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PSA: Norway's Petroleum Industry Must Get Safety Back on Track
Friday, February 24, 2017 Norway's petroleum industry needs to get safety developments back on track, according to Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's Director General Anne Myhrvold.

Energy Transfer Says Dakota Access Pipeline 99% Complete
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Energy Transfer Partners LP says that 99% of its controversial Dakota Access Pipeline is complete after receiving all federal authorizations necessary.

Minister: Brazil To Lower Oil Industry Local Purchasing Rules By Half
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Brazil's government says it would relax local purchasing rules for the oil industry as of September in an effort to attract foreign investment and lower costs.

BLOG: Will Trump Really Try To Take Iraq's Oil? Probably Not
Thursday, February 23, 2017 History and convention likely to weigh down President Donald Trump's appetite for taking oil as a spoil of war.

Somali President Appoints Oil Firm Executive As PM
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Somalia's newly elected president appoints the country director of British firm Soma Oil and Gas as the new prime minister.

Border Adjustment Tax Could Produce Oil, Gas Cash Flow Bonanza
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 House Republicans' tax reform pitch could be a windfall for US oil and gas producers, but a contentious border adjustment tax element will need bi-partisan support for lawmakers to make a deal.

Emails Reveal EPA Chief Cozied Up to Industry He Regulates
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Newly installed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt closely coordinated with major oil and gas companies, according to thousands of pages of e-mails released.

PSA Grants Aker BP Consent to Connect Oda to Ula Field
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Petroleum Safety Authority Norway grants Aker BP consent to connect the Oda field, located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, to the Ula field.

Norway Has No Plan To Cut Statoil Stake
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 The Norwegian government does not plan to cut its stake in Statoil, oil and energy Minister Terje Soeviknes says.

Turkey 'Must' Raise Domestic Energy Production To Above 50% This Year
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Turkey must increase its energy production from domestic sources to above 50% this year and above two thirds within a decade, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak says.

Iran Will Finalize Contract With Total Within Two Months
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Iran's oil minister says the first of its new contracts would be finalized with Total within 2 months, according to the Mehr News agency.

Singapore's Proposed Carbon Tax Will Likely Include Refineries
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 A carbon tax proposed by Singapore on emissions of greenhouse gases from 2019 will likely include the city-state's oil refineries.

Russia's Rosneft, Libya's NOC Sign Oil Offtake Deal
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) signs a crude oil offtake agreement with Russia's Rosneft as it looks to encourage foreign investment and bolster Libyan output.

New US Environmental Chief Tells Staff He Will 'Listen, Learn and Lead'
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 The new head of the US EPA Scott Pruitt tells agency staff that America should not have to choose between the economy and the environment.

Watchdog: Cost Cuts Appear To Harm Norway Oil Industry Safety
Monday, February 20, 2017 Cost cuts by Norway's oil and gas industry appear to have contributed to a rise in accidents in recent years, the head of the country's PSA says.

Iraq's Oil Reserves Increase To 153 Billion Barrels, Oil Minister Says
Monday, February 20, 2017 Iraq's oil reserves increase to 153 billion barrels, from a previous estimate of 143 billion barrels, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi says.

Trump's Defense Chief Tells Iraq: We're Not Here For Your Oil
Monday, February 20, 2017 The U.S. military is not in Iraq "to seize anybody's oil", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says.

Unite Calls on Members to Back Motion Supporting Public Offshore Investment
Monday, February 20, 2017 Unite calls on its members to support a motion, scheduled for debate in Scottish Parliament Feb. 23, which outlines that the UK offshore oil and gas industry needs public investment to secure its future.

GOP's Tax Reform Plan Brings Uncertainty to Oil, Gas
Monday, February 20, 2017 US corporate tax reform plan for a tariff on imports, but not exports, could boost income for domestic producers, but it might also pump up gasoline prices and raise refiners' costs.

Colin Powell Tells NAPE Audience of Ways to Decentralize Energy
Friday, February 17, 2017 NAPE Global Business Summit in Houston exceeds expectations as former Secretary of State and retired four-star Gen. Colin Powell tells it's a fascinating time for the energy industry.

S. Korea's SK Energy Buys Russian Urals Crude For First Time In 10 Years
Friday, February 17, 2017 SK Energy has bought Russian Urals crude for the first time in 10 years, a spokeswoman for the parent company of South Korea's top refiner says.

Senate Confirms Trump's EPA Pick As White House Targets Regulation
Friday, February 17, 2017 The US Senate confirms President Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency.

Unite: Government Must Create Sustainable Future for Scottish Oil Sector
Friday, February 17, 2017 UK union Unite calls on the Scottish and Westminster governments to get together and develop a sustainable future for the Scottish oil and gas industry.

Nearly 800 Former EPA Officials Oppose Trump Pick For Agency
Thursday, February 16, 2017 Nearly 800 former Environmental Protection Agency officials urged the US Senate to reject President Donald Trump's nominee to run the agency.

UK Government has 'Shameful' Energy Policy Track Record, Says SNP's McCaig
Thursday, February 16, 2017 The UK government has a 'shameful' track record on energy policy, according to the Scottish National Party's Business and Energy spokesperson at Westminster, Callum McCaig.

India Awards 31 Oil And Gas Blocks
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 India approves the award of operating licenses for 31 small oil and gas fields.

Pennine Petroleum Signs Velca Block PSA
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Albania and Canada focused Pennine Petroleum Corporation signs a Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) with Albpetrol Sh.A for the exploration and development of the Velca Block in Albania.

Ezra Says It Faces Court Application To Wind Up Unit Of Subsea JV
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Ezra Holdings Ltd says a creditor of a business owned by an Ezra joint venture had filed a court application requesting that the JV's subsidiary be wound up.

UK Government Reacts to Oil, Gas Worker Discrimination Claims
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Businesses should be in no doubt that the oil and gas industry in Scotland has one of the most highly skilled workforces in the world, the UK Government tells Rigzone.

Op-Ed: No FERC Quorum May Delay Oil, Gas Infrastructure
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission agency needs a Trump appointment to give it enough members to regulate interstate pipelines and natural gas, oil infrastructure projects.

Dana Gas Says Wins Court Judgement In Kurdistan Dispute
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Dana Gas, one of the largest investors in Iraq's Kurdistan region, wins a judgement against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) at a London tribunal.

Governors Urge Trump to Support Wind and Solar Power
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 A group of governors from both ends of the political spectrum are urging President Donald Trump to support renewable energy.

Nigeria Must Offer Work To Illegal Refiners To Reach Peace
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Nigeria needs to offer work for illegal refiners in the Niger Delta to help achieve peace there, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says.

Judge Denies Tribes' Request To Block Final Link In Dakota Pipeline
Monday, February 13, 2017 A US federal judge denies a request by Native American tribes seeking a halt to construction of the final link in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

UK Oil, Gas Companies to be 'Disproportionately Affected' by New Levy
Monday, February 13, 2017 A new apprenticeship levy scheduled to come into effect in April will hit the UK oil and gas industry harder than other sectors, OPITO suggests.

Sri Lanka Launches Tender To Develop Natural Gas Site In Mannar Basin
Monday, February 13, 2017 Sri Lanka launches a tender to develop a gas block in the Mannar Basin off its northwest coast, vacated when Cairn India pulled out of an exploration project in 2015 as oil prices plunged.

EIA: US Shale Oil Output To Rise In March To Highest In 10 Months
Monday, February 13, 2017 US shale oil production for March is expected to rise by the most in five months to its highest rate since May last year, government data shows.

NPD Grants Consent for the Expansion of Nyhamna Gas Plant
Friday, February 10, 2017 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate grants consent for the expansion of the gas plant at Nyhamna, which will allow the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea to increase production.

LGO Plans to Obtain New 30-Year Production Concession at Spanish Field
Thursday, February 09, 2017 LGO Energy plc wants to obtain a new 30-year production concession covering the Ayoluengo field in northern Spain, through a wholly owned subsidiary.

NPD Grants Lundin Drilling Permit for Edvard Grieg Appraisal Well
Thursday, February 09, 2017 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate grants Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for an appraisal well on Edvard Grieg in production license 338.

Total: Final Iran Project Investment Decision Depends On US Waiver Renewal
Thursday, February 09, 2017 Total plans to make a final investment decision on a $2 billion gas project in Iran by the summer, but the decision hinges on the renewal of U.S. sanctions waivers.

Dakota Access Granted Approval Without Trump's Renegotiation
Thursday, February 09, 2017 When President Donald Trump advised expediting the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline, he said he'd negotiate the terms. But the project was green-lighted with no strings attached.

Scottish Government Launches New Decommissioning Fund
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 A new $6.2 million (GBP 5 million) fund has been set up by the Scottish Government to support Scottish companies looking to take advantage of decommissioning sector opportunities.

OPEC Ministers Don't Rule Out Rolling Over Oil-Output Cut
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 OPEC and other major crude-producing nations may need to extend output cuts into the second half of the year to re-balance the market, oil ministers for Iran and Qatar say.

Doosan Babcock: Decision to Close Renfrew Facility 'Not Taken Lightly'
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 The decision to close Doosan Babcock's Renfrew manufacturing facility was not taken lightly, a company spokesperson said in a statement sent to Rigzone.

US States See Favorable Conditions For Gas Tax Hikes
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 US states where gasoline taxes have not risen in decades are now discussing an increase and conditions might be ripe for the proposed hikes to win approval in state legislatures, tax experts say.

Egdon Vows to Fight Council's Refusal to Grant Permit for Wressle
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 Egdon Resources plc pledges to submit a formal appeal against the North Lincolnshire Council Planning Committee's refusal to grant planning consent to progress the Wressle oil field.

Unite Calls on Government to Help Get Answers on Doosan Babcock Job Cuts
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 UK union Unite calls on the Scottish Government to help get answers over job cuts at Doosan Babcock, a services firm supporting the oil and gas industry.

Iran Says U.S. Sanctions Stop American Oil Firms Taking Part In Projects
Monday, February 06, 2017 Iran has imposed no restrictions on U.S. oil firms willing to participate in energy projects in the country but American sanctions make such cooperation impossible, Iran's deputy oil minister says.

OGA Awards 2 Contracts as part of 21CXRM Initiative
Monday, February 06, 2017 As part of the 21st Century Exploration Road Map initiative (21CXRM), the Oil and Gas Authority has awarded 2 contracts for petroleum system related studies for the East Shetland Platform and West Approaches area.

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