03 Jun 2021

Firefighters battle massive fire at Iranian oil refinery

On Wednesday, a massive fire erupted at an Iranian oil refinery located south of the capital city, Tehran. There have been no reported casualties or injuries as emergency services and firefighters battled the flames, according to a spokesman for Iran’s emergency department and state media. The head of Tehran’s Provincial

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08 Mar 2021

Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels Say They Targeted Saudi Oil Port

On Sunday, Iran’s Houthi rebels announced that they had attacked a major Saudi Arabian oil port located on the Perian Gulf. The Iranian forces reportedly used drones and missiles to conduct the attack. Saudi authorities claim that the strike caused no casualties or damage to the facility. The Saudi Energy

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15 Jan 2021

Nord Stream 2: Germany says construction can continue

The construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was allowed to restart immediately according to the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency on Friday. The agency gave approval for a vessel to operate in German waters. Local media stated the restart may be delayed by legal action. Environmental groups are

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09 Sep 2020

Oil prices are collapsing after Saudi Arabia sends ominous signal

On Tuesday, US oil prices dropped 7%, representing crude oil’s worst day and lowest closing price in almost a quarter. At one point during the day, prices were down as much as 9% with an average of $36.76 a barrel. For the first time since late June, Brent crude fell

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26 May 2020

Second Fuel Tanker From Iran Arrives in Venezuela

On Monday, Venezuelan authorities welcomed a second Iranian fuel tanker. As the ship entered international waters, it was met with naval frigates and helicopters dispatched by Venezuela. This is a lifeline for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and represents close ties being forged between Tehran and US adversaries in Latin America.

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30 Apr 2020

Russia’s Aging Infrastructure Threatens Oil Output Pact

Experts warn that Russia’s compliance with an oil production deal with Saudi Arabia and the US could be threatened by the country’s outdated infrastructure and other complications, such as winding down a broad network of wells across its massive landmass. In early April, the three countries agreed to head a

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13 Apr 2020

OPEC, oil nations agree to nearly 10M barrel cut amid virus

Russia, OPEC, and other oil-producing nations have announced on Sunday that they have finalized an unprecedented production cut. The cut consists of nearly 10 million barrels, which represents a tenth of the global supply. The measure aims to boost oil prices amid the coronavirus pandemic and a price war, according

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20 Nov 2019

OODA Special Report: Digital Transformation in the Energy Sector

This OODA special report focuses on the Energy Sector. It is written both for firms that are in the sector and for those that seek to serve it with the products and services they need.

Companies in this sector provide functions like exploration, production, marketing, refining and/or transporting of oil and gas products, coal and other consumable fuels. Some of the world’s biggest, most widely known brands are in this sector. Companies like Exxon Mobil, BP, Chevron, Halliburton, Marathon Oil, Phillips 66, Shell, Sunoco are powerhouses in the industry and are also household names because they deliver oil and gas directly to consumers.

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13 Nov 2019

Mexican Oil Company Pemex Hit by Ransomware

Parts of the Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) oil company network were taken down after they suffered from a ransomware attack on Sunday. Although the attack was quickly neutralized and had a low quantitative impact on computers within the network, the attackers reportedly demanded a 565 BTC ($4.9 million) ransom, claiming they

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