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East Libya Autonomy Movement Aims to Sell Oil Unless Demands Met
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 East Libyan autonomy movement plans to sell crude oil on its own if the government does not meet its demands.
Exec: Pemex's 'Front Door' Could Open Wider with Mexican Energy Reform
Monday, December 09, 2013 Arturo Henriquez, the head of Pemex's international procurement arm, sees significant changes for suppliers with Mexican energy reform.
Libya Spends Foreign Reserves To Offset Oil Losses
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Libya's prime minister says his government is spending billions of dollars to offset the loss of revenue caused by militias who have shut down oil terminals in the country's restive east.
Argentina-Repsol Deal on YPF Better than Litigation Says Spain
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 Spanish Secretary of State says a deal between Repsol and Argentina over the nationalization of YPF is preferable to a lawsuit.
Venezuelan Oil Diplomacy Curbed By Economic Crisis
Monday, December 02, 2013 The late President Chavez's dream of leveraging Venezuela's oil wealth to spread revolution across Latin America is crumbling under the weight of an economic crisis.
US Trial Ends Over Ecuador Pollution Judgment Against Chevron
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 An attorney for Chevron accuses US lawyer Steven Donziger of orchestrating an international criminal conspiracy by using bribery and fraud in Ecuador.
Boardroom Coup Shakes UK Shale Player Dart Energy
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Shareholders in UK shale developer Dart Energy backed a boardoom coup this week, voting out the chairman and his allies despite his warning that the move was an attempt to acquire the company on the cheap.
NOC: Libya's Mellitah Port Restarts Oil Exports, Oilfield to Ramp Up
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Operations at Libya's Mellitah oil terminal return to normal, with the El Feel field that supplies the port to ramp up production from Wednesday.
CFO: OMV Production In Libya Still Interrupted
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 OMV's production in Libya continues to be interrupted by security problems, finance chief David Davies says.
US Lawyer Denies Bribery At Trial in Chevron-Ecuador Case
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 A US lawyer denies using bribery to win a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador, even as the oil company's lawyer raised tough questions about evidence.
Norway Offshore Construction Workers Start Protest, Oil Output Unaffected
Monday, November 18, 2013 Construction workers in the offshore energy sector have cut their working hours since Saturday in a pay protest.
Russian Court Grants Bail to One of 30 Arrested for Greenpeace Protest
Monday, November 18, 2013 A Russian court grants bail to one of 30 Greenpeace activists being held after September's protest against offshore oil drilling in the Arctic.
US Justices To Hear Halliburton Securities Class Action
Friday, November 15, 2013 The US Supreme Court agrees to revisit a 1988 decision that made it much easier for shareholders to sue companies for alleged securities fraud.
Minister: Libya Has Lost $6 Billion From Oil Protests
Thursday, November 14, 2013 Libya has lost some $6 billion due to protests at ports and oil fields that have reduced the North African country's crude exports to a trickle, its economy minister says.
Schlumberger to Restart Iraq Rumaila Oil Operations, Official Says
Thursday, November 14, 2013 Iraq has moved swiftly to restore calm at its giant southern oilfields following violent protests and Schlumberger is expected to return to work next week, a senior Iraqi official says.
Oman Oil Executive Goes on Trial on Bribery Charges
Thursday, November 14, 2013 A senior official at a state-run Omani oil company went on trial on charges of taking a bribe, in a case closely watched in the Gulf Sultanate, which has pledged to root out corruption.
Angry Shi'ites Storm Schlumberger Camp at Iraq's Rumaila Oilfield
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Dozens of angry Shi'ite Muslim workers and tribesmen stormed a Schlumberger Ltd camp at one of Iraq's main oilfields and wrecked offices after accusing a foreign security adviser of insulting their religion, police and employees at the field say.
Baker Hughes Issues Force Majeure in Iraq
Monday, November 11, 2013 Due to a significant disruption of business, Baker Hughes has suspended operations in Iraq, and has issued force majeure notices to its customers.
Chevron Files Suit Against Polish Anti-Shale Gas Protesters
Friday, November 08, 2013 Chevron says it filed a civil lawsuit against protesters in Poland who have prevented it from reaching a site where it plans to explore for shale gas.
Repsol Cuts Output Growth Target On Libya Outages
Thursday, November 07, 2013 Spain's Repsol expects 7% annual production growth in 2013, compared to the 10 percent it previously forecast, due to disruptions in Libya.
UK's Tullow Oil To Resume Drilling In Kenya
Thursday, November 07, 2013 Tullow Oil plans to resume operations in northwest Kenya after violent protests that halted work last month.
Private Protection: Combating the Piracy Threat
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 As oil and gas vessels come under increasing threat from pirates offshore Africa, Rigzone talks to Protection Group International about how private security firms are helping to meet the threat.
Eni CEO: Protestors Pushing for Halt to Libya Gas Exports to Italy
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 Protestors at the Mellitah terminal in Libya are pressuring Eni to halt gas exports to Italy
PDVSA Seizes Two Houston-based Rigs
Monday, November 04, 2013 PDVSA seized two rigs last week after a judge ordered Superior Energy crew workers to hand over control of two specialized rigs to PDVSA.
EY: Political Uncertainty Worrying to Energy Market
Thursday, October 31, 2013 In its 3Q report, EY predicts that political uncertainty could continue to affect the US O&G sector.
Hess Profit, Output Tumble in Wake of Libya Unrest
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Political and military unrest in Libya sharply curtailed Hess' output and profits in the third quarter, and forced it to temper expectations for the year.
Kenya Wants Tullow to Resume Drilling after Protests
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Kenya's government says it wants Tullow to resume drilling at two blocks next week and will hold talks with protesters whose actions halted work at the sites.
Libya's Oil Exports Still Restricted, Little Improvement
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Exports from Libya fall to a trickle amid strikes and electricity supply problems.
BP: Algerian Gas Expansion Projects on Ice through 2014
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Expansion projects for Algeria's In Amenas and In Salah gas producing sites will not get going next year as planned, BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley told a conference call for analysts.
Kenya Sees Tullow's Local Drilling Dispute Resolved 'Very Soon'
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 The Kenyan government expects a dispute between Tullow and its residents which led to the suspension of drilling last week to be "resolved very soon", a senior official says.
Tullow Oil Temporarily Suspends Operation in Kenya
Monday, October 28, 2013 Tullow Oil temporarily suspends all operations as a precaution in Block 10BB and Block 13T in northern Kenya following demonstrations by Kenyans over the issue of employment.
Marathon Struggles to Exit Libya as Unrest Grows
Friday, October 25, 2013 Libya blocks efforts by U.S. company Marathon Oil to sell its stake in one of the country's top oil ventures by moving to preempt a deal, sources said, highlighting the struggle investors face in cutting exposure to Libya's unrest.
Sources: Pirates Kidnap Two U.S. Sailors Off Nigerian Coast
Thursday, October 24, 2013 Pirates attacked an oil supply vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped the captain and chief engineer, both U.S. citizens, an American defense official and security sources said.
Eni CEO Says Libyan Situation Very Worrying
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni is worried about the shutdown of Libya's Wafa field.
Sino-Indian Rivalry Intensifies over Petroleum Resources Overseas
Monday, October 21, 2013 Competition between China and India for oil and gas resources intensifies as the two major energy consumers seek to secure upstream assets.
Sources: PetroChina's Former Indonesia Chief Under Investigation
Thursday, October 17, 2013 The Chinese govt is investigating the former head of PetroChina's Indonesian operations, sources say, just weeks after authorities announced a corruption investigation into other former senior executives at the state oil giant.
Survey: Bowland Basin Residents 'Support' Shale Gas Exploration
Thursday, October 17, 2013 A survey shows that 57 percent of respondents who live in the Bowland Basin shale gas area in northwest England support shale gas exploration.
Police Stop Anti-Fracking Protest in Romania
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Hundreds of Romanians opposed to shale gas extraction in their village have scuffled with police at an exploration site where Chevron plans to start drilling.
Venezuela to Free Seized Oil Survey Ship, Owner Says
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Venezuela agrees to free a US-chartered oil survey ship and 36 crew members seized last week in a territorial dispute with neighboring Guyana, the boat's owner says.
BP Sees Forties Flow Staying Open If Grangemouth Strike Proceeds
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 BP, operator of the Forties Pipeline System (FPS), understands that a planned strike at the Grangemouth oil refinery will not shut oil flow through the system, the company says.
UKOOG: Greenpeace's Anti-Fracking Plan 'Misleading'
Monday, October 14, 2013 Greenpeace's plan to encourage UK landowners to join together in legally opposing hydraulic fracturing is "misleading", according to the UK Onshore Operators Group.
Libyan PM Says Oil Production at 600,000 to 700,000 Bopd
Sunday, October 13, 2013 Libya is currently producing between 600,000 and 700,000 barrels of oil per day as its government tries to end protests that have shut down oilfields and ports.
Guyana Says Venezuela Navy Evicted Survey Ship from Its Waters
Sunday, October 13, 2013 Guyana's government says Venezuela's navy evicted a ship used by a US oil exploration company from Guyanese waters, calling the move unprecedented and a serious threat to security.