www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com Russia, Ukraine line up gas talks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375101/Russia-Ukraine-line-up-gas-talks Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Monday that Moscow and Kiev are set to hold a new round of talks to resolve a gas crisis on Saturday. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375101/Russia-Ukraine-line-up-gas-talks Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:03:04 +0000 live Statoil readies full In Amenas return http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375039/Statoil-readies-full-In-Amenas-return Statoil is ready to resume ordinary operations at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria following a deadly terrorist attack early last year that left dozens of people dead. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1375039/Statoil-readies-full-In-Amenas-return Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:19:46 +0000 live Coleman warns African nations http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374889/Coleman-warns-African-nations Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman has warned African countries not to regulate them out of the country. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374889/Coleman-warns-African-nations Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:50:22 +0000 live Official lists African roadblocks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374887/Official-lists-African-roadblocks Africa may not be the major competitor for Australia it has been pegged to be with potentially crippling cost barriers to working in the country, according to a number of leading government officials. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374887/Official-lists-African-roadblocks Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:22:55 +0000 live Tanker with Kurdish crude reappears off Texas http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374877/Tanker-with-Kurdish-crude-reappears-off-Texas An tanker loaded with $100 million of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan has popped up again on satellite tracking systems off the coast of Galveston, Texas as a weeks-long legal standoff continues over the sale of the crude. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374877/Tanker-with-Kurdish-crude-reappears-off-Texas Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:35:33 +0000 live Iraq ‘to challenge US ruling on Kurdish oil’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374837/Iraq-‘to-challenge-US-ruling-on-Kurdish-oil’ Iraq is to challenge a ruling by a US court that prevented a cargo worth around $100 million of crude oil originating from the Kurdistan region from being seized by US authorities, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374837/Iraq-‘to-challenge-US-ruling-on-Kurdish-oil’ Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:53:35 +0000 live US growth higher than disruptions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374592/US-growth-higher-than-disruptions Liquid fuels production in the US is set to grow more than could offset unplanned supply disruptions, according to information from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374592/US-growth-higher-than-disruptions Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:41:30 +0000 live Norway emissions standards 'may tighten' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374364/Norway-emissions-standards-may-tighten Norway's record-high offshore carbon dioxide emissions tax faces the prospect of being increased further as politicians seek ways to ensure that future offshore projects will be powered by electricity from shore. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374364/Norway-emissions-standards-may-tighten Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:36:17 +0000 live US court tosses BP safety lawsuit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374361/US-court-tosses-BP-safety-lawsuit A US district court in Houston has dismissed a $256 billion lawsuit against BP which alleged, among other things, that the design of the Atlantis floating production semi-submersible in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico was unsafe. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374361/US-court-tosses-BP-safety-lawsuit Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:20:50 +0000 live Gazprom eyes dozens of offshore probes http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374326/Gazprom-eyes-dozens-of-offshore-probes Gazprom faces a significant challenge to secure sufficient rig tonnage as it plans to sink dozens of exploration wells on its licensed acreage off Russia in the next decade. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374326/Gazprom-eyes-dozens-of-offshore-probes Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:38:46 +0000 live US court throws out order to seize Kurdish crude http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374202/US-court-throws-out-order-to-seize-Kurdish-crude A US court has thrown out an order to seize some 1 million barrels of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude from a tanker near Texas, a move that could allow the cargo to be delivered and end a nearly month-long impasse. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374202/US-court-throws-out-order-to-seize-Kurdish-crude Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:20:24 +0000 live Al-Falih: 'US shale not a threat' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374078/Al-Falih-US-shale-not-a-threat Saudi Aramco boss insists shale gale has helped by ensuring stable markets Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374078/Al-Falih-US-shale-not-a-threat Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:04:44 +0000 live Lien: 'Output hike needed despite cost cuts' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374061/Lien-Output-hike-needed-despite-cost-cuts Oil minister Tord Lien says oil companies should not let cost pressures lead to resources being left untapped Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374061/Lien-Output-hike-needed-despite-cost-cuts Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:33:25 +0000 live Libya revives output with Waha restart http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374048/Libya-revives-output-with-Waha-restart Libya’s key Waha field has restarted oil production, according to reports. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374048/Libya-revives-output-with-Waha-restart Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:22:58 +0000 live Lund warns of possible Russia delays http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374014/Lund-warns-of-possible-Russia-delays Statoil’s activities in Russia may be delayed because of the international sanctions imposed by the European Union and other nations as a response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, according to chief executive Helge Lund. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1374014/Lund-warns-of-possible-Russia-delays Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:22:46 +0000 live Lithuania inks LNG deal with Statoil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1373920.ece Lithuania has moved a step closer to breaking up its total dependence on Russia for gas imports with a five-year deal to buy liquefied natural gas from Statoil of Norway. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1373920.ece Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:21:38 +0000 live Company sues over 'defamatory' billboards http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373911/Company-sues-over-defamatory-billboards A Texas company that operates injection wells is suing a man in rural Ohio who has posted billboards with Biblical warnings against the disposal facilities. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373911/Company-sues-over-defamatory-billboards Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:21:45 +0000 live Repeal of Alaska oil tax trails http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373900/Repeal-of-Alaska-oil-tax-trails Alaskan voters appear to have narrowly upheld a new law that cut taxes on oil production and is worth up to $1 billion a year for companies such as ConocoPhillips, BP and ExxonMobil, according to available results. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373900/Repeal-of-Alaska-oil-tax-trails Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:42:29 +0000 live AMMA takes preventative action http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373544/AMMA-takes-preventative-action The Australian Mines and Metals Association has taken pre-emptive court action to prevent the Maritime Union of Australia from taking strike action against four vessel operators, after the union was accused of breaching bargaining orders. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373544/AMMA-takes-preventative-action Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:16:01 +0000 live 'Green risk' in Store for Norway http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373476/Green-risk-in-Store-for-Norway The apparently greener profile of the new leader of Norway’s opposition Labour Party poses a potential risk to future foreign investment in its oil and gas sector, according to a new report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373476/Green-risk-in-Store-for-Norway Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:57:10 +0000 live Darwin opens hub http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373330/Darwin-opens-hub Darwin has officially moved to position itself as an international hub for the oil and gas industry with the opening of its marine supply base. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373330/Darwin-opens-hub Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:43:08 +0000 live Hickenlooper touts oil & gas impacts http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373307/Hickenlooper-touts-oil--gas-impacts The oil and gas industry is vital to the Colorado economy but industry must be mindful of its "social contract" with "civil society", Governor John Hickenlooper said on Monday. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373307/Hickenlooper-touts-oil--gas-impacts Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:29:09 +0000 live Norwegian union agreement struck http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373225/Norwegian-union-agreement-struck An agreement has been struck between the Norwegian labour union Safe and its employees, and a number of oil service companies. (News Wires), bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373225/Norwegian-union-agreement-struck Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:50:49 +0000 live Texas eyes tighter injection-well regs http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373156/Texas-eyes-tighter-injection-well-regs The Texas Railroad Commission has proposed tighter regulations on injection wells in the state in light reports of man-made seismic events caused by such wells elsewhere in the US. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373156/Texas-eyes-tighter-injection-well-regs Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:42:21 +0000 live Workers vote 'yes' on resolution http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373097/Workers-vote-yes-on-resolution Curtis Island liquefied natural gas workers have voted in favour of a new industrial agreement with contractor Bechtel after almost one week of strikes. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373097/Workers-vote-yes-on-resolution Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:45:38 +0000 live Total reduces staff in Iraqi Kurdistan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373011/Total-reduces-staff-in-Iraqi-Kurdistan France's Total has reduced the number of staff at its operations in Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan because of the deteriorating security situation, reports said. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1373011/Total-reduces-staff-in-Iraqi-Kurdistan Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:56:34 +0000 live Ukraine green light for sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372999/Ukraine-green-light-for-sanctions Ukraine’s parliament has reportedly approved sanctions against Russian companies and individuals over the Kremlin’s alleged support for separatist rebels, while also passing a law that would allow gas transit facilities to be leased under a joint venture with US and European companies. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372999/Ukraine-green-light-for-sanctions Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:05:49 +0000 live Sechin ‘asks government for $41bn’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372880/Sechin-‘asks-government-for-41bn’ Russian oil behemoth Rosneft has asked the government for more than $41 billion to help it ride out the effect of sanctions imposed against it and Russia by the US and European Union, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372880/Sechin-‘asks-government-for-41bn’ Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:13:46 +0000 live Hawkley puts hold on wages http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372847/Hawkley-puts-hold-on-wages Australian junior Hawkley Oil & Gas has frozen management salaries in light of the Ukrainian government’s decision to increase taxes for oil and gas companies. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372847/Hawkley-puts-hold-on-wages Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:51:56 +0000 live Libya sees first Ras Lanuf exports http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372788/Libya-sees-first-Ras-Lanuf-exports Libya has seen the first exports from its key oil port of Ras Lanuf in a year following last month’s handover of the port to the National Oil Company after a deal with rebels, reports said. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372788/Libya-sees-first-Ras-Lanuf-exports Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:15:30 +0000 live Repsol gets Canaries spud go-ahead http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372759/Repsol-gets-Canaries-spud-go-ahead Repsol has been given the go-ahead by Spain’s government to drill wildcats off the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372759/Repsol-gets-Canaries-spud-go-ahead Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:15:19 +0000 live Bechtel slams union conduct http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372736/Bechtel-slams-union-conduct Bechtel has hit out at the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) as the strikes affecting the three liquefied natural gas projects in Gladstone, Queensland continue. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372736/Bechtel-slams-union-conduct Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:06:37 +0000 live PNG commission takes PM to task http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372727/PNG-commission-takes-PM-to-task The Papua New Guinea Ombudsmen Commission has referred the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to the country’s prosecutor for misconduct based on a loan he took to buy shares in Oil Search. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372727/PNG-commission-takes-PM-to-task Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:03:51 +0000 live Ukraine moves closer on Russia sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372677/Ukraine-moves-closer-on-Russia-sanctions Ukraine's parliament has reportedly passed the first reading of a bill to impose sanctions on Russian companies and individuals, stoking fears among European gas suppliers that their supplies from Gazprom through Ukraine could be hit in the coming winter. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372677/Ukraine-moves-closer-on-Russia-sanctions Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:00:20 +0000 live Norway backs EU sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372657/Norway-backs-EU-sanctions Norway has decided to back European Union trade sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis after securing parliamentary support to implement similar measures, including a ban on exports of oil and gas technology. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372657/Norway-backs-EU-sanctions Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:43:16 +0000 live Schlumberger warns on sanctions impact http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372650/Schlumberger-warns-on-sanctions-impact Sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and European Union are to negatively affect Schlumberger's bottom line in the third quarter, the services giant has warned. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372650/Schlumberger-warns-on-sanctions-impact Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:09:23 +0000 live Oil 'well-supplied despite conflicts': IEA http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372640/Oil-well-supplied-despite-conflicts-IEA The global oil market is increasingly well supplied despite conflict in several key producing states thanks to ‘relentless’ growth in North American output, the International Energy Agency said. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372640/Oil-well-supplied-despite-conflicts-IEA Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:25:12 +0000 live Oil Search cuts down Iraq presence http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372614/Oil-Search-cuts-down-Iraq-presence Australia-listed Oil Search has pulled all non-essential personnel out of its Iraq operations as tension in the region mounts. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372614/Oil-Search-cuts-down-Iraq-presence Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:47:35 +0000 live O&G to get competitive http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372609/OG-to-get-competitive The global oil and gas industry is being driven by greed for control over resources, according to a newly released report. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372609/OG-to-get-competitive Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:58:01 +0000 live Ecopetrol oilfield attacked http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372516/Ecopetrol-oilfield-attacked Bombs set off at Colombian facility close to Venezuelan border but no injuries, report says Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372516/Ecopetrol-oilfield-attacked Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:30:46 +0000 live Oz strike action to wind down http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372506/Oz-strike-action-to-wind-down Strike action affecting the three liquefied natural gas projects in Gladstone, Queensland, has been ordered to stop by the Australian Fair Work Commission. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372506/Oz-strike-action-to-wind-down Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:58:36 +0000 live ExxonMobil, Rosneft prep Arctic spud http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372420/ExxonMobil-Rosneft-prep-Arctic-spud US supermajor ExxonMobil will on Saturday start drilling a controversial well in the Arctic alongside partner Rosneft, according to the Russian government, showing the Texas company is undeterred by sanctions against the Kremlin. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372420/ExxonMobil-Rosneft-prep-Arctic-spud Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:36:57 +0000 live Oryx in Kurdistan shut-in http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372373/Oryx-in-Kurdistan-shut-in Canada’s Oryx Petroleum is the latest to shut in production in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) territory of Iraq as increasing militant activity in the area sends oil companies scampering. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372373/Oryx-in-Kurdistan-shut-in Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:16:50 +0000 live Genel pulls non-essential KRG staff http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372319/Genel-pulls-non-essential-KRG-staff Genel Energy is pulling some staff out of non-producing assets in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) territory of Iraq as Islamist militants continue to wreak havoc in the region. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372319/Genel-pulls-non-essential-KRG-staff Fri, 08 Aug 2014 09:19:30 +0000 live Afren pulls out of Iraq field http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372307/Afren-pulls-out-of-Iraq-field London-listed Afren has suspended its operations at the Barda Rash field in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) territory of Iraq. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372307/Afren-pulls-out-of-Iraq-field Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:13:13 +0000 live Obama authorises Iraq air strikes http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372301/Obama-authorises-Iraq-air-strikes US President Barack Obama has authorised limited air strikes to blunt the onslaught of Islamic militants in northern Iraq and began military airdrops of humanitarian supplies to besieged religious minorities to prevent a "potential act of genocide." Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372301/Obama-authorises-Iraq-air-strikes Fri, 08 Aug 2014 04:42:11 +0000 live Russia in US, Euro food ban http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372103/Russia-in-US-Euro-food-ban Russia has banned the import of virtually all foodstuffs from the US and European Union in retaliation to sanctions imposed against it over instability in Ukraine. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372103/Russia-in-US-Euro-food-ban Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:07:13 +0000 live Irish festival cancels Shell sponsorship http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372091/Irish-festival-cancels-Shell-sponsorship Ireland’s biggest traditional music festival has withdrawn Shell as a title sponsor of the event after pressure from environmental campaigners. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372091/Irish-festival-cancels-Shell-sponsorship Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:38:34 +0000 live AMWU calls out Gorgon contractor http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372054/AMWU-calls-out-Gorgon-contractor Gorgon contractor Chicago, Bridge & Iron (CB&I) has been slammed for looking for overseas welders for the project. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1372054/AMWU-calls-out-Gorgon-contractor Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:30:22 +0000 live Putin hits back with counter sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371994/Putin-hits-back-with-counter-sanctions Vladimir Putin has hit back at sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and European Union by revealing retaliatory economic measures of his own. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371994/Putin-hits-back-with-counter-sanctions Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:55:42 +0000 live Kazakhstan 'ousts' Karabalin http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371942/Kazakhstan-ousts-Karabalin Kazakhstani Oil Minister Uzakbay Karabalin has been ousted from the top job as the country reorganises its ministry, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371942/Kazakhstan-ousts-Karabalin Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:34:52 +0000 live Colorado frac ban taken off ballot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371759/Colorado-frac-ban-taken-off-ballot A pair of Colorado Democrats at odds over the regulation of hydraulic fracturing in the state have agreed to a compromise that will keep anti-fracturing initiatives off the November ballot. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371759/Colorado-frac-ban-taken-off-ballot Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:01:35 +0000 live Mexico lower house passes energy reform http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371732/Mexico-lower-house-passes-energy-reform Mexico's lower house over the weekend passed the last of secondary laws needed to implement historic energy policy changes to end the 75-year monopoly of state oil company Pemex. Kathrine.Schmidt@upstreamonline.com (Kathrine Schmidt) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371732/Mexico-lower-house-passes-energy-reform Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:40:28 +0000 live London sees spike in arbitration cases http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371727/London-sees-spike-in-arbitration-cases Oil & gas arbitration cases have hit a five-year high in London in a spike put down to high oil prices and an upswing in global political unrest. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371727/London-sees-spike-in-arbitration-cases Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:52:44 +0000 live Gas not hit by Russia sanctions: OMV http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371726/Gas-not-hit-by-Russia-sanctions-OMV Austria’s OMV has said it has not been affected by the latest sanctions imposed on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, and that talks are continuing on getting the EU’s approval for the South Stream gas pipeline. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371726/Gas-not-hit-by-Russia-sanctions-OMV Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:52:30 +0000 live Ukraine doubles gas tax http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371678/Ukraine-doubles-gas-tax Ukraine has passed an emergency law effectively doubling the tax rate on gas production for the next five months. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane), bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371678/Ukraine-doubles-gas-tax Mon, 04 Aug 2014 06:46:53 +0000 live Arctic Sunrise heads for home http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371529/Arctic-Sunrise-heads-for-home A Greenpeace vessel that was detained in Russia along with 30 activists over an Arctic drilling campaign is finally en route to a Dutch port but will require “extensive repairs” as it is in considerable state of disrepair, the environmental watchdog has claimed. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371529/Arctic-Sunrise-heads-for-home Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:04:11 +0000 live Novatek: ‘Yamal LNG start-up on track’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371464/Novatek-‘Yamal-LNG-start-up-on-track’ Novatek’s giant liquefied natural gas project at Yamal will still make its start-up date target despite a plethora of sanctions imposed on Russia and the company itself, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371464/Novatek-‘Yamal-LNG-start-up-on-track’ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:54:36 +0000 live Moscow faces new Yukos penalty http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371299/Moscow-faces-new-Yukos-penalty Yukos shareholders are reported to have been awarded an "unprecedented" €1.9 billion ($2.6 billion) by the European Court of Human Rights in a damages claim against the Russian state over its takeover of the now defunct oil company. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371299/Moscow-faces-new-Yukos-penalty Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:03:14 +0000 live MUA puts a hold on action http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371226/MUA-puts-a-hold-on-action The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has decided to withdraw its notice of an impending strike against Australian services provider Mermaid Marine Australia (MMA). bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371226/MUA-puts-a-hold-on-action Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:19:52 +0000 live Norway set to join EU's Russia sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371164/Norway-set-to-join-EUs-Russia-sanctions The Norwegian government said it planned to join the programme of economic sanctions the EU is imposing on Russia. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371164/Norway-set-to-join-EUs-Russia-sanctions Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:26:34 +0000 live Rosneft furthers PDVSA ties http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371153/Rosneft-furthers-PDVSA-ties Russia’s Rosneft has signed new co-operation agreements with PDVSA as the oil producer is looking to expand its exposure to countries outside the influence of US and European powers. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371153/Rosneft-furthers-PDVSA-ties Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:30:51 +0000 live EU and US impose new sanctions against Russia http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371067/EU-and-US-impose-new-sanctions-against-Russia The West has imposed new sanctions on Russia that take aim at the country’s oil sector in response to Russia’s alleged support for rebels in Eastern Ukraine. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371067/EU-and-US-impose-new-sanctions-against-Russia Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:12:17 +0000 live EPA faulted on injection-well oversight http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371054/EPA-faulted-on-injection-well-oversight A Congressional watchdog has concluded that the US Environmental Protection Agency has not done enough to ensure the safety of wastewater injection wells. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371054/EPA-faulted-on-injection-well-oversight Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:48:09 +0000 live China opens Zhou ‘graft’ probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371013/China-opens-Zhou-‘graft’-probe China has begun investigating corruption cases surrounding Zhou Yongkang, the former president of China National Petroleum Corporation. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1371013/China-opens-Zhou-‘graft’-probe Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:38:49 +0000 live BP warns of possible sanctions impact http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370982/BP-warns-of-possible-sanctions-impact Further sanctions against Russia or oil giant Rosneft could hit BP in the pocket were they to be imposed by the US or other international powers, the UK supermajor has warned. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370982/BP-warns-of-possible-sanctions-impact Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:31:49 +0000 live Russia hit with Yukos fine http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370903/Russia-hit-with-Yukos-fine A Dutch arbitration court has ordered Moscow to pay $51.6 billion in damages to former shareholders of Yukos over the alleged expropriation of the now defunct Russian oil company. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370903/Russia-hit-with-Yukos-fine Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:55:02 +0000 live EU moves closer on tough Russia sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370797/EU-moves-closer-on-tough-Russia-sanctions Brussels considering blocking upstream technology from export to Moscow Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370797/EU-moves-closer-on-tough-Russia-sanctions Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:47:18 +0000 live Colorado puts fracking to the vote http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370794/Colorado-puts-fracking-to-the-vote The fate of hydraulic fracturing in Colorado will be decided by voters in the US state in November after efforts to find a legislative compromise on controversial proposed regulations failed to garner widespread support. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370794/Colorado-puts-fracking-to-the-vote Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:36:33 +0000 live Kenya in $50m World Bank oil loan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370787/Kenya-in-50m-World-Bank-oil-loan Kenya is to receive a $50 million interest-free loan from the World Bank to help build up capacity to manage its oil and gas industry, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370787/Kenya-in-50m-World-Bank-oil-loan Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:52:26 +0000 live KMG EP in buyout talks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370772/KMG-EP-in-buyout-talks Kazakhstan’s National Company KazMunaiGas (NC KMG) could be ready to take control of London-listed player KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (KMG EP) after making an initial approach. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370772/KMG-EP-in-buyout-talks Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:11:09 +0000 live Rosneft profit booms in Q2 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370731/Rosneft-profit-booms-in-Q2 Rosneft piled on the profit in the second quarter as production grew and upstream unit costs were slashed. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370731/Rosneft-profit-booms-in-Q2 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:54:30 +0000 live Statoil 'alert' to terror threat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370653/Statoil-alert-to-terror-threat Statoil is reported to be in dialogue with the authorities over an “unspecified terror threat” against Norway disclosed by the country’s police security service (PST) on Thursday. stories@upstreamonline.com (Upstream Staff) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370653/Statoil-alert-to-terror-threat Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:17:09 +0000 live EU eyes 'tech export curbs' on Russia http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370634/EU-eyes-tech-export-curbs-on-Russia The European Union is reported to be considering restrictions of technology exports for oil and gas exploitation to Russia in a draft list of sanctions drawn up by the bloc to turn up the financial pressure on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370634/EU-eyes-tech-export-curbs-on-Russia Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:23:37 +0000 live Report blasts DEP's regulatory ability http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370445/Report-blasts-DEPs-regulatory-ability A government watchdog in Pennsylvania blasted the performance of state’s oil and gas regulator, saying that rapid development in the Marcellus shale play had outpaced the ability of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to police drilling activity. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370445/Report-blasts-DEPs-regulatory-ability Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:03:54 +0000 live 'Deadly year' for global terrorism http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370171/Deadly-year-for-global-terrorism The death toll from global terrorism has increased by 30% in the past year, with the risk of terrorism having significantly increased in China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya over the 12-month period, according to a new analysis. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370171/Deadly-year-for-global-terrorism Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 live Iraq ‘OKs Nassiriya oil storage deal’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370184/Iraq-‘OKs-Nassiriya-oil-storage-deal’ Iraq has given China Petroleum Pipeline the green light to build an oil storage facility at the giant Nassiriya field, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370184/Iraq-‘OKs-Nassiriya-oil-storage-deal’ Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:22:10 +0000 live UK urged to widen shale checks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370151/UK-urged-to-widen-shale-checks The UK has been urged to expand its oversight and monitoring of shale gas projects by a pair of environmental science non-governmental organisations. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370151/UK-urged-to-widen-shale-checks Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:26:40 +0000 live China, Venezuela ink oil pact http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370138/China-Venezuela-ink-oil-pact China and Venezuela have signed a series of deals that will see the pair co-operate on the development of oil projects, with crude also being shipped from the South American oil powerhouse. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370138/China-Venezuela-ink-oil-pact Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:54:46 +0000 live US report supports natural gas http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370129/US-report-supports-natural-gas Despite misgivings by environmental protesters in Australia, the benefits of shale gas and coalbed methane have been highlighted in a report by the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370129/US-report-supports-natural-gas Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:25:33 +0000 live Mexico senate OKs Pemex overhaul http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370090/Mexico-senate-OKs-Pemex-overhaul Mexico's senate has signed off on three of four bills to implement historic energy reform in the country, with the latest proposal covering structural changes to state oil company Pemex and the country's federal electricity commission (CFE). Kathrine.Schmidt@upstreamonline.com (Kathrine Schmidt) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370090/Mexico-senate-OKs-Pemex-overhaul Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:53:43 +0000 live Ex-Opec chief Lukman dies http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370058/Ex-Opec-chief-Lukman-dies Former Opec secretary general and president Alhaji Rilwanu Lukman has died in Vienna. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370058/Ex-Opec-chief-Lukman-dies Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:31:47 +0000 live Celtique Energie faces drill denial http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370034/Celtique-Energie-faces-drill-denial Celtique Energie’s plans to drill the Wisborough Green prospect onshore southern England may be about to run into trouble after the local council was advised to turn down its application for a vertical well. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1370034/Celtique-Energie-faces-drill-denial Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:00:07 +0000 live Rosneft Ukraine refinery ‘razed’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369915/Rosneft-Ukraine-refinery-‘razed’ A Rosneft-owned refinery in Ukraine has been hit by shelling, causing an oil reservoir to go up in flames, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369915/Rosneft-Ukraine-refinery-‘razed’ Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:19:58 +0000 live Rosneft ‘maintains strategy’ despite sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369893/Rosneft-‘maintains-strategy’-despite-sanctions Rosneft’s cash flows will allow it to carry on with current projects in the face of sanctions imposed on the Russian oil behemoth by the US Treasury Department this week, the company has said. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369893/Rosneft-‘maintains-strategy’-despite-sanctions Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:15:41 +0000 live Croatia onshore round launch nears http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369803/Croatia-onshore-round-launch-nears Croatia is to launch its anticipated first onshore licensing round on Friday with six blocks on the menu. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369803/Croatia-onshore-round-launch-nears Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:27:44 +0000 live Novatek’s Yamal LNG 'unaffected' by sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369802/Novatek’s-Yamal-LNG-unaffected-by-sanctions Novatek’s giant Yamal LNG project will continue apace, despite sanctions being imposed on the Russian independent by the US this week. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369802/Novatek’s-Yamal-LNG-unaffected-by-sanctions Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:01:36 +0000 live UK to tackle energy investment ‘barriers’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369798/UK-to-tackle-energy-investment-‘barriers’ The UK government is aiming to remove barriers to investment in energy infrastructure as it unveiled its first report on energy investment in the country. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369798/UK-to-tackle-energy-investment-‘barriers’ Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:26:57 +0000 live Sechin lashes latest US sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369636/Sechin-lashes-latest-US-sanctions Rosneft chairman Igor Sechin has hit out at fresh US sanctions against the Russian oil behemoth, terming them “groundless, biased and illegal,” as the company’s share price slumped in London. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369636/Sechin-lashes-latest-US-sanctions Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:31:13 +0000 live Clontarf, Petrel resolve Ghana legal spat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369634/Clontarf-Petrel-resolve-Ghana-legal-spat Shares in Irish juniors Clontarf Energy and Petrel Resources had mixed fortunes after the pair reached an agreement with Ghanaian authorities in a legal battle over disputed acreage. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369634/Clontarf-Petrel-resolve-Ghana-legal-spat Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:22:25 +0000 live Australia scraps carbon tax http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369628/Australia-scraps-carbon-tax The body representing Australia’s upstream industry has welcomed the abolishment of the country’s controversial carbon tax. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369628/Australia-scraps-carbon-tax Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:56:06 +0000 live Rosneft falls under new US sanctions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369607/Rosneft-falls-under-new-US-sanctions The White House has ramped up its sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine with top energy producer Rosneft added to the list of entities barred from financial dealings with the US. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369607/Rosneft-falls-under-new-US-sanctions Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:02:50 +0000 live Texas city frac ban heads to ballot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369595/Texas-city-frac-ban-heads-to-ballot A motion to ban hydraulic fracturing in a North Texas city will head to a public vote in November after the city council voted down a petition that would have been the first in the hydrocarbon-rich state to prohibit the controversial completion practice. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369595/Texas-city-frac-ban-heads-to-ballot Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:52:20 +0000 live Tullow loses Uganda tax appeal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369590/Tullow-loses-Uganda-tax-appeal Uganda's Tax Appeals Tribunal has ruled that Tullow Oil is liable to pay $407 million in capital gains tax to the government after farming out stakes in its Lake Albert acreage two years ago. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369590/Tullow-loses-Uganda-tax-appeal Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:21:15 +0000 live Norway appeals Transocean tax case verdict http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369582/Norway-appeals-Transocean-tax-case-verdict Norway is to appeal a recent decision by an Oslo court to clear rig giant Transocean of all charges relating to a long-running tax evasion case. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369582/Norway-appeals-Transocean-tax-case-verdict Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:36:57 +0000 live UK in $26m regulator fund http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369563/UK-in-26m-regulator-fund The UK government is to throw around $26 million in funding over the next five years to kick-start the establishment of the country's new industry regulator. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369563/UK-in-26m-regulator-fund Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:55:01 +0000 live Australian O&G industry to grow http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369535/Australian-OG-industry-to-grow The Australian oil and gas exploration is set to surge over the next financial year, according to a market research company. bianca.bartucciotto@upstreamonline.com (Bianca Bartucciotto) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369535/Australian-OG-industry-to-grow Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:09:54 +0000 live Judge upholds $3m award in fracking suit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369520/Judge-upholds-3m-award-in-fracking-suit A Texas judge upheld a $3 million jury verdict by ruling in favour of a family who claimed oil and gas drilling near their land made them sick, according to a report. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369520/Judge-upholds-3m-award-in-fracking-suit Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:00:06 +0000 live Repsol set for final nod on Canary drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369473/Repsol-set-for-final-nod-on-Canary-drilling Repsol could start drilling off the Canary Islands as soon as October, Spain’s industry and energy minister Jose Manuel Soria has said. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369473/Repsol-set-for-final-nod-on-Canary-drilling Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:19:12 +0000 live UK appoints new energy minister http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369453/UK-appoints-new-energy-minister Matthew Hancock has been appointed as the UK's new energy minister in a cabinet reshuffle that saw his predecessor Michael Fallon promoted to Defence Secretary. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1369453/UK-appoints-new-energy-minister Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:30:06 +0000 live