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Nigerian Traditional Rulers Want Prisoners Freed Before Delta Talks
Friday, August 26, 2016 Traditional leaders in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta have demanded that authorities release youths arrested by the army before they will mediate in talks with militants.

Russia's Gazprom Plays Down Western Sanctions
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Russia's Gazprom said on Tuesday that Western sanctions, imposed over Moscow's role in Ukraine's crisis, have had no significant impact on the company's new and existing gas supply contracts.

Anger In The Delta Keeps Oil Majors Quiet - And Nigeria's Crude Offline
Monday, August 22, 2016 Oil companies and even Nigerian officials are losing faith in a deal anytime soon with militants who have slashed the nation's oil output.

Wood Group Holds Constructive Talks with Unions
Friday, August 19, 2016 Oilfield services company Wood Group holds constructive talks with the UK Unite and RMT unions, following a dispute over changes to pay and allowances for workers in the North Sea.

Ghana's Mahama Says Dispute With Ivory Coast Affected Oil Development
Friday, August 19, 2016 Ghana's President John Mahama says a maritime boundary dispute with Ivory Coast had affected the development of the new TEN oil field.

Malaysian Oil Tanker Taken Over Commercial Dispute, Not Hijacked
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 An oil tanker, which was earlier reported to have been hijacked and sailed into Indonesian waters, was believed to have been taken due to a commercial dispute, Malaysian authorities say.

Industrial Action is Not the Answer to North Sea Crisis
Monday, August 15, 2016 As strike action rumbles on in the North Sea amid Unite and RMT union members working for Wood Group, Oil & Gas UK condemns the movements as unhelpful.

Unions Suspend Strike Action in North Sea
Friday, August 12, 2016 Unite and RMT union members working for Wood Group suspend industrial action in the North Sea to allow for fresh talks with the oilfield services company.

Kurds Say Islamic State Oil Overseer Killed In Joint Ops With US
Friday, August 12, 2016 The Islamic State militant in charge of the group's oil operations in Iraq and Syria was killed in a joint operation between the Iraqi Kurdish and US Special forces.

Kurds Say Islamic State Oil Overseer Killed In Joint Ops With US
Thursday, August 11, 2016 The Islamic State militant in charge of the group's oil operations in Iraq and Syria was killed in a joint operation between the Iraqi Kurdish and US Special forces.

Western Countries Concerned By Tension Around Libya's Zueitina Oil Terminal
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Western countries including the United States, France and Britain said in a joint statement on Wednesday they were concerned by mounting tension around the Zueitina oil terminal in Libya.

More North Sea Strikes to be Held in August
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 Unite and RMT union members working for Wood Group will stage several more strikes in the North Sea throughout August over a dispute surrounding cuts to pay and allowances.

RMT, Unite Begin 48-Hour Strike on North Sea Shell Platforms
Thursday, August 04, 2016 UK RMT and Unite union members have begun a 48-hour strike on Shell platforms in the North Sea as disputes between workers and Wood Group rumble on over pay and working conditions.

South Sudan President Fires Ministers Allied To Rival Machar
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 South Sudan's President Salva Kiir fires 6m inisters allied to his long-time rival Riek Machar, widening a political rift in the world's newest nation and drawing threats of more fighting.

BLOG: Renewed Cash Payments Won't Stop Niger Delta Attacks
Tuesday, August 02, 2016 Renewed cash payments won't stop the latest wave of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the restive Niger Delta.

Suspected Militants Attack Shell Affiliated Pipeline In Nigeria's Delta
Monday, August 01, 2016 Suspected militants have attacked an oil pipeline operated by a local affiliate of Shell in Nigeria's restive southern Niger Delta region, locals and a community group say.

Nigeria Resumes Cash Pay-Offs to Former Militants in Oil Hub
Monday, August 01, 2016 Nigeria's government has resumed cash payments for former militants in the restive Niger Delta, an official said on Monday, in a bid to end a wave a wave of militant attacks on oil and gas facilities.

Militants Attack Two Energy Plants in North Iraq, Kill at least Four
Sunday, July 31, 2016 Militants storm energy facilities in northern Iraq, shooting workers and detonating explosives.

South Africa's Sasol: No Impact on its Refineries from Strike
Thursday, July 28, 2016 South African oil firm Sasol says there is no impact on its oil refinery or coal-to-liquid plant after a union went on strike over wages.

South Africa Oil Workers' Strike Could Hit Refineries
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 South African energy workers plan to strike indefinitely from Thursday over pay, according to a union.

Shell: No Production Impact from North Sea Strikes Set for Tuesday
Monday, July 25, 2016 A planned walkout by around 400 Wood Group oil and gas maintenance workers employed at Shell's North Sea platforms on Tuesday is not expected to interrupt production from the facilities, operator Shell says.

Niger Delta Avengers Attack another Pipeline
Monday, July 25, 2016 Nigerian militant group the Niger Delta Avengers claim to have blown up another pipeline, this time at Nsit-Ibom L.G.A. in Nigeria's Akwa Ibom state.

Libya Oil Ports' Re-Opening Delayed Due to Row Over Payments
Monday, July 25, 2016 Two of Libya's biggest oil ports may not re-open soon as the hardening positions of rival factions pose a fresh challenge to international efforts to reunite the country and restore its crude exports.

Nigeria's Buhari Says Government Talking to Niger Delta Militants
Thursday, July 21, 2016 The Nigerian government is talking to militants in the southern Niger Delta to end a wave of attacks on oil and gas facilities, President Muhammadu Buhari says.

Spokesman: Production at Libya's Sarir Oilfield to Remain Suspended
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Production at the Sarir oilfield in eastern Libya will remain suspended despite the reopening of the Hariga export terminal following a pay dispute, according to an AGOCO spokesman.

Libya Suspends Sarir Oil Output Due to Hariga Port Protest
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 A wage protest in the eastern Libyan port of Hariga forces the operator of the Sarir oilfield to suspend production of 100,000 barrels per day.

Libya Suspends Sarir Oil Output Due to Hariga Port Protest
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 A protest over wages that has shut the eastern Libyan oil terminal of Hariga forces the operator of the Sarir oil field to suspend production of 100,000 barrels per day, an oil company spokesman says.

Militants Attack State-Run Nigerian Oil Pipeline
Monday, July 18, 2016 Militants in Nigeria have attacked a crude oil pipeline on the outskirts of Warri, a city in the Niger Delta, which is operated by a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), a community leader says.

Attackers Blow Up Gas Pipeline in Southwest Nigeria
Thursday, July 14, 2016 A gas pipeline operated by Nigeria's state energy company in southwestern Ogun state has been attacked by men disguised as maintenance staff, local police say.

Statoil, BP Remain Committed to Algeria Despite Violence
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 With strengthened safety measures in place, Statoil and BP pledge their commitment to Algeria despite militant attacks on their facilities in the North African nation.

Wood Maintenance Workers Back Strike on Shell UK Platforms
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 As many as seven of Shell's North Sea platforms could be hit by the first strike action in the basin in 10 years after Wood Group employees working on the facilities vote in favor of industrial action.

Nigerian Oil Union Agrees To Suspend Strike
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 A Nigerian trade union representing oil workers has agreed to suspend a strike that some feared would lead to fuel shortages and disrupt crude production.

Tribunal Says China Has No Historic Title Over South China Sea
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Judges at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague rejects China's claims to economic rights across large swathes of the South China Sea.

Exxon Mobil Says No Attacks At Its Facilities Despite Militants' Claim
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Exxon Mobil Corp says no attacks had taken place at its facilities after Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers said it had blown up the Qua Iboe 48" crude oil export pipeline operated by the company.

Militants Blow Up Eni Oil Pipeline In Nigeria
Friday, July 08, 2016 Attackers blow up an oil pipeline in Nigeria's southern Bayelsa state operated by a subsidiary of Italy's Eni.

Norway Labour Union Warns Of Oil Service Strike, May Hit Output
Thursday, July 07, 2016 Labour union Industri Energi says a large number of workers at Norwegian oil service firms will go on strike later this year unless a wage deal is found in upcoming mediation.

Nigerian Oil Trade Union Begins Strike on Holiday, Warns of Delayed Effect
Thursday, July 07, 2016 A Nigerian trade union representing oil workers says it has begun a strike, but adds that the effect of its industrial action would not be felt for some time because it started on a public holiday.

Norway Oil Service Firms, Unions Fail To Agree Wage Deal
Wednesday, July 06, 2016 Wage negotiations between Norwegian oil service workers and their employers failed early on Wednesday, the Industri Energi trade union said in a statement.

NDA Denies Pipeline Attack, Suspending Social Network Accounts
Wednesday, July 06, 2016 Nigerian militant group the Niger Delta Avengers denies responsibility for blowing up the NNPC pipeline in Eleme, adds that it is closing all its social network accounts.

Nigerian Militants Say They Blew Up Chevron Well
Tuesday, July 05, 2016 A Nigerian militant group says it has blown up a Chevron Corp well near the Otunana flowstation.

Dana Petroleum Raises Concerns Over EnQuest North Sea Discovery
Tuesday, July 05, 2016 Dana Petroleum Limited has raised concerns over EnQuest's recently drilled Eagle exploration well in the central North Sea.

Nigerian Militants Say their Only Twitter Account Suspended, Others Fake
Tuesday, July 05, 2016 Nigerian militant group the Niger Delta Avengers said on Tuesday that its only account on microblogging website Twitter is under suspension and all other accounts claiming to represent the group were imposters.

Militants Attack Eni Oil Crew, Kill 2
Monday, July 04, 2016 Unnamed militants attacked a boat transporting Eni workers in the Niger Delta region June 29, killing two, an Eni spokesperson told Rigzone Monday.

Niger Delta Avengers Claim Responsibility for Fresh Oil, Gas Attacks
Monday, July 04, 2016 The Niger Delta Avengers claim responsibility for a series of fresh attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta over the weekend.

Norway Oil Workers Agree Wage Deal, Avoid Strike
Saturday, July 02, 2016 Norwegian offshore oil workers and employers signed a new wage deal on Saturday, avoiding a strike that would have cut the output from western Europe's top oil and gas producer by about 6%.

Norway Oil Wage Talks Begin As Workers Threaten Strike
Thursday, June 30, 2016 Energy companies and trade unions in Norway begin two-day wage talks in a bid to avert a strike that would cut output from Europe's largest oil producer by 6%.

Statoil to Keep Fields Operating Even if Norway Oil Workers Strike
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Statoil will initially keep oilfields operating even if negotiations set for June 30 to July 1 fail to avert a strike that would halt output at others.

Islamic State, Political Instability Derails Libyan Oil Industry
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Attacks on oil and gas facilities, along with political instability, are damaging Libya's oil and gas industry.


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