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Libya's NOC Forms Group to Expedite El Sharara, El Feel Reopening
Friday, November 27, 2015 Libya's National Oil Corporation forms a special committee to accelerate talks with protesters and reopen the country's El Sharara and El Feel oilfields.

Petrobras Lost 2.29M Barrels of Oil to Strike
Monday, November 23, 2015 Petroleo Brasileiro loses out on 2.29 million barrels of oil and 48.8 million cubic meters of natural gas due to an ongoing strike.

Obama, Putin Agree on One Thing: Bombing Islamic State’s Oil
Friday, November 20, 2015 The US and Russia both widen their target lists to include the middlemen who help the group make money off illicit oil sales.

Texas Official Raises Terror Alarm over Border Access to Pipelines
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Tragic terrorists attacks in Paris highlight the need to secure the border to protect oil and gas infrastructure from potential ISIS attacks, state official tells feds.

Total Steps Up Security Measures After Terror Attacks in Paris
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Total steps up security measures after terrorist attacks left more than 129 dead in Paris.

Military Response to Paris Terror Attacks Could Hit Iraqi Oil Production
Monday, November 16, 2015 The West's response to deadly terror attacks in Paris may generate risk to one quarter of Iraq's oil production.

Key Petrobras Union Still On Strike Over Back-Pay, Asset Sales
Monday, November 16, 2015 A union representing workers at Petrobras in Brazil's most important production area said it remains on strike over back pay and the state-owned oil company's plans for assets sales.

Fulcher: Cybersecurity Ranks as Top Long-Term Threat to Statoil
Friday, November 13, 2015 Cyberattacks pose the biggest long-term threat to Statoil's assets, operations and personnel, a company official tells attendees at the API Cybersecurity Conference 2015.

Eldridge Pleased with Reaffirmation of Patent Ruling
Thursday, November 12, 2015 Eldridge officials expect to receive just over $800,000 in lost profits as a result of a patent infringement lawsuit found in their favor.

Indonesia Says Could Also Take China To Court Over South China Sea
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Indonesia could take China to the International Criminal Court if Beijing's claim to the majority of the South China Sea and part of Indonesian territory is not resolved through dialogue.

Petrobras Cancels Oil Strike Talks, May Set New Date
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Petrobras cancels talks with union leaders planned aimed at settling a strike that is now in its ninth day.

OMV CEO, Ex-German Chancellor in Call for Better Russia/EU Relations
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 OMV is banking on better relations between Europe and Russia after making several deals in recent months with Gazprom.

Argentina's Supreme Court Orders YPF To Disclose Chevron Contract
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Argentina's Supreme Court ordered YPF to fully disclose its contract with Chevron amid allegations of secret clauses in the agreement.

Clashes Over Syrian Oil, Gas Assets Continue
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Clashes over Syrian oil and gas assets continue as regime warplanes carry out raids on the country's al-Izba oilfield, according to a statement from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Source: Petrobras Strike Cuts Output By 100,000 Barrels On Thursday
Thursday, November 05, 2015 A 5-day strike cut oil production at Petrobras by 100,000 barrels.

Worst Petrobras Strike In 20 Years Endangers Debt Plan
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 A 4-day strike against Petrobras gathers steam, cutting crude and natural gas output from the oil producer and threatening to become the most disruptive walkout in 20 years.

Libya Oil Output Drops as Factions Fight Over Energy Assets
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 Libya's oil output drops below 400,000 barrels a day after the divided country's internationally recognized government in the east closes a port run by a rival administration in the west.

Fighting for Oil in Syria: Sitrep 2015
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 Rigzone highlights which Syrian oil and gas fields have been fought over most in 2015, highlighting the country's current production levels and the potential future of Syria's petroleum industry.

British Oil Company Soco Says No Longer Holds Congo Block Permit
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 Soco International says it no longer holds the exploration licence for a block in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Brazil's Main Oil Union to Strike Against Petrobras from Sunday
Friday, October 30, 2015 Brazil's largest oil workers union will start an open-ended strike against Petrobras on Sunday in a bid to overturn moves to shrink the state-run oil company.

Nigeria Launches Televised Oil Contracts Bids, To Slash Number Of Deals
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 NNPC began auctioning annual crude term contracts on live television and said it would cut the number of contract holders by almost two thirds.

Russian Ministry Backs Tax Breaks for Gazprom Pacific Gas Field
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Russia's Natural Resources Ministry supports the idea of giving Gazprom a tax break for an offshore oil and gas field in the Far East after Western sanctions hit development prospects.

Security in Oil, Gas: The Threat from Within
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 The In Amenas attack in 2013 and the rise of the Islamic State present a new security problem for oil and gas companies: the threat from its own employees in frontline regions.

Life in Libya: The Endurance of Eni
Thursday, October 15, 2015 Rigzone takes a look at Eni's troubled history in Libya and examines why the Italian energy company is still operating in the region.

Gulf Keystone Receives another Payment for Kurdistan Crude Exports
Thursday, October 15, 2015 Gulf Keystone Petroleum receives a payment of $15 million for crude oil exports from its Shaikan field in Kurdistan following a similar payment by the KRG in September.

Tethys Told to Withdraw from Tajikistan Exploration Project
Monday, October 12, 2015 Tethys Petroleum Limited receives a notice from joint venture partners Total E&P Tajikistan B.V and CNPC Central Asia B.V. to withdraw from the Bokhtar exploration project in Tajikistan, after missing a payment of approximately $1.28 million.

Angered by Air Strikes, Turkey's Erdogan Warns Russia on Energy Ties
Thursday, October 08, 2015 Turkey warns Russia that there are other places it can get its natural gas.

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.


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