Author: Anthea Pitt
Woodford Shale rig ablaze
21 September 2011
No-one was hurt when the Patterson 179 rig, near Watonga, caught fire on Monday evening
Hess sees value in Utica Shale
8 September 2011
Firm expects to operate about 80,000 acres in Ohio
South Sudan eyes Kenya export pipeline link
2 September 2011
The pipeline link would provide an alternative to the transit fee currently paid by South Sudan
Rosneft ties knot with ExxonMobil in exploration deal
30 August 2011
Blow for BP as US supermajor seals E&P deal in frontier Kara Sea play
South Sudan strapped for oil cash
24 August 2011
About 98% of South Sudan’s income is derived from its oilfields, but the country has not received any oil money since May
BHP to splash record profits on global shale gas
24 August 2011
BHP Billiton is considering expanding into shale-gas exploration beyond the US in the wake of its take-over of Petrohawk Energy and the purchase of a package of assets from Chesapeake Energy
Sudan’s oil sector impasse amid sanctions
22 August 2011
Nobody’s a winner as deadlock between north and south over oil-revenue sharing and pipeline access, and onerous sanctions leave Sudanese oil production in limbo, writes Anthea Pitt
Europe’s refiners brace for loss of Syrian crude
19 August 2011
US sanctions against Syria – specifically targeting the oil sector – may have serious implications for European refiners, although crude prices are, in the short-term, unlikely to be affected
Sudan counts on China for critical cash amid sanctions
18 August 2011
China remains Sudan's largest trade partner, but within a few weeks the US will decide whether to remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism
US OKs BHP/Petrohawk swoop
18 August 2011
Committee on Foreign Investment approves $12.1 billion take-over
Inquiry highlights Arctic drilling risks as Cairn drills dry Greenland well
4 August 2011
Containing a Macondo-style blowout in Canada’s Arctic would be extremely difficult, says a new report to the country’s National Energy Board (NEB)
Petrobras keeps downstream faith despite trend
2 August 2011
Brazil’s Petrobras is ramping up its refining capacity, but the country’s prolific pre-salt upstream play corners the lion’s share of its huge investment programme
Glencore embroiled in South Sudan oil-export row
22 July 2011
An oil deal struck between South Sudan’s state-owned producer, Nilepet, and international commodities broker Glencore is at the centre of an internal struggle for control of the fledgling nation’s exports
Continuity vital as two Sudans prepare to talk
21 July 2011
Pagan Amum will continue as South Sudan’s chief negotiator in talks with Omar al-Bashir’s government over oil-infrastructure access, despite resigning from a key post in the post-independence government
South Sudan: A new republic built on oil
18 July 2011
Oil was the elephant in the room on independence day. But it’s as crucial to South Sudan’s future as it was to its past
Greenpeace targets Cairn Greenland drilling again
17 June 2011
Greenpeace’s international director, Kumi Naidoo, this morning boarded the semi-submersible drilling rig operating off Greenland for Cairn Energy, in breach of an injunction granted to the Edinburgh-based explorer last week
Cairn takes on Greenpeace in court over spill plan
6 June 2011
A Dutch judge today asked Cairn Energy why it had not made public the oil-spill response plan it prepared for the Greenland government ahead of this year’s Arctic drilling campaign
Battlelines drawn over UK energy tax decision
10 May 2011
Opposition to the UK’s controversial decision to increase taxes on the country’s energy industry has gained pace
West throws cash lifeline to Libya rebels
5 May 2011
International Contact Group set to siphon Qadhafi funds to TNC
Chevron beds down in Marcellus
5 May 2011
Supermajor U-turn boosts shale-gas portfolio
Transparency: no tall order for Clare Short and the EITI
27 April 2011
By embracing and enhancing the EITI, resource companies will level the playing field, says Clare Short
New Norwegian oil minister adds to Statoil oil-sands uncertainty
4 April 2011
Ola Borten Moe previously said company should withdraw; Statoil facing court appearance over water charges
Shell pins upstream hopes on unconventional plays
4 April 2011
Output to rise by 6% this year; capex $100bn over next three years
Peace-prize row hits Statoil’s China shale plans
4 April 2011
Norwegian producer takes ‘long-term view’ of shale gas
US corporate transparency legislation: Lifting the veil
31 March 2011
The oil industry is worried that new US corporate-transparency legislation will undermine the EITI and its strategy of good governance
Time to drill: US relying on imports as drills lie idle
31 March 2011
The US remains reliant on expensive oil imports from increasingly unstable regions, while drilling rigs lie idle in the Gulf of Mexico. The industry has had enough
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