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  1. August 27, 2014

    Shell-led group close to selling Nigeria oilfields for $5bn

    A Royal Dutch Shell-led consortium is close to selling several Nigerian oilfields for about $5bn to domestic buyers, as...

  2. August 1, 2014

    Week in review, August 2

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Majors brace as sanctions against...

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  1. July 30, 2014

    Ukraine tensions prompt Total to suspend Novatek share buys

    Escalating tensions over Ukraine have prompted oil major Total to freeze its programme of buying shares in Russia’s Novatek,...

  2. July 20, 2014

    Kashagan delays mar outlook for Eni, Total and Shell

    Three of Europe’s largest oil companies could take a $1.5bn hit to earnings as a result of delays to Kashagan, the $50bn oil...

  3. June 30, 2014

    Global capital expenditure by companies still stalling

    An expected pick-up in global capital investment by cash-rich companies has failed to materialise so far this year. Although...

  4. June 8, 2014

    Shale boom brings its own set of challenges

    In one of his characteristically compelling turns of phrase, Bill Clinton said: “So far, every single person that’s bet...

  5. May 30, 2014

    Total to sell Azerbaijan gasfield stake to Turkey for $1.5bn

    Total has agreed to sell its stake in the huge Shah Deniz gasfield in Azerbaijan to Turkey’s state oil company for $1.5bn....

  6. April 30, 2014

    Total profits hit by weaker refining margins and lower production

    Total said first-quarter profit fell 10 per cent on lower production and a decline in European refining margins. However,...

  7. April 14, 2014

    Total to invest $16bn in Angola ultra-deep offshore project

    French oil company Total will spend $16bn dollars developing the ultra-deep offshore oil project in Angola after repeated...

  8. April 9, 2014

    Revenues fail to materialise as energy explorers in Mauritania keep looking

    Not long after oil was first discovered in Mauritania 13 years ago, the government set up an official overseas fund to...

  9. March 27, 2014

    Total and Lukoil in talks over Russian shale deal

    Total is in talks to partner with Lukoil on its shale oil projects in Russia, as Moscow targets unconventional resources to...

  10. March 7, 2014

    Kazakhstan pushes for $737m in damages from Kashagan gas leak

    The government of Kazakhstan will seek $737m in damages from the consortium of international companies developing the...

  11. March 6, 2014

    Kashagan fails to live up to promise

    What happens when geology, politics and corporate bureaucracy collide? The answer is Kashagan, the $50bn oilfield in the...

  12. February 28, 2014

    Total looks to sell stake in Azerbaijan gasfield

    Total is in talks to sell its stake in a huge gasfield in Azerbaijan after it baulked at the enormous cost of the project,...

  13. February 12, 2014

    Total lifts dividend despite sharp fall in profits

    Total has bowed to investor pressure to cut capital spending and return more cash to shareholders, announcing a dividend...

  14. January 26, 2014

    Oil groups pressed to restrain spending

    Energy investor Chris Wheaton recently wrote to Royal Dutch Shell’s new chief executive Ben van Beurden with a few ideas on...

  15. January 17, 2014

    Small-cap Week, January 18

    UK shale gas prospectors led the small-cap gainers this week after French group Total gave the fledgling industry a vote of...

  16. January 15, 2014

    Total deal shines spotlight on UK shale pioneers

    French oil major Total’s shale gas announcement on Monday was a key turning point for the UK industry. It brought a...

  17. January 13, 2014

    UK energy: shale we dance?

    When the band starts up, it’s hard not to dance. In the UK, the music is shale gas, and Total, the French oil company, is no...

  18. January 13, 2014

    Cameron pledges cash for communities to ease path for UK fracking

    David Cameron has sought to quell unrest in Conservative heartlands about the impact of fracking by promising a business...

  19. January 12, 2014

    France’s Total to invest $50m in UK shale gas exploration

    France’s Total will become the first oil major to invest in Britain’s fledgling shale sector when it announces plans on...

  20. January 10, 2014

    Total joins UK’s pursuit of shale boom

    Total of France is to become the first major oil company to explore for shale gas in the UK, in a big boost for government...

  21. December 16, 2013

    Total and Statoil pull out of Tanap gas pipe deal

    Oil majors Total and Statoil have dropped their interest in a planned pipeline that would bring natural gas from the Caspian...

  22. December 16, 2013

    GTT prepares for offering to tap boom in liquefied natural gas

    Gaztransport & Technigaz, the engineering company, said it had registered documents with the French authorities ahead of an...

  23. December 6, 2013

    Glencore plans to drop Xstrata name

    Glencore Xstrata plans to drop the ‘Xstrata’ from its corporate name – in a move that will erase the final remnants of a...

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    November 21, 2013

    Nigeria petroleum bill: still causing consternation

    Investors in Nigeria’s oil sector have been having a tough time of it as commercial-scale theft and sabotage have hurt...

  25. November 1, 2013

    Week in Review, November 2

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Facebook shares fluctuate as investors...

  26. October 31, 2013

    Refining overcapacity hits oil majors

    Squeezed margins in the global refining industry are hurting the world’s largest oil companies, as Royal Dutch Shell, Total...

  27. September 27, 2013

    Safe and boring controls are back after City scandals

    Back in the old days, when banks seemed safe, “systems and controls” was shorthand for boring. Regulators would bang on...

  28. August 11, 2013

    Oil majors trapped in cycle of spending more but finding less

    For the oil majors, quarterly results were once a ticker-tape parade. Last week, they were more like a walk of shame....

  29. July 26, 2013

    Total profits dip despite output rise

    Total on Friday said that second-quarter profits dipped 3 per cent even as the company reported the first output rise in...

  30. July 8, 2013

    Court clears Total and its chief of UN oil-for-food corruption

    Total, the French oil company, and Christophe de Margerie, its chief executive, were cleared of alleged corruption around...

  31. July 3, 2013

    Tullow tests raise confidence for Kenya fields output

    Tullow Oil has moved a step closer to declaring its fields in Kenya commercially viable as it accelerates test drilling in...

  32. June 21, 2013

    Shell plans to sell as well as invest more in Nigeria

    Royal Dutch Shell is considering selling more of its Nigerian onshore production assets while investing more in sabotage-hit...

  33. June 14, 2013

    Heritage loses to Tullow Oil in tax dispute

    Heritage Oil has held out the prospect of an appeal after a court ruled in favour of its former partner Tullow Oil over the...

  34. June 5, 2013

    Battle builds to discard bad habits of the past

    James Dutton has picked a change of location for his first fight since retiring from the British army. Having served at the...

  35. May 29, 2013

    Total agrees penalty to settle US bribes charge over Iran deal

    Total SA, the French oil group, has agreed to pay $245m to settle US criminal charges alleging it paid bribes to secure oil...

  36. May 29, 2013

    Costs rise for ‘technological barrels’ of oil

    New technologies such as fracking in the US shale industry are boosting crude oil supplies – but these new “technological...

  37. May 15, 2013

    Brazil oil licences raise record R$2.8bn

    Brazil raised a record R$2.8bn (US$1.4bn) in its first auction of licences for oil exploration blocks in five years, with...

  38. May 15, 2013

    Murky oil markets

    The investigation by the European Commission into the setting of oil prices is still a long way from establishing whether...

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