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Libya Oil Output Slips, Fresh Fighting In Tripoli
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Libyan oil production has fallen, turning back a hard-won increase since April in revenue for the government facing increased fighting around the airport in the capital and in the eastern city of Benghazi.

S. African Anti-Fracking Group Threatens Legal Challenge
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 A South African anti-fracking group threatens a legal challenge to government plans to grant shale gas exploration licenses in the Karoo semi-desert.

Exxon Oil Rig Enters Uncharted Waters of Russian Political Storm
Monday, July 21, 2014 Exxon faces political dilemma as one of its rigs enters Russian Arctic waters.

Shell Employees on Doomed Malaysian Flight
Friday, July 18, 2014 Shell confirms that some of its employees were among the 298 people killed Thursday when Malaysian Airlines was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine.

Russia's Rosneft Says to Honor Agreements despite Sanctions
Friday, July 18, 2014 Russian oil producer Rosneft says it will continue to work on its existing projects and agreements despite US sanctions against the company.



Italy Union Calls General Strike at Eni Refineries for July 29
Friday, July 18, 2014 Italian union plans a one-day strike at all of Eni's refineries in Italy in order to protest against closures.

Monitor: Ninety Killed By Islamist Attack On Syrian Gas Field
Thursday, July 17, 2014 Militant group Islamic State seizes a Syrian gas field and kills at least 90 people in one of the bloodiest clashes between the al Qaeda offshoot and President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Iraqi Official: Iraqi Kurdistan Starts Oil Pumping from Kirkuk
Thursday, July 17, 2014 Iraq's Kurdish region begins to pump oil from Kirkuk field previously controlled by Iraq's central government, according to a senior Iraqi official.

BP Says New Sanctions on Russia Appear to Target Access to Markets
Thursday, July 17, 2014 BP studies latest sanctions against Russia over Ukraine and says they appear to focus on restricting access to US debt and equity markets.

US Court Revives BP Retirement-Plan Suit Filed After Oil Spill
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 A US appeals court revives a lawsuit in which participants in BP retirement savings plans alleged they were deceived into buying and holding stock before and after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident.

Kurds Seize Iraq Oilfields, Ministers Pull Out Of Government
Friday, July 11, 2014 Kurdish forces seize two oilfields in northern Iraq and take over operations from a state-run oil company.

Libya's Oil Industry Remains Vulnerable To Protests
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Libya's oil industry hopes life will return to normal now that a wave of protests has ebbed, but it will take months to ramp up production.

Greenpeace Activists Block Chevron Shale Site in Romania
Monday, July 07, 2014 Environmental activists chain themselves to gates at a Chevron shale gas exploration well in eastern Romania.

NOC: Libyan Oil Output 326,000BPD, El Sharara Field Still Blocked
Monday, July 07, 2014 Libyan oil output is currently at 326,000 barrels per day, according to an NOC spokesman.

Norway Union to Ask Oil Services Workers to Vote on Wage Offer
Sunday, July 06, 2014 Norwegian union Industri Energi is to ballot its members over a wage deal reached early on Sunday with oil services companies.

Iraqi Kurds Say Will Sue Baghdad If It Blocks Oil Sales
Thursday, July 03, 2014 Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has hit back at Baghdad over independent oil exports, a letter from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) shows.

Sources: Occidental Suspends Colombia Oil Output After Rebel Attack
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 Production at Occidental Petroleum's oil fields in Colombia has been suspended following a rebel attack that left 13 people injured over the weekend, according to company and military sources.

Russia Asks UN To Stop Syrian Terrorist Oil Sales
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 Russia is asking the UN Security Council to condemn the illegal sale of Syrian oil by terrorist groups and encourage all countries to take "necessary measures" to prevent it.

Thailand's Military Planned Reforms May Affect Upstream Sector
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 Thailand's military regime is expected to introduce energy reforms that may bring some changes to the country's upstream oil and gas sector.

Spokesman: Libyan Rebels To Reopen Two Remaining Oil Terminals
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 Libyan rebels blockading key eastern oil ports have agreed to reopen the remaining two terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, a rebel spokesman says.

Source: Foreign Oil Workers Return to Work at Algeria's In Amenas Gas Plant
Saturday, June 28, 2014 Foreign oil workers return to work at Algeria's In Amenas gas plant almost 18 months after the Islamist terrorist attack there that killed 40 people.

Around 100 Norway Oil Engineers May Walk Off Job Next Week
Friday, June 27, 2014 Around 100 oil services workers could walk off their jobs from July 5 if wage talks fail, according to Norway's biggest oil union.

Thailand's State-Run PTT Appoints 6 New Directors
Friday, June 27, 2014 Thai energy firm PTT appoints six new directors to replace those who resigned after the country's military seized power.

Norway Labor Union SAFE Approves Wage Deal, Averts Oil Strike
Thursday, June 26, 2014 SAFE agrees a wage deal with offshore oil producers, averting a strike at several ExxonMobil fields which would have cut output.

Crime-Ridden State Poses Acid Test For Mexican Oil Reform
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Racked by fear, murder and extortion that threaten to choke off Tampico's bid to make a comeback as Mexico, the world's No. 10 crude oil producer, opens up its oil and gas industry.

DNO Stops Yemen Production amid Strikes
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Norway's DNO declares force majeure and stops production on Yemeni fields amid blockades and strikes by local groups.

Spain's Repsol Given Go-Ahead To Drill For Oil Off Canary Islands
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Spain's Supreme Court rejects seven legal appeals against oil drilling off the Canary Islands.

Regulator: Poland Should Consider Nationalizing Top Gas Group
Monday, June 23, 2014 Poland's energy regulator says the country should consider nationalizing and delisting its top gas group PGNiG to safeguard its energy supply.

First Oil Delivery from Disputed Kurdish Pipeline Set for Israel
Friday, June 20, 2014 Iraqi Kurdistan looks set to unload in Israel a first cargo of disputed crude oil from its new pipeline.

Hacktivist Group Threatens Attack on Global PetChem Companies
Friday, June 20, 2014 Petrochemical companies with well-defined incident response programs are best positioned to mitigate the potential upcoming hacktivist attack.

Petronas Demobilizes Employees in Iraq to Dubai Amid Security Concerns
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Petronas demobilizes employees in Iraq to Dubai amid the current security situation in the country.

Obama Sends US Military Advisers To Iraq As Battle Rages Over Refinery
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Iraqi government forces battle Sunni rebels for control of the country's biggest oil refinery.

MOL Opens Middle East Regional Office in Erbil
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MOL moves Middle East and Africa regional office to Erbil in a vote of confidence in the political stability of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

China Scolds Vietnam for 'Hyping up' South China Sea Oil Rig Row
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 China's top diplomat scolds Vietnamese officials during Hanoi talks over 'hyping up' row over a Chinese oil rig drilling in disputed waters.

Oil Majors Cut Staff In Iraq On Fears Violence Will Spread
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Some oil companies are pulling foreign staff from Iraq, fearing Sunni militants from the north could strike at major oilfields concentrated in the Shi'ite south.

Iraqi Oil Official: Kurdish Control of Kirkuk Tough to Roll Back
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Iraq Oil and Gas Committee Chairman says Kurds have established control over the northern city of Kirkuk and its oil reserves and that the Iraqi army does not have the capability to take it back.

Norway Unions, Industry in Talks to Avert Oil Strike
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Mediation is taking place between Norwegian oil workers and the industry in an attempt to avert an oil strike at GDF Suez and Exxon platforms.

Libya's El Feel Oilfield Reopens After Two-Month Protest
Monday, June 16, 2014 Libya's western El Feel oilfield has resumed production after security guards ended a protest that lasted more than two months, oil ministry officials say, but many oilfields and ports remain blocked.

Exxon Boss Affirms Commitment To Russia At Moscow Conference
Monday, June 16, 2014 Exxon Mobil's Chief Executive Rex Tillerson affirms his commitment to doing business with Russia with a speech at a high-profile industry conference in Moscow.

Eni Not Evacuating Staff from Iraq but Monitoring Situation
Monday, June 16, 2014 Italy's Eni says it is not withdrawing staff from Iraq.

China Says Will Never Send Military to Oil Rig Spat with Vietnam
Friday, June 13, 2014 China insists that it will never send military forces to the scene of an increasingly-ugly spat with Vietnam over an oil rig in the South China Sea.

Bulgaria's Government Likely to Quit with Gas Pipeline Dilemma Unresolved
Friday, June 13, 2014 Bulgaria's coalition government is expected to resign soon with no resolution as to what to do about the proposed South Stream gas pipeline.

Iraq Says Southern Oil Facilities 'Very, Very Safe'
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Iraqi oil minister says Iraq's southern oil export facilities are secure after Al Qaeda-linked militants seized control of Mosul in the country's north.

Vietnam Says China Moving Rig; China Denies Sending Warships
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Vietnam says oil rig at center of territorial dispute appears to be on the move again, as China denies it has sent warships to the scene.

Russia, Ukraine To Resume Efforts To Solve Gas Dispute
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Russia and Ukraine will resume efforts to resolve a gas pricing dispute after a Russian deadline for Kiev to pay some of its debts passed without Moscow cutting off supplies.

China Says Wants To Counter Vietnam's 'Slander' On S.China Sea
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Beijing asks UN to circulate documents outlining its position in the South China Sea after saying it wants to counter Vietnam's "slander" to the world.

Official: Libya Supplying Zawiya Refinery without Offshore Oil
Sunday, June 08, 2014 Libyan oil ministry official says Libya is still able to supply its 120,000-barrel per day Zawiya refinery without drawing on oil from two offshore fields.

Kemp: China's Nine Dash Line And The Law Of The Sea
Friday, June 06, 2014 Almost a third of the world's crude oil trade and half of its LNG pass through the much-disputed South China Sea.

Iraq Threatens Legal Action against Any Buyer of Piped Kurdish Oil
Sunday, June 01, 2014 Iraq's government threatens legal action against any buyer of oil exported via a new pipeline from the autonomous Kurdistan region to Turkey.

Ukraine Tells Russia Part Payment Of Back Gas Bill On Its Way
Friday, May 30, 2014 Ukraine tells Russia a $786 million partial payment for back gas bills is on its way to Moscow, clearing the way for further talks.

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