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Jun 18, 2014

Urgent need to slash costs in UK North Sea oil industry

LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) – Britain’s North Sea oil and gas
industry faces a bleak future where more fields are likely to
become uneconomic and shut in as platforms close – unless costs
can be controlled, operators say.

For some elderly platforms in the Northern North Sea, time
is running out. If the industry does not get to grips with costs
quickly, fresh investment is likely to dry up, forcing
unsaleable rusting rigs to be abandoned.

Jun 16, 2014

Brent up near $113 on supply worries as Iraq violence rises

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – Brent crude rose towards $113 a
barrel on Monday after a strong rally last week, as Sunni
insurgents advanced in Iraq, intensifying concerns over a
potential disruption to oil exports from the second-largest OPEC

The eruption of violence in Iraq led to a spike in prices
last week, with both Brent and U.S. crude gaining more than 4
percent – the most since July and December, respectively.

Jun 3, 2014

Brent slips towards $108 as weak refining demand bites

LONDON, June 3 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil futures slipped
towards $108 a barrel on Tuesday, reflecting weak European
demand, but reasonable Chinese manufacturing data helped keep a
floor under prices.

Brent futures for July were down 30 cents at $108.53
a barrel by 0900 GMT. U.S. crude was down 8 cents at
$102.39 a barrel.

Apr 28, 2014

Nigeria orders 1.85 mln tonnes of gasoline imports

DAKAR/LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) – Nigeria has granted
licences to 40 companies to import around 1.85 million tonnes of
gasoline by the end of June, Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC) and oil industry sources said, as the country
takes measures to avoid fuel shortages.

Nigeria is Africa’s top oil producer but relies on fuel
imports because its refineries work at a fraction of their
capacity due to poor maintenance and old age.

Apr 25, 2014

Oil firms sweat ageing North Sea assets to stave off shutdowns

LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – Smaller oil producers are
teaming up with engineering and oil services companies in
Britain’s North Sea to squeeze extra drops from ageing
facilities before rising costs force them to close.

Improving “wrench time” – hours spent at worksites rather
than on assessments and form-filling – and bringing in
specialist teams to boost recovery rates, will help prevent
early decommissioning, industry participants say.

Apr 11, 2014

Brent dips near $107 on weaker demand outlook

LONDON, April 11 (Reuters) – Brent oil futures dipped
towards $107 a barrel on Friday following a weaker outlook for
2014 global demand growth from the International Energy Agency
and due to expectations that more Libyan crude will reach the
market next week.

Brent crude was down 29 cents at $107.17 a barrel by
0927 GMT after settling 52 cents lower on Thursday. The contract
was on track to end the week about 0.5 percent higher, recouping
part of the previous week’s losses.

Apr 10, 2014

Commodity funds bounce in Q1 after 2013 losses

LONDON, April 10 (Reuters) – Commodity funds bounced in the
first quarter from a 2013 loss, with the top performers in the
Lipper Global Commodity group racking up double-digit returns
after rallies in agriculture, natural gas and nickel.

Supply disruptions provided opportunities across the asset
class, but fund managers said only a few of these bullish
fundamentals would persist into the second quarter and that some
commodities are now over-valued.

Apr 7, 2014

A Minute With: Singer/songwriter Eileen Rose on Nashville’s revival

LONDON, April 4 (Reuters) – Boston-born Eileen Rose has a
string of Americana albums under her belt, but her new record
“Be Many Gone” has a more classic country feel, inspired by
years of honing her craft in Nashville’s honky-tonks with her
side-project band, The Silver Threads.

“Nashville is just screaming hot right now,” Rose said,
speaking to Reuters on the phone from country music’s spiritual
home. “Everything’s booming – it’s on all the top 10 lists of
the hottest cities in the U.S.”

Mar 13, 2014

April North Sea daily oil output to fall 1.9 pct

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – North Sea daily oil output
tracked by Reuters is set to fall by almost 2 percent in April
from March, but traders said this probably would not be enough
to support prices as many refineries will be in maintenance.

Output from 12 of the main British and Norwegian crude
streams will average 1.962 million barrels per day (bpd) in
April, down from a revised 2 million bpd in March.

Mar 4, 2014

New fuel rules for ships could prompt gasoil price spike

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – New fuel rules for ships
entering low sulphur zones around northwest Europe and North
America next year could trigger a price spike in European
gasoil, whilst refiners will struggle to offload unwanted fuel

From January 2015, ships entering “Emission Control Areas”
(ECAs) in the Baltic, North Sea and English Channel and around
the North American coast, will have to switch from low sulphur
fuel oil (LSFO) with 1 percent sulphur content to 0.1 percent
gasoil, in a crackdown on marine pollution.

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      "At Reuters I am an energy correspondent covering the oil markets and investment trends in commodities. Prior to this I focused on the asset management industry. Before joining Reuters I edited Global Investor, a monthly magazine for the institutional investment industry, and Portfolio International, a magazine for the offshore funds industry."
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