www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com Oklahoma passes law to prohibit frack bans http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401498/oklahoma-passes-law-to-prohibit-frack-bans Oklahoma has become the second state to prohibit cities and subdivisions from banning oil and gas activity, including hydraulic fracturing, within their borders. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401498/oklahoma-passes-law-to-prohibit-frack-bans Fri, 29 May 2015 23:56:17 +0000 live Court validates ConocoPhillips' NPR-A permit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401481/court-validates-conocophillips-npr-a-permit ConocoPhillips can go ahead with its Colville Delta 5 (CD-5) project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) after a state court upheld a permit granted by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401481/court-validates-conocophillips-npr-a-permit Fri, 29 May 2015 15:21:05 +0000 live Buhari sworn in as Nigeria president http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401463/buhari-sworn-in-as-nigeria-president Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn in as the new president of major African oil producer Nigeria. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401463/buhari-sworn-in-as-nigeria-president Fri, 29 May 2015 12:21:39 +0000 live US unveils plans for greater sage-grouse http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401407/us-unveils-plans-for-greater-sage-grouse The US government introduced plans Thursday to ramp up protection of the greater sage-grouse in 10 states while the bird is still a candidate for the Endangered Species List. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401407/us-unveils-plans-for-greater-sage-grouse Thu, 28 May 2015 20:10:19 +0000 live NTSB: Shell failures led to Kulluk grounding http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401404/ntsb-shell-failures-led-to-kulluk-grounding The 2012 grounding of mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk in frigid Alaskan waters was the result of poor planning on the part of operator Shell, which bears ultimate responsibility for the accident, US transportation regulators have concluded. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401404/ntsb-shell-failures-led-to-kulluk-grounding Thu, 28 May 2015 16:49:26 +0000 live Rosneft clarifies '$14bn Venezuela deal' claim http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401322/rosneft-clarifies-usd-14bn-venezuela-deal-claim Rosneft has sought to clarify reports that it is to invest $14 billion in Venezuela's oil and gas sector, as the Russian giant aims to significantly raise its output in the Opec nation. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401322/rosneft-clarifies-usd-14bn-venezuela-deal-claim Thu, 28 May 2015 07:28:24 +0000 live US regulator to report on failed Kulluk tow http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401312/us-regulator-to-report-on-failed-kulluk-tow The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the US will on Thursday issue a report on its investigation into the grounding of Shell's Kulluk rig, an event that capped the Anglo-Dutch supermajor's error-filled 2012 Arctic drilling campaign off Alaska. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401312/us-regulator-to-report-on-failed-kulluk-tow Wed, 27 May 2015 23:18:18 +0000 live Uncertainty over new Alberta energy minister http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401309/uncertainty-over-new-alberta-energy-minister Uncertainty surrounding policies of Alberta's new left-wing party have prompted at least one major operator to delay publication of a future budget. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401309/uncertainty-over-new-alberta-energy-minister Wed, 27 May 2015 21:41:29 +0000 live APPEA hits out at union campaign http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401009/appea-hits-out-at-union-campaign Australian Workers Union is calling for a national gas reservation policy Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401009/appea-hits-out-at-union-campaign Wed, 27 May 2015 02:59:21 +0000 live Brazil recommends local content updates http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400990/brazil-recommends-local-content-updates The Brazilian Petroleum Institute (IBP), representing oil companies and contractors, has issued recommendations for modernising the country’s rules on local content in line with the broad aim of boosting investment and fostering a more competitive domestic supply chain. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400990/brazil-recommends-local-content-updates Tue, 26 May 2015 19:22:14 +0000 live Halliburton in talks over Nigeria shut down http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400988/halliburton-in-talks-over-nigeria-shut-down Services giant Halliburton confirmed it is working with Nigeria's main oil union to resolve a dispute that led to the reported shut down of company operations in the country. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400988/halliburton-in-talks-over-nigeria-shut-down Tue, 26 May 2015 19:08:17 +0000 live US, Canada, Mexico in climate pact http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400962/us-canada-mexico-in-climate-pact The federal energy ministers from Canada, the US and Mexico have formed a North American coalition focused on climate change and energy policy. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400962/us-canada-mexico-in-climate-pact Tue, 26 May 2015 15:42:39 +0000 live Petronas, CNPC remove S Sudan staff http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400864/petronas-cnpc-remove-s-sudan-staff Petronas has taken some staff from its operations in Upper Nile State amid recent heavy fighting in the core South Sudanese oil patch, with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) said to have done likewise. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400864/petronas-cnpc-remove-s-sudan-staff Tue, 26 May 2015 08:31:38 +0000 live Royalty law on Romania radar http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400846/royalty-law-on-romania-radar Romania's government will send a draft law on royalty taxes for the oil and gas sector to parliament in September, Deputy Finance Minister Dan Manolescu was reported as saying on Monday. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400846/royalty-law-on-romania-radar Mon, 25 May 2015 14:17:24 +0000 live Juba 'retakes' Upper Nile from rebels http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400829/juba-retakes-upper-nile-from-rebels South Sudan's government is reported to have wrested control of oil-producing Upper Nile State, the scene of heavy fighting in recent days, from rebel fighters. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400829/juba-retakes-upper-nile-from-rebels Mon, 25 May 2015 07:57:57 +0000 live US senators urge halt on Arctic permits http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400775/us-senators-urge-halt-on-arctic-permits Eighteen US senators, all Democrats, have added their voices to the growing campaign against Arctic drilling. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400775/us-senators-urge-halt-on-arctic-permits Fri, 22 May 2015 23:25:45 +0000 live ExxonMobil denies Iran sanctions lobbying http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400758/exxonmobil-denies-iran-sanctions-lobbying US supermajor ExxonMobil denied reports Friday that it had ramped up lobbying efforts with the US government over Iranian sanctions. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400758/exxonmobil-denies-iran-sanctions-lobbying Fri, 22 May 2015 15:19:50 +0000 live New arrest in Petrobras scandal http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1400744/new-arrest-in-petrobras-scandal Brazil’s federal police have made a new arrest in the Petrobras corruption scandal, marking another phase of Operation Car Wash, according to reports.  (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1400744/new-arrest-in-petrobras-scandal Fri, 22 May 2015 12:16:28 +0000 ece_incoming China 'build-up' in Spratlys http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400549/china-build-up-in-spratlys China is reportedly bolstering its territorial claim to hydrocarbon-prone waters around the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea by building artificial islands to house military bases. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400549/china-build-up-in-spratlys Thu, 21 May 2015 13:28:33 +0000 live Four dead in South Sudan fighting http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400467/four-dead-in-south-sudan-fighting Four people are dead after a United Nations camp in South Sudan came under fire near to where rebel fighters are attempting to gain control of a key oilfield. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400467/four-dead-in-south-sudan-fighting Wed, 20 May 2015 15:15:00 +0000 live Gray backs APPEA http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400410/gray-backs-appea Australia's shadow energy minister, Gary Gray, has urged oil and gas companies not to cut back on their support for the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA). Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400410/gray-backs-appea Wed, 20 May 2015 01:14:02 +0000 live Syria and Iran in “co-operation talks” http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1400373/syria-and-iran-in-co-operation-talks Syrian and Iranian leaders are discussing several agreements in the oil, electricity and industrial sectors and regarding investments, according to a report. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1400373/syria-and-iran-in-co-operation-talks Tue, 19 May 2015 14:08:14 +0000 ece_incoming Oil players ‘told to shut in’ at South Sudan field http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400371/oil-players-told-to-shut-in-at-south-sudan-field South Sudanese rebels have asked oil companies to shut in production at a key oilfield as clashes with government troops intensify, according to reports. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400371/oil-players-told-to-shut-in-at-south-sudan-field Tue, 19 May 2015 13:56:17 +0000 live Abbott signs bill blocking frack bans http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400308/abbott-signs-bill-blocking-frack-bans Texas cities will not be allowed to keep hydraulic fracturing from happening within their borders after Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill to that effect into law on Monday. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400308/abbott-signs-bill-blocking-frack-bans Mon, 18 May 2015 22:02:01 +0000 live Industry asks for federal frack law halt http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400306/industry-asks-for-federal-frack-law-halt Industry groups have filed to stop the implementation of new federal regulations governing hydraulic fracturing, claiming that the regulations duplicate state efforts and are already adding costs for operators. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400306/industry-asks-for-federal-frack-law-halt Mon, 18 May 2015 21:09:40 +0000 live Reform helping Malaysia weather low price storm http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400218/reform-helping-malaysia-weather-low-price-storm Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says his country should be stimulating economic growth to elevate demand, instead of dwelling too much on the oversupply of oil. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400218/reform-helping-malaysia-weather-low-price-storm Mon, 18 May 2015 08:52:20 +0000 live OZ government working on policy reform http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400152/oz-government-working-on-policy-reform Australia’s industry minister has acknowledged that while the nation's liquefied natural gas exports are set to continue to grow, work needs to be done to ensure investment in the next wave of projects. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400152/oz-government-working-on-policy-reform Mon, 18 May 2015 00:37:18 +0000 live Algeria in cabinet reshuffle http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1400020/algeria-in-cabinet-reshuffle Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has appointed Salah Khebri as the new energy minister in a cabinet reshuffle designed to counter a slide in the country's oil revenues, according to a report. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1400020/algeria-in-cabinet-reshuffle Thu, 14 May 2015 14:59:22 +0000 ece_incoming US Senate hears bill to lift oil export ban http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399847/us-senate-hears-bill-to-lift-oil-export-ban The much-debated ban on US crude oil exports is one step closer to repeal after a bill to lift it was introduced to the Senate Tuesday. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399847/us-senate-hears-bill-to-lift-oil-export-ban Wed, 13 May 2015 18:19:26 +0000 live Oz budget recognises importance of LNG http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399765/oz-budget-recognises-importance-of-lng Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey has highlighted the importance of liquefied natural gas to the Australian economy in the latest federal budget. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399765/oz-budget-recognises-importance-of-lng Wed, 13 May 2015 00:58:07 +0000 live Texas shuts injection wells for testing http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399634/texas-shuts-injection-wells-for-testing State regulators have ordered operators of disposal wells within 100 miles of an earthquake in North Texas to shut down their wells until they can investigate the impact the wells may be having on seismic activity in the area. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399634/texas-shuts-injection-wells-for-testing Mon, 11 May 2015 20:35:43 +0000 live UK gets new energy minister http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1399570/uk-gets-new-energy-minister UK Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed Amber Rudd as Energy Minister in a new government being formed following a surprise election win for the Conservative party. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1399570/uk-gets-new-energy-minister Mon, 11 May 2015 10:21:39 +0000 ece_incoming Russia in China financing pact http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399479/russia-in-china-financing-pact Russia has reportedly signed a deal with China to secure billions of dollars in loans in an apparent move to circumvent Western sanctions that have cut off vital financing for the likes of state-owned giant Rosneft. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399479/russia-in-china-financing-pact Fri, 08 May 2015 13:56:44 +0000 live Conservative Party wins UK election http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1399469/conservative-party-wins-uk-election The Conservative Party is set to form a new government after surprising most commentators by securing a slim overall majority in general elections that were held on Thursday. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1399469/conservative-party-wins-uk-election Fri, 08 May 2015 12:04:43 +0000 ece_incoming ExxonMobil hits hydrocarbons at Liza http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399412/exxonmobil-hits-hydrocarbons-at-liza ExxonMobil “encountered hydrocarbons” at its closely watched wildcat on the Liza prospect offshore Guyana Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399412/exxonmobil-hits-hydrocarbons-at-liza Thu, 07 May 2015 21:43:41 +0000 live Statoil in Bay du Nord terms talks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399326/statoil-in-bay-du-nord-terms-talks Statoil has begun negotiations with the Canadian government and state-controlled Nalcor Energy to determine the royalty rate on production and the level of working interest Nalcor will take in the Bay du Nord project off Canada. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399326/statoil-in-bay-du-nord-terms-talks Wed, 06 May 2015 22:29:07 +0000 live NDP topples ruling party in Alberta vote http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399170/ndp-topples-ruling-party-in-alberta-vote The right-wing Progressive Conservatives (PC) of Alberta were decimated in a provincial election Tuesday that saw extreme leftist New Democrat Party (NDP) unseat the ruling party in a landslide – and history-making – victory. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399170/ndp-topples-ruling-party-in-alberta-vote Wed, 06 May 2015 17:08:56 +0000 live Iran 'ready to move on crude capacity hike' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399161/iran-ready-to-move-on-crude-capacity-hike Iran will start the process of raising its crude production capacity within 10 days of US-led sanctions being lifted and will be able to produce 3.8 million barrels per day within six months, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Wednesday. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399161/iran-ready-to-move-on-crude-capacity-hike Wed, 06 May 2015 16:27:18 +0000 live North America players eye energy integration http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399055/north-america-players-eye-energy-integration Canada, Mexico and the US will have to further integrate their energy infrastructure and markets in order to fully realise the potential of their respective oil and gas industries, energy leaders of the three countries said. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399055/north-america-players-eye-energy-integration Tue, 05 May 2015 22:11:05 +0000 live Industry 'needs to seize moment on costs' http://www.upstreamonline.com/sectors/politics/1399050/industry-needs-to-seize-moment-on-costs Today's sharply lower oil prices allow a unique opportunity to challenge convention and drive down costs in how offshore fields are developed, top executives at Technip and FMC Technologies said at the Offshore Technology conference. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/sectors/politics/1399050/industry-needs-to-seize-moment-on-costs Tue, 05 May 2015 21:48:34 +0000 sectors sectors_politics US 'needs Arctic rules changes' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399048/us-needs-arctic-rules-changes Shell executive Ann Pickard says regulations need modernising if vast resources to be exploited Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399048/us-needs-arctic-rules-changes Tue, 05 May 2015 21:35:42 +0000 live US lawmaker: Let states choose on Atlantic http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399032/us-lawmaker-let-states-choose-on-atlantic A US congressman has voiced his support for exploration off the country’s east coast, but said individual states should determine whether there is drilling off their shores. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399032/us-lawmaker-let-states-choose-on-atlantic Tue, 05 May 2015 19:52:21 +0000 live US politicians plead for access and exports http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398940/us-politicians-plead-for-access-and-exports A trio of elected officials Monday called for oil and gas development on federal lands, an increase of leasing opportunities offshore, and support of Atlantic seismic programmes off the east coast. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398940/us-politicians-plead-for-access-and-exports Mon, 04 May 2015 18:41:05 +0000 live Brazil considers pre-salt rule changes http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398934/brazil-considers-pre-salt-rule-changes Brazil is re-assessing investment rules for pre-salt areas amid growing recognition that the operator role should be opened up to other companies, not just national oil company Petrobras. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398934/brazil-considers-pre-salt-rule-changes Mon, 04 May 2015 15:21:51 +0000 live Timor-Leste wants to end maritime boundary dispute http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398883/timor-leste-wants-to-end-maritime-boundary-dispute Timor-Leste's government has urged its Australian counterpart to "commit to a clear course of negotiations" on a permanent maritime boundary that could unlock the development of the Greater Sunrise gas fields. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398883/timor-leste-wants-to-end-maritime-boundary-dispute Mon, 04 May 2015 02:40:26 +0000 live US, Canada unveil tank car rules http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398820/us-canada-unveil-tank-car-rules Canadian and US transportation officials have released new rules for railway tank cars carrying crude and other petroleum products with the view to making them safer. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398820/us-canada-unveil-tank-car-rules Fri, 01 May 2015 17:46:15 +0000 live 'Why I scaled Shell's Arctic rig' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398800/why-i-scaled-shells-arctic-rig Just days ago, I was one of six climbers aboard Shell’s contracted oil rig Polar Pioneer in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on its way to the Arctic to drill for oil. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398800/why-i-scaled-shells-arctic-rig Fri, 01 May 2015 15:35:29 +0000 live Houthi rebels in Saudi attack http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398731/houthi-rebels-in-saudi-attack Three Saudis were reportedly killed after an incursion by Yemeni Houthi rebels into southern Saudi Arabia on Thursday. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398731/houthi-rebels-in-saudi-attack Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:42:48 +0000 live US to assist ships in Hormuz http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398724/us-to-assist-ships-in-hormuz Navy to accompany US-flagged vessels in strategic strait following Iranian detention of Maersk ship Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398724/us-to-assist-ships-in-hormuz Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:10:52 +0000 live Saudi King taps Aramco chief for ministry post http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398466/saudi-king-taps-aramco-chief-for-ministry-post A reshuffling of government and royal succession has touched the Saudi oil industry, according to reports. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398466/saudi-king-taps-aramco-chief-for-ministry-post Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:52:26 +0000 live Sinopec manager under investigation http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398161/sinopec-manager-under-investigation China’s probe into alleged corruption involving senior executives at state firms has widened with a Sinopec official thrown into the spotlight. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398161/sinopec-manager-under-investigation Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:25:02 +0000 live Chesapeake settles Michigan leasing case http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398044/chesapeake-settles-michigan-leasing-case Chesapeake Energy will pay $25 million after pleading no contest to two misdemeanor charges that it misled mineral owners but laid blame for the practices with the company's "past management." Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398044/chesapeake-settles-michigan-leasing-case Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:27:06 +0000 live Metgasco wins NSW court action http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397956/metgasco-wins-nsw-court-action The New South Wales Supreme Court has ruled the state government's decision to halt Sydney-based Metgasco's drilling campaign in the Australian state last year was unlawful. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397956/metgasco-wins-nsw-court-action Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:00:10 +0000 live Oklahoma advances bill to prohibit drilling bans http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397937/oklahoma-advances-bill-to-prohibit-drilling-bans A bill that would keep Oklahoma municipalities from restricting drilling activity, even if their leaders and citizens vote to do so, could soon become the law of the land. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397937/oklahoma-advances-bill-to-prohibit-drilling-bans Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:33:51 +0000 ece_incoming Gazprom, YPF ink pact http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397907/gazprom-ypf-ink-pact Russian gas giant Gazprom and Argentine state player YPF have signed an agreement that sets out plans to jointly explore for, produce and transport hydrocarbons in the shale gas-rich South American nation and elsewhere. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397907/gazprom-ypf-ink-pact Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:57:46 +0000 live Domino find ‘to trigger Black Sea exports’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397897/domino-find-to-trigger-black-sea-exports The Black Sea deep-water developments and the significant Domino discovery in Romanian waters look set to “dramatically influence” the gas supply dynamics of Eastern European countries, according to a report. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397897/domino-find-to-trigger-black-sea-exports Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:49:11 +0000 ece_incoming China 'needs to promote gas usage' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397716/china-needs-to-promote-gas-usage China’s government should aggressively promote gas usage to make it commercially competitive against coal, or else the country could face a gas supply surplus by 2020, a Chinese industry official said. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397716/china-needs-to-promote-gas-usage Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:38:22 +0000 live EU charges Gazprom http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397686/eu-charges-gazprom European Union (EU)antitrust regulators have charged Gazprom with abuse of power, after more than two years of investigation. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397686/eu-charges-gazprom Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:03:02 +0000 ece_incoming Dudley: BP honoured Macondo commitments http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397651/dudley-bp-honoured-macondo-commitments BP chief executive Bob Dudley defended the UK supermajor’s response to the Macondo disaster in the US Gulf of Mexico and said the company had honoured its commitments to help rehabilitate the Gulf and become a safer company. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397651/dudley-bp-honoured-macondo-commitments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:33:32 +0000 live Pouyanne: US should lift export ban http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397639/pouyanne-us-should-lift-export-ban The repeal of the US crude export ban is inevitable, but will not happen until after the 2016 election, according to Total chief executive Patrick Pouyanne. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397639/pouyanne-us-should-lift-export-ban Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:50:13 +0000 live Oando chief calls for NNPC funding overhaul http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397631/oando-chief-calls-for-nnpc-funding-overhaul The Nigerian government’s inability to fund its drilling commitments is hindering production growth there and the Nigerian National Oil Corporation (NNPC) needs to consider new ways to fund drilling, including eventually selling down some of its assets, said the head of the country’s largest indigenous driller. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397631/oando-chief-calls-for-nnpc-funding-overhaul Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:01:26 +0000 live Groningen 2015 production ‘limited’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397624/groningen-2015-production-limited Production at the Groningen gas field in the Netherlands will not exceed 36.4 billion cubic meters in 2015, according to a report. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397624/groningen-2015-production-limited Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:40:07 +0000 ece_incoming India readies marginal field auction http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397583/india-readies-marginal-field-auction The Indian cabinet is likely to soon approve the auction of 69 marginal oil and gas fields owned by state-owned players Oil & Natural Gas Corporation ONGC and Oil India (OIL). Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397583/india-readies-marginal-field-auction Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:22:16 +0000 live US regulators consider onshore royalty tweaks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397570/us-regulators-consider-onshore-royalty-tweaks US regulators are considering additional changes to update their regime for oil and gas production on public lands, including more flexibility in royalty assessments and the possibility of industry fees to help support government functions like permitting and inspections. Kathrine.Schmidt@upstreamonline.com (Kathrine Schmidt) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397570/us-regulators-consider-onshore-royalty-tweaks Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:45:49 +0000 live Murkowski pledges bid to end oil ban http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397558/murkowski-pledges-bid-to-end-oil-ban It might be too early to tell if or when the US ban on oil exports will be lifted, but legislation to repeal the ban could appear on Capitol Hill later this year. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397558/murkowski-pledges-bid-to-end-oil-ban Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:38:23 +0000 live UK to revoke Dea UK North Sea licences http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397535/uk-to-revoke-dea-uk-north-sea-licences The UK is to revoke Dea UK’s North Sea petroleum licences unless partner LetterOne “arranges for a further change of control of the field, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) said. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397535/uk-to-revoke-dea-uk-north-sea-licences Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:59:14 +0000 ece_incoming Bulgaria offers Black Sea blocks http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397534/bulgaria-offers-black-sea-blocks Bulgaria has opened two tenders for deep-water oil and gas exploration off the county’s Black Sea coast. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397534/bulgaria-offers-black-sea-blocks Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:48:38 +0000 ece_incoming Cameron ‘enters Gabon oil row’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397519/cameron-enters-gabon-oil-row UK Prime Minister David Cameron has written to Gabon’s government in an effort to push for an agreement between the country and Shell and Tullow Oil, according to a report. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397519/cameron-enters-gabon-oil-row Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:21:59 +0000 ece_incoming Oil majors in gas flaring pact http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397424/oil-majors-in-gas-flaring-pact A plethora of oil companies, including Shell and Total, and government officials have committed to ending gas flaring at oilfields within the next 15 years.  (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397424/oil-majors-in-gas-flaring-pact Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:58:05 +0000 ece_incoming Falklands players mum on Argentina suit http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397409/falklands-players-mum-on-argentina-suit A clutch of oil companies involved in exploration drilling off the Falkland Islands are remaining mum on Friday after Argentina started legal proceedings against them over their operations there. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397409/falklands-players-mum-on-argentina-suit Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:32:30 +0000 ece_incoming China discoveries riding high http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397370/china-discoveries-riding-high China discovered nearly 1.06 billion tonnes, about 7.79 billion barrels, of new crude oil deposits in 2014, compared to 1.1 billion tonnes the previous year, a report said. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397370/china-discoveries-riding-high Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:16:35 +0000 ece_incoming Vaccari quits as Brazil party treasurer http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397245/vaccari-quits-as-brazil-party-treasurer Joao Vaccari, treasurer of Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party and a close aide of President Dilma Rousseff, has resigned following his arrest on Wednesday as part of a probe into corruption at state-controlled Petrobras. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397245/vaccari-quits-as-brazil-party-treasurer Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:52:50 +0000 live Americans 'favour environment over energy' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397110/americans-favour-environment-over-energy More Americans value protection of the environment over developing energy supplies with less than four in 10 giving priority to maximising hydrocarbon production, according to a new Gallup poll. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397110/americans-favour-environment-over-energy Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:08:36 +0000 live Vaccari held in Petrobras probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397095/vaccari-held-in-petrobras-probe Brazilian police arrested the treasurer of the ruling Workers' Party Joao Vaccari on Wednesday as a judicial crusade against kickbacks at state-controlled Petrobras moved closer to the funding arrangements that helped President Dilma Rousseff win a second term last October. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397095/vaccari-held-in-petrobras-probe Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:31:25 +0000 live Court ‘orders Groningen gas halt’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397015/court-orders-groningen-gas-halt A Dutch judge has reportedly ordered a production halt at the Groningen gas field in the Netherlands, amid local protests over earthquakes allegedly linked to extraction work. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1397015/court-orders-groningen-gas-halt Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:21:43 +0000 ece_incoming Indian trio ‘to spend $6bn more on Rovuma’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1396934/indian-trio-to-spend-usd-6bn-more-on-rovuma Indian state-owned players ONGC Videsh, Oil India and Bharat Petroleum plan to invest $6 billion by 2019 in developing the giant Rovuma Area-1 gas field off Mozambique, according to reports. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1396934/indian-trio-to-spend-usd-6bn-more-on-rovuma Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:58:37 +0000 ece_incoming Ex-CNPC boss Jiang 'admits crimes' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396901/ex-cnpc-boss-jiang-admits-crimes Jiang Jiemin, the former president of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), has admitted to corruption and asked for leniency in sentencing from a Chinese court, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396901/ex-cnpc-boss-jiang-admits-crimes Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:47:00 +0000 live ‘More arrests’ in Petrobras scandal http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1396790/more-arrests-in-petrobras-scandal Federal police in Brazil have issued seven arrest warrants against politicians involved in the corruption scandal at the state-run oil company Petrobras, according to reports. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1396790/more-arrests-in-petrobras-scandal Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:14:41 +0000 ece_incoming UK raps Argentina on Falklands talk http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1396721/uk-raps-argentina-on-falklands-talk The Argentine ambassador to the UK, Alicia Castro, has been summoned to the Foreign Office after launching criticism of Britain's exploration plans off the Falkland Islands. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1396721/uk-raps-argentina-on-falklands-talk Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:14:46 +0000 ece_incoming Yemen turmoil sinks Calvalley http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396710/yemen-turmoil-sinks-calvalley Turmoil in Yemen has forced Canadian junior Calvalley Petroleum to liquidate the company following impairments to assets and a failed attempt to find a suitable buyer. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396710/yemen-turmoil-sinks-calvalley Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:31:13 +0000 live Zanganeh: ‘Opec can handle Iran’s return’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1396705/zanganeh-opec-can-handle-irans-return The strategy implemented by Opec of not cutting output has “not worked well”, Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh reportedly said, according to a report. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1396705/zanganeh-opec-can-handle-irans-return Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:11:57 +0000 ece_incoming Maryland Senate votes for fracking ban http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396454/maryland-senate-votes-for-fracking-ban Lawmakers in Maryland have moved a step closer to banning hydraulic fracturing in the US state until at least October 2017 after the Senate passed a bill that would impose a two-year moratorium on the well-completion technique. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396454/maryland-senate-votes-for-fracking-ban Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:32:43 +0000 live Poll result 'lights Niger Delta fires' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396401/poll-result-lights-niger-delta-fires Nine people have been killed and a gas pipeline blown up as violence has again flared in Nigeria’s key oil producing region of the Niger Delta in the wake of last week’s presidential election defeat of Goodluck Jonathan, according to a report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396401/poll-result-lights-niger-delta-fires Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:35:40 +0000 live Greenpeace activists board Shell rig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396386/greenpeace-activists-board-shell-rig Six Greenpeace activists have scaled a drilling rig on its way to work for Shell in a proposed Arctic drilling campaign off Alaska. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396386/greenpeace-activists-board-shell-rig Mon, 06 Apr 2015 20:30:13 +0000 live Obama finalises ANWR plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396385/obama-finalises-anwr-plan The administration of US President Barack Obama has finalised its proposal to expand the wilderness designation of an area in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska (ANWR), raising the ire of Republicans in Congress. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396385/obama-finalises-anwr-plan Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:47:56 +0000 live 'Framework' established in Iran talks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396306/framework-established-in-iran-talks Iran and world powers reached a framework on curbing Iran's nuclear programme at marathon talks in Switzerland on Thursday that will allow further negotiations towards a final agreement. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396306/framework-established-in-iran-talks Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:11:39 +0000 live ‘Complex details’ delaying Iran deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396263/complex-details-delaying-iran-deal Iran and the US are due to hold further bilateral meetings in an effort to reach an interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme by the end of the week. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396263/complex-details-delaying-iran-deal Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:06:09 +0000 live Ex-CNOOC exec ‘probed’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396259/ex-cnooc-exec-probed A former executive at China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) is under investigation as the country widens its probe into corruption at top companies, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396259/ex-cnooc-exec-probed Thu, 02 Apr 2015 11:12:59 +0000 live ExxonMobil ‘files Russian tax claim’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396242/exxonmobil-files-russian-tax-claim ExxonMobil has filed a claim against Russia at a Swedish court as it looks to recoup taxes it says it has overpaid, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396242/exxonmobil-files-russian-tax-claim Thu, 02 Apr 2015 07:14:19 +0000 live More contractors probed in Petrobras scandal http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1396081/more-contractors-probed-in-petrobras-scandal Brazil's office of the comptroller general (CGU) has opened administrative cases against five more construction companies allegedly involved in the Petrobras corruption scandal, bringing the number of companies under investigation to 29. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1396081/more-contractors-probed-in-petrobras-scandal Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:58:17 +0000 ece_incoming Rosneft in Yukos settlement http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396064/rosneft-in-yukos-settlement Two Dutch foundations representing Yukos have confirmed a settlement agreement between the now defunct Russian oil player and Rosneft. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396064/rosneft-in-yukos-settlement Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:57:21 +0000 live Operators make OGA deadline http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/europe/1396058/operators-makeoga-deadline UK North Sea operators have set out in plans delivered to the country's new regulator how they intend to improve their operations and boost production. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/europe/1396058/operators-makeoga-deadline Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:32:23 +0000 live live_europe DNO halts Yemen output http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1395921/dno-halts-yemen-output DNO has suspended production in Yemen due to the continuing deterioration of security conditions in the country, the Oslo-listed operator said on Tuesday. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1395921/dno-halts-yemen-output Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:07:01 +0000 ece_incoming Buhari wins Nigeria election http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395919/buhari-wins-nigeria-election Opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari has won the presidential election in Africa's largest oil producer after incumbent Goodluck Jonathan conceded. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395919/buhari-wins-nigeria-election Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:07 +0000 live Iran deal deadline nears http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395874/iran-deal-deadline-nears A deadline is fast approaching for negotiators to hammer out a framework agreement over Iran’s nuclear programme and sanctions imposed on the major Middle Eastern oil producer. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395874/iran-deal-deadline-nears Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:35:49 +0000 live Total evacuates staff at Yemen sites http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1395856/total-evacuates-staff-at-yemen-sites French supermajor Total has evacuated “all expatriate staff” from Saana and Kharir in Yemen, according to a report. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1395856/total-evacuates-staff-at-yemen-sites Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:11:55 +0000 ece_incoming Nigeria awaits election outcome http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395805/nigeria-awaits-election-outcome Vote counting is under way in Nigeria following this weekend’s presidential election that spilled over into a second day due to technical problems and security concerns. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395805/nigeria-awaits-election-outcome Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:21:31 +0000 live Baird wins NSW election http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395781/baird-wins-nsw-election The Liberal-National Coalition has been returned to power over the weekend following elections in the Australian state. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395781/baird-wins-nsw-election Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:46:24 +0000 live Galvao Engenharia in bankruptcy filing http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395738/galvao-engenharia-in-bankruptcy-filing Brazilian engineering firm Galvao Engenharia has filed for bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest construction company to face collapse after being accused of paying bribes to secure contracts with state oil giant Petrobras. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395738/galvao-engenharia-in-bankruptcy-filing Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:16:25 +0000 live Nigeria braced for key poll http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395724/nigeria-braced-for-key-poll Nigerians are preparing to head to the polls on Saturday as Africa’s largest oil producer gears up for one of its most closely-fought elections. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395724/nigeria-braced-for-key-poll Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:33:22 +0000 live