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China State Firms to Start Pumping New Oil in Iran
Friday, July 31, 2015 China's state oil giants are set to start pumping a combined 160,000 barrels per day at two projects in southwestern Iran from around October, according to sources.

What Should Mexico Do to Ensure Future Bidding Success?
Thursday, July 30, 2015 A recent report by the Atlantic Council discusses Mexico's inaugural bid round and what the nation should do to ensure future successful bidding rounds.

Oil & Gas UK Launches New Guidelines on Planned Maintenance Shutdowns
Thursday, July 30, 2015 Oil & Gas UK launches new guidelines in an attempt to minimize the frequency and duration of planned maintenance shutdowns and improve the reliability and safety of installations on the UK Continental Shelf.

Russia's Rosneft, US Exxon Jointly Bid for Fields in Mozambique
Thursday, July 30, 2015 Russia's Rosneft and ExxonMobil jointly apply to participate in a tender for hydrocarbon fields in Mozambique.

Unite Members Reject Latest OCA Proposals
Thursday, July 30, 2015 Unite union members reject the latest proposals by the Offshore Contractors' Association over changes to conditions for offshore workers in the North Sea, increasing the likelihood of industrial action.

Kazakh Wealth Fund to Sell 10% in State Oil Firm KMG to Central Bank
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund will see 10 percent of its shares in state oil firm KazMunaiGas to the country's central bank.

Marathon, OMV Hand Back Croatia Oil Exploration Licences
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Marathon Oil and OMV return seven offshore oil and gas licenses to Croatia.

Mexico To Postpone Deep Water Auction, Adjust Next Oil Tender Terms
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Mexico will postpone auctions for deepwater oil exploration and production contracts and adjust the terms of upcoming tenders.

NOPTA Grants OBL 2 Year Extension for Permit Vic/P47 in Gippsland Basin
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Oil Basins Limited gets a two year extension from the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator for Permit Vic/P47 in the Gippsland Basin, offshore Australia.

PTS Warns UK Seafarers to be Prepared for Regulatory Changes
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Petrofac Training Services warns UK seafarers to be prepared for upcoming changes to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping, which are due to come into force on January 1, 2017.

Russia's Gazprom Gas Output Seen at All-Time Low in 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Russia's Economy Ministry expects gas production at Gazprom to decline to an all-time low due to sluggish demand and a fall in upstream investments.

Total Likely to Get Rights to Explore for Oil, Gas Offshore Sri Lanka
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Sri Lanka expects to grant Total rights to explore for oil and gas off the country's east coast, according to local media.

Report: Green Group Sues ConocoPhillips, CNOOC over China Oil Spill
Monday, July 27, 2015 China Daily reports that a maritime court in Qingdao will hear a landmark case brought against US oil giant ConocoPhillips and China's CNOOC.

OGA Names Final Winners from 28th Offshore Licensing Round
Monday, July 27, 2015 The UK's Oil and Gas Authority announces the remaining winners from the 28th Offshore Licensing Round, which covers 353 blocks on the UK Continental Shelf.

China Answers Japan Oil Rig Concern With Joint-Development Offer
Friday, July 24, 2015 China repeats a call for talks with Japan over joint development of gas and oil resources in contested waters in the East China Sea.

Mexico's Pemex To Submit Rest Of Deep Water Tie-Up Requests In August
Friday, July 24, 2015 Pemex plans to submit the remaining requests for tie-ups with private companies in five deep water fields in the Gulf of Mexico in early August, a senior executive at the state-run oil company says.

Cuadrilla Appeals Council's Shale Gas Planning Refusals
Thursday, July 23, 2015 Cuadrilla Resources says it will appeal decisions made last month by a local authority in northwest England to refuse planning applications for shale gas exploration sites.

Iran Eyes $185B Oil, Gas Projects after Sanctions
Thursday, July 23, 2015 Iran outlines plans for the rebuilding of its core industries and trade links in the wake of a nuclear agreement with world powers, saying it is targeting $185 billion of oil and gas projects.

China Says Japan's East China Sea Pictures Provoke Confrontation
Thursday, July 23, 2015 Japan's release of pictures of Chinese construction activity in the East China Sea will only provoke confrontation between the two countries and do nothing for efforts to promote dialogue, China's Foreign Ministry says.

WA's DMP Says Browse FLNG Project Takes Another Step Closer to Development
Thursday, July 23, 2015 Western Australian's Department of Mines and Petroleum reports that the Browse floating natural gas project in the Browse Basin has taken another step forward towards development.

Former Senior Chinese Energy Executive Stands Trial
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 A former senior executive at China National Petroleum Corporation goes on trial in Hubei province.

Nigeria's President Buhari Says Will Recover Stolen Oil Money
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says his government will trace and recover what he called "mind-boggling" sums of money stolen from the oil sector.

US Says Shell Is Not Yet Allowed To Drill In Arctic Oil Zone
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 The US Interior Department grants Shell its final two permits to explore for oil in the Arctic this summer.

Vietnam Arrests Sacked PetroVietnam Chairman, Post Now Filled by CEO
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 The Vietnamese government arrests sacked PetroVietnam's Chairman Nguyen Xuan Son for abuse of power during his stint as CEO of Dai Duong Commercial Bank, a local daily says.

In Land of White Collar Wrist-Slapping, A Milestone Ruling
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 In a milestone day for Brazil's biggest-ever corruption investigation, a judge hands down the first punishments to former executives at a building company and a top CEO was indicted.

Greek Energy Minister Replaced Following Bailout Objection
Monday, July 20, 2015 Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis is replaced by former Labor Minister Panos Skourletis over the weekend, after voting against a bailout deal that the Greek Prime Minister recently agreed to.

Canada Provinces Agree To Strategy On Pipelines, Climate Change
Friday, July 17, 2015 Canada's provinces reach a long-sought deal over an energy plan for the country, agreeing broadly to curb greenhouse gas emissions while also promoting the use of pipelines.

Kommersant: France's Total Eyes LNG, Oil Projects in Iran
Friday, July 17, 2015 France's Total is eyeing liquefied natural gas and oil projects in Iran, Russian business daily Kommersant reports.

Oil, Gas Industry Sounds Off on BSEE Proposed Well Control Rule
Friday, July 17, 2015 Oil and gas organizations express concerns with a proposed rule by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement regarding BOPs and well control.

Oklahoma Broadens Oil And Gas Drilling Regulations To Stem Quakes
Friday, July 17, 2015 Oklahoma expands restrictions on oil and gas drilling activities to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes that worried residents, damaged homes and raised concerns about the future of the energy industry in the state.

Azeri Oil Exports Down 2.5% in 1H to 16.6M Tons
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Azerbaijan's oil exports fall 2.5 percent, driven by a decline in oil production.

The UK Offshore Sector in a $60 World: Q&A with Deirdre Michie
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Rigzone talks to Deirdre Michie, the new chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, about developing an offshore industry in the UK that is sustainable at a $60 per barrel oil price.

Study: Utica Shale Larger Than Previous Estimates
Thursday, July 16, 2015 The technically recoverable resources of the Utica shale play are larger than previously thought, according to a study from West Virginia University.

Timor-Leste Issues Termination Notice for PSC JPDA 06-103
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Timor-Leste's Autoridade Nacional do Petroleo issues a notice of termination to Oilex for PSC JPDA 06-103, located in the Timor Sea, which is effective immediately.

Size Matters as Big Oil Takes Pass on Mexican Oilfield Auction
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 ExxonMobil, Chevron and Total opted out of Mexico's historic oil auction because the fields are too small.

First Phase Of Historic Mexico Oil Auction Misses Expectations
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Mexico auctions only two of 14 blocks in its initial offshore oil and gas tender, falling far short of the government's modest expectations.

Det Norske to Appeal Sverdrup Oilfield Ownership, 2Q Earnings Lag
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Norway's Det norske oljeselskap plans to appeal a government decisions giving it a smaller stake in the giant Johan Sverdrup oilfield.

Governor: Argentine Shale Fields To Get $38B In Investment
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 YPF, Pan American Energy and Wintershall will invest $38B over 35 years in the Vaca Muerta shale formation, Governor Jorge Sapag says.

Brazil Police Target Politicians in New Round of Petrobras Probe
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Brazilian police carry out their first search and seizure operations aimed at sitting lawmakers suspected of taking bribes in a corruption scandal at state-run oil firm Petrobras.

Petrobras Board Member Makes Rare Attack on Brazil Oil Policy
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Brazil's oil-exploration and local-content policies harm oil producer Petróleo Brasileiro SA and the nation as a whole, a government-appointed member of the state-run company's board said in a rare show of board-member independence.

Shale Gas Supply Held Hostage by Oil to Drop by Most in a Year
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 After four years of record supply, America's natural gas output is showing signs of weakness as producers retreat amid tumbling oil prices.

Greece Says It Receives Three Bids for Deep Sea Oil, Gas Drilling
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Greece says it has received three bids for deep sea oil and gas drilling in western Greece and south of the island of Crete.

Greece Will Not Extend 2nd International Licensing Round
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Greek Energy Ministry tells Rigzone its July 14 deadline for companies to tender for oil and gas will not be extended.

Mexico Battles Bad Timing in 1st Sale of Oil Fields Since 1930s
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Mexico waited 77 years to invite foreign oil producers back into its borders. That was one year too many.

Providence Resources Receives 18-Month Extension for Licensing Option 13/04
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Providence Resources receives 18-month extension for Licensing Option 13/04 by the Irish Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, until November 30th, 2016.

Russia's Lukoil Says Appealed Against Asset Seizure in Romania
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Russian oil producer Lukoil appeals in a Romanian court against an asset seizure related to an investigation into alleged money laundering in the country.

NOPTA Approves MEO's Request to Vary AC/P53 Work Program in Timor Sea
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 The National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator approves MEO Australia's application to vary the work program for permit AC/P53 in the Timor Sea offshore Australia.

Argentina Ends Some Financial Incentives For Energy Firms
Monday, July 13, 2015 Argentina ends some financial incentives that were intended to boost energy investment in its huge shale oil and gas deposits even as it seeks to narrow an energy trade gap.

India Oil Ministry Sees 2015/16 Upstream Subsidy at 50-60B Rupees
Monday, July 13, 2015 India expects a subsidy burden of between $788 million and $946 million for its state-run oil and gas producers this fiscal year.

EIA: Oil Output From US Shale Plays Seen Down For Fourth Month
Monday, July 13, 2015 Oil production from US shale in August is expected to fall by the most since at least 2007, according to the EIA.

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