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Russia sets terms for $1.7 billion Schlumberger-Eurasia deal

Russia’s commission on foreign investment will meet the U.S. oil-services company to go through the conditions in the next 10 days, Igor Artyemev, head of Russia’s anti-monopoly service, said Thursday in Moscow.  More »

Yemen bombing spurs gains in almost all commodities as oil jumps

Saudi Arabia led a coalition of Sunni allies, including United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, in air strikes in Yemen against Shiite rebels.  More »

GE increases oil field equipment job cuts to 575

The move comes after GE notified regulators in January of plans to cut 330 positions in a division acquired in 2013.  More »

Shell sells Nigerian oil lease for $1.7 billion to local company

The divestment is part of Shell’s strategic review of its onshore portfolio in the West African nation and “is in line with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s aim of developing Nigerian companies in the country’s upstream oil and gas business,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.  More »

Iran is waiting to flood the market with as much as 35 million barrels of crude

If a deal on its nuclear program is reached, the Persian Gulf nation could add its stockpiles into an oversupplied oil market where prices have fallen more than 50 percent since June.  More »

Occidental searching for Chazen’s replacement

Occidental Petroleum Corp. is searching for candidates to succeed Stephen I. Chazen as chief executive officer when he steps down in 2016.  More »

Americans drove more than 3 trillion miles last year

The 33 percent slide at U.S. pumps, combined with an improving job market, touched off a national spending spree on sport utility vehicles, vacations and Christmas presents.  More »

Asia readies for Iran oil bargains on potential nuclear deal

As world leaders seek an accord on Iran’s nuclear program, at least six Asian refiners including are anticipating more supply from the Middle East producer if sanctions are lifted.  More »

Carl Icahn boosts stake in Chesapeake Energy

The activist investor’s total stake in the natural gas-producing company has grown to 11 percent.  More »

Anadarko paid executives $127,252 for club memberships in 2014

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company, paid its five named executives $127,252 in fees for club memberships in 2014, a benefit provided by only two of the 12 peers it uses to benchmark compensation.  More »

Norway on bubble watch as anxiety over oil plunge recedes

Threats from Norway’s hot housing market have trumped anxiety that forced Governor Oeystein Olsen, 63, to deliver a surprise rate cut in December, when oil sank to about $63.  More »

Texas landmen left out of work as oil patch boom times go bust

Land managers, or landmen as they’re known, are part of a once dying oil patch profession resurrected when production soared.  More »

Return to $100 oil seen unlikely by Saudis amid shale surge

Brent oil, the global benchmark, declined almost 50 percent in the past year as Saudi Arabia and others in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries committed to maintain output amid a global surplus.  More »

Nigeria’s rating lowered by S&P as oil, politics hit economy

Africa’s largest economy, which derives 90 percent of export earnings and 70 percent of government revenue from oil, is struggling with Brent crude prices having halved since June.  More »

Russian exports could be the next biggest threat to global crude oil prices

Russia may increase oil exports by as much as 250,000 barrels a day this year, according to the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.  More »
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