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BLOG: Buhari Changes Hard-Line Approach to Delta Unrest
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari looks to implement a peaceful approach to deal with militants attacking oil and gas firms in the Niger Delta.

NPDC Pipeline Set on Fire, Cause Unclear
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 A crude oil pipeline belonging to the Niger Petroleum Development Company was set on fire, according to a report from Nigerian newspaper Vanguard.

UK Government Urged to Block Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers in Moray Firth
Monday, January 16, 2017 Scottish National Party MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Gail Ross, has called on the UK government's Maritime and Coastguard Agency to block proposals for ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth.

Shell Oil Workers In Gabon Begin 'Unlimited' Strike
Thursday, January 12, 2017 Royal Dutch Shell workers in Gabon begin an 'unlimited' strike at all the company's operations in the Central African OPEC member country.

Nigeria Oil Union Suspends Three-Day Nationwide Strike After Talks
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 A Nigerian oil labor union has suspended a nationwide three-day strike over job losses that hit petrol stations and oil tankers.

Argentina Clinches Deal to Attract Investment in Vaca Muerta Shale
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Argentina clinches deal with labor unions and energy companies aimed at luring investors to the Vaca Muerta shale formation in Patagonia, the government says.

Australia Bows To East Timor To Kill Controversial Gas Field Treaty
Monday, January 09, 2017 Australia agrees to let East Timor terminate an oil revenue treaty between the 2 neighbours, a key step towards ending a maritime border dispute.

INA's Syrian Gas Facilities Torched By Islamic State
Monday, January 09, 2017 Islamic State militants have set fire to facilities on gas fields in Syria owned by Croatian energy group INA.

Nigerian Oil Labour Union Suspends Strike At Total's Fuel Depots
Friday, January 06, 2017 Nigerian oil labour union Nupeng has suspended a strike at Total's fuel depots after an agreement was reached to end a row over sackings.

Nigeria Resumes Payments To Former Niger Delta Militants
Thursday, January 05, 2017 Nigeria has resumed payments of cash stipends to former militants agreed under a 2009 amnesty in the country's Niger Delta oil hub.

Oil, Gas Conflicts throughout Africa in 2016
Wednesday, January 04, 2017 North and West Africa have seen a spate of oil and gas-related clashes in 2016.

Angolan Lawyers Appeal Ruling On President Naming Daughter Oil CEO
Wednesday, January 04, 2017 Angolan lawyers, who argue that President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' billionaire daughter was illegally appointed as the chief executive of the state oil company, have applied for their case to be heard in court.

Five Arrested for Trespassing at Dakota Pipeline Protest Site
Thursday, December 29, 2016 Local law enforcement says five demonstrators are arrested for trespassing at the Dakota Access Pipeline site.

Russia's Gazprom Files Proposals To EU Aimed At Ending Antitrust Case
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Russia's Gazprom says it filed proposals with the European Commission aimed at resolving a five-year EU case.

Putin Says New Gas Pipeline Will Boost Annexed Crimea's Economy
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Russia activates a pipeline carrying Russian gas to Crimea.

Peru Says It Will Nix Key Odebrecht Contract If Won Through Bribes
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said he will terminate a $5B natural gas pipeline contract if it is found to have been won with bribes.

Ex-BlackRock Manager Jailed for 1 Year Over Insider-Trading
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Former BlackRock Inc. portfolio manager Mark Lyttleton was sentenced to a year in prison for insider trading by a London judge, becoming the latest high-profile finance figure to face jail for the offense.

Brazilian Court Upholds Injunction On Sale Of Petrobras Oilfields
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 A Brazilian federal court has rejected an appeal by Petroleo Brasileiro SA to allow the state-controlled oil company to proceed with the sale of two oilfields.

OCA 'Extremely Disappointed' by Unite Proposal Rejection
Monday, December 19, 2016 The Offshore Contractors Association is extremely disappointed that members of Unite have rejected its latest proposal, which was made in a bid to ward off future strikes.

EnerVest Files Suit Over BLM Utah Permit Denial
Thursday, December 15, 2016 EnerVest seeks emergency permits for Utah drilling program, saying BLM denied them without legal cause.

Petrofac Halting Tunisia Gas Production Again Due To Protests
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Petrofac is halting gas production in Tunisia after two weeks of renewed protests on the southern Kerkennah islands, the company said on Wednesday.

BLOG: Low Oil Prices Strain Kurdistan Government's Fight Against IS
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 The KRG's fight against ISIS has been hampered by the low oil price environment.

Islamic State Fighters Take Control of Syrian Oil Fields
Monday, December 12, 2016 Islamic State fighters have taken control of the Jahar and Jazl oil fields, as well as the al-Mohr area and the al-Mohr company, according to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Green Energy Firm Fights UK Fracking Plans
Friday, December 09, 2016 Green energy firm Ecotricity is challenging the fracking industry by submitting applications for its new Green Gas Mills on sites already proposed for fracking.

Russia Says Continues Investigation In Case Of Ex-Minister Ulyukayev
Friday, December 09, 2016 The Russian Investigative Committee is continuing "active investigative activity" into the case of ex-economy minister Alexey Ulyukayev, the committee said on Friday.

Morton County Sheriff Defends Tactics against Pipeline Protesters
Sunday, December 04, 2016 North Dakota county sheriff defends tactics after police use water hoses and rubber bullets against pipeline protestors.

Argentine Oil And Gas Workers To Strike Over YPF Layoffs
Friday, December 02, 2016 Some 23,000 Argentine oil and gas workers will go on a 48-hour strike beginning Monday to protest YPF's decision to lay off workers.

FAR Refutes Claims that it cannot Farm Into Djiffere Block
Thursday, December 01, 2016 FAR Limited refutes claims that it cannot exercise its option to farm into the Djiffere block offshore Senegal because of a lack of funds.

PGNiG: 6 Oil, Gas Workers Kidnapped in Pakistan, Whereabouts Unknown
Monday, November 28, 2016 Six oil and gas employees working for a contractor that seismic research company Geofizyka Krakow has been in collaboration with have been kidnapped in the northwestern part of Pakistan.

Anti-Fracking Group Tries To Overturn UK Shale Gas Planning Application
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Anti-fracking campaigners took to the High Court Tuesday in a bid to overturn one of the first planning applications to carry out shale gas drilling in the UK.

Petrobras Says Injunction Suspends Sale Of Bauna And Tartaruga Verde Fields
Monday, November 21, 2016 Petroleo Brasileiro SA says an injunction in a civil lawsuit has forced the company to suspend the sale of stakes in the Bauna and Tartaruga Verde oil fields.


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