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Songa Offshore to Cut 430 Jobs Due to Ongoing Norway Oil, Gas Strikes
Friday, September 30, 2016 Songa Offshore will temporarily lay off 430 people as a result of the ongoing conflict between the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association and union members at Industri Energi.

Norway Oil Service Strike Could Escalate at Short Notice
Thursday, September 29, 2016 A strike involving Norwegian oil service workers could be expanded at any time, but no decision has yet been made on whether to escalate the dispute, trade union Industri Energi said on Thursday.

Petrofac Resumes Operations In Tunisia After Protester Deal
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Petrofac resumes its operations in Tunisia after the government reaches a deal with protesters who had disrupted gas production for nine months.

Oil Ministry: Islamic State Loses Control of Last Oil Wells in Iraq
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Islamic State militants no longer control any oil wells in Iraq after being ousted by government forces last week from an area near Kirkuk, the oil ministry says.

More Than 350 Oil Service Workers Laid Off in Norway Due to Strike
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 More than 350 oil service workers have been laid off in Norway as a result of strike action which was implemented September 21.

Nigeria Lawmakers To Investigate $17B Oil Theft Claim
Friday, September 23, 2016 Lawmakers in Nigeria's lower house of parliament are to investigate whether $17 billion of petroleum and fuel exports were stolen by companies and government agencies.

Striking Wood Group Employees in North Sea Reach Deal
Thursday, September 22, 2016 Striking Wood Group employees have reached a deal with the company following a revised proposal from the oil services group, Wood Group confirmed Thursday.

Venezuela PDVSA Awards $3.2B Oil Service Contracts, Protest Brews
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA says it has awarded $3.2 billion in contracts to drill wells in the Orinoco Belt.

Norway Services Strike Affects Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Halliburton
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 More than 300 oil service employees, all Industri Energi union members, went on strike Wednesday after wage talks broke down with the Norwegian Oil Industry Association.

Fourteen Kidnapped Nigerian Oil Workers Freed
Sunday, September 18, 2016 Nigerian police have freed 14 kidnapped oil workers in the restive southern Niger Delta region, which has been hit by a series of militant attacks on oil and gas facilities.

New York Investigating Exxon's Accounting Practices
Friday, September 16, 2016 New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating Exxon Mobil Corp's accounting practices and why the company hasn't written down the value of its assets.

Brazil's Lula Charged As 'Top Boss' Of Petrobras Graft Scheme
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Brazilian prosecutors filed corruption charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, his wife and six others in the sprawling Petrobras kickback scandal.

Libyan Commander's Seizure of Oil Ports Risks New Conflict
Monday, September 12, 2016 Libyan forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar say they have tightened their control over four major oil ports, casting a Western-backed project to unite Libya and revive oil exports into deep uncertainty.

French Port Workers To Join Strike Against Labour Reform
Monday, September 12, 2016 French CGT trade union port workers will join a nationwide strike against French labour reforms on Sept. 15 in a move that could disrupt oil shipment at French ports.

Eastern Libyan Commander's Forces Seize Key Oil Ports
Sunday, September 11, 2016 Forces loyal to east Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar on Sunday seized at least 2 key oil ports from a rival force loyal to the U.N.-backed government.

Rebels Say Kill 12 Angolan Soldiers In Oil Region Clash
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 Separatist rebels said they killed 12 soldiers in Angola, part of a flare-up of violence in a region that produces half the southern African state's oil.

Nigerian Army Says Arrests Avengers Leader, Other militants
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 Nigeria's military says it has arrested a suspected leader of the Niger Delta Avengers militant group and other men accused of attacking oil and gas infrastructure.

Nigeria's Oil Bill On Hold Due To Delta Unrest
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 A long-awaited bill reforming Nigeria's petroleum industry is effectively on hold until tensions ease in the restive Niger Delta region, the country's oil hub, an influential senator says.

BLOG: Militants Cut Oil Production 17% in Nigeria, Pushing Recession
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Despite daylong ceasefire, another set of militants attack oil pipelines, compounding problems for the industry, citizens and Nigerian government.

Nigerian Traditional Rulers Want Prisoners Freed Before Delta Talks
Friday, August 26, 2016 Traditional leaders in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta have demanded that authorities release youths arrested by the army before they will mediate in talks with militants.

Russia's Gazprom Plays Down Western Sanctions
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Russia's Gazprom said on Tuesday that Western sanctions, imposed over Moscow's role in Ukraine's crisis, have had no significant impact on the company's new and existing gas supply contracts.

Anger In The Delta Keeps Oil Majors Quiet - And Nigeria's Crude Offline
Monday, August 22, 2016 Oil companies and even Nigerian officials are losing faith in a deal anytime soon with militants who have slashed the nation's oil output.

Wood Group Holds Constructive Talks with Unions
Friday, August 19, 2016 Oilfield services company Wood Group holds constructive talks with the UK Unite and RMT unions, following a dispute over changes to pay and allowances for workers in the North Sea.

Ghana's Mahama Says Dispute With Ivory Coast Affected Oil Development
Friday, August 19, 2016 Ghana's President John Mahama says a maritime boundary dispute with Ivory Coast had affected the development of the new TEN oil field.

Malaysian Oil Tanker Taken Over Commercial Dispute, Not Hijacked
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 An oil tanker, which was earlier reported to have been hijacked and sailed into Indonesian waters, was believed to have been taken due to a commercial dispute, Malaysian authorities say.

Industrial Action is Not the Answer to North Sea Crisis
Monday, August 15, 2016 As strike action rumbles on in the North Sea amid Unite and RMT union members working for Wood Group, Oil & Gas UK condemns the movements as unhelpful.

Unions Suspend Strike Action in North Sea
Friday, August 12, 2016 Unite and RMT union members working for Wood Group suspend industrial action in the North Sea to allow for fresh talks with the oilfield services company.

Kurds Say Islamic State Oil Overseer Killed In Joint Ops With US
Friday, August 12, 2016 The Islamic State militant in charge of the group's oil operations in Iraq and Syria was killed in a joint operation between the Iraqi Kurdish and US Special forces.

Kurds Say Islamic State Oil Overseer Killed In Joint Ops With US
Thursday, August 11, 2016 The Islamic State militant in charge of the group's oil operations in Iraq and Syria was killed in a joint operation between the Iraqi Kurdish and US Special forces.

Western Countries Concerned By Tension Around Libya's Zueitina Oil Terminal
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Western countries including the United States, France and Britain said in a joint statement on Wednesday they were concerned by mounting tension around the Zueitina oil terminal in Libya.

More North Sea Strikes to be Held in August
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 Unite and RMT union members working for Wood Group will stage several more strikes in the North Sea throughout August over a dispute surrounding cuts to pay and allowances.

RMT, Unite Begin 48-Hour Strike on North Sea Shell Platforms
Thursday, August 04, 2016 UK RMT and Unite union members have begun a 48-hour strike on Shell platforms in the North Sea as disputes between workers and Wood Group rumble on over pay and working conditions.

South Sudan President Fires Ministers Allied To Rival Machar
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 South Sudan's President Salva Kiir fires 6m inisters allied to his long-time rival Riek Machar, widening a political rift in the world's newest nation and drawing threats of more fighting.


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