www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com Pennsylvania cites driller for pollution http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1413121/pennsylvania-cites-driller-for-pollution Pennsylvania regulators have issued violation notices to operator there for contaminating as many as 10 private water wells with a drilling chemical that is not even approved for use in the state. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1413121/pennsylvania-cites-driller-for-pollution Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:55:23 +0000 live Frost melting between Russia, Ukraine http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412917/frost-melting-between-russia-ukraine Steps to liberalise gas supplies to its domestic market, coupled with support from the European Commission, have helped Ukraine feel more comfortable in the talks with Russia about gas imports and helped lead to a new deal. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412917/frost-melting-between-russia-ukraine Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:29:31 +0000 live Industry cries foul on ozone rule http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412872/industry-cries-foul-on-ozone-rule Industry groups blasted a move by US regulators to lower the standard for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from 75 ppb, saying the move would be costly and had little benefit for public health. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412872/industry-cries-foul-on-ozone-rule Thu, 01 Oct 2015 22:32:09 +0000 live US export ban repeal advances in Senate http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412869/us-export-ban-repeal-advances-in-senate A US Senate committee has advanced a bill to lift the 40-year-old ban on US oil exports, though the legislation still faces an uphill battle in the full chamber. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412869/us-export-ban-repeal-advances-in-senate Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:46:51 +0000 live Block D6 gas customers to pay less http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412815/block-d6-gas-customers-to-pay-less India's government has reduced by 18% the gas price that customers will pay for supplies from the Reliance Industries-operated deep-water D6 resource off the south-east coast. russell.searancke@upstreamonline.com (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412815/block-d6-gas-customers-to-pay-less Thu, 01 Oct 2015 01:56:40 +0000 live Judge halts federal frack rule http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412812/judge-halts-federal-frack-rule A US judge has formally granted an injunction halting the start of federal rules governing hydraulic fracturing on public lands, saying it was not clear that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had the authority to regulate fracking. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412812/judge-halts-federal-frack-rule Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:24:31 +0000 live Schlumberger-Eurasia deal out of time http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412683/schlumberger-eurasia-deal-out-of-time Schlumberger’s proposed $1.7 billion acquisition of a large stake in Russian rig giant Eurasia Drilling is officially off after a deadline to consummate the deal expired today. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412683/schlumberger-eurasia-deal-out-of-time Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:02:42 +0000 live TransCanada takes KXL fight to Nebraska PSC http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412672/transcanada-takes-kxl-fight-to-nebraska-psc TransCanada is ending a legal battle with landowners in Nebraska over its proposed US$8 billion Keystone XL pipeline and instead is going straight to the state government for approval. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412672/transcanada-takes-kxl-fight-to-nebraska-psc Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:07:46 +0000 live India slashes gas price http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412632/india-slashes-gas-price The Indian government has vastly decreased the price of natural gas for domestic producers in a move that was widely expected and many fear may harm further exploration efforts off the country. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412632/india-slashes-gas-price Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:06:46 +0000 live Africa oil fund to fight hunger http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412626/africa-oil-fund-to-fight-hunger Oil players active in some nascent African acreage can now help fight child malnutrition after four countries on the continent signed up to a scheme to divert some oil taxes to a United Nations (UN) fund. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412626/africa-oil-fund-to-fight-hunger Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:40:20 +0000 live Hyperdynamics hit with SEC fine http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412590/hyperdynamics-hit-with-sec-fine West Africa-focused Hyperdynamics will pay a $75,000 fine to the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) as part of a settlement in an investigation into the company's dealings in the Republic of Guinea. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412590/hyperdynamics-hit-with-sec-fine Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:45:22 +0000 live Bush backs export ban's repeal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412576/bush-backs-export-bans-repeal Jeb Bush has become the latest presidential candidate to weigh in on the oil export debate, saying he would support lifting the ban on US crude exports if elected. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412576/bush-backs-export-bans-repeal Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:54:44 +0000 live LetterOne ‘seeks more UK sale time’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412439/letterone-seeks-more-uk-sale-time Investor vehicle LetterOne has asked UK authorities to give it more time to find a buyer or buyers for its North Sea assets, according to a report, following sanctions against Russian companies by Western powers. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412439/letterone-seeks-more-uk-sale-time Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:12:05 +0000 live Iran set to rejoin the game http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412425/iran-set-to-rejoin-the-game When Yukiya Amano became head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), replacing Mohamed ElBaradei in 2009, the Iranians were quick to point to documents revealed in the Western press raising questions over his impartiality. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412425/iran-set-to-rejoin-the-game Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:06:41 +0000 live Aussies return Timor-Leste serve http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412296/aussies-return-timor-leste-serve The Australian government said it is "disappointed" that Timor-Leste has taken legal action against Australia over taxation rights to the gas pipeline from the Bayu-Undan field to Darwin. russell.searancke@upstreamonline.com (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412296/aussies-return-timor-leste-serve Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:25:32 +0000 live Transocean denies Brazil wrongdoing http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412244/transocean-denies-brazil-wrongdoing Transocean has found no wrongdoing by employees or agents in relation to its business in Brazil after the rig giant's name was dragged into the massive corruption probe involving Petrobras. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412244/transocean-denies-brazil-wrongdoing Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:50:01 +0000 live Transocean down after Car Wash report http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412181/transocean-down-after-car-wash-report Investment bank Cowen & Company sees shares in Transocean sliding further after the rig giant’s name was dragged into the huge probe tackling historical corruption at Brazilian state giant Petrobras. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412181/transocean-down-after-car-wash-report Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:09:13 +0000 live Gassled investors lose Oslo ruling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412179/gassled-investors-lose-oslo-ruling A group of heavyweight international investors have been left reeling after an Oslo court ruled in favour of Norway in a case over changes made to gas-transport tariffs. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412179/gassled-investors-lose-oslo-ruling Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:49:55 +0000 live Frydenberg takes Australia hot-seat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412173/frydenberg-takes-australia-hot-seat Australia’s new Prime Minister has shown how important the country’s natural resources sector is by bringing in a new minister dedicated to that portfolio, although there are a host of problems to address in the oil and gas sectors alone. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412173/frydenberg-takes-australia-hot-seat Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:41:36 +0000 live North Dakota gives more time on flaring limit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412145/north-dakota-gives-more-time-on-flaring-limit Producers in North Dakota's Bakken shale fields were granted 10 extra months to adhere to strict gas-flaring restrictions set to kick in next year. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412145/north-dakota-gives-more-time-on-flaring-limit Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:53:30 +0000 live TransCanada slams Clinton's 'dirty fuel' remarks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412143/transcanada-slams-clintons-dirty-fuel-remarks Pipeline builder TransCanada has blasted claims made by presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton that Canada's oil sands produce the "dirtiest fuel" in North America. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412143/transcanada-slams-clintons-dirty-fuel-remarks Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:46:05 +0000 live Pope urges action on climate change http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412134/pope-urges-action-on-climate-change Pope Francis took his moral appeal to fight climate change to US lawmakers Thursday in a landmark joint session of Congress in Washington, DC. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412134/pope-urges-action-on-climate-change Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:41:16 +0000 live Timor-Leste to resume arbitration http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412077/timor-leste-to-resume-arbitration Timor-Leste has commenced new arbitration proceedings against the Australian government in a dispute under the Timor Sea Treaty between the two countries. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1412077/timor-leste-to-resume-arbitration Thu, 24 Sep 2015 03:21:13 +0000 live Pope Francis praises Obama climate plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411932/pope-francis-praises-obama-climate-plan During a highly publicised visit to the White House Wednesday morning, Pope Francis lauded US President Barack Obama's proposals to curb greenhouse gas emissions and battle climate change. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411932/pope-francis-praises-obama-climate-plan Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:57:22 +0000 live Clinton comes out against Keystone XL http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411872/clinton-comes-out-against-keystone-xl Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton broke her long silence on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, saying she opposes it. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411872/clinton-comes-out-against-keystone-xl Wed, 23 Sep 2015 01:01:24 +0000 live Fossil fuel divestments hit $2.6 trillion http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411859/fossil-fuel-divestments-hit-usd-26-trillion A push by climate-change activists to pressure large entities to divest from fossil fuels has gained steam over the last year, as investment managers have now pledged to redirect some $2.6 trillion dollars from their portfolios, according to a report. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411859/fossil-fuel-divestments-hit-usd-26-trillion Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:19:59 +0000 live US rejects more protections for grouse http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411848/us-rejects-more-protections-for-grouse US officials rejected a call for added protections to the habitat of the greater sage-grouse as oil and gas operators throw a critical eye toward the decision. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411848/us-rejects-more-protections-for-grouse Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:57:25 +0000 live Duque, Vaccari get long jail terms http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411805/duque-vaccari-get-long-jail-terms Former Petrobras director Renato Duque and ex-ruling party treasurer Joao Vaccari Neto have been slapped with lengthy jail terms for their part in the huge corruption scandal unearthed at the Brazilian state oil giant. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411805/duque-vaccari-get-long-jail-terms Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:46:20 +0000 live Oasis slapped with royalty fine http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411791/oasis-slapped-with-royalty-fine US regulators have slapped Houston-based Bakken producer Oasis Petroleum with a fine of more than $72,000 for failing to make royalty payments on oil produced on American Indian lands in North Dakota. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411791/oasis-slapped-with-royalty-fine Mon, 21 Sep 2015 22:34:21 +0000 live OECD: Fossil fuel subsidies still too high http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411789/oecd-fossil-fuel-subsidies-still-too-high Governments of countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are still offering too much support for the fossil fuel industry in the form of subsidies that are "hampering" efforts to curb global emissions, the group said in a new report. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411789/oecd-fossil-fuel-subsidies-still-too-high Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:48:27 +0000 live Gazprom ‘submits EC antitrust proposals’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411751/gazprom-submits-ec-antitrust-proposals Gazprom is looking for an out-of-court settlement with European antitrust authorities over charges of abusing its dominant market position in many countries, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411751/gazprom-submits-ec-antitrust-proposals Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:15:28 +0000 live ‘Full switch to renewables possible’ – report http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411744/full-switch-to-renewables-possible-report The world can more than afford to switch to 100% renewable energy as the savings in fuel usage will outweigh the cost of switching from fossil fuels, a new Greenpeace-backed study has claimed. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411744/full-switch-to-renewables-possible-report Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:15:06 +0000 live Macfarlane dropped in new look ministry http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411689/macfarlane-dropped-in-new-look-ministry Industry welcomes appointment of new Australian energy minister Josh Frydenberg Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411689/macfarlane-dropped-in-new-look-ministry Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:08:27 +0000 live Iran readies new oil contracts http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411651/iran-readies-new-oil-contracts Iran is gearing up to soon unveil new oil development contracts, with more details set to be revealed at an upcoming London roadshow. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411651/iran-readies-new-oil-contracts Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:02:23 +0000 live India must focus on domestic E&P http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411625/india-must-focus-on-domestic-eandp India is showing renewed interest in buying oil and gas assets in other countries to help boost energy security, but the nation’s exploration and production sector is crying out for action from the government to encourage investment that would do the same job at home. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411625/india-must-focus-on-domestic-eandp Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:24:50 +0000 live Crude export bill gets key vote http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411583/crude-export-bill-gets-key-vote A bill that would repeal the 40-year-old US ban on crude oil exports will be mulled on the floor of the House of Representatives later this year, after it won a key committee vote on Thursday. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411583/crude-export-bill-gets-key-vote Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:09:51 +0000 live Brufau: ‘EU must act on climate change’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411568/brufau-eu-must-act-on-climate-change Repsol chairman Antonio Brufau has called on European Union (EU) authorities to exert their influence to drive an agreement on curbing climate change. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411568/brufau-eu-must-act-on-climate-change Thu, 17 Sep 2015 12:45:00 +0000 live Suit against Texas frack ban dismissed http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411528/suit-against-texas-frack-ban-dismissed A Texas court recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Texas Oil and Gas Association against the city of Denton, marking the end of a legal battle over the city's onetime ban on hydraulic fracturing. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411528/suit-against-texas-frack-ban-dismissed Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:55:04 +0000 live Iran, Iraq budget on low oil price http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411375/iran-iraq-budget-on-low-oil-price Opec members Iraq and Iran are projecting an oil price of less than $50 a barrel in drawing up their budgets for next year. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411375/iran-iraq-budget-on-low-oil-price Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:17:37 +0000 live White House against crude export bill http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411336/white-house-against-crude-export-bill A spokesman for US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the administration does not support current legislation to lift the country's 40-year ban on crude oil exports. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411336/white-house-against-crude-export-bill Tue, 15 Sep 2015 23:15:20 +0000 live Norog will not pressure government for tax cuts http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411282/norog-will-not-pressure-government-for-tax-cuts Yards and suppliers want rate reductions — but oil companies keep low profile Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411282/norog-will-not-pressure-government-for-tax-cuts Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:39:32 +0000 live DR Congo president ‘signs new code’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411243/dr-congo-president-signs-new-code Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has approved a new hydrocarbons code that had been passed by Parliament in mid-June, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411243/dr-congo-president-signs-new-code Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:40:19 +0000 live Deals could come at awkward price http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411224/deals-could-come-at-awkward-price Russian authorities have made a very public attempt at an investment forum to demonstrate to President Vladimir Putin and the world that the country’s economy remains unaffected by US and European sanctions introduced last year because of Russian involvement in Ukraine. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411224/deals-could-come-at-awkward-price Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:57:24 +0000 live Crunch vote nears on hydrocarbon code http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411193/crunch-vote-nears-on-hydrocarbon-code Congo-Brazzaville’s parliament is set to vote next month on a new hydrocarbon code which, if approved, will set in motion plans to launch a major licensing round just weeks later. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411193/crunch-vote-nears-on-hydrocarbon-code Mon, 14 Sep 2015 08:08:49 +0000 live Abbott ousted after leadership challenge http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1411188/abbott-ousted-after-leadership-challenge Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been ousted by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull following a hastily-arranged leadership challenge on Monday. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1411188/abbott-ousted-after-leadership-challenge Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:40:13 +0000 ece_incoming KRG payments enough to keep IOCs hopeful http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411073/krg-payments-enough-to-keep-iocs-hopeful International oil companies operating in Iraqi Kurdistan received a rare boost this week when the financially-strapped autonomous region ended a prolonged payment drought by offering them $75 million. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411073/krg-payments-enough-to-keep-iocs-hopeful Fri, 11 Sep 2015 08:04:28 +0000 live Abbott dismisses reshuffle rumours http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411062/abbott-dismisses-reshuffle-rumours Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had dismissed reports that he is set to replace Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane in a cabinet reshuffle. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411062/abbott-dismisses-reshuffle-rumours Fri, 11 Sep 2015 05:45:36 +0000 live US crude export bill moves forward http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411028/us-crude-export-bill-moves-forward A bill that would repeal the 40-year-old ban on US crude oil exports won a key subcommittee vote Thursday despite pushback from opponents. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1411028/us-crude-export-bill-moves-forward Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:30:12 +0000 live Indonesia seeking to reactivate Opec membership http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410968/indonesia-seeking-to-reactivate-opec-membership South-East Asian country moves a step closer to regaining its seat at oil cartel's table Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410968/indonesia-seeking-to-reactivate-opec-membership Thu, 10 Sep 2015 04:09:04 +0000 live Opposition wins T&T elections http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410768/opposition-wins-tandt-elections An opposition party led by a trained geologist has won a majority in the Trinidad & Tobago parliament following a round of closely contested elections. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410768/opposition-wins-tandt-elections Tue, 08 Sep 2015 17:17:35 +0000 live Cometh the hour, cometh Ali Naimi... http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410745/cometh-the-hour-cometh-ali-naimi It has been an adage for some time that Opec’s influence on oil markets is at best incidental or marginal. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410745/cometh-the-hour-cometh-ali-naimi Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:42:30 +0000 live Eni’s Zohr brings joy - and sorrow http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410520/enis-zohr-brings-joy-and-sorrow Italian giant Eni dropped an energy sector bombshell when it unveiled what is potentially the largest gas find in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410520/enis-zohr-brings-joy-and-sorrow Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:28:34 +0000 live Law change 'to boost Petroperu' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410519/law-change-to-boost-petroperu Lawmakers in Peru have opened the door for state-run refiner Petroperu to participate in upstream activities by removing a legal obstacle that barred it from taking control of the country’s biggest oil block, according to a report. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410519/law-change-to-boost-petroperu Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:03:15 +0000 live Noble urges Israel over gas framework http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410456/noble-urges-israel-over-gas-framework Noble Energy has implored Israel’s government to push through a new framework setting out a roadmap for development of the countries large gas fields, which has already been approved by the Cabinet. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410456/noble-urges-israel-over-gas-framework Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:40:48 +0000 live Gazprom inks CNPC gas MoU http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410450/gazprom-inks-cnpc-gas-mou Russian gas monopoly Gazprom and Beijing-controlled China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) have paved the way for a deal that will see natural gas flows headed to China from Russia’s Far Eastern region. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410450/gazprom-inks-cnpc-gas-mou Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:07:56 +0000 live Putin, Maduro ‘to discuss oil price stabilisation’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1410449/putin-maduro-to-discuss-oil-price-stabilisation Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro are to meet “to discuss oil price stabilisation” during a visit to China this week, according to reports. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1410449/putin-maduro-to-discuss-oil-price-stabilisation Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:07:24 +0000 ece_incoming Rubio blasts feds in energy speech http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410422/rubio-blasts-feds-in-energy-speech US presidential hopeful Marco Rubio took aim at the federal government Wednesday in a speech in which he unveiled his energy policy. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410422/rubio-blasts-feds-in-energy-speech Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:22:37 +0000 live Shell resumes drilling in Arctic http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410265/shell-resumes-drilling-in-arctic Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell has resumed drilling of an exploratory well in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, a company spokesman confirmed to Upstream Wednesday. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410265/shell-resumes-drilling-in-arctic Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:21:45 +0000 live Zohr find ‘will not jeopardise import talks’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410245/zohr-find-will-not-jeopardise-import-talks Eni’s super giant Zohr gas field find off Egypt will not jeopardise private sector talks on gas imports from other regions in the Mediterranean, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410245/zohr-find-will-not-jeopardise-import-talks Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:52:12 +0000 live Achuar seize wells in Peruvian Amazon http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410181/achuar-seize-wells-in-peruvian-amazon Protesters in Peru have forced the shut-in of a plethora of wells on an Amazonian oil block as they vent their frustration at the government over pollution and issues of community compensation, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410181/achuar-seize-wells-in-peruvian-amazon Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:39:34 +0000 live NNPC eyes drones to fight oil theft http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410171/nnpc-eyes-drones-to-fight-oil-theft State giant Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) plans to use drones and other “far reaching options” to put a stop to illegal oil theft in the West African powerhouse. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410171/nnpc-eyes-drones-to-fight-oil-theft Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:56:36 +0000 live Kerry warms up to Arctic drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410158/kerry-warms-up-to-arctic-drilling US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he has warmed to the idea of drilling for oil in the Arctic. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410158/kerry-warms-up-to-arctic-drilling Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:10:39 +0000 live EIA: US petrol prices 'unchanged' with oil exports http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410135/eia-us-petrol-prices-unchanged-with-oil-exports A new study by the US Energy Information Administration said Tuesday that lifting the 40-year-old ban on US crude oil exports would not raise petrol (gasoline) prices and could lower them in certain cases. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410135/eia-us-petrol-prices-unchanged-with-oil-exports Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:20:30 +0000 live Eni's Zohr threatens Israel developments http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410045/enis-zohr-threatens-israel-developments Eni's discovery of the enormous Zohr gas field offshore Egypt could have adverse impacts on Israel's offshore gas developments, according to reports. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1410045/enis-zohr-threatens-israel-developments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:10:47 +0000 live WA Labor promises fracking moratorium http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409965/wa-labor-promises-fracking-moratorium Western Australia's Labor Party could place a moratorium on fracking if it wins the next state election, drawing criticism from industry groups as well as the shadow resources minister for the federal Labor party. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409965/wa-labor-promises-fracking-moratorium Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:39:46 +0000 live Alberta regulations to hold till 2017 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409956/alberta-regulations-to-hold-till-2017 Alberta's oil and gas royalty framework will remain in place until the end of 2016, Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd said on Friday. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409956/alberta-regulations-to-hold-till-2017 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:18:13 +0000 live New NNPC man makes his mark http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409929/new-nnpc-man-makes-his-mark Ibe Kachikwu, head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is taking no prisoners as he forges ahead with implementing the anti-graft policies of President Muhammadu Buhari. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409929/new-nnpc-man-makes-his-mark Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:15:57 +0000 live Snorre output hike meets cheers and jeers http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409907/snorre-output-hike-meets-cheers-and-jeers Statoil has managed to boost production by 35% from its ageing Snorre field in the North Sea this year, but the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) fears the initiative could undermine the field’s long-term recovery levels. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409907/snorre-output-hike-meets-cheers-and-jeers Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:56:13 +0000 live KRG payments 'to be made next month' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409853/krg-payments-to-be-made-next-month Oil companies operating in Iraqi Kurdistan are set to receive cash next month for crude production, as arrears build up. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409853/krg-payments-to-be-made-next-month Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:15:46 +0000 live Green groups threaten EPA with lawsuit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409713/green-groups-threaten-epa-with-lawsuit A coalition of green groups has threatened to sue the US Environmental Protection Agency over regulations governing waste from oil and gas operations, saying current rules do not sufficiently protect the environment and human health. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409713/green-groups-threaten-epa-with-lawsuit Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:22:29 +0000 live Brazil 'mulling deal' to reconcile with contractors http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409710/brazil-mulling-deal-to-reconcile-with-contractors Brazil's government is said to be mulling a comprehensive deal to allow contractors implicated in a massive corruption probe to re-boot their business with state-run oil company Petrobras, in exchange for paying significant fines and damages. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409710/brazil-mulling-deal-to-reconcile-with-contractors Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:23:30 +0000 live Mexico’s CNH alters Round 1 terms http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409659/mexicos-cnh-alters-round-1-terms Mexico’s regulator has moved to improve the terms of its Round 1 acreage offering after recent initial offering was deemed a commercial flog. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409659/mexicos-cnh-alters-round-1-terms Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:09:00 +0000 live Kachikwu gets major reform of NNPC under way http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409582/kachikwu-gets-major-reform-of-nnpc-under-way Emmanuel Kachikwu, the new head of the beleaguered Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has made key executive appointments and dismissed almost 40 senior managers as he begins the challenging task of turning around the fortunes of the graft-riven state owned company. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409582/kachikwu-gets-major-reform-of-nnpc-under-way Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:30:02 +0000 live Lofoten resources 'unprofitable' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409529/lofoten-resources-unprofitable A heated debate about oil industry access to the Lofoten and Vesteraalen area off northern Norway has been rekindled in the countdown to local elections, with one leading analyst’s assessments causing a large degree of consternation in oil circles. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409529/lofoten-resources-unprofitable Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:54:14 +0000 live Blast disrupts Shah Deniz flows again http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409492/blast-disrupts-shah-deniz-flows-again An explosion on a section of pipeline in Turkey carrying gas from the BP-led Shah Deniz project in Azerbaijan’s Caspian Sea has halted flows, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409492/blast-disrupts-shah-deniz-flows-again Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:03:12 +0000 live Indian players ‘submit new Farzad B plan’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409435/indian-players-submit-new-farzad-b-plan Indian player ONGC Videsh and two compatriot partners have already submitted a revised development plan for a gas field off Iran, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409435/indian-players-submit-new-farzad-b-plan Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:58:56 +0000 live Gulf Keystone hires UK MP http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409380/gulf-keystone-hires-uk-mp Iraqi Kurdistan-focused Gulf Keystone Petroleum has hired a serving member of parliament in the UK to join its management team. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409380/gulf-keystone-hires-uk-mp Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:36:00 +0000 live Israel approves amended gas plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409366/israel-approves-amended-gas-plan Israel’s Cabinet approved an amended national gas plan on 16 August that will pave the wave for a revival of the Leviathan gas project if parliament (Knesset) also gives the plan a green light. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409366/israel-approves-amended-gas-plan Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:35:12 +0000 live British oil worker freed in Yemen http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409347/british-oil-worker-freed-in-yemen A British oil worker kidnapped in Yemen early last year has been freed by a military raid in the country by United Arab Emirates (UAE) troops. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409347/british-oil-worker-freed-in-yemen Sun, 23 Aug 2015 16:47:14 +0000 live Cunha, Collor de Mello charged http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409312/cunha-collor-de-mello-charged Eduardo Cunha, president of the lower Congressional Chamber of Deputies, has been charged by Brazilian prosecutors as part of the far-reaching investigation into historical corruption at Petrobras. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409312/cunha-collor-de-mello-charged Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:15:32 +0000 live Stability is key for KRG http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409303/stability-is-key-for-krg Political cohesion needed in northern Iraq region to stave off threat from Islamic State Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409303/stability-is-key-for-krg Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:08:36 +0000 live Mitchell foundation praises EPA methane rules http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409269/mitchell-foundation-praises-epa-methane-rules The foundation set up by the late George Mitchell, the who launched the hydraulic fracturing boom in the US, has come out in support of new federal regulations aimed at reducing methane emissions. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409269/mitchell-foundation-praises-epa-methane-rules Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:06:48 +0000 live Ohio official sued over frack ban ruling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409249/ohio-official-sued-over-frack-ban-ruling Ohio residents have accused a top-ranking election official of violating the state's constitution by invalidating ballot measures that would ban hydraulic fracturing in three counties. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409249/ohio-official-sued-over-frack-ban-ruling Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:24:52 +0000 live US lawmakers push for offshore probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409055/us-lawmakers-push-for-offshore-probe A dozen US senators have called for an investigation into disclosures made by offshore operators, in a move intended to bolster transparency in the industry. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409055/us-lawmakers-push-for-offshore-probe Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:50:12 +0000 live Al-Abadi in West Qurna 2 visit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409041/al-abadi-in-west-qurna-2-visit Russian player Lukoil has welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to its operated West Qurna 2 oilfield development in the south of Iraq. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409041/al-abadi-in-west-qurna-2-visit Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:16:18 +0000 live Norway ministry in gloomy oil outlook http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409021/norway-ministry-in-gloomy-oil-outlook The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has made extremely pessimistic predictions about the future trajectory of Norway’s cash flow from oil and gas operations, but refuses to reveal the figures behind its gloomy projections. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409021/norway-ministry-in-gloomy-oil-outlook Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:10:59 +0000 live PDVSA boss named oil minister http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409000/pdvsa-boss-named-oil-minister Venezuela has restored the dual role of oil minister and head of state player PDVSA that was separated less than a year ago. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1409000/pdvsa-boss-named-oil-minister Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:45:15 +0000 live Clinton: Arctic drilling 'not worth the risk' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408971/clinton-arctic-drilling-not-worth-the-risk Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has come out against Arctic exploration a day after the Obama administration gave its final approval to Shell to drill for oil there. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408971/clinton-arctic-drilling-not-worth-the-risk Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:27:31 +0000 live US seeks methane cuts from industry http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408950/us-seeks-methane-cuts-from-industry The Obama administration is seeking drastic reductions in methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408950/us-seeks-methane-cuts-from-industry Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:34:28 +0000 live Trump: 'Take back' Isis oilfields http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408890/trump-take-back-isis-oilfields Poll-leading US presidential candidate Donald Trump reiterated his plan to defeat the so-called Islamic State (Isis) by attacking the oilfields the terrorist group has claimed in order to deprive it of important revenue streams. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408890/trump-take-back-isis-oilfields Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:52:55 +0000 live Setbacks for rebels in Yemen http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408872/setbacks-for-rebels-in-yemen Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen are finally on the back foot after months of intensive air strikes and military support from a Saudi-led coalition. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408872/setbacks-for-rebels-in-yemen Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:14:12 +0000 live India readies new gas price premium http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408819/india-readies-new-gas-price-premium The Indian government is poised to announce a gas price premium for deep-water, ultra-deepwater and discoveries in other extremely difficult fields, which could likely boost offshore exploration and development efforts in the country. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408819/india-readies-new-gas-price-premium Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:08:08 +0000 live US unveils Utah leasing draft plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/americas/1408752/us-unveils-utah-leasing-draft-plan The Obama administration has proposed a plan for leasing minerals on public lands in east-central Utah, a picturesque region that draws up to 2 million tourists a year. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/americas/1408752/us-unveils-utah-leasing-draft-plan Fri, 14 Aug 2015 21:12:01 +0000 live live_americas US eases limits on oil exports to Mexico http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408745/us-eases-limits-on-oil-exports-to-mexico The Obama administration will reportedly allow limited sales of US crude to Mexico for the first time, marking another milestone in loosening a contentious ban on exporting domestic oil. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408745/us-eases-limits-on-oil-exports-to-mexico Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:34:55 +0000 live Petrobras refinances tax debt http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408708/petrobras-refinances-tax-debt Petrobras agreed on Friday to refinance an outstanding 6 billion reais ($1.7 billion) tax debt with the Brazilian government, allowing the debt-laden oil producer to restructure an onerous liability, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408708/petrobras-refinances-tax-debt Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:58:45 +0000 live Assad stands in way of Syria progress http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408676/assad-stands-in-way-of-syria-progress Iran and Russia, the main backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have started moves aimed at ending the Syria crisis. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408676/assad-stands-in-way-of-syria-progress Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:01:20 +0000 live Industry ramps up ozone rule opposition http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408647/industry-ramps-up-ozone-rule-opposition More than 350 US business groups, including many oil and gas advocacy organisations, have signed a letter lambasting a proposed update to federal air quality rules. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408647/industry-ramps-up-ozone-rule-opposition Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:12:49 +0000 live Israel in 'Leviathan pact' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408638/israel-in-leviathan-pact Israel’s government has reportedly finalised a pact with a US-Israeli consortium for development of the giant Leviathan gas field that is set to be submitted for Cabinet approval. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408638/israel-in-leviathan-pact Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:05:52 +0000 live UK in fracking fast-track plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408584/uk-in-fracking-fast-track-plan The UK is to fast-track the process for shale gas planning applications as a new series of measures is unveiled to kick-start the country’s nascent industry. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408584/uk-in-fracking-fast-track-plan Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:16:49 +0000 live IS ‘kills Croatia worker’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408390/is-kills-croatia-worker Islamic State’s (IS) affiliate in Egypt has claimed to have murdered and beheaded a Croatian national working for a company connected with French seismic player CGG, according to reports. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408390/is-kills-croatia-worker Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:11:51 +0000 live