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Islamic State Attacks Kirkuk, Oil Production Not Affected
Friday, October 21, 2016 Islamic State militants attack several buildings in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk on Friday before dawn.

Gabon Oil Workers Strike Cuts Output From Onal Field
Thursday, October 20, 2016 A strike in Gabon by oil workers at French company Maurel and Prom has cut production from the Onal field to 10,000 barrels per day from 28,000 bpd normally.

Ex-Venezuela PDVSA Boss Denies $11B Corruption Allegations
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Former PDVSA President Rafael Ramirez denied as "irresponsible lies" a Venezuelan congressional investigation accusing the state oil company of corruption to the tune of $11 billion during his decade-long tenure.

Nigerian Military Confirms Attack On Oil Pipeline In Delta
Friday, October 14, 2016 Unknown "vandals" attack a crude pipeline belonging to NNNPC in the restive Niger Delta.

Kidnapped Romanian Oil Engineer in Niger Delta Released
Thursday, October 13, 2016 The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to Rigzone that the Romanian engineer abducted in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region has been released.

Japan Protests Over Signs Of Renewed Chinese Gas Exploration
Thursday, October 13, 2016 Japan has protested to China over signs it is pressing ahead with maritime gas exploration in the East China Sea despite Tokyo's repeated requests to stop.

Australia, East Timor Seek Agreement On Maritime Boundary
Thursday, October 13, 2016 Australia and East Timor aim to "reach an agreement" over the maritime boundary in resource-rich waters between their countries.

Canadian Oil Pipelines Resume Operations After Activists Halt Flow
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Five oil pipelines disrupted by environmental protesters have restarted.

ConocoPhillips Sues Venezuela's PDVSA, Calls Bond Swap 'Fraudulent'
Friday, October 07, 2016 Subsidiaries of ConocoPhillips have sued Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA in a Delaware court, according to a court filing.

Norway Gas Plant Workers Agree Wage Deal, Avoid Strike
Friday, October 07, 2016 Workers at three plants serving Norway's energy industry agree a wage deal with their employers, avoiding a strike that could have cut gas supplies to the UK.

Exxon Is Hit With Fine From Chad That's Five Times Country's GDP
Thursday, October 06, 2016 A court in Chad told ExxonMobil to pay a record fine of $74 billion, as well as $819 million in royalties it said the oil company owed to the state, according to a court document.

Norway Oil, Gas Workers May Strike, Threatening UK Gas Supply
Monday, October 03, 2016 Workers at three onshore facilities serving Norway's oil and gas industry threaten to go on strike on October 7, unless employers agree to a new wage deal.

Songa Offshore to Cut 430 Jobs Due to Ongoing Norway Oil, Gas Strikes
Friday, September 30, 2016 Songa Offshore will temporarily lay off 430 people as a result of the ongoing conflict between the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association and union members at Industri Energi.

Norway Oil Service Strike Could Escalate at Short Notice
Thursday, September 29, 2016 A strike involving Norwegian oil service workers could be expanded at any time, but no decision has yet been made on whether to escalate the dispute, trade union Industri Energi said on Thursday.

Oil Ministry: Islamic State Loses Control of Last Oil Wells in Iraq
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Islamic State militants no longer control any oil wells in Iraq after being ousted by government forces last week from an area near Kirkuk, the oil ministry says.

More Than 350 Oil Service Workers Laid Off in Norway Due to Strike
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 More than 350 oil service workers have been laid off in Norway as a result of strike action which was implemented September 21.

Petrofac Resumes Operations In Tunisia After Protester Deal
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Petrofac resumes its operations in Tunisia after the government reaches a deal with protesters who had disrupted gas production for nine months.

Nigeria Lawmakers To Investigate $17B Oil Theft Claim
Friday, September 23, 2016 Lawmakers in Nigeria's lower house of parliament are to investigate whether $17 billion of petroleum and fuel exports were stolen by companies and government agencies.

Striking Wood Group Employees in North Sea Reach Deal
Thursday, September 22, 2016 Striking Wood Group employees have reached a deal with the company following a revised proposal from the oil services group, Wood Group confirmed Thursday.

Norway Services Strike Affects Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Halliburton
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 More than 300 oil service employees, all Industri Energi union members, went on strike Wednesday after wage talks broke down with the Norwegian Oil Industry Association.

Venezuela PDVSA Awards $3.2B Oil Service Contracts, Protest Brews
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA says it has awarded $3.2 billion in contracts to drill wells in the Orinoco Belt.

Fourteen Kidnapped Nigerian Oil Workers Freed
Sunday, September 18, 2016 Nigerian police have freed 14 kidnapped oil workers in the restive southern Niger Delta region, which has been hit by a series of militant attacks on oil and gas facilities.

New York Investigating Exxon's Accounting Practices
Friday, September 16, 2016 New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating Exxon Mobil Corp's accounting practices and why the company hasn't written down the value of its assets.

Brazil's Lula Charged As 'Top Boss' Of Petrobras Graft Scheme
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Brazilian prosecutors filed corruption charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, his wife and six others in the sprawling Petrobras kickback scandal.

Libyan Commander's Seizure of Oil Ports Risks New Conflict
Monday, September 12, 2016 Libyan forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar say they have tightened their control over four major oil ports, casting a Western-backed project to unite Libya and revive oil exports into deep uncertainty.

French Port Workers To Join Strike Against Labour Reform
Monday, September 12, 2016 French CGT trade union port workers will join a nationwide strike against French labour reforms on Sept. 15 in a move that could disrupt oil shipment at French ports.

Eastern Libyan Commander's Forces Seize Key Oil Ports
Sunday, September 11, 2016 Forces loyal to east Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar on Sunday seized at least 2 key oil ports from a rival force loyal to the U.N.-backed government.

Rebels Say Kill 12 Angolan Soldiers In Oil Region Clash
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 Separatist rebels said they killed 12 soldiers in Angola, part of a flare-up of violence in a region that produces half the southern African state's oil.

Nigerian Army Says Arrests Avengers Leader, Other militants
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 Nigeria's military says it has arrested a suspected leader of the Niger Delta Avengers militant group and other men accused of attacking oil and gas infrastructure.

Nigeria's Oil Bill On Hold Due To Delta Unrest
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 A long-awaited bill reforming Nigeria's petroleum industry is effectively on hold until tensions ease in the restive Niger Delta region, the country's oil hub, an influential senator says.

BLOG: Militants Cut Oil Production 17% in Nigeria, Pushing Recession
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Despite daylong ceasefire, another set of militants attack oil pipelines, compounding problems for the industry, citizens and Nigerian government.

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.


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