

Gabon Signs Offshore Oil Contracts With Six Companies
Friday, August 08, 2014 Gabon's oil ministry signs seven oil contracts with six companies as part of an offshore licensing round expected to attract at least $1.1B in investment to the sector.

CRED: Colorado Initiatives Not the Way to Settle Fracking Debate
Friday, August 08, 2014 Cooler heads prevail as Colorado fracking opponents agree to work together, according to CRED.

Thai PTTEP Signs Deal for Myanmar Onshore Block Exploration Rights
Friday, August 08, 2014 Thailand's PTTEP signs a production sharing contract for onshore exploration and production rights over the MOGE 3 Block, Myanmar.

Industry Insiders: What's Next for Mexico's Reformed Energy Sector
Friday, August 08, 2014 The opening Mexico's energy sector to investment is a positive step. But will its implementation of reform be enough to attractive the investment it wants?

China Finds Shale Gas Challenging, Halves 2020 Output Target
Thursday, August 07, 2014 China halves the quantum of shale gas it expects to produce by 2020 after early exploration efforts to unlock the unconventional fuel proved challenging.

Mexico Senate Approves Final Bill To Open Energy Sector
Thursday, August 07, 2014 Mexican lawmakers give final approval to an overhaul of the state-run energy sector aimed at luring billions of dollars in new investments by foreign and private oil companies.

Seismic Program About to Start Offshore SW Ireland
Thursday, August 07, 2014 Providence Resources announces seismic survey off the southwest coast of Ireland.

Kazakhstan Creates Giant Energy Ministry As Economy Falters
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev appoints Vladimir Shkolnik, the head of national uranium company Kazatomprom, as head of a reorganized energy ministry.

Range Resources Faces Fine Over Pennsylvania Fracking Wastewater Leak
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 Range Resources did not properly monitor leaks from a wastewater containment pond in Pennsylvania and the state has begun enforcement action that could lead to a fine, state officials say.

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