French oil major Total said on Monday it had begun procedures to restart its La Mede refinery near Marseille, which management had decided to halt after the CGT union called a strike against plans to stop crude processing.
A maintenance outage at Total's St Fergus natural gas terminal was brought forward by a day to start on June 14 and will last for 16 days in total, the company said over the weekend in a regulatory note.
Some of the world's most powerful oil executives will attend Russia's top investment show this week, once again helping the organisers shrug off a meagre turnout from other leading Western industrialists and bankers.
A small-sized oil tanker went missing off the southeast coast of Malaysia close to Singapore over the weekend in what could be the second hijacking of such a vessel this month, maritime officials said on Monday.
For an industry used to cautious, long-term evolution, the speed at which leaders of Europe's biggest oil and gas companies moved to take a joint stand in the climate debate speaks volumes.
South Korea's GS Caltex Corp is set to receive a shipment of 2 million barrels of West African crude, dwarfing the country's usual purchases from the region as it looks to diversify supply away from the Middle East.
UK oil company BP has completed maintenance and resumed production at its West Azeri platform in the Caspian Sea, Tamam Bayatly, a spokeswoman for BP Azerbaijan, said on Friday.
Norwegian energy firm Statoil could lay off another 2,000 employees by the end of 2016, business daily Dagens Naeringsliv (DN) said on Friday.
Aberdeen city bypass designer WS Atkins yesterday said a steady flow of nuclear and renewable-energy projects had helped to balance ongoing “staff reductions in oil and gas”.
EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete on Thursday launched a plan to turn the Mediterranean region into "a major gas marketplace" as part of the blocs efforts to reduce dependency on dominant oil and gas supplier Russia.
Saudi Arabia is ready to increase its oil output in the coming months to a new record to meet a rise in global demand, despite increased domestic use, a senior state oil company official said on Thursday.
Norway's government will have to reassess oil drilling boundaries in the Arctic after failing to get parliamentary backing for its original proposal to move them further north.
Russian state oil producer Rosneft will be forced to postpone drilling a second well in the Kara Sea for at least two more years, three sources told Reuters, as a result of Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
Cairn India is thought to have invited initial bids for exports of its oil from the desert state of Rajasthan, despite a government ban on overseas sales of locally-produced crude.
OPEC voiced confidence that excess supply in the oil market will ease as demand picks up and supply growth slows from producers outside the group, an indication its strategy of letting prices fall, reaffirmed at a meeting last week, is working.
The United States must lift an "outdated" ban on oil exports to take full economic and geopolitical advantage of its hydraulic fracturing boom, according to a Harvard Business School study released on Wednesday.
British spot gas prices rose on Wednesday in response to strong inventory restocking demand which followed a shut-down of the gas link with Belgium for 16 days of annual maintenance. The price of gas for Wednesday delivery, known as the spot contract, rose 0.25 pence per therm to 45.70 pence by 0851 GMT, while gas for delivery on Thursday rose 0.05 pence to 45.25 pence. Britain's gas network was undersupplied by 21 million cubic metres/day (mcm), equating to around 11 percent of daily demand which was pegged at 190 mcm, according to figures from National Grid. The shortfall reflects both strong demand for refilling large- and mid-range storage facilities and the closure of the Britain-Belgium gas interconnector, which led to reduced gas deliveries from Norway and domestic terminals.
Alpha Petroleum plans to bring a new oil field in the British North Sea on stream in 2020 using a floating production system so it can operate there without building pipelines.
Despite a difficult year the energy sector is still a vital organ of our economy. Companies and policymakers have made a considerable effort to reduce production costs and ensure the industry remains a provider of thousands of jobs in the north-east. The Press and Journal Gold Awards marked 50 years of oil and gas activity in the region and outlined an optimistic outlook for the future of an industry that can thrive for 50 more. Mark Lammey reports. All that glitters in the North Sea oil and gas industry was celebrated at the weekend as the inaugural Press and Journal Gold Awards were held in Aberdeen. The event, run in association with the paper’s sister website Energy Voice and title sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management, marked a major milestone for the sector – the 50th year of the granite city’s involvement in the development of the North Sea.
Oil and gas companies need to take a long-term, strategic approach to recruitment if they are to avoid the pitfalls of a self-inflicted, perpetuating talent shortage, a new report says. Energy firms are more focused on reducing their headcounts to cope with the current oil price downturn, with industry body Oil and Gas UK venturing last month that as many as 4,000 North Sea jobs have been lost since last summer. But talent shortages have affected the industry since the 1990s, and many observers have warned that the sector still needs to find new workers, or it will not be ready to take advantage when the market picks up.
The firms and individuals which have shaped a half-century of innovation and achievement in the North Sea have been celebrated at a sparkling ceremony in Aberdeen. Crucially, the Press and Journal Gold Awards also highlighted those who hold the key to the offshore sector’s future. Prizes were presented to Statoil, Balmoral Group, Apache’s Mark Richardson and the VisuaLoSal project, while Wood Group picked up two honours on the night.
Union bosses have given offshore catering companies two weeks to return to the negotiating table and hammer out a compromise on staff pay, or risk facing strike action. The Unite union yesterday said the Caterers Offshore Trade Association (Cota) had “refused to enter into meaningful discussion” regarding its members’ earlier decision to backtrack on a 2% pay increase that had been agreed for this year.
Nearly a year after oil markets entered a deep downward spiral, unmoored from the $100-a-barrel mark that had anchored them for years, some OPEC members are publicly talking for the first time about a new "fair" price for their crude.
Lifting the ban on US oil exports would do little to help Eastern European countries decrease their reliance on Russian energy, a policy research arm of Congress said in a memo to US lawmakers.
North Sea well services contractors expect revenues and investment to drop by about a quarter this year as balance sheets start to reflect the full severity of the downturn in the sector, a new report said.