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Feb 5, 2013

Gandur’s AOG oil investment a return to African limelight

GENEVA, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Addax & Oryx Group (AOG) plans to
invest $400 million in Africa’s energy sector over the next five
years, its Chief Executive said, in a strategic U-turn after
sales talks collapsed last year.

AOG’s focus on the African downstream will pit the
privately-owned Swiss firm against rivals Vitol and Trafigura
which are also vying for assets in sub-Saharan Africa as trading
margins disappoint.

Feb 4, 2013

Sudan sells dispute oil from S.Sudan after talks fail

GENEVA/KHARTOUM, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Sudan has sold a cargo of
oil of disputed ownership from South Sudan oilfields, a minister
and trading sources said, in what is likely to be seen by the
south as a provocation after security and oil transport talks
between the two countries fell apart.

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and South Sudan’s
Salva Kiir failed at talks in Ethiopia last month to end a
stalemate over withdrawing armies from a border region – a
pre-requisite for resuming oil exports.

Feb 4, 2013

Vitol wins contract to market govt. oil from Gabon

GENEVA, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Swiss-based Vitol has signed a
long-term contract with Gabon to export oil, trade sources said,
making it the only trading house to win an allocation from the
west African government.

Vitol – the world’s top oil trader with annual revenues of
nearly $300 billion – already has a strong presence in the
region and markets oil from Nigeria and Ghana.

Jan 31, 2013

Exclusive: Iran crude oil exports rise to highest since EU sanctions

GENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s crude oil exports in December leapt to their highest level since European Union sanctions took effect last July, analysts and shipping sources said, as strong Chinese demand and tanker fleet expansion helped the OPEC member dodge sanctions.

Exports rose to around 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) in December, according to two industry sources and shipping and customs data compiled by Reuters on a country-by-country basis and corroborated by other sources and consultants.

Jan 30, 2013

Iran crude oil exports rise to highest since EU sanctions

* December oil exports increase to 1.4 mln bpd-sources

* Buyers find ways to cope with shipping restrictions

* January exports set to dip ahead of U.S. sanctions

* Fuel oil sales, condensates seen lower

By Emma Farge, Humeyra Pamuk and Alex Lawler

GENEVA/DUBAI, Jan 30(Reuters) – Iran’s crude oil exports in
December leapt to their highest level since European Union
sanctions took effect last July, analysts and shipping sources
said, as strong Chinese demand and tanker fleet expansion helped
the OPEC member dodge sanctions.

Exports rose to around 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) in
December, according to two industry sources and shipping and
customs data compiled by Reuters on a country-by-country basis
and corroborated by other sources and consultants.

Jan 29, 2013

Brothers sentenced in Switzerland over Moroccan drug ring

GENEVA, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Two brothers who worked for
financial firms were sentenced to prison on Tuesday for
laundering money through Swiss bank accounts for a Moroccan drug
smuggling ring, Geneva authorities said.

The two men were part of a family network thought to be run
by Swiss and French citizens of Moroccan origin selling cannabis
from North Africa to France and Spain, said the Geneva judicial
authority.

Jan 24, 2013

Nigeria says raised food production by 8 mln T in 2012

GENEVA, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Nigeria is beating its target to
raise food production, lifting output by 8 million tonnes last
year, in efforts to diversify Africa’s second-largest economy
away from a reliance on oil, the agriculture minister said.

President Goodluck Jonathan laid out ambitious targets to
raise food production such as rice and cocoa by 20 million
tonnes within four years after his 2011 election victory.

Jan 22, 2013

Nigeria to keep troops in Mali until crisis resolved

GENEVA (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Tuesday his country’s troops would stay in Mali to back military operations against al Qaeda-linked rebels until the crisis was resolved.

Nigeria plans to deploy up to 1,200 troops as part of a West African intervention force to support French and Malian troops battling Islamist militants in the Sahara desert.

Jan 22, 2013

Nigerian oil bill delay hurting investment -President

GENEVA, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck
Jonathan said investment in the country’s oil industry was
falling because of delays to its landmark energy bill.

The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) – designed to cover
everything from tax terms to reform of the state oil company and
funds for communities living on oil fields – was presented to
the parliament in August and is still being discussed.

Jan 22, 2013

Canadian crude reaches Europe as US shale oil booms

GENEVA/LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The United States now gets
so much crude from its own shale deposits that Canadian
exporters are selling as far afield as Europe, showing how
deeply the U.S. energy revolution is transforming global oil
flows.

As recently as 2011, close to 100 percent of Canada’s crude
exports went to its neighbour the United States, according to
the U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).