www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com Denmark launches latest acreage round http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1359444.ece Denmark kicked off its latest licensing round with the Central Graben area once again grabbing the limelight. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1359444.ece Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:51:05 +0000 epaper DECC backs shale emissions monitoring http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1359423.ece The UK government has endorsed the findings of an expert report that sought new research, better monitoring and greater use of new technology to limit the greenhouse gas emissions impact of shale gas. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1359423.ece Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:17:05 +0000 live Argentina parliament 'backs Repsol deal' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1359294.ece The Argentinean parliament has approved the $5 billion compensation deal reached with Spain’s Repsol over the expropriation of re-nationalised oil company YPF, reports have said. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1359294.ece Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:04:13 +0000 live Report points to UK shale supply prize http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1359287.ece The UK government and industry need to encourage investment, set common supply standards and fill a skills gap to take advantage of a budding shale supply chain that could generate more than 64,000 jobs, a new analysis has found. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1359287.ece Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:39:20 +0000 epaper Moscow to meet Ukraine for energy talks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1359259.ece European and Russian officials will meet this week and next for emergency talks to try to prevent Moscow cutting off gas supply to Ukraine, as Europe explores how to pump more gas to the struggling country, according to a report. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1359259.ece Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:44:27 +0000 live UK offshore supply chain ‘worth $60bn’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1359201.ece The offshore oil and gas supply chain is worth an estimated £35 billion ($60 billion) per year to the UK economy, a major study has claimed. (Rob Watts) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1359201.ece Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:56:57 +0000 epaper Rosneft ‘eyes Angola entry’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1359185.ece Russia’s Rosneft is sizing up a move into the Angolan market with prospective oil and gas basins possibly in the state-controlled giant’s sights. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1359185.ece Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:19:02 +0000 live S Sudan: ‘Bentiu will be reclaimed’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1359127.ece South Sudan has said it is only a matter of time before government troops win back control of a key oil patch that was seized recently by rebels in bloody gun battles. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1359127.ece Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:27:44 +0000 live Rosneft mulls Mozambique move http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1359120.ece Rosneft could be looking for a way into Mozambique’s giant gas plays after a high-level meeting between the company and government officials in Russia. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1359120.ece Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:03:19 +0000 live US gov't to redo Chukchi assessment http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358977.ece US regulators will take another stab at assessing the environmental impacts of oil and gas exploration in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska after drilling permits issued years ago were dubbed invalid earlier this year. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358977.ece Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:11:28 +0000 epaper Another delay for Keystone XL decision http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358971.ece The Obama administration has again delayed a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in a move that will likely push the final call until after the mid-term Congressional elections in November. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358971.ece Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:04:31 +0000 live Russia ‘to support Shell’s activities’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358909.ece Russia will give “all the necessary support” to Shell in the Anglo-Dutch supermajor’s projects in the country, President Vladimir Putin has said. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358909.ece Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:31:05 +0000 live ‘Dozens dead’ in S Sudan UN camp http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358768.ece Dozens of people have been shot dead at a UN camp in South Sudan that was stormed by hundreds of gunmen in a raid on Thursday. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358768.ece Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:48:14 +0000 live Safinat S Sudan staff ‘still in UN camp’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358712.ece Oil workers at Russian company Safinat who were caught in crossfire between South Sudanese forces and rebels at an oilfield earlier this week appear to have been thwarted in their attempt to flee to the capital Juba. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358712.ece Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:36:36 +0000 live Lucas acquitted in Balcombe trial http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358700.ece A UK court has acquitted Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and four co-defendants on both charges brought over an anti-hydraulic fracturing protest last summer. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358700.ece Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:32:29 +0000 live Court: Ex-Saipem chief 'wrongly dismissed' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358642.ece An Italian court has ruled that Pietro Varone, former chief of oil service firm Saipem's engineering business, was improperly dismissed in connection with corruption allegations in Algeria, according to a report. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358642.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:11:56 +0000 live OMV loads Libyan shipment http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358609.ece Austrian state player OMV has started loading an oil cargo on a Greek tanker at a Libyan port that has just reopened and is under government control. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358609.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:56:04 +0000 epaper Ukraine poses ‘grave security concern’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358591.ece Oil companies active in Ukraine will be on increased alert after a security analysis firm upped its security risk rating for the country for the second time in just three days. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358591.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:52:06 +0000 epaper US senators in Oslo gas talks http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358590.ece Two US Republican senators visited Norway this week for high-level talks on finding alternative gas supplies to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian gas amid the Ukraine crisis. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358590.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:40:05 +0000 epaper Safinat staff fleeing S Sudan oilfield http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358559.ece A Russian contractor working at an oilfield in South Sudan where fighting erupted this week is evacuating all of its staff from the area after a number were injured in crossfire. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358559.ece Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:42:37 +0000 live US takes step towards regulating methane http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358532.ece US environmental regulators made a move on Tuesday towards a broader strategy to address climate change, releasing a series of technical papers that will inform how or if the government will limit methane emissions from oil and gas companies. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358532.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:02:49 +0000 live Report: Oil sector Canada's biggest polluter http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358530.ece Increased development of the Alberta oil sands has pushed the oil and gas industry to the top of the list of greenhouse-gas producing sectors in Canada, according to a report by Environment Canada. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358530.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:46:05 +0000 epaper Iraq ‘approves Daewoo Zubair deal’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358513.ece Daewoo Engineering & Construction has won approval from Iraqi authorities for its $588.8 million gas and oil separation plant (GOSP) contract at the giant Zubair field, according to a report. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358513.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:39:08 +0000 live S Sudan rebels issue oil ultimatum http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358502.ece Oil companies have been ordered to shut in production and evacuate staff from fields near a South Sudan oil patch that has reportedly been seized by rebels following gun battles. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358502.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:32:07 +0000 live Majors 'unruffled' at Rosneft sanctions risk http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358500.ece Majors Statoil and BP are insisting it is business as usual with Russian state-owned partner Rosneft amid escalating tension in Ukraine that could risk increased sanctions against the Kremlin, according to reports. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358500.ece Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:50:01 +0000 epaper Rousseff defends Petrobras against critics http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358427.ece Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday lashed out at critics of Petrobras, saying accusations of corruption, cost-overruns and stagnation at the state-run oil company were politically motivated, according to a report. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358427.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:52:31 +0000 live GDF Suez in Pemex MoU http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358368.ece Mexican state oil company Pemex and France’s GDF Suez have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on energy projects in the North American nation. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358368.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:24:11 +0000 epaper Tensions rise in Ukraine as "gas war" looms http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358304.ece Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow, as the conflict threatens to drag Europe into a “gas war”. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358304.ece Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:27:28 +0000 live Ohio beefs up permit rules amid quakes http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358296.ece Regulators in Ohio have put in place stronger requirements for unconventional development in the US state after identifying a "probable" connection with hydraulic fracturing and recent seismic activity. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358296.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:56:38 +0000 epaper Linc slams 'misguided' Oz charges http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358257.ece Linc Energy has hit out at what it calls "misguided" charges filed against it by Australian authorities over alleged environmental damage at a pilot underground coal gasification (UCG) plant in Queensland. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358257.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:17:35 +0000 epaper Yasuni signatures ‘should force vote’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358259.ece Environmentalist in Ecuador claim to have gathered enough backing to force a referendum on oil exploration in a remote and Unesco-sponsored Amazonian park. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358259.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:59:15 +0000 epaper Canada 'may see power shift left' http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358252.ece Canadian oil & gas could be set to lose one of its biggest cheerleaders next year with the potential defeat of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, according to a new analysis. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358252.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:26:35 +0000 epaper Tutu calls for oil industry boycott http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358248.ece Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for an “anti-apartheid-style” boycott campaign against fossil fuel companies as he lashed out at the Keystone XL pipeline plan in the US in particular over the climate change crisis. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358248.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:42:29 +0000 live Linc hit with ‘serious damage’ charges http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358231.ece Linc Energy has been charged by Australian authorities with “causing serious environmental harm” at a pilot underground coal gasification (UCG) plant in Queensland. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1358231.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:13:23 +0000 epaper US could ease Europe's dependence on Russia http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358209.ece The US could give Europe and Ukraine relief from energy dependence on Russia within months if it overturned the 40-year ban on most crude exports, according to the head of Hess. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358209.ece Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:26:42 +0000 live Pro-fracking push to win over Latinos http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358203.ece A pro-industry group fighting ballot initiatives in Colorado aimed at curbing hydraulic fracturing has rolled out a Spanish version of its website in an effort to win over Latino voters in the US state. (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358203.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:47:52 +0000 live Libya lifts Hariga force majeure http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358164.ece Libya’s National Oil Company has lifted the force majeure on the Al-Hariga crude export terminal recovered from rebel hands, opening the way for renewed exports. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358164.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:29:04 +0000 live Dudley: BP a ‘bridge’ on Ukraine debacle http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358150.ece BP can “play an important role” and be a “bridge” across the current political and economic divide between Russia and Europe over the former’s annexation of Crimea, the supermajor’s chief executive has said. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1358150.ece Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:06:29 +0000 live House panel passes LNG export bill http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357961.ece A US House of Representative panel voted on Wednesday to advance a bill that would eliminate the need for government approval of liquefied natural gas exports to World Trade Organisation members. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357961.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:30:44 +0000 live New Mexico minnow faces $717,000 fine http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357960.ece US regulators have fined a privately held oil company in New Mexico more than $717,000 for failing to provide production reports to the government for leases on federal lands. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357960.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:07:55 +0000 live DECC warns Scotland of independence costs http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357931.ece An independent Scotland would face paying ten times more per person to decommission the North Sea’s ageing oil & gas platforms with its smaller fiscal base, a UK government report has warned. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357931.ece Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:28:02 +0000 epaper Panel set to debate LNG export bill http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357866.ece A US Congressional panel was scheduled to begin marking up proposed legislation to automatically approve all exports of liquefied natural gas to World Trade Organisation countries and to greenlight all pending projects. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357866.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:58:06 +0000 epaper Falklands 'to stick to attractive fiscal terms' http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357842.ece The Falkland Islands is unlikely to make any move toward tougher taxation terms any time soon because of high exploration costs and the continuing dispute with Argentina, a new analysis said. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357842.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:34:14 +0000 epaper Iraq violence ‘on the increase' http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357810.ece More attacks recorded in first quarter than a year ago but KRG and oil-rich south relatively safe, report says Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357810.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:42:23 +0000 epaper Streamlined process for Queensland http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357771.ece The state of Queensland, which is home to more than A$60 billion-worth of coalbed methane projects under construction, has unveiled streamlined model conditions for petroleum and gas activities that are intended to reduce the environmental regulatory burden on operators without compromising safety. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357771.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:36:30 +0000 epaper Perth, Darwin rivalry at APPEA http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357768.ece The rivalry between Perth and Darwin is set to heighten as Northern Territory chief minister Adam Giles announcing an international oil and gas hub in Darwin on the agenda. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357768.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:47:37 +0000 epaper NT walks the walk http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357766.ece Northern Territory minister for mines and energy Willem Westra van Holthe has declared the territory open for business, announcing a change to legislation to encourage investment. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357766.ece Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:09:57 +0000 epaper Brazil agency probes SBM-Petrobras lease http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357747.ece Brazil's controller-general has opened an investigation into SBM Offshore leasing of oil production ships to state-run Petrobras, widening a probe into allegations of bribery by the Netherlands-based contractor. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357747.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:31:31 +0000 live Kiev 'in Crimea resource claims' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357733.ece Ukraine is set to seek compensation over the loss of natural resources and other assets worth an estimated $10.8 billion as a result of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, according to a report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357733.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:42:34 +0000 live Ministry 'mixed signals' on Sverdrup http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357706.ece Norway’s energy minister has pledged to review the basis of the concept for the Johan Sverdrup field selected by Statoil and its partners - but the country’s petroleum agency has apparently not been given a mandate for such a review. http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357706.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:57:40 +0000 epaper Libya ports ‘in government hands’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357696.ece Libya will be hoping to significantly boost its oil exports after the government took back control of a pair of ports following a deal with rebels. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357696.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:42:25 +0000 live Queensland gas 'needs better PR' http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357687.ece Much more needs to be done to build and maintain community trust and understanding in the state of Queensland, which is home to most of Australia's coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas projects, according to GasFields Commission Queensland chairman John Cotter. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357687.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:23:45 +0000 epaper Oz needs to adapt to win http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357663.ece Australian operators must adapt if they want to survive in the current market, according to a report released today by Ernst & Young in collaboration with the University of Queensland. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357663.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 06:36:09 +0000 epaper Fresh challenges for Oz operators http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357662.ece There will be fresh challenges for operators as Australia’s mega gas and LNG projects move into the operations phase. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357662.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:52:51 +0000 epaper Woodside welcomes reduction in regulatory burden http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357659.ece The chairman of Australia’s Woodside Petroleum has welcomed the federal government’s recent promise to help reduce the regulatory burden on doing business in the country. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357659.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:43:24 +0000 epaper Carnarvon activity set to rise http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357658.ece Australia-listed Tap Oil is ditching its Australian assets to focus on the Asian market, according to exploration manager Milton Schmedje. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357658.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:30:05 +0000 epaper Cost pressures need to go http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357656.ece Cost pressure in Australia is emerging as one of the largest problems for the industry, according to a number of industry professionals at the 2014 APPEA conference. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357656.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:27:15 +0000 epaper Coal the key to gas future http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357653.ece The gas industry has to fundamentally change how it addresses public opinion, changing the focus to the benefits over the coal industry, according to the International Gas Union. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357653.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 03:49:09 +0000 epaper Labour reform key for industry http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357608.ece Potential new investments of A$180 billion in Australia’s liquefied natural gas industry could be at risk if the country does not move swiftly to embrace labour reform, APPEA chief executive David Byers said at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre yesterday. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357608.ece Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:13:22 +0000 epaper Brazil 'reinstates Frade charges' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357588.ece Brazilian judges ordered a criminal prosecution of Chevron and 11 employees over a 2011 oil spill, in a process reinstated more than a year after being thrown out following a settlement with the government. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357588.ece Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:34:21 +0000 live W&T slapped with royalty fine http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357583.ece Federal US regulators have slapped independent producer W&T Offshore with a $2.3 million fine for “knowing or willful submission” of false or inaccurate royalty reports. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357583.ece Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:12:15 +0000 epaper Landrieu urges speedy Cameron LNG OK http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357225.ece Federal regulators should approve construction of Sempra Energy's Cameron liquefied natural gas export project by mid-June, the chair of the US Senate Energy Committee said on Wednesday, according to a report. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357225.ece Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:05:16 +0000 live Statoil plays host to Sechin http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357168.ece Norway’s Statoil this week entertained a visit by the high-powered boss of Russian state-owned Rosneft despite the ongoing stand-off between Moscow and the West over Ukraine. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357168.ece Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:29:51 +0000 epaper Gazprom, EU bosses in Brussels talks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357129.ece Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller and EU energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger have held talks in Brussels amid growing concerns in Europe that the crisis in Ukraine could compromise natural gas supplies from Russia, reports said. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357129.ece Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:03:18 +0000 live Segolene Royal named French energy minister http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357112.ece Former French presidential candidate Segolene Royal has been appointed as the country’s energy minister in prime minister Manuel Valls’ new pro-business cabinet. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1357112.ece Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:52:44 +0000 epaper Blockade set to end http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357099.ece Rebels in Libya are set to end a blockade of vital oil ports within the coming days, a senior leader told Reuters. (News Wires), bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357099.ece Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:39:32 +0000 live US says industry 'not sharing rail data' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357088.ece A top US regulator went on the record in criticising the US oil industry for allegedly failing to share important data on oil-by-rail shipments that may help prevent future accidents. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357088.ece Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:46:51 +0000 live US 'should weigh shale-gas impacts of LNG' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357086.ece The US environmental regulator has raised concerns that a federal review of Sempra Energy's proposed liquefied natural gas export project did not include an assessment of the potential effects of more natural gas drilling, according to a report. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1357086.ece Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:49:22 +0000 live Russia 'eyes Crimea gas pipe' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356998.ece Russia is reportedly looking to build a new undersea gas pipeline to Crimea after annexing the peninsula from Ukraine, which is now facing higher gas prices from Moscow-run monopoly Gazprom. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356998.ece Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:27:32 +0000 live Eni CEO 'sentenced to three years in prison' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356966.ece An Italian court has doled out a three-year prison sentence to the chief executive of oil major Eni, according to a report. Kathrine.Schmidt@upstreamonline.com (Kathrine Schmidt) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356966.ece Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:35:13 +0000 live Total in Yemen field re-start http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356951.ece Total has resumed production at an oilfield in Yemen where it was forced into a shut-in over worker strikes. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356951.ece Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:43:24 +0000 live Petrobras: 'No SBM bribes paid' http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356922.ece Petrobras has found no evidence to support claims that European floater giant SBM Offshore paid bribes to company officials to secure charter deals. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356922.ece Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:12:43 +0000 epaper API bashes report on rail shipments http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356828.ece A US industry group lashed out at a news report citing an anonymous source at a government agency as saying oil and gas companies have not been forthcoming with requested information to help make rail shipments of crude safer. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356828.ece Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:50:55 +0000 epaper US unveils plan to cut methane emissions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356822.ece US President Barack Obama's administration unveiled plans on Friday to reduce methane emissions in the country across several sectors with a focus on the oil and gas industry. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356822.ece Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:20:19 +0000 live Merkel flags gas import shift http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356794.ece Norway’s energy minister is banging the drum for Statoil gas supplies to Germany as the latter’s leader on Friday flagged a possible shift in its gas import strategy to cut reliance on Gazprom amid the ongoing stand-off with Russia over Crimea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356794.ece Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:16:25 +0000 epaper Myanmar faces challenges http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356730.ece Myanmar has some challenges ahead as it negotiates production sharing contracts with new entrants and finalises its petroleum regulatory and fiscal settings. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356730.ece Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:02:46 +0000 epaper Suncor to appeal ban on random drug tests http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356711.ece Canadian giant Suncor Energy said on Thursday it will appeal a legal decision preventing the company from carrying out random drug and alcohol tests on workers at its northern Alberta oil sands sites. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356711.ece Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:40:05 +0000 live Prairie chicken listed as 'threatened' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356705.ece Federal US officials have formally listed the lesser prairie chicken as "threatened", potentially limiting the areas where oil and gas operators can drill in some of the hottest unconventional fields in the US. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356705.ece Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:39:28 +0000 live 'No let-up in Nigeria theft before vote' - report http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356670.ece Oil companies operating in Nigeria will continue to suffer from oil theft as the government shies away from tackling the scourge with full force ahead of general elections next year, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356670.ece Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:49:18 +0000 epaper JKX: 'No negative Crimea effect' http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356639.ece Russia’s annexation of Crimea has not had any impact on the operations of JKX Oil & Gas, the Ukraine and Russia-focused player said. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356639.ece Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:08:17 +0000 epaper Malaysia signs off EOR projects http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356491.ece Malaysia's state-owned Petronas is set to sanction two water-alternate-gas enhanced oil recovery projects this year, while it set out to bring the first large-scale in-country WAG project at its flagship Tapis oilfield onstream in the second quarter. (Tan Hwee Hwee) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356491.ece Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:10:00 +0000 epaper Protest in Israel against Leviathan deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356611.ece An estimated 200 demonstrators picketed the home of Israeli energy minister Silvan Shalom east of Tel Aviv in protest over the terms of a forthcoming farmout on the Leviathan gas field to Australia’s Woodside Petroleum. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356611.ece Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:32:11 +0000 epaper Collaboration needed to address skills shortage http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356308.ece The oil and gas industry needs to collaborate if it wants to tackle the skills shortage, according to a new report released by OilCareers and Air Energi. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356308.ece Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:35:20 +0000 live Atwood ‘to honour W Sahara contract’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356289.ece Atwood Oceanics has vowed to honour a contract with Kosmos Energy that will see the explorer use one of the rig owner’s units at a wildcat off Western Sahara later this year. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356289.ece Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:39:17 +0000 epaper Shell calls Nigeria force majeure http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356264.ece Oil theft that caused a leak from a pipeline in the western Niger Delta has led Shell to declare force majeure on Forcados blend crude exports in Nigeria. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356264.ece Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:56:23 +0000 epaper UK 'needs greater well integrity monitoring' http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356192.ece The UK should instigate “systematic, long-term monitoring” of both active and abandoned wells to mitigate the risk of well barrier failures and other well integrity issues, a new academic study has urged. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356192.ece Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:26:35 +0000 epaper Libya shuts in Elephant field http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356110.ece Production at Libya’s Elephant oilfield has been shut in due to continued disruption of flows to Mellitah port. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356110.ece Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:50:26 +0000 live Lucas stands trial over Balcombe arrest http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356059.ece Green Party member of parliament Caroline Lucas and four other defendants have gone on trial on charges stemming from their arrests at an anti-hydraulic fracturing demonstration at Balcombe in southern England last summer. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356059.ece Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:19:26 +0000 epaper Oceanografia CEO held in fraud probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356057.ece Amando Yanez volunteers himself for questioning amidst investigation into alleged fraud uncovered by Citigroup Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1356057.ece Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:59:38 +0000 epaper Yemeni tribesmen bomb pipeline http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356019.ece Yemeni tribesmen bombed Yemen's main crude export pipeline over the weekend, forcing oil flows to be stopped, according to reports. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356019.ece Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:41:49 +0000 live Libyan arm fights with rebels http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356008.ece Libyan troops fought with rebels occupying oil ports over the weekend after fighters attacked an army base where military reinforcements were preparing for an offensive to break the blockade, according to reports. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1356008.ece Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:15:09 +0000 live Chad 'fines CNPC $1.2bn for violations' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355996.ece Chad has fined the local unit of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) $1.2 billion for environmental violations, according to a report. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355996.ece Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:29:37 +0000 live Ukraine detains Naftogaz CEO in probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355960.ece Ukrainian police have detained the chief executive of state gas company Naftogaz in connection with investigations into corruption, according to reports. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355960.ece Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:59:29 +0000 live Industry decides to stay away http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1355896.ece THE US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) could not scare up any support for its Eastern Gulf of Mexico offerings this week as Sale 225 attracted zero bids. stories@upstreamonline.com (Upstream Staff) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1355896.ece Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:53:37 +0000 epaper Timchenko sells stake in Gunvor http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355878.ece Oil-trading giant Gunvor Group said high-profile billionaire Gennady Timchenko has sold off his ownership stake in the company after the US added his name to a sanctions list over Russian plans to annex Crimea in a row with Ukraine. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355878.ece Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:10:37 +0000 live Russia’s Timchenko hit by US sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355867.ece A Russian oil industry billionaire has been added to the US list of individuals hit with sanctions in the wake of the annexing of Crimea by Russia. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355867.ece Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:03:45 +0000 live Alberta Premier Redford resigns http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355859.ece Alison Redford has resigned as premier of Alberta, the Canadian oil and gas powerhouse province, amid growing criticism of her leadership style and spending style. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355859.ece Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:03:36 +0000 live Osborne sticks to bareboat tax guns http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1355618.ece Hopes from the UK oil industry that Chancellor George Osborne would backtrack on controversial bareboat charter tax plans that are set to load costs on to the industry foundered on Wednesday. (Rob Watts) http://www.upstreamonline.com/epaper/article1355618.ece Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:37:55 +0000 epaper Blockade protest at London shale forum http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355616.ece Dozens of campaigners opposed to hydraulic fracturing have picketed the gates of an industry shale gas forum in London. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355616.ece Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:23:17 +0000 live Gazprom Neft joins Arctic response group http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355597.ece Russian player Gazprom Neft has joined a host of industry stalwarts in the Arctic Response Technology joint industry programme. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1355597.ece Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:28:05 +0000 live