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Petrobras Crime Busters Fight to Keep Graft Case Spanning Brazil
Friday, October 02, 2015 Defense attorneys are trying to chip away at the judge's jurisdiction, arguing that the sprawling case that has crippled Brazil's economy and paralyzed its government should be spread across courts.

Q&A: Offshore Safety in Nigeria
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Rigzone talks to Femi Ayoade, Erin Energy's country manager for Nigeria, to get a first-hand opinion on the current state of offshore security in the region.

Chinese Cyber Espionage Targets South China Sea Energy Companies
Thursday, September 24, 2015 Regional South China Sea energy companies are among the targets of a Chinese cyber espionage.

Iraqi Kurds Dealt Setback by US Court Ruling on Oil Sale
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 A US federal court dealt a setback to efforts by Iraq's self-governing Kurds to sell Iraqi crude oil in the US, further complicating the Kurdish drive for financial independence.

ShaMaran Subsidiary to Contest TAQA Default Notice
Monday, September 21, 2015 ShaMaran Petroleum's wholly owned subsidiary, GEP, will contest a default notice issued by TAQA that claims GEP failed to pay its full participating interest share of July and August cash calls for the Atrush Block Joint Operating Agreement.

Philippines Says South China Sea Not on APEC Energy Meeting Agenda
Monday, September 14, 2015 Asia-Pacific Energy ministers will not discuss disputes over claims to the South China Sea at a conference in Manila this week, the Philippine government says.

Brazil Oilworkers Renew Strike Threat Against Petrobras
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 Brazil's largest oilworkers union federation renew its threat to strike at any time against Petrobras after having recently let other strike warnings lapse.

Syrian Army, Islamic State Battle for Central Oilfield
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 Islamic State fighters battle government forces at central Syria's Jazal oilfield, the last such facility still partly under state control.

Somalia's Government Investigating Soma Oil Charges
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 The Somali government is investigating allegations related to British exploration firm Soma Oil and Gas, which has been searching for oil in Somalia.

Western Sanctions Sting Russian Oil Firms
Monday, September 07, 2015 Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis have hurt domestic oil producers, says Lukoil President Vagit Alekperov.

Islamic State Takes Syrian State's Last Oilfield
Monday, September 07, 2015 Islamic State fighters have seized the last major oilfield under Syrian government control during battles over a vast central desert zone.

Brazil Oilworkers' Union Delays Strike Until Sunday At Earliest
Thursday, September 03, 2015 Brazil's main oilworkers union federation FUP says it has delayed a planned open-ended strike against Petrobras until Sunday at the earliest.

Global Stocks Head for Worst Month Since 2012 on China Woes
Monday, August 31, 2015 Global stocks poise for the worst month in more than three years on fresh concern China’s efforts to prop up its markets will fail.

Car Bomb Damages Italy's ENI Joint Venture in Libyan Capital
Monday, August 31, 2015 A car bomb goes off in Libya's capital Tripoli in front of the headquarters of Mellitah, an oil and gas JV between Italy's ENI and Libyan state oil firm NOC.

Kremlin: Putin, Venezuela's Maduro to Discuss Oil Price Stabilisation
Monday, August 31, 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro discuss ways to stabilize global oil prices during a visit to China.

Total Sells North Sea Gas Pipelines For $907M
Thursday, August 27, 2015 Total has agreed to sell some of its gas pipeline assets in the UK's North Sea to North Sea Midstream Partners for $907 million.

Brazil to Offer Deal with Firms Involved in Petrobras Scandal
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Brazil will offer companies implicated in a massive corruption scandal at state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA a deal that would include the payment of fines and compensation in exchange for doing business again with the oil producer, daily Folha de S.Pa

Iraqi Kurdistan Says Oil Pipeline Sabotage Cost It $501M
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Repeated sabotage by "organised gangs" of the oil pipeline from northern Iraq to Turkey has cost the autonomous Kurdistan region $501M since July 1, its ministry of natural resources says.

Iraq PM Visits Oilfield Where Locals Harass Lukoil
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Iraq's PM Haider al-Abadi visits the supergiant West Qurna-2 oilfield after the state-run South Oil Company warned output could be affected unless protests by locals demanding jobs were defused.

Former Petrobras Exec Sentenced For Samsung Drillship Bribe
Monday, August 17, 2015 A Brazilian judge sentenced Nestor Cervero, former international chief of state-run oil firm Petrobras, to just over 12 years in prison for corruption and money laundering.

Islamic State Attacks In and Around Iraqi Refinery Town
Friday, August 14, 2015 Islamic State militants attack the outskirts of Iraq's northern oil refinery town of Baiji overnight.

Saipem Says Milan Prosecutors Open Corruption Probe On Brazil Contract
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Saipem says it received notice that Milan prosecutors had opened an investigation into alleged international corruption regarding a contract the oil services group was awarded in Brazil in 2011.

UK Probe of Soma Focuses on Payments to Somali Officials
Monday, August 10, 2015 Soma's work in Somalia is being scrutinized by the UK's Serious Fraud Office.

Libya's El Feel, El Sharara Oilfields Remain Closed
Monday, August 10, 2015 Libya's El Sharara and El Feel oilfields remain closed due to protests and a pipeline blockage, oil officials say.


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