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Sep 29, 2014

Brent falls below $97 on weak Chinese data, strong dollar

LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Brent oil fell below $97 a
barrel on Monday, moving closer to a two-year low hit last week
as weak data from major buyer China and a stronger U.S. dollar
added to pressure from heavy supply.

The international benchmark for crude has fallen from $115
in June as geopolitical tension in the Middle East failed to
derail oil output, while concerns about slow demand have grown.

Sep 23, 2014

Oil falls as Libyan, Iraqi output outweighs strikes on Syria

LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil fell towards a
two-year low near $96 a barrel on Tuesday, reversing early gains
as higher output from Libya and Iraq overshadowed the start of
U.S.-led air strikes against Islamist groups in Syria and
stronger Chinese economic data.

Libyan oil output has risen to 800,000 barrels per day, with
the key El Sharara oilfield restarting, a National Oil Corp
(NOC) spokesman said on Tuesday, from 700,000 bpd at the

Sep 23, 2014

Brent crude oil above $97 as U.S. launches strikes in Syria

LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Brent crude rose above $97 a
barrel on Tuesday as the United States and several Gulf Arab
allies launched strikes against Islamic State strongholds in
Syria, and as a surprise pick-up in China’s factory activity
boosted the demand outlook.

Oil prices fell to a two-year low last week under the weight
of a supply glut and tepid demand, but prices have stabilised as
pockets of strength in the world economy have emerged and as
tensions have risen in the Middle East.

Sep 12, 2014

Falling oil price tilts political, economic balance in U.S. favour

LONDON/KUWAIT, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The drop in oil prices to
their lowest in two years has caught many observers off guard,
coming against a backdrop of the worst violence in Iraq this
decade, heightened tensions between the West and Russia, and
sanctions against Iran.

But as rising supplies of North American crude and tepid
demand have pushed prices below $100 a barrel, the move
underlies how the shale oil revolution is creating a political
and economic advantage for Washington and its Western allies.

Sep 10, 2014

Brent hits 16-month low below $99 on strong supply growth

LONDON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Brent crude dropped to a new
16-month low below $99 a barrel on Wednesday as rising supplies
and weak demand helped extend losses into a fifth session, even
as top oil exporter Saudi Arabia said it had cut oil production
last month.

Brent has fallen by more than 14 percent since hitting a
year high above $115 a barrel in June, with fast-rising U.S.
output and the return of exports from Libya creating a market
that looks increasingly over supplied.

Sep 8, 2014

With oil under $100, China trader books world’s largest ship to store crude

LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – A Chinese trading firm has booked
the world’s largest super-tanker to store crude at sea, adding
to a growing flotilla of vessels used for floating storage as
benchmark oil prices slip below $100 a barrel.

Industry sources said Chinese firm Unipec, the marketing arm
of Beijing-backed oil giant Sinopec, has booked the
3.2-million-barrel TI Europe, one of just a handful of Ultra
Large Crude Carriers (ULCC) still in service. It is listed as
the world’s largest ocean-going vessel by tonnage, and is as
long as the Empire State building is tall at 380 metres.

Sep 4, 2014

UK North Sea Buzzard oilfield restarts, ramping up

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Production at the UK’s North Sea
Buzzard oilfield has restarted and will ramp up over the next
week after the demobilisation of a drilling rig, its operator
said on Thursday, marking the return of one of the key fields
that underpins Brent oil futures.

“With the safe demobilisation of the drilling rig complete,
production on Buzzard has now recommenced and will ramp up over
the next week as planned,” Calgary-based Nexen, owned by China’s
state-back CNOOC, said in an updated statement on Thursday.

Sep 2, 2014

Nexen says North Sea Buzzard oilfield may be shut another week

LONDON (Reuters) – Production at the North Sea Buzzard oilfield may be shut for up to a week as its operator Nexen works to demobilize a drilling rig, the latest delay to restarting one of the region’s most important fields.

While industry sources said the 200,000 barrel-per-day (bpd)field may return to operation sooner, Calgary-based Nexen said on Tuesday Buzzard could be shut for “up to 10 consecutive days” starting from Aug. 30 when output was last stopped.

Sep 2, 2014

Nexen eyes restart of North Sea Buzzard oilfield on Tuesday -sources

LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The operator of the North Sea
Buzzard oilfield is looking at restarting the field later on
Tuesday, trading sources said, potentially adding supply to a
market already under pressure from a glut of crude in the
Atlantic Basin.

Three sources said Calgary-based Nexen was looking to bring
production back online on Tuesday afternoon as it tries to ramp
up output after summer maintenance, with a series of aborted
restarts. Nexen was bought by China’s state-backed CNOOC
last year.

Aug 29, 2014

Brent rises on Ukraine crisis but heads for monthly fall

LONDON, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil prices rose
towards $103 a barrel on Friday as escalating violence in
Ukraine kept Europe’s markets on edge, but prices were still on
track for a monthly loss as ample supply and weak demand
outweighed political concerns.

The European benchmark oil contract had plunged over 12
percent from a nine-month high in June to a 14-month low last
week as weak demand led to an oil supply glut.