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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Unite Takes Another Step Towards UKCS Strike Action
Thursday, April 27, 2017 UK union Unite takes another step towards strike action on the UKCS, as it serves an official strike ballot notice to the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA).

Op-Ed: Big Trouble in North Korea, Venezuela Threaten Oil Prices
Thursday, April 27, 2017 The United States and North Korea are saber-rattling and in Venezuela, demonstrators against policies that kneecap PDVSA are dying in the streets - both key geopolitical issues that can smother an oil rally.

Saudi Arabia Says Foils Bombing Attempt on Aramco Fuel Dist. Terminal
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Saudi forces have foiled an attempt to blow up an Aramco fuel terminal in southern Saudi Arabia using a high-speed boat laden with explosives, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

BLOG: Previous Unite Strike Reps Can Inspire Workers in Current Dispute
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Unite spokesperson says recent North Sea strike can inspire other offshore workers.

Sri Lanka's Oil Firm Workers Call Off Strike Over India Deal
Monday, April 24, 2017 Workers at Sri Lanka's state-run oil firm Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) calls off a strike.

Threat of UKCS Strike Action Increases
Thursday, April 20, 2017 Strike action within the UKCS is looming. Should they choose to strike, UKCS workers don't have the support of Rigzone readers.

For North Korea, Cutting Off Oil Supplies Would Be Devastating
Thursday, April 13, 2017 Isolated North Korea doesn't consume much oil but curbing or cutting off its supplies in retaliation would be painful and potentially destabilizing to the regime of Kim Jong Un.

Eni Paid No Intermediary, Bribes To Acquire Nigeria Oilfield
Thursday, April 13, 2017 Eni reiterates it had not paid any intermediary or any bribes to acquire the OPL-245 oilfield in Nigeria.

Nigeria's Military Destroys 13 Illegal Oil Refineries
Thursday, April 13, 2017 Nigeria's military says it destroyed 13 illegal refineries in the restive Niger Delta oil hub.

Nigeria's Lower House Committee To Probe Oil License Deal
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Nigeria's lower house of parliament has set up a committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the award of oil prospecting licence (OPL) 245, the committee chairman says.

NOC: Libya's Wafa Oil And Gas Field Reopens, Force Majeure Lifted
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Libya's NOC has lifted force majeure on production from the Wafa field after an armed group reopened oil and gas pipelines leading to the Mellitah terminal, the company says.

Libya Halts Sharara Oil Loadings as Biggest Field Shuts Down
Monday, April 10, 2017 Libya's biggest oil field stopped producing just one week after it reopened, forcing the OPEC member to declare force majeure at a key export terminal.

Colombia's Ecopetrol Restarts Cano-Limon Oil Pipeline After Attacks
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 Ecopetrol has restarted the country's second-largest oil pipeline, the Cano-Limon Covenas, after a series of bomb attacks halted movement of crude for seven weeks.

French Bank BNP Sells Its Share In $2.5B Dakota Pipeline Loan
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 BNP Paribas says it has sold its $120 million share of the loan for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Buhari's Change of Tack in Nigeria Delta Boosts Oil Output
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 A year and $7 billion in lost oil exports later, President Buhari's decision to switch tack by negotiating with the fighters seems to be working.

Italian Police Disrupt Protest To Prevent Olive Grove Removal
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Italian police break up a protest by environmentalists trying to prevent the removal of a grove of olive trees standing in the way of a $40 billion pipeline to bring Asian gas to Europe.

Libya's Oil Output Down 252,000 Bpd Due To Armed Protests
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Production at the western Libyan fields of Sharara and Wafa has been blocked by armed factions, reducing output by 252,000 barrels per day.

Native Americans To Meet Norway's Wealth Fund Watchdog Over Pipeline
Monday, March 27, 2017 Standing Rock Sioux tribe representatives will meet the ethics watchdog for Norway's $915 billion sovereign wealth fund over a U.S. oil pipeline.


 
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