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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.

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.

Bashneft Shareholder Says Received Assurances From Rosneft
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Russian oil major Rosneft agrees to uphold all its commitments to the Russian region of Bashkortostan after taking over mid-sized oil firm Bashneft.

Russia's UCP Says Plans To Keep Essar Oil Stake For 3-5 Years
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Russian private investment group United Capital Partners (UCP), which agreed to buy a stake in India's Essar Oil, plans to keep a stake in the company for the next 3-5 years.

Mexico's Pemex OKs New Gulf Joint Venture In Bid To Boost Output
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Pemex approves a joint venture for two shallow water fields in the Gulf of Mexico, the firm says.

DNV GL Calls On Industry to Join Safety JIP
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 DNV GL has called on oil and gas companies to team up for a joint industry safety project, after investigating over 2,000 incidents and failures globally and identifying a number of data trends.

Sinochem Unit Says Has No Knowledge Of Merger With ChemChina
Monday, October 17, 2016 Sinochem International Corp, a unit of state-owned Sinochem Group, says it has received no information regarding a proposed merger of its parent company with rival ChemChina.

Czech Energy Firm EPH Agrees Sale Of EP Infrastructure Stake To Macquarie
Monday, October 17, 2016 Czech energy group EPH agrees to sell a 30% stake in its EP Infrastructure (EPIF) unit to an investor group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.

Russia's Rosneft, Partners to Invest around $12.9B in India's Essar Oil
Saturday, October 15, 2016 Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin says his company will invest around $12.9 billion in India's Essar Oil.

ChemChina, Sinochem In Talks On Possible $100B Merger
Friday, October 14, 2016 Chinese chemical companies Sinochem Group and ChemChina are in discussions about a possible merger to create a chemicals, fertiliser and oil giant with almost $100B in annual revenue.

Rosneft-Led Group To Buy India Refiner Essar For $12-$13B
Friday, October 14, 2016 A group led by Russian oil major Rosneft will acquire India's Essar Oil in a $12 to $13 billion deal including debt.

Rosneft Head Says Confident Privatization To Happen By Year End
Thursday, October 13, 2016 Igor Sechin, the chief executive of Russia's top oil producer Rosneft, is confident the sale of a minority stake in the company willhappen by the end of this year.

South Korean Shipbuilders Eyed For LNG Carriers Deal Worth $3.8B
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 A little-known investment company intends to order up to 20 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, probably from South Korean shipbuilders.

Rosneft Has $32B In Available Funds, Bashneft Purchase Not A Problem
Monday, October 10, 2016 Rosneft has around $32 billion in available funds, so it buying a controlling stake in mid-sized oil company Bashneft would not be a problem, Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said.

Partnership Aims to Take Assumptions Out of Oil, Gas Cyber Defenses
Thursday, October 06, 2016 Verodin and Critical Start form partnership to deploy technology that can test oil and gas cybersecurity defenses for weaknesses.

Russia's Rosneft, Indonesia's Pertamina Agree on Refining, Upstream JVs
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Russian state oil company Rosneft and Indonesia's Pertamina agree a refinery joint venture in the southeast Asian country.

Tanzania, Congo Sign Deal for Joint Oil Exploration in Lake Tanganyika
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo sign a memorandum of understanding for joint exploration and development of hydrocarbons in Lake Tanganyika.

Det Norske Completes Merger with BP Norge, Creates Aker BP
Friday, September 30, 2016 Det norske oljeselskap ASA completes its merger with BP Norge AS, which was initially announced in June 2016.

Japan's NYK Completes Acquisition of 25% Stake in EMAS CHIYODA Subsea
Friday, September 30, 2016 Japan's Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) completes transaction to acquire a 25 percent interest in EMAS CHIYODA Subsea (ECS).

WFS Appoints IMEC as Agent in Malaysia as it Expands in Southeast Asia
Thursday, September 29, 2016 Scottish-based WFS Technologies appoints Independent Marine & Engineering Consultants (IMEC) as exclusive agents for Malaysia as the firm boosts its business presence in Southeast Asia.

Trelleborg Appoints Unique Group as its Agent in India
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Trelleborg appoints Unique Group as agent in India for its offshore solutions offerings.

Baron Oil, SundaGas Form JV to Explore E&P Opportunities in Southeast Asia
Monday, September 26, 2016 Baron Oil enters into a joint venture with Singapore-based exploration and production company SundaGas to look into upstream opportunities in Southeast Asia.

Rice Energy to buy Vantage Energy for about $2.7B
Monday, September 26, 2016 Oil and gas producer Rice Energy Inc will buy Vantage Energy LLC and Vantage Energy II LLC for about $2.7 billion, including debt.

TH Heavy Engineering, McDermott End Partnership in Malaysia
Monday, September 26, 2016 Malaysia's TH Heavy Engineering and McDermott end their three-year partnership for offshore oil and gas projects in the country.

Union Jack Oil Raises Cash to Fund Onshore UK Acquisitions
Thursday, September 22, 2016 Union Jack Oil plc raises $900,000 through a placing of 411,764,706 new ordinary shares of $0.03 at a price of $0.22 per placing share.

Danish Transport Giant Maersk To Spin Off Energy Operations
Thursday, September 22, 2016 Rocked by low freight and oil prices, Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk will split into separate transport and energy divisions under a keenly-anticipated revamp announced on Thursday.

RGU Secures Funding to Create Indian Oil, Gas Training Framework
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Robert Gordon University receives funding from the UK Government to establish a sustainable training framework for the Indian energy sector.

Ukraine Reverses Naftogaz Move After Creditor Criticism
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Ukraine cancels a decision to transfer control of the gas transport arm of state energy firm Naftogaz to the economy ministry.

MedcoEnergi Acquires ConocoPhillips' Stake in South Natuna Sea Block
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 MedcoEnergi inks agreement to acquire ConocoPhillips' stake in the South Natuna Sea Block B Production Sharing Contract (PSC) offshore Indonesia.

PETRONAS, SOCAR Ink MOU on Goshadash Block in Caspian Sea
Monday, September 19, 2016 Malaysia's PETRONAS and SOCAR ink a memorandum of understanding to explore, develop and produce from the Goshadash Block in Azerbaijan's sector of the Caspian Sea.

Japan PM Adviser Says No Gov't Plan To Invest In Saudi Aramco
Friday, September 16, 2016 Japan's government has no plan to invest in state-run oil firm Saudi Aramco's planned initial public offering, an adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday.

UK, Argentina Governments to Remove Restrictive Oil, Gas Industry Measures
Thursday, September 15, 2016 The British Government and the Government of Argentina have agreed to work towards removing restrictive measures around the South Atlantic and Falkland Islands oil and gas industries.

ONGC Videsh Inks Deal with Rosneft to Up Stake in Russia's Vankorneft
Thursday, September 15, 2016 India's ONGC Videsh inks agreement with Rosneft to acquire an additional 11 percent stake in Vankorneft, the operator of the Vankor field and North Vankor license in Russia.

Eni Pledges Fewer Mishaps on Arctic Platform in Safety Shake-Up
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Eni is shaking up safety measures at the Goliat platform in Norway's Arctic in a bid to draw a line under a series of incidents that have hurt production at the world's northernmost offshore oil field.

Vedanta Wins Cairn Nod For BHP-Style Resources Conglomerate
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Vedanta's plan to create an Indian resources heavyweight to compete with the likes of BHP Billiton got a boost after shareholders in its oil unit, Cairn India, agreed to a proposal to combine the two companies.

Subsea 7 Forms Development Alliance with Det Norske, Aker Solutions
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Subsea 7 S.A. forms a development alliance with Det norske oljeselskap and Aker Solutions to cut costs.

RGU Secures Funding to Help Develop Oil, Gas Workforce in Mexico
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen has been awarded funding to create a skills development framework for the oil and gas sector in Mexico.

Anadarko Goes Deeper in GOM with $2B Deal
Monday, September 12, 2016 Anadarko Petroleum announces $2 billion acquisition in the Gulf of Mexico from Freeport McMoran Inc.

KOGAS Signs MOU With Brazil's Ceara State On LNG Import Terminal Project
Monday, September 12, 2016 State-run Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Brazilian state of Ceara to cooperate on developing an LNG import terminal in Brazil.

Spain's Repsol and Criteria Sell Combined 20% of Gas Natural
Monday, September 12, 2016 Spain's Repsol and Criteria Caixa will sell for $4.27 billion ($3.8 billion euro) a combined 20 percent stake in Gas Natural to U.S. fund Global Insfrastructure Partners.

Russia's Tatneft Says Still Interested In Bashneft Privatization
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 Tatneft is still interested in the privatization of another oil producer, Bashneft, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday.

EOG Inks $2.5B Deal In Shift To Low-Cost Permian Shale
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 EOG Resources says it would buy privately held Yates and some of its subsidiaries and other entities in a deal valued at $2.5 billion to boost its assets in the Permian and Powder River basins.

Companies Ink Seismic Research, Development Agreement
Friday, September 02, 2016 BP spokesperson says research and development efforts with Rosneft and Schlumberger could represent breakthrough for high-quality, low-cost cableless seismic.

Andalas Joins Pertamina in Commercializing Marginal Gas Fields in Indonesia
Friday, September 02, 2016 Andalas Energy and Power and PT Pertamina sign agreement to fast-track commercialization of the latter's marginal gas fields in Indonesia.

SeaOwl Acquires Thailand-based Ogas Solutions to Expand Business
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 SeaOwl acquires Thailand-based oil and gas solutions provider Ogas Solutions to expand its business globally.

Indonesia Encourages More Exploration, Development Activities in its Waters
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Indonesia plans to boost oil and gas activities in its waters, inviting Malaysia to join Pertamina in exploration work, while seeking to speed up development of the East Natuna block.

Malaysia's Coastal Contracts Bullish on Entry into Indonesia's LNG Market
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Malaysia's Coastal Contracts is optimistic about its impending entry into Indonesia's liquefied natural gas (LNG) market after acquiring PT Jaya Samudra Karunia Gas (JSK Gas) for $20.8 million.

Oil M&A Is Back as Industry Shifts From Survival to Growth
Friday, August 26, 2016 Multibillion-dollar oil and gas deals are back on the table.

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