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Gazprom In Talks With Japanese Banks About Raising $850M
Friday, December 02, 2016 Russian gas giant Gazprom is working on a deal under which Japanese banks would provide it with financing worth 800 million euros ($851.28 million), two sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

Private Equity Funds, Former Oil Execs Eye Southeast Asia Energy Assets
Friday, December 02, 2016 Flush with cash, private equity-backed firms and former oil industry executives are eyeing energy assets in Southeast Asia.

Outlook: Sidelined Capital Gains Confidence to Fuel 2017 M&A
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Buyers weighing the odds decide to open their wallets based on notion seller prices will never be better for certain oil-producing assets.

Energy Law Merger May Boost North America Hiring
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Both Legge Farrow and Holman Fenwick Willan have practice groups in the energy sector and expect expansion to increase the combined firm's US footprint.

Baker Hughes To Form Fracturing JV With Goldman Sachs, CSL Capital
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Baker Hughes says it has reached an agreement with CSL Capital Management and Goldman Sachs Group's merchant banking division.

Norway and Russia to Step Up Cooperation in Arctic Hunt for Oil
Monday, November 28, 2016 Russia and Norway will soon sign a deal to acquire new seismic data from the two countries' Arctic Barents Sea maritime border region to boost the search for oil and gas.

Sources: Maersk, DONG Energy in Talks Over $10B Oil Merger
Monday, November 28, 2016 Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk and DONG Energy are in talks to merge their oil and gas operations in a deal that would create a business worth more than $10 billion including debt, sources familiar with the matter said.

Oilfield Services Moving Out of Survival Mode, M&A Uptick Expected
Monday, November 28, 2016 The oilfield services sector could see an uptick in M&A activity over the next 18 months as businesses move out of survival mode and look to the future, according to professional services firm KPMG.

Israeli Leviathan Partners Get Up To $1.75B HSBC, JPMorgan Financing
Sunday, November 27, 2016 The main Israeli partners developing the large Leviathan natural gas site said on Sunday they signed commitment letters with HSBC and J.P. Morgan for up to $1.75 billion of financing.

Russneft IPO Demand Exceeds Offer By Over 30%
Friday, November 25, 2016 Mikhail Gutseriyev, a co-owner of the Russian mid-sized oil company Russneft, said in a statement that the demand during the company's initial public offering (IPO) has exceeded offer by more than 30%.

Consortium Led By French Group Total Wins Ivory Coast LNG Deal
Friday, November 25, 2016 Total, the Ivorian state oil company and 4 other partners have formally established a consortium to build a liquid natural gas (LNG) import terminal meant to feed the country's growing electricity consumption.

Japan's JBIC To Provide Loan To Novatek-Led Yamal LNG Project
Thursday, November 24, 2016 Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is set to provide a 200 million euro ($211 million) loan to the Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Russia led by Novatek.

FMC, Technip Receive Clearance to Combine from European Commission
Thursday, November 24, 2016 FMC Technologies, Inc. and Technip have announced that the pending combination of the companies has received a clearance decision from the European Commission under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004.

Total, SOCAR Sign Absheron Development Agreement
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Total and SOCAR sign an agreement establishing the contractual and commercial terms for a first phase of production from the Absheron gas and condensate field, located in the Caspian Sea.

Rowan, Saudi Aramco Tie Up For Offshore Drilling In Saudi Arabia
Monday, November 21, 2016 Rowan Companies Plc says it and Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia's state oil company, have agreed to form an equally owned joint venture to operate offshore drilling rigs in the country.

Energy Transfer MLPs Sunoco Logistics And ETP To Combine
Monday, November 21, 2016 Sunoco Logistics and Energy Transfer say they will combine in a corporate consolidation to cut borrowing and operating costs.

Armour Energy Agrees Investment Terms
Monday, November 21, 2016 Armour Energy Limited agrees terms with M.H. Carnegie & Co Pty Ltd for a staged investment of up to $17.5 million worth of convertible notes.

Asia Development Bank To Lend Bangladesh $167M To Boost Gas Industry
Monday, November 21, 2016 The Asian Development Bank will provide a $167 million loan to Bangladesh to boost natural gas production and expand transmission infrastructure.

Thai PTTEP Cuts 2016 Capex To $1.4B, Looks For M&A
Friday, November 18, 2016 PTT Exploration and Production cuts its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $1.4 billion from $1.7 billion, citing cost cuts and the postponement of high-risk projects.

Kremlin Denies Media Report Putin Offered Lukoil A Stake In Rosneft
Thursday, November 17, 2016 President Vladimir Putin did not offer the head of Russia's second biggest oil producer Lukoil the opportunity to acquire a stake in Rosneft, a Kremlin spokesman said on Thursday.

Savannah Signs MOU with NNDC, NNPC
Thursday, November 17, 2016 Savannah Petroleum plc signs an MOU with NNDC and NNPC to support a collaboration between the 3 parties in the Nigerian section of the Central African Rift System.

Russia's Lukoil CEO Sees No Risk For Bashneft Sale From Ulyukayev's Case
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Vagit Alekperov, CEO of Lukoil, which was bidding for rival Bashneft, said he saw no risks for Bashneft privatization due to detention of Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev's case.

Russia's Russneft Shareholder To Offer 20% Of Ordinary Shares In IPO
Monday, November 14, 2016 Russia's tycoon Mikhail Gutseriyev and his family are planning to sell up to 20% of ordinary shares in a mid-sized oil company Russneft in an initial public offering (IPO) by the end of 2016.

Perella Weinberg Buys Energy Investment Bank Tudor Pickering
Monday, November 14, 2016 New York-based investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners LP says it will buy energy boutique bank Tudor, Pickering, Holt and Co.

Central Petroleum Rejects $57M Macquarie Bid, Invites Higher Offer
Sunday, November 13, 2016 Australian oil and gas firm Central Petroleum rejects a $57-million takeover bid from finance group Macquarie.

Japan Passes Law To Allow JOGMEC To Invest In Foreign Oil, Gas Firms
Friday, November 11, 2016 Japan's parliament passes a bill to allow state-run JOGMEC to participate in purchases of foreign oil and gas companies by Japanese firms or buy into foreign state-owned oil companies on its own.

Ophir Holdings, OneLNG to Establish JOC for Fortuna Project
Thursday, November 10, 2016 Ophir Holdings & Ventures LTD and OneLNG sign a binding shareholders' agreement to establish a joint operating company to develop the Fortuna project, in Block R, offshore Equatorial Guinea.

OMV To Sell UK Subsidiary for up to $1B
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 Integrated oil company OMV agrees to sell 100% of the shares in its wholly owned subsidiary OMV (U.K.) Limited to Siccar Point Energy Limited for an overall transaction value of up to $1 billion.

UAE's Dana Gas to Review Egypt Investment If Not Repaid Dues
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 Dana Gas will review its 2017 investment plans for Egypt if the North African country doesn't repay the full amount it owes the United Arab Emirates-based energy firm by the end of the year.

Gazprom, CNPC, CDBC Sign Documents for Wider Energy Cooperation
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Gazprom, CNPC, and China Development Bank Corporation have signed a number of documents for wider energy cooperation.

Oman Oil Company to Partner with KPC for Duqm Refinery
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Oman Oil Company Chief Executive Issam Al Zadjali says the firm will sign a memorandum of understanding with Kuwait Petroleum Company to partner at the Duqm refinery.

Russia Issues New Decree On Sale Of 19.5% Stake In Rosneft
Monday, November 07, 2016 The Russian government published a new decree on the sale of a 19.5% stake in oil giant Rosneft, signed by prime minister Dmitry Medvedev on November 3.

Big Oil Pledges $1B For Gas Technologies To Fight Climate Change
Friday, November 04, 2016 Some of the world's biggest oil companies, including Saudi Aramco and Shell, pledge to invest $1 billion to develop climate-friendly technologies.

OGCI to Invest $1B to Tackle Climate Change
Friday, November 04, 2016 The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) announced Friday an investment of $1 billion over the next ten years to develop and accelerate the commercial deployment of innovative low emissions technologies.

Singapore's Keppel To Buy New Bonds Of Struggling KrisEnergy
Thursday, November 03, 2016 Rigbuilder Keppel Corp says it will subscribe to a bond offer by KrisEnergy Ltd, potentially increasing its majority holding and throwing a lifeline to the debt-laden oil and gas explorer.

Energy Ventures Earmarks $200M to Boost North Sea Industry
Thursday, November 03, 2016 Independent private equity firm Energy Ventures earmarks $200 million to help boost North Sea oil and gas companies during challenging times for the industry.

China Firm Seeks State Financing For $5.5B Caribbean Oil Project
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 Commodity trader Guangdong Zhenrong Energy Co. Ltd is in talks to secure funding for a $5.5 billion plan to upgrade a Caribbean oil refinery and build a natural gas terminal.

Vedomosti: Putin Invites Lukoil To Bid For Rosneft Stake
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered Lukoil the chance to take part in the privatization of top oil producer Rosneft, Vedomosti reports, citing unnamed sources.

Rosneft, BP Complete Deal to Create New JV
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 Rosneft and BP complete a deal to create a new joint venture, Yermak Neftegaz LLC, to conduct exploration in the West Siberian and Yenisey-Khatanga basins in the Russian Federation.

Consol Energy And Noble Energy To Dissolve Marcellus Shale JV
Monday, October 31, 2016 Consol Energy and Noble Energy say they will dissolve their 50-50 Marcellus shale joint venture.

GE To Merge Oil Unit With Baker Hughes To Create Service Giant
Monday, October 31, 2016 General Electric says it would merge its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes creating the world's second-largest oilfield services provider.

Russia's Rosneft Says Seeking Permission To Buy 100% Of Bashneft
Friday, October 28, 2016 Russian oil major Rosneft has asked Russia's anti-monopoly body for permission to purchase up to 100% of Bashneft.

Baker Hughes-GE Talks Come After Difficult Time For Both Companies
Friday, October 28, 2016 Industrial giant General Electric Co and oilfield services company Baker Hughes, both beset by difficulties during oil's two-year price rout, may have a clear path out of the doldrums: join forces.

NNPC, Nigeria Police Pledge Collaboration to Curb Oil, Gas Attacks
Friday, October 28, 2016 The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) pledge to work more closely together to tackle attacks on oil and gas facilities across the country.

Argentina's YPF Says To Study Offshore Drilling With Statoil
Friday, October 28, 2016 YPF says it signed a deal with Norway's Statoil to study potential offshore drilling sites off Argentina's Atlantic coast.

GTI, BHP Billiton Partner on Permian Fracturing Test
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 GTI and BHP Billiton will partner to test hydraulic fracturing technology in the Delaware Basin in Reeves County, Texas.

Aker Solutions to Buy Brazilian C.S.E
Friday, October 21, 2016 Aker Solutions agrees to buy 70% of Brazilian C.S.E. Mecanica e Instrumentašao Ltda.

Indonesia Considers Inpex Request To Boost Masela LNG Output Again
Friday, October 21, 2016 Indonesia expects to decide within "one or two weeks" on a plan by Inpex Corp to increase proposed output from the Masela natural gas field to nearly four times the level originally slated.

Russian Oil Firm Rosneft May Buy Own Shares In Stake Sale
Friday, October 21, 2016 Russia's top oil producer Rosneft can buy some of its shares slated for privatization and re-sell them later, an Economy Ministry official told Reuters on Friday.

PDVSA Wants Investors To Tender $600M Extra In Bond Swap
Friday, October 21, 2016 Venezuela's state oil producer PDVSA wants investors to tender an extra $600 million in a bond swap to reach required levels of participation.

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