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Russians Drop Texas Oil Bid, Averting Trump Security Review
Monday, June 26, 2017 LetterOne's L1 Energy unit recently walked away from a deal to buy Texas oil producer over concerns the plan could be rebuffed by the CFIUS.

Qatar Expats Say Leave Canceled, Travel Restricted After Arab Rift
Thursday, June 22, 2017 Expatriates working in Qatar say their employers had canceled holidays and barred them from leaving the country in the wake of a rift with other Arab powers.

Australia Energy Company Requests Arbitration In Row Over Oil Project
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Woodside Petroleum confirms that fellow Australian energy company FAR Ltd had requested arbitration in an ownership dispute that has delayed a promising oil project off Senegal.

Protest-Hit Ethiopia Region Plans Oil Company To Calm Unrest
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 A central Ethiopian region that's seen almost two years of sporadic anti-government protests is planning a new private oil company and is in talks to import Middle Eastern crude.

Finnish Refiner Neste Faces Strike Over Proposed Government Stake Sale
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Neste plan to halt fuel distribution from its domestic refineries for more than six days in protest against government plans to reduce state ownership in the company.

OMV Restarts Work At Tunisian Nawara Gas Project After Blockade Ends
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 OMV restarts work at its Nawara natural gas project in southern Tunisia.

Tunisia Gas Field Protesters Reach Deal, Production To Restart
Friday, June 16, 2017 Protesters blockading oil and gas fields in southern Tunisia have reached an agreement with the government to end a sit-in and allow production to restart immediately.

Dana Gas's Sukuk Holders Say Firm's Offer 'Repudiation' Of English Law
Thursday, June 15, 2017 An ad hoc committee representing holders of $700 million of sukuk issued by Dana Gas says the company's decision to halt payments on the Islamic bonds is a 'repudiation' of English law.

Qatar Crisis Spills Into Libya, Entangling Glencore Over Oil
Thursday, June 15, 2017 The Qatar crisis is reverberating in Libya, inflaming political divisions in the war-torn oil exporter and dragging commodity-trading giant Glencore into a dispute over crude sales.

New Militant Group Threatens Niger Delta Oil War
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 The latest group of militants emerges in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta.

Ex-Noble Group's CEO Alireza Sues Founder Elman for $58 Million
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 The former CEO of Noble Group has filed a lawsuit against founder Richard Elman claiming that he's owed stock in the embattled commodity trader.

Blast Backlash Hangs Over Drillers as 'Fractivists' Seek Limits
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Two months after a Colorado home exploded near an Anadarko well, the reverberations are still rattling the oil industry, driving down driller shares and raising fears of a regulatory backlash.

Strike Ends At Israeli Oil Refinery Paz
Monday, June 12, 2017 Workers at Israel's Paz Oil end their strike that had shut down the refinery in the city of Ashdod after labour and management agreed in principle to a new collective labour contract.

Unite Urges Offshore Workers to Join Pay Fight
Monday, June 12, 2017 UK offshore union Unite is urging people to join its organization in an effort to combat pay cuts to workers.

Qatari LNG Diversions Shock EU Traders as Crisis Intensifies
Friday, June 09, 2017 European energy markets started to feel the impact of the escalating diplomatic row in the Middle East after natural gas prices soared when tankers full of Qatari fuel abruptly changed course.

Libya's Sharara Oil Field Reopens After Strike
Friday, June 09, 2017 Libya's major Sharara oil field has reopened after a workers' protest.

Norway Oil Services Firms Reach Wage Deal With Two Unions
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 Norwegian oil services firms have reached a wage deal with 2 trade unions.

ExxonMobil Says Qatar LNG Not Affected By Arab States Tension
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 ExxonMobil says that production and exports of liquefied natural gas from Qatar have not been affected by rising diplomatic tensions in the Middle East.

Abu Dhabi Port Eases Restrictions On Oil Tankers Going To And From Qatar
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 Abu Dhabi port authorities have eased restrictions on oil tankers going to and from Qatar, according to industry sources and shipping circulars seen by Reuters.

Norwegian Union Threatens Strike At Statoil, Shell, Eni Pplatforms
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 About 150 oil platform workers would go on strike, potentially disrupting output from several Norwegian fields.

Maersk Says No Longer Able To Ship Qatar Bound Cargo
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 Maersk can no longer transport goods in or out of Qatar after Arab countries imposed restrictions on trade with the tiny Gulf state, the company says.

How Would Scottish Independence Affect the Region's Oil, Gas Industry?
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 Rigzone outlines how Indyref2 could shape the region's oil and gas sector.

Oil Bears Can't Look to Libya as Expat Exodus Slows Recovery
Monday, June 05, 2017 With foreign staff of international companies staying away, analysts say Libya's ability to pump more oil will soon reach a limit.

Qatar's Dispute With Arab States Puts LNG Market On Edge
Monday, June 05, 2017 Saudi Arabia and key allies on Monday cut ties with Qatar, the world's top seller of LNG.

Norway Trade Unions Agree Pay Deal With Oil Drillers, Avert Strike
Friday, June 02, 2017 Norwegian drilling rig operators reach a wage deal with all 3 trade unions representing workers, averting the risk of a strike that could have hit exploration.

Oil Tanker Attacked In Key Shipping Lane Off Yemen
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Unknown assailants attacked an oil tanker in a strategic Red Sea waterway near Yemen in the latest flare-up.

Canadian Oil Sector's Asian Ambitions Stumble On Pipeline Resistance
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is the centerpiece of Canada's plan to ship heavy crude oil to energy-hungry Asia but intense provincial opposition could cause delays.

French Govt To Meet Striking Transporters As Fuel Shortages Grow
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 France's transport minister will meet transporters of hazardous materials whose five-day strike has caused fuel shortages and panic buying at petrol stations across the country.

TECH SHOWCASE: 'End to End' Molecular Fuel Marking
Thursday, May 25, 2017 This chemical technology binds to molecules to detect adulterated fuels and crude oils.

Nigeria To Mediate In Dispute Between Exxon And Labor Unions
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Nigeria's government wants to resolve a labor dispute between ExxonMobil and unions in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, a minister says.

Most Norwegian Oil Workers Agree Wage Deal, Mediation For Rest
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Energy firms operating offshore Norway agree wage deals for 2017 with the 2 largest trade unions representing oil and gas workers.

Fuel Theft Report Exposes '800-pound Gorilla'
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Multibillion-dollar illicit fuel trade a global problem, says author of refined oil theft study.

Serinus Shuts-In Sabria Field Due to Social Unrest
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Serinus Energy Inc. temporarily shuts-in production at the Sabria field in Tunisia due to continued social unrest in the southern part of the country.

Fuel Shortage Again Hits Oil-rich Venezuela Amid Refinery Woes
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 The waits at gasoline stations heap extra hardship on the nation of 30 million.

Unite Urges Members to Vote Yes for Strike Action in OCA Pay Dispute
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 UK union Unite is urging its members to vote yes for strike action, and action short of striking, in a continued dispute with the Offshore Contractors Association over pay.

Nigerian Oil Workers Extend ExxonMobil Strike To Chevron, Agip And Shell
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Nigerian workers from an oil labor union have extended a strike to oil majors Chevron, Shell and Eni subsidiary Agip in protest over the sacking of members from Exxon Mobil Corp.

Fire Triggered by Suspected Fuel Thieves Kills Four in Mexico
Monday, May 15, 2017 The pipeline has a capacity of 73,000 barrels per day and transports gasoline and diesel from Pemex's Minatitlan oil refinery to Mexico City.

US Oil Firm Cobalt Files For Arbitration Against Angola For $2B
Friday, May 12, 2017 Cobalt said it had filed requests for arbitration seeking more than $2B from Sonangol after the two failed to reach an agreement on license deadline extensions.

Mexican Fuel Importers Weigh Risk After Thefts Trigger Bloodbath
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 A gun battle May 3 between soldiers and huachicoleros, the local nickname for fuel thieves, left 11 people dead and many more injured and triggered protests in Puebla, where pipelines are often tapped to steal gasoline.

OCA Still Willing to Implement Pay Rise Despite GMB Industrial Ballot
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 The Offshore Contractors' Association says it's still willing to implement a 2% increase in basic pay for offshore employees, despite UK union GMB announcing plans to hold an industrial ballot.

Tunisian Job Protests Hit Oil And Gas Output
Monday, May 08, 2017 Protests over jobs and development in southern and central Tunisia have halted production at or shut the fields of two foreign energy companies.

Mexico Oil Theft Clash Leaves at Least 10 Dead, Including Four Soldiers
Friday, May 05, 2017 At least four soldiers and six suspected oil thieves died in a battle in the central Mexican state of Puebla, authorities said on Thursday, as the army launched a major operation against organized criminals who siphon fuel from pipelines.

Russia Suspends LPG Exports to Ukraine Again - Traders
Friday, May 05, 2017 Russian exporters have suspended liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) exports to Ukraine for the second time in a month because Russia's regulator has not given clearance for the shipments, traders said on Thursday.

Austria's OMV Moves Workers In Tunisia Over Gas Field Protests
Thursday, May 04, 2017 OMV has taken around 700 non-essential staff and contractors out of projects in southern Tunisia after protesters demanding jobs threatened to disrupt operations.


 
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