GENEVA, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Switzerland’s neutrality is being
tested as Brussels and Washington raise pressure over gaps in
sanctions against Iran, in particular measures against its oil
While Switzerland has replicated the western line on Libyan
and Syrian economic sanctions, it has reasserted its traditional
neutrality over Iran and opted out of some of the measures
passed by Europe and the United States.
GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. oil major Chevron said on Friday that Angolan subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company had declared force majeure at the Kuito offshore oil terminal on October 29 due to a fault with a mooring line.
Chevron is one of the west African country’s top producers and typically loads two 920,000 barrel tankers a month from its Kuito platform.
GENEVA, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Nigerian oil exports in December
are expected reach the highest level since May, pointing to a
swift recovery of production after floods knocked out a fifth of
the output in the top African producer.
Nigeria is expected to ship 2.12 million barrels per day of
crude oil onto the market in December, unchanged from volumes in
November which hit a six-month high.
GENEVA, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Geneva plans to eliminate tax
breaks for commodity trading houses by 2018, bowing to European
Union (EU) pressure at the risk of helping drive away businesses
which account for a big part of its financial sector.
Switzerland has come under pressure from the EU to end
so-called “fiscal holidays”, including those which Geneva offers
to major trading firms such as Vitol, Mercuria and Gunvor.
GENEVA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – A Swiss political party is seeking
to drum up support for a national vote to ban banks and other
financial institutions from speculating in agricultural
commodities, in the latest sign of growing political backlash
against record food prices.
The exact size of investment in agricultural commodities
from Switzerland is unclear, although it hosts banks UBS
and Credit Suisse which both invest in the
sector through either index funds or exchange traded funds.
GENEVA, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Switzerland would have to charge
higher end-user power prices and resort to new gas-fired plants
to fill the supply gap created by its planned nuclear phase-out
prompted by Japan’s Fukushima accident, the Swiss energy
ministry said on Friday.
The country, which voted last May to phase out nuclear by
2034, on Friday unveiled an ambitious energy strategy intended
as a road map for coping with the transition.
GENEVA, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Governments should let
regulators step into commodity markets to pop price bubbles,
prevent crashes and combat powerful financial investors, a U.N.
report showed on Tuesday, a day after a sudden oil price plunge
Financial players such as hedge funds and high-frequency
traders are to blame for increased volatility in commodity
prices and urgent action should be taken to increase
transparency and boost regulators’ powers, the paper said.
BERNE, Sept 13 (Reuters) – A new “golden age of gas” could
derail global efforts to fight climate change as indebted
governments mull a switch to the cheaper fuel, the International
Energy Agency’s chief economist said on Thursday.
Government subsidies designed to promote renewable energy
currently amount to around $70 billion globally, he said.
CAIRO/GENEVA, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Egypt’s cash-strapped
government owes foreign energy producers at least $3 billion,
industry sources told Reuters, as cancelled oil import tenders
and lengthening queues at petrol stations point to fresh strains
on fuel supplies.
Economic turmoil since a popular uprising unseated Hosni
Mubarak last year has stretched Egypt’s finances and inflated
the premiums the state petroleum company pays for fuel.
GENEVA, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Small to mid-sized oil firms are
stepping up exploration off Greece and Spain as the indebted
governments look to their own offshore territory in the
Mediterranean to cut dependence on expensive imports, executives
A huge gas find off Cyprus last year has raised hopes for
further discoveries in other little-explored parts of the
Mediterranean at a time when oil prices near $115 a
barrel are hurting European importers.