www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com 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 Iran ‘could hit 4m bpd by 2020 – IEA http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408389/iran-could-hit-4m-bpd-by-2020-iea Iran could ramp up oil production to 4 million barrels per day by the end of the decade, but only with the help of foreign cash and high-spec technology, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408389/iran-could-hit-4m-bpd-by-2020-iea Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:29:55 +0000 live Energy 'guard change' in Mozambique http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408363/energy-guard-change-in-mozambique Mozambique's government has reportedly sacked the heads of the state energy companies responsible for overseeing the development of the East African country’s huge offshore gas reserves. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408363/energy-guard-change-in-mozambique Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:04:39 +0000 live Kenya, Uganda in pipeline pact http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408347/kenya-uganda-in-pipeline-pact The governments of Kenya and Uganda have made a decision on which route to take for a pipeline that will link future oil exports to the Indian Ocean. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408347/kenya-uganda-in-pipeline-pact Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:46:03 +0000 live The bid-round litmus test facing Brazil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408291/the-bid-round-litmus-test-facing-brazil The countdown to Brazil’s next licensing round has begun, and the event will provide an opportunity to discover how much the South American star has dimmed in recent times. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408291/the-bid-round-litmus-test-facing-brazil Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:26:41 +0000 live Explosives found near Peru gas line http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408253/explosives-found-near-peru-gas-line Peruvian authorities found explosives and weapons near a gas pipeline after capturing two leaders of the Shining Path guerrilla group. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408253/explosives-found-near-peru-gas-line Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:42:00 +0000 live Arrests after deadly Niger Delta attack http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408211/arrests-after-deadly-niger-delta-attack Nigerian forces have arrested several suspected pirates in the oil-rich Niger Delta after four soldiers and a policeman were shot dead on Friday night. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408211/arrests-after-deadly-niger-delta-attack Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:26:44 +0000 live Time is right for ONGC to transform http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408176/time-is-right-for-ongc-to-transform Indian giant Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has much to gain by fast-tracking its decision-making process for the development of its flagship KG-DWN-98/2 deep-water block off India’s east coast. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408176/time-is-right-for-ongc-to-transform Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:10:53 +0000 live Details of Soma deal needed http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408066/details-of-soma-deal-needed It is no surprise the UK’s Serious Fraud Office is investigating Soma Oil & Gas about corruption in Somalia. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408066/details-of-soma-deal-needed Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:03:09 +0000 live Iran gears up for London roadshow http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408032/iran-gears-up-for-london-roadshow The Iranian oil sector, hoping soon to be freed from the shackles of international sanctions, is planning a major promotion event in December aimed at harnessing billions of dollars of foreign investment for oil and gas projects. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1408032/iran-gears-up-for-london-roadshow Fri, 07 Aug 2015 07:27:34 +0000 live Wison’s Hua jailed for bribery http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407967/wisons-hua-jailed-for-bribery Hua Bangsong, chairman of Chinese contractor Wison Engineering Services, has been handed a jail term and the company has been fined as both were found guilty of bribery. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407967/wisons-hua-jailed-for-bribery Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:25:08 +0000 live Brazil jails OAS quintet http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407946/brazil-jails-oas-quintet Five executives of Brazilian contractor OAS, including its former president, have been handed jail terms of up to 16 years each for their part in the huge corruption scandal that has engulfed state oil giant Petrobras. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407946/brazil-jails-oas-quintet Thu, 06 Aug 2015 07:50:08 +0000 live Lawmaker: Obama 'will sign' crude export bill http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407922/lawmaker-obama-will-sign-crude-export-bill A key legislator in the crude export ban debate said Tuesday he believes President Obama would sign a bill repealing the ban into law as early as this fall. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407922/lawmaker-obama-will-sign-crude-export-bill Wed, 05 Aug 2015 20:41:13 +0000 live Questions over Turkey’s fight against Islamic State http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407640/questions-over-turkeys-fight-against-islamic-state Turkey’s decision to enter the war against the self-styled Islamic State (IS) has raised suspicion that Ankara’s main goal is to crush Kurdish fighters that have proved so effective against the jihadists. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407640/questions-over-turkeys-fight-against-islamic-state Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:33:10 +0000 live Soma hits out at fraud probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407634/soma-hits-out-at-fraud-probe Soma Oil & Gas has hit back at detractors after being put under the eye of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over dealings with the Somali Government, insisting it has acted “in a completely lawful and ethical manner”. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407634/soma-hits-out-at-fraud-probe Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:47:51 +0000 live Industry groups blast US Clean Power Plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407617/industry-groups-blast-us-clean-power-plan Groups representing US natural gas producers have slammed the Obama administration's just-unveiled Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32% over time. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407617/industry-groups-blast-us-clean-power-plan Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:34:12 +0000 live Brazilian police collar Dirceu http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407608/brazilian-police-collar-dirceu The corrupt former chief-of-staff in a previous Brazilian administration has been arrested as part of the probe into graft at state oil giant Petrobras. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407608/brazilian-police-collar-dirceu Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:06:56 +0000 live Second Iraq NOC official shot dead http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407603/second-iraq-noc-official-shot-dead A top official in Iraq’s state-run North Oil Company (NOC) has been shot dead along with his driver as he went to work on Monday, according to reports. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407603/second-iraq-noc-official-shot-dead Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:54:41 +0000 live Shares rally as KRG hatches payment deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407554/shares-rally-as-krg-hatches-payment-deal Shares in oil companies operating in Iraqi Kurdistan rallied on Monday as a new crude payment deal was thrashed out, reversing earlier losses on a warning on export disruption and costs associated with pipeline blasts. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407554/shares-rally-as-krg-hatches-payment-deal Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:56:48 +0000 live Gazprom feeling heat from independents http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407549/gazprom-feeling-heat-from-independents Russian gas producers have resumed the growth of their output in the first half of this year after a slowdown last year, despite the continuing contraction of the country’s economy. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407549/gazprom-feeling-heat-from-independents Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:37:50 +0000 live Iran resumes Turkey gas flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407540/iran-resumes-turkey-gas-flows Iran has resumed the flow of gas to Turkey following an explosion on a key pipeline that shut in supplies a week ago. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407540/iran-resumes-turkey-gas-flows Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:17:00 +0000 live US judge fines Shell Arctic protesters http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407403/us-judge-fines-shell-arctic-protesters Greenpeace activists attempting to block Shell's Arctic drilling plans by suspending themselves from a Portland, Oregon bridge now face hefty fines for every hour they continue dangle there. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407403/us-judge-fines-shell-arctic-protesters Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:04:54 +0000 live Bill to repeal crude export ban advances http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407398/bill-to-repeal-crude-export-ban-advances US senators took a major step Thursday toward lifting the country's 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407398/bill-to-repeal-crude-export-ban-advances Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:35:53 +0000 live Blast shuts Iraq-Turkey pipeline http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1407379/blast-shuts-iraq-turkey-pipeline The Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline between Turkey and the Kurdistan region of Iraq has been shut down following an explosion in Turkey’s south-east province of Sirnak.  (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1407379/blast-shuts-iraq-turkey-pipeline Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:20:22 +0000 ece_incoming TurkStream talks ‘stall’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407368/turkstream-talks-stall The Gapzrom-led Turkish Stream (TurkStream) pipeline project has hit a snag as negotiations between Russia and Turkey on gas pricing have broken down, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407368/turkstream-talks-stall Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:11:21 +0000 live Blast rocks Iran, Turkey pipeline http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1407074/blast-rocks-iran-turkey-pipeline The pipeline carrying natural gas from Iran to Turkey has been halted after an attack resulted in an explosion in Turkey's eastern province of Agri. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1407074/blast-rocks-iran-turkey-pipeline Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:11:42 +0000 ece_incoming Ukraine hopeful of gas boost from producers http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407039/ukraine-hopeful-of-gas-boost-from-producers Ukraine’s Energy Minister Vladimir Demchishin has voiced cautious optimism that independent gas producers in the country will be able to boost output by a third after authorities approve a significant reduction in the gas production tax. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407039/ukraine-hopeful-of-gas-boost-from-producers Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:57:56 +0000 live Timor-Leste likes look of Labor http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407022/timor-leste-likes-look-of-labor Timor-Leste's government claims the Australian Labor Party has committed itself to engaging on the issue of maritime borders if elected to government. russell.searancke@upstreamonline.com (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1407022/timor-leste-likes-look-of-labor Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:04:36 +0000 live Denton residents not giving up fracking fight http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406778/denton-residents-not-giving-up-fracking-fight On a balmy morning in the US in mid-June, hours before the Denton, Texas city council voted 6-1 to repeal the town’s now-famous ban on hydraulic fracturing, a 92-year-old great-grandmother named Violet Palmer blocked the gateway to a well site on the other side of town. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406778/denton-residents-not-giving-up-fracking-fight Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:31:04 +0000 live Policy change helps Egypt’s gas sector http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406759/policy-change-helps-egypts-gas-sector Egypt’s decision to heed the concern of foreign investors about poor terms associated with meagre returns on investment in the gas sector is paying off. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406759/policy-change-helps-egypts-gas-sector Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:54:05 +0000 live Bush: Do away with energy subsidies http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406725/bush-do-away-with-energy-subsidies Jeb Bush, a Republican candidate for the US presidency, said he favours ending government subsidies for all forms of energy, including oil and gas, if he is sent to the White House in 2016. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406725/bush-do-away-with-energy-subsidies Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:35:41 +0000 live JKX in Ukraine interim arbitration win http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406695/jkx-in-ukraine-interim-arbitration-win UK Junior JKX Oil & Gas has won an interim international arbitration award against Ukraine over the percentage of royalties imposed on its production in the Eastern European country. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406695/jkx-in-ukraine-interim-arbitration-win Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:03:24 +0000 live Iran planning $185bn of projects by 2020 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406669/iran-planning-usd-185bn-of-projects-by-2020 Iran is planning $185 billion-worth of oil and gas projects by 2020, with around $2 billion already approved, according to a report. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406669/iran-planning-usd-185bn-of-projects-by-2020 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:05:49 +0000 live Wafra shut-in goes on http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406653/wafra-shut-in-goes-on Chevron is facing continued disruption at its Wafra onshore oilfield between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as non-essential staff have been told to stay on leave, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406653/wafra-shut-in-goes-on Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:46:55 +0000 live US judge blocks ANWR exploration push http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406516/us-judge-blocks-anwr-exploration-push A US judge ruled Tuesday that the Obama administration is not obligated to review or approve an oil exploration plan for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska, a move that environmental groups are hailing as a victory. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406516/us-judge-blocks-anwr-exploration-push Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:33:54 +0000 live Ex-CNPC exec Wang faces charges http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406499/ex-cnpc-exec-wang-faces-charges The former deputy manager of China National Petroleum Corporation went on trial this week on charges of committing “serious disciplinary offences”, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406499/ex-cnpc-exec-wang-faces-charges Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:17:50 +0000 live Industry blasts Oklahoma town's drilling rules http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406470/industry-blasts-oklahoma-towns-drilling-rules The city council of Stillwater, Oklahoma unanimously passed an ordinance limiting oil and gas activity on Monday. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406470/industry-blasts-oklahoma-towns-drilling-rules Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:59:47 +0000 live Ferraz 'took bribes' at Sete http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406373/ferraz-took-bribes-at-sete The former chief executive at Brazilian rig-building entity Sete Brasil has admitted for the first time it has received bribes totalling nearly 2 million reais ($625,000) from five local shipyards hired to construct ultra-deepwater drilling rigs for Petrobras' pre-salt programme, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406373/ferraz-took-bribes-at-sete Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:26:28 +0000 live Four abducted near Eni Libya site http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406333/four-abducted-near-eni-libya-site Four Italians working for a compatriot construction firm near an Eni-connected site have been abducted. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406333/four-abducted-near-eni-libya-site Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:53:52 +0000 live US fracking rule faces more delays http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406271/us-fracking-rule-faces-more-delays A contentious federal hydraulic fracturing rule already held up in court will be further delayed, according to documents filed in US District Court Thursday. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406271/us-fracking-rule-faces-more-delays Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:14:39 +0000 live Brazil probes Lula over Odebrecht deals http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1406235/brazil-probes-lula-over-odebrecht-deals Brazilian prosecutors have opened an investigation into allegations of influence-peddling by the former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in the corruption scandal involving state-owned player Petrobras. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1406235/brazil-probes-lula-over-odebrecht-deals Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:54:07 +0000 ece_incoming Celebrations over Iran deal on hold http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406226/celebrations-over-iran-deal-on-hold (This article first appeared in the print edition of Upstream on 17 July 2015 as a comment.) Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406226/celebrations-over-iran-deal-on-hold Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:33:00 +0000 live UK sets fracking restrictions http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1406175/uk-sets-fracking-restrictions The UK Government has set up new draft regulations that will exclude certain areas from underground hydraulic fracking activities, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) said on Thursday. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1406175/uk-sets-fracking-restrictions Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:46:04 +0000 ece_incoming Vienna set for Iran-EU conference http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406174/vienna-set-for-iran-eu-conference Iran has followed through on the 14 July nuclear agreement with big international powers by arranging an Iran-European Union investment conference in Austria soon. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1406174/vienna-set-for-iran-eu-conference Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:19:43 +0000 live US lawmakers spar over fracking rule http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405991/us-lawmakers-spar-over-fracking-rule US lawmakers clashed in a Congressional hearing Tuesday over a hotly contested federal rule that would regulate hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405991/us-lawmakers-spar-over-fracking-rule Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:59:54 +0000 live Nigeria 'must address output decline' - report http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405960/nigeria-must-address-output-decline-report Nigerian oil production is likely to decline unless insecurity is addressed and without necessary reforms to unlock needed investment, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405960/nigeria-must-address-output-decline-report Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:00:37 +0000 live UK ‘needs safer fracking industry’ - report http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1405950/uk-needs-safer-fracking-industry-report The UK shale gas industry should stay clear of using deep injection wells to dispose of wastewater in an effort to make hydraulic fracturing safer, according to a report from an industry-funded group. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1405950/uk-needs-safer-fracking-industry-report Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:50:29 +0000 ece_incoming Det Norske to appeal Sverdrup plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405932/det-norske-to-appeal-sverdrup-plan Norwegian independent Det Norske Oljeselskap is to appeal the Norwegian government's decision over ownership stakes in the giant Johan Sverdrup field. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405932/det-norske-to-appeal-sverdrup-plan Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:04:34 +0000 live Politicians targeted in Petrobras probe http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1405890/politicians-targeted-in-petrobras-probe The first search and seizure operations involving politicians suspected of taking bribes in the state-run Petrobras corruption scandal were carried out on Tuesday, according to local reports. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1405890/politicians-targeted-in-petrobras-probe Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:39:36 +0000 ece_incoming CP in Lac-Megantic Canada court loss http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405888/cp-in-lac-megantic-canada-court-loss A Quebec court has rejected a challenge by Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) to block a court settlement to pay millions of dollars in compensation to the families of the victims of the 2013 Lac-Megantic train crash. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405888/cp-in-lac-megantic-canada-court-loss Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:38:49 +0000 live Iran eyes oil market return http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405869/iran-eyes-oil-market-return Iran is targeting Asian and European markets for crude exports once sanctions against the country are lifted on foot of Tuesday’s announced nuclear deal. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405869/iran-eyes-oil-market-return Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:16:26 +0000 live Iran, P5+1 reach nuclear deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405842/iran-p51-reach-nuclear-deal Iran and a clutch of world powers have finally reached a deal over the Middle Eastern country's nuclear programme. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405842/iran-p51-reach-nuclear-deal Tue, 14 Jul 2015 06:49:01 +0000 live Saudi Arabia hits record oil production http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405787/saudi-arabia-hits-record-oil-production Saudi Arabia has hit a record high in monthly oil production, according to data released Monday by Opec. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405787/saudi-arabia-hits-record-oil-production Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:34:26 +0000 live Somalia in ICJ suit against Kenya http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405762/somalia-in-icj-suit-against-kenya Somalia is taking Kenya to a United Nations court as the East African neighbours continue to dispute over their sea border. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405762/somalia-in-icj-suit-against-kenya Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:17:05 +0000 live Colombia, FARC in ceasefire deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405741/colombia-farc-in-ceasefire-deal Colombia’s government is to de-escalate its attacks on FARC after the rebel group last week agreed to a ceasefire. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405741/colombia-farc-in-ceasefire-deal Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:01:48 +0000 live Oil down as market awaits Iran news http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405738/oil-down-as-market-awaits-iran-news Oil prices tumbled on Monday as Iran and six world powers closed in on a final nuclear deal that would end sanctions on the Islamic Republic and let more Iranian oil on to world markets, Reuters reported. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405738/oil-down-as-market-awaits-iran-news Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:06:21 +0000 live Netherlands bans fracking http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1405709/netherlands-bans-fracking No drilling for shale gas will take place in the Netherlands during the current cabinet term, according to a statement from the Dutch government on Friday. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1405709/netherlands-bans-fracking Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:48:27 +0000 ece_incoming Petrobras in US lawsuit setback http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405705/petrobras-in-us-lawsuit-setback Beleaguered Brazilian player says motion to dismiss New York class-action case dismissed Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405705/petrobras-in-us-lawsuit-setback Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:56:59 +0000 live Foreign ministry stalwart Prince Saud dies http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405675/foreign-ministry-stalwart-prince-saud-dies Prince Saud al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s long-serving former foreign minister and oil industry veteran, has died at the age of 75. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405675/foreign-ministry-stalwart-prince-saud-dies Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:36:18 +0000 live Iran accuses powers of stance switch http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1405664/iran-accuses-powers-of-stance-switch Iran’s foreign minister has accused some parties locked in political talks with country over its nuclear programme of changing their stance, as already extended talks may be heading for a weekend run. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1405664/iran-accuses-powers-of-stance-switch Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:44:28 +0000 ece_incoming Glimmer of green shoots in Ghana http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405657/glimmer-of-green-shoots-in-ghana Things are looking up in Ghana. Tullow Oil’s Jubilee oil production is now averaging 105,000 barrels per day and rising, while work continues to bring Mahogany, Teak and Akasa reserves on stream under plans due for submission before the end of the year. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405657/glimmer-of-green-shoots-in-ghana Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:42:05 +0000 live US prez candidates say 'no' to oil cash http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405630/us-prez-candidates-say-no-to-oil-cash Three US presidential candidates have vowed not to accept campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies in response to a challenge from environmentalists. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405630/us-prez-candidates-say-no-to-oil-cash Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:46:59 +0000 live Gazprom hunts Saipem replacement http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405590/gazprom-hunts-saipem-replacement A consortium led by Russia’s Gazprom is already scouting out alternative contractors for the new Turkish Stream (TurkStream) pipeline project after quashing a pipelaying deal with Italy’s Saipem for a Black Sea pipeline project. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405590/gazprom-hunts-saipem-replacement Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:54:31 +0000 live FARC calls Colombia ceasefire http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405620/farc-calls-colombia-ceasefire Colombian state player Ecopetrol will be hoping for an extended period of better security after the country’s main rebel group called a one-month unilateral ceasefire. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405620/farc-calls-colombia-ceasefire Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:49:04 +0000 live Gulf Keystone lower Shaikan flows forecast http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405572/gulf-keystone-lower-shaikan-flows-forecast Gulf Keystone Petroleum has pared back its expected full-year average output at its Shaikan field in the Kurdistan region of Iraq as it braces for more possible offtake and market woes. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405572/gulf-keystone-lower-shaikan-flows-forecast Thu, 09 Jul 2015 08:11:35 +0000 live Saipem gets South Stream termination note http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405573/saipem-gets-south-stream-termination-note Saipem has received a notice of termination concerning its pipelaying contract for the axed South Stream pipeline project in the Black Sea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405573/saipem-gets-south-stream-termination-note Thu, 09 Jul 2015 07:28:47 +0000 live