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Norway Oil Wage Talks Begin As Workers Threaten Strike
Thursday, June 30, 2016 Energy companies and trade unions in Norway begin two-day wage talks in a bid to avert a strike that would cut output from Europe's largest oil producer by 6%.

Statoil to Keep Fields Operating Even if Norway Oil Workers Strike
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Statoil will initially keep oilfields operating even if negotiations set for June 30 to July 1 fail to avert a strike that would halt output at others.

Islamic State, Political Instability Derails Libyan Oil Industry
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Attacks on oil and gas facilities, along with political instability, are damaging Libya's oil and gas industry.

Investors Seek Ruling Against Petrobras in Corruption Lawsuit
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Investors suing Brazil's state-run oil firm Petrobras to recoup billions of dollars in losses argued that the arrests and plea deals of top company executives prove that it knew of a massive bribery and political kickback scheme.

Explosion At Gas Plant in Mississippi, US
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 There has been an explosion at a gas plant located at 6800 Stennis Blvd in Mississippi, according to a statement on FaceBook from the Pascagoula Police Department.

Norway Oil Drilling Rig Workers Agree Wage Deal, Avoid Strike
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Workers on Norwegian offshore oil drilling rigs sign a new wage deal, avoiding a strike.

Niger Delta Attacks Threaten West African Production, Power Supply
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Attacks on oil and gas production sites in the Niger Delta are threatening both production volumes and power supply of West African countries.

BLOG: Will NDA Militants Agree to Peace Deal with Nigerian Government?
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Recent media reports suggest that the Niger Delta Avengers are on the brink of agreeing a ceasefire deal with the government, but how accurate are they?

Libyan Unity Govt Condemns Attack Near Eastern Oil Terminals
Sunday, June 19, 2016 Libya's U.N.-backed unity government condemns an attack by a newly-formed militia group on eastern military forces close to key oil facilities.

Sinopec Serves $5.5B Arbitration Notice To Repsol
Friday, June 17, 2016 Chinese energy conglomerate Sinopec serves an arbitration notice to Spain's Repsol demanding around $5.5 billion in compensation over a 2012 joint venture.

Niger Delta Militants Blow Up NNPC Pipeline
Thursday, June 16, 2016 The NDA blows up a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline in Oruk Anam local government area in Akwa Ibom.

JKX confirms Police Inspection In Poltava
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 JKX Oil & Gas plc confirms that the Ukrainian police visited its Ukrainian subsidiary searching for documents in relation to the investigation of claims of alleged underpaid taxes.

NDA Threatens to Sink Oil Tankers, Review Its Stance of Not Taking Lives
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 The Niger Delta Avengers militant group has threatened to sink oil tankers and "review" its stance of not taking lives in its latest warning to oil and gas companies operating in the Niger Delta.

Norway's Oil Industry Faces High Risk of July Strike, Union Says
Monday, June 13, 2016 Wage negotiations between Norwegian oil and gas firms and their employees will be particularly difficult this year and may lead to a strike that would limit output from Western Europe's top producer, a labor union says.

Nigerian Militants Insist on Foreign Mediators for Talks with Government
Monday, June 13, 2016 The Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has carried out attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria's southern oil region, says it will only negotiate with the government if independent foreign mediators were involved.

Avengers Spurn Call From Ex-Niger Delta Cohorts To Join Talks
Monday, June 13, 2016 The Niger Delta Avengers reject calls from former militants to join talks with the government.

Blast Hits NPDC Pipeline In Nigeria's Delta Region
Friday, June 10, 2016 An explosion hits a pipeline operated by a subsidiary of Nigeria's state oil company in the West African country's restive Delta region.

Niger Delta Militants Reject Offer Of Talks, Blow Up Chevron Well
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 The Niger Delta Avengers reject an offer for talks with the government to end a series of attacks on oil facilities in the Delta.

Unite to Ballot Over 200 North Sea Workers for Strike Action
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Unite will ballot more than 200 North Sea oil rig workers for strike action in a dispute with Wood Group over a 30% pay cut.

Norway Strike Threat Increases as Parties Fail to Find Agreement
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 The threat of strike action among 6,000 oil service worker employees in Norway increases as unions and energy company representatives fail to settle wage disputes.

Dozens Reported Wounded As PNG Police Fire On Protesters, Riots Spread
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Dozens of people were wounded in Papua New Guinea after police opened fire on a student demonstration in the capital and riots erupted across the country, but officials say earlier reports of up to four dead are incorrect.

Oil Minister: Nigeria Wants to Talk to Delta Avengers
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 Nigeria wants to talk to the Niger Delta Avengers militant group that has claimed a string of attacks that sharply cut crude output, its oil minister said, in an attempt to stem a tide of violence in the country's main oil-producing region.

Oil Minister: Nigeria to Start Dialogue with Niger Delta Militants
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 Nigeria says it will start a dialogue with the Niger Delta Avengers militant group, which has claimed a string of attacks against the country's oil infrastructure.

Nigerian Militants Say Aim is Zero Oil Output After Three New Attacks
Friday, June 03, 2016 The Niger Delta Avengers militant group has claimed responsibility for three new attacks on Nigeria's oil infrastructure, promising to cut production to zero.

Nigerian Militants Warn Of 'Zero' Oil Output In New Attacks
Friday, June 03, 2016 The Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed three new attacks on the country's battered oil infrastructure overnight, promising to bring Nigeria's oil production to "zero".

Militants Launch Attacks in Niger Delta as Buhari Cancels Visit
Thursday, June 02, 2016 Militants launched new attacks in the Niger Delta on Thursday, vowing to bring Nigeria's struggling oil industry to a total halt, and the president cancelled a long-awaited visit to the region.

Niger Delta Avengers 'Blow Up' Chevron Wells in Nigeria
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 Chevron's RMP 23 and RMP 24 wells in Nigeria have been blown up, according to a Twitter statement from the Niger Delta Avengers.

Libyan Security Forces Pushing Islamic State Back from Oil Terminals Area
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Libyan security forces captured a second town from in as many days from Islamic State, a spokesman said, pushing the militant group back towards its stronghold of Sirte and away from positions near to key oil terminals.

Niger Delta Avengers Attack Escravos Terminal
Thursday, May 26, 2016 The Niger Delta Avengers attack Chevron's Escravos terminal in Nigeria, according to a statement on Twitter.

Striking French Oil Workers Meet Soon Over Next Steps
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Oil sector workers of a French trade union will hold general assembly meetings on Friday to determine their next steps in the strike action that has disrupted fuel supplies and public transport, two union officials say.

Algeria's In Amenas Gas Plant Due Back at Full Capacity in June
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Algeria's In Amenas gas processing plant started test production at its third train a week ago and will soon be back running at full capacity, more than three years after a militant attack, a source at state energy firm Sonatrach said on Wednesday.

UKOOG Supports Yorkshire Council's Fracking Approval
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 UKOOG welcomes North Yorkshire County Council's decision to approve the hydraulic fracture of Third Energy's Kirby Misperton well.

Industry Optimistic about Iraq's Petroleum Future
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Oil and gas officials optimistic about Iraq's petroleum future, despite evident challenges, at the 10th Iraq Petroleum Conference, held in London.

Militants Attack Agip Oil Pipeline In Nigeria's Bayelsa State
Sunday, May 22, 2016 A crude oil pipeline in Nigeria's southern state of Bayelsa, operated by the local subsidiary of Italy's Eni, was attacked on Sunday.

Libya Oil Deal Allows Small Step Toward Healing Political Divide
Friday, May 20, 2016 The political deal that allowed the restart of oil shipments from a port in eastern Libya provides short-term relief for cash-strapped authorities, but is only a small first step in a wider effort to unify the country's rival factions.

Shell, Exxon Seen as Majors Most Exposed to Nigeria Attacks
Friday, May 20, 2016 Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil are the international oil companies most exposed to violence in the Niger River delta that has cut Nigeria's output and fueled a rally in global crude prices, according to Rystad Energy.

Community Group: Gas Pipeline in Niger Delta Operated Attacked
Friday, May 20, 2016 A gas pipeline in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta region operated by the state energy company was attacked late on Thursday, a spokesman for a local community group and a witness said on Friday.

Violent Struggle Over Oil And Money Rattles Global Energy Market
Thursday, May 19, 2016 After years of relative peace, militants are again blowing up the pipelines that criss-cross the mangrove swamps of Nigeria's Niger River delta, reducing oil output to the lowest in almost three decades and fueling a rally in global crude prices.

IS Unlikely to Gain Control of Libya's Oil
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 IS is unlikely to gain control of Libya's oil, says Martijn Murphy, Wood Mackenzie's research manager for North African upstream oil and gas.

ENI Gas Pipeline In Nigeria's Delta Attacked
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Unknown attackers blow up a gas pipeline belonging to Italy's ENI in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta, residents say.

Nigerian Army Says Arrests Suspected 'Avengers' Militants In Delta
Monday, May 16, 2016 The Nigerian army says it has arrested members of a militant group which has claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks on pipelines in the Delta region.

Sources: Libya to Resume Oil Shipments from Hariga After Talks
Monday, May 16, 2016 Libya will resume oil shipments from the port of Marsa El Hariga after reaching an agreement in Vienna between rival oil officials representing the east and west of the country, Libyan oil sources told Reuters.

US Official: Islamic State Yearly Oil Revenue Halved to $250M
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Air strikes, a drop in the price of oil, and counter-smuggling efforts by neighboring countries have combined to cut Islamic State's oil revenues in half to about $250 million per year, a senior US Treasury official says.

Nigeria Oil Union Says Shell, Chevron Workers Evacuated
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Oil producers are evacuating workers from the Niger Delta because of the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria’s most-important oil producing region, a union official says.

Nigerian Oil Workers Union: 'Any Reasonable Company' Should Evacuate Staff
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Oil companies operating in Nigeria should evacuate their staff from the southern Niger Delta after several attacks on oil facilities, says a senior oil workers' union official.

Nigerian Oil Output Falls Toward 22-year Low as Violence Spreads
Monday, May 09, 2016 A series of attacks on Nigeria's oil infrastructure has pushed its output of crude close to a 22-year low, Reuters data shows, putting intense pressure on the country's finances.

Union: Shell Workers Evacuated from Bonga Field After Militant Threat
Monday, May 09, 2016 Shell workers at Nigeria's Bonga oil field in the southern Niger Delta are being evacuated following a militant threat, a senior labor union official said on Monday.

India, Iran Agree to Clear $6.4B in Oil Payments Via European Banks
Friday, May 06, 2016 The central banks of India and Iran reach an arrangement to use European banks to process pending oil payments to Tehran, India's Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told Reuters, unlocking $6.4 billion in stalled funds.

Nigerian Oil Output Plunges to 20-Year Low as Attacks Escalate
Friday, May 06, 2016 Nigeria is suffering a worsening bout of oil disruption that has pushed production to the lowest in 20 years, as attacks against facilities in the energy-rich but impoverished nation increase in number and audacity.

Navy Spokesman: Militants Attack Chevron Platform in Niger Delta
Thursday, May 05, 2016 Militants attack a Chevron platform in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region late on Wednesday, a navy spokesman said, amid growing fears of a revived militant campaign in the region.

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