Category: Europe

Oil companies’ retreat from Poland shale gas could be mounting

Poland’s Cabinet Committee will tomorrow discuss a decree to ease rules that slow shale gas exploration as local media reported Chevron Corp. may join Exxon Mobil Corp. and Talisman Energy Inc. in leaving the nation.  More »

Total CEO denies bribes were paid on Iranian gas contracts

Total SA Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Margerie, who may be put on trial in France for corruption related to Iranian contracts, denied the company paid bribes for the gas permits.  More »

Tony Blair: Oil boom can ease West’s dependency on Middle East

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke on the future of global energy demands at the KPMG Global Energy Conference in Houston on Wednesday.  More »

EU tightens offshore-oil regulation in response to BP spill

The European Union tightened safety rules for offshore oil and natural-gas exploration to curb the risk of a major accident after BP Plc’s 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest in U.S. history.  More »

A look at EU investigation of oil price fixing

The European Union’s executive arm, the Commission, on Tuesday said it had raided the offices of a number of oil industry companies for possible price-fixing.  More »

Price-fixing probe in Europe targets BP, Statoil, Shell, others

Several major oil firms, including BP, Statoil and Royal Dutch Shell, have been caught up in a price-fixing probe in Europe.  More »

Guest Commentary: Norwegian energy minister touts industry’s international growth

Ola Borten Moe, Norwegian minister of petroleum and energy, notes that the nation’s energy industry is moving north, across the Arctic Circle, as well as south, into the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Day 2 at OTC was all around the world

The Offshore Technology Conference’s international character came into focus Tuesday as Petrobras predicted big growth from reservoirs in Brazil, China outlined its long-term plans for harnessing shale gas and France’s Total touted the success of a massive 49-well project off Angola.  More »

Energy minister says Scotland is open for business

Scotland’s energy minister reported Monday that the country hit a nine-year high in oil and gas exports last year, as Scottish oil and gas supply chain exports increased by 8.4 percent, to $12.7 billion.  More »

Norwegian oil minister hopes to strengthen ties to Houston

Norway has one of the largest national delegations at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference, with more than 2,000 attendees. Ola Morten Moe, minister of petroleum and energy for Norway, sat down for interview with FuelFix at the Offshore Technology Conference on Monday.  More »

Norwegian innovators bring North Sea technology to the Gulf

The move of offshore drilling into ever-deeper waters, and the accompanying technical challenges, have been a boon to Norwegian technology companies.  More »

BP’s ‘serious breaches’ risked explosion at Norway oil platform

An oil and gas leak at BP’s Ula field could have caused a deadly explosion, Norwegian regulators said. They ordered the company to review maintenance procedures after discovering “serious breaches.”  More »