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Russian Oil Production Rises in August, Sanctions Yet to Bite
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 Russia's oil output increased in August, helped by an increase in condensate production at Gazprom, showing that energy supplies have ben been yet affected by sanctions over Ukraine.

Algeria's In Amenas Gas Plant Returning to Normal after Attack
Monday, September 01, 2014 Normal operations resume at a major gas plant in Algeria, 18 months after a raid by Islamist militants killed 40 employees.

Afren Shares Drop after Kurdistan Shutdown Prompts Production Forecast Cut
Friday, August 29, 2014 Independent explorer Afren slashes its full-year production forecast by 20 percent following shutdown of its Kurdistan operations.

Iraq To Appeal US Court Decision On Kurdish Oil
Thursday, August 28, 2014 The Iraqi oil ministry says it would challenge a US court decision that stopped US Marshals from seizing some one million barrels of disputed Kurdish oil docked near Texas.

CEO: OMV Pulls Staff From Kurdistan, Ponders Crimea
Friday, August 22, 2014 OMV withdraws staff from Iraqi Kurdistan and is also waiting on what happens south of Crimea, where the firm has plans with Exxon.



Talisman To Proceed With Kurdistan Sale Despite Big Oil Find
Friday, August 22, 2014 Talisman says it still plans to sell its oil properties in Iraq's Kurdistan region, even after its partner announced a massive oil discovery on its properties.

Mexico Launches Special Police Force To Guard Economic Activity
Friday, August 22, 2014 Mexico launches a scaled-back version of a new police force President Enrique Pena Nieto had vowed to create while on the campaign trail to safeguard businesses against rampant organized crime.

Norway's DNO Says Committed to Kurdistan Despite Violence
Thursday, August 21, 2014 Norway’s DNO says it remains committed to its operations in Iraq’s Kurdistan region in spite of nearby violence.

Lobby Group: Norway's Politics Threatens Oil Competitiveness
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 High taxes and 'political meddling' in oil and gas projects threatens the competitiveness of Norway's offshore energy sector, says the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association.

Hamas Says Fired Rockets At Offshore Israeli Gas Well
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Hamas says it has fired two rockets at an Israeli gas installation about 19 miles off the coast of Gaza.

Aquino Says Chinese Survey Ships Seen In Philippine Waters
Monday, August 18, 2014 Philippine President Benigno Aquino says two Chinese survey vessels have been sighted in a gas-rich area of its exclusive economic zone.

Iraqi Kurdistan's Largest-Producing Oilfield Working To Boost Output
Friday, August 15, 2014 Oil production at Iraqi Kurdistan's largest-producing oilfield is set to rise to as much as 14,000 barrels per day by the end of the month.

Russian Oil Giant Seeks Funds Earmarked For Pensions
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Rosneft is seeking a $42 billion loan from a fund earmarked for Russian pensions to help it weather Western sanctions imposed over Moscow's role in Ukraine.

OMV Profit Drops as Libya Crisis Boosts Costs
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Austria's OMV sees its underlying operating profit halve during the second quarter of 2014.

CAT Oil Keeps Outlook Despite Russia Sanctions
Monday, August 11, 2014 CAT Oil sticks to its 2014 outlook despite Western economic sanctions against Russia.

Oil Exploration in Kurdistan Halted Amid Violence
Monday, August 11, 2014 Hess Corp. is latest oil firm to suspend operations in Iraqi Kurdistan, as Kurdistan Regional Government halts exploration activities near potential combat zones.

Ukraine Promises Smooth Russian Gas Transit to Europe
Monday, August 11, 2014 Ukraine's Naftogaz will continue uninterrupted pumping of Russian gas exports to Europe through its territory even if Ukraine imposes its own sanctions on Russia.

Kurdish Oil Pipeline via Turkey Runs Normally Despite Militant Advance
Friday, August 08, 2014 Kurdistan's oil pipeline via Turkey is operating normally and pumping 120,000 barrels per day despite the advance by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq.

Genel Says Kurdish Fields 'Remain Safe and Secure'
Friday, August 08, 2014 Genel Energy reports that its Taq Taq and Tawke fields in Iraqi Kurdistan "remain safe and secure" amid fighting between Islamic State and Peshmerga forces in Kurdish territory.

Iraqi Kurdistan-Focused Oil Shares Hit By IS Advance
Thursday, August 07, 2014 Shares of energy companies operating in Iraqi Kurdistan plunged and two US companies evacuated some staff as Islamic State militants advanced.

DNO Continuing Operations at All Iraq Oil Fields
Thursday, August 07, 2014 DNO continues operations in Iraq's Kurdistan region in spite of Islamic State militants extending their gains in northern Iraq.

Cadogan: Ukraine Tax Changes to have 'No Material Effect' on Operations
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 Cadogan Petroleum says recent tax changes in Ukraine should have no material effect on its financial position, operations or work program in the country.

Genel Profits Rise on Higher Kurdistan Oil Exports
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 Genel Energy posts a 50-percent rise in first-half oil production, buoyed by output from Iraqi Kurdistan.

CEO: Russia Sanctions Leave Austria's OMV Untouched
Monday, August 04, 2014 European sanctions imposed on Russia for its role in Ukraine's political crisis have had no impact on Austrian energy group OMV, Chief Executive Gerhard Roiss says.

Kemp: EU Energy Restrictions on Russia Mostly Theatre
Monday, August 04, 2014 EU sanctions on Russia's oil sector will not seriously hamper the development of new oil resources in either the short or the long term, though they leave open the possibility of further escalation if relations with Russia deteriorate in future.

OMV Says Russia Sanctions Don't Impact South Stream Pipeline
Sunday, August 03, 2014 EU sanctions imposed on Moscow in the Ukraine will have no impact on the South Stream gas pipeline, says Austria’s OMV.

Islamic State Grabs Iraqi Dam and Oilfield in Victory over Kurds
Sunday, August 03, 2014 Islamist group seizes control of Iraq’s biggest dam and an oilfield from Kurdish forces.

Enel CEO Says Not Wise to Sell Russia Assets at Moment
Thursday, July 31, 2014 Italy's Enel is not considering the sale of its Russian assets at the moment, says its CEO.

Total Stops Buying Novatek Shares After MH17 Shot Down
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 France's Total stops buying shares in Novatek, but says it is still too early to gauge the impact of western sanctions against Russia.

Libya Says Its Oilfields Are Safe From The Fighting
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Libya is pumping crude oil at around 500,000 barrels per day and all its oilfields are secure despite continued violence, an official from the Libyan Oil Ministry says.

US Judge Signs Order To Seize Kurdish Oil From Tanker Off Texas
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Iraq files a suit in a Texan court to gain control of a cargo of crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan that it says was sold without its permission.

BP Profit Jumps But Warns Of Russia Sanctions Impact
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 BP reports a sharp rise in second-quarter profits but warns that further sanctions on Russia could harm its business there.

Tanker Carrying Iraqi Kurdish Oil Anchored off Texas Port
Sunday, July 27, 2014 A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan anchors near Galveston, Texas.

Iraqi Kurdish Oil Nears US Port Despite Concern in Washington
Friday, July 25, 2014 Oil from Iraqi Kurdistan is just two days away from arriving at a US port despite Washington's concern about independent oil sales from the region.

Strike Paralyzes Oil, Gas Output in Neuquen
Thursday, July 24, 2014 An oil workers' strike paralyzes oil and gas production in the Argentine province of Neuquen.

Ukraine Says EU Reverse Gas Flows Lower after Gazprom's 'Threats'
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Ukraine energy minister says reverse gas flows from the European Union to Ukraine fall because of the threats by Russian gas producer Gazprom.

EU Says Could Halt Technology for Russia to Develop Arctic Oil, Gas
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 EU should not give Russia technical help to develop Arctic oil and gas if Moscow does not help defuse the Ukraine crisis, says EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

Libya Oil Output Slips, Fresh Fighting In Tripoli
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Libyan oil production has fallen, turning back a hard-won increase since April in revenue for the government facing increased fighting around the airport in the capital and in the eastern city of Benghazi.

S. African Anti-Fracking Group Threatens Legal Challenge
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 A South African anti-fracking group threatens a legal challenge to government plans to grant shale gas exploration licenses in the Karoo semi-desert.

Exxon Oil Rig Enters Uncharted Waters of Russian Political Storm
Monday, July 21, 2014 Exxon faces political dilemma as one of its rigs enters Russian Arctic waters.

Shell Employees on Doomed Malaysian Flight
Friday, July 18, 2014 Shell confirms that some of its employees were among the 298 people killed Thursday when Malaysian Airlines was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine.

Russia's Rosneft Says to Honor Agreements despite Sanctions
Friday, July 18, 2014 Russian oil producer Rosneft says it will continue to work on its existing projects and agreements despite US sanctions against the company.

Italy Union Calls General Strike at Eni Refineries for July 29
Friday, July 18, 2014 Italian union plans a one-day strike at all of Eni's refineries in Italy in order to protest against closures.

Monitor: Ninety Killed By Islamist Attack On Syrian Gas Field
Thursday, July 17, 2014 Militant group Islamic State seizes a Syrian gas field and kills at least 90 people in one of the bloodiest clashes between the al Qaeda offshoot and President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Iraqi Official: Iraqi Kurdistan Starts Oil Pumping from Kirkuk
Thursday, July 17, 2014 Iraq's Kurdish region begins to pump oil from Kirkuk field previously controlled by Iraq's central government, according to a senior Iraqi official.

BP Says New Sanctions on Russia Appear to Target Access to Markets
Thursday, July 17, 2014 BP studies latest sanctions against Russia over Ukraine and says they appear to focus on restricting access to US debt and equity markets.

US Court Revives BP Retirement-Plan Suit Filed After Oil Spill
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 A US appeals court revives a lawsuit in which participants in BP retirement savings plans alleged they were deceived into buying and holding stock before and after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident.

Kurds Seize Iraq Oilfields, Ministers Pull Out Of Government
Friday, July 11, 2014 Kurdish forces seize two oilfields in northern Iraq and take over operations from a state-run oil company.

Libya's Oil Industry Remains Vulnerable To Protests
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Libya's oil industry hopes life will return to normal now that a wave of protests has ebbed, but it will take months to ramp up production.

NOC: Libyan Oil Output 326,000BPD, El Sharara Field Still Blocked
Monday, July 07, 2014 Libyan oil output is currently at 326,000 barrels per day, according to an NOC spokesman.

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