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Apr 27, 2010

Iraq oil development swift despite politics-Statoil

KUWAIT, April 27 (Reuters) – Development of Iraq’s oilfields
by foreign oil companies is progressing swiftly despite the
lengthy process of government formation after Iraqi elections in
March, a senior Statoil <STL.OL> executive said on Tuesday.

“The major oil companies are starting to move forward at a
very high speed. Oil companies are tendering huge contracts and
making commitments in the market,” said Kjetil Tonstad,
Statoil’s vice-president for International Exploration and
Production, Middle East. “Execution is going full speed ahead
despite the political situation.”

Apr 26, 2010

Shell says Middle East needs to solve “gas puzzle”

KUWAIT, April 26 (Reuters) – The Middle East needs to solve
the conundrum which sees it sitting on 40 percent of the world’s
gas reserves and yet suffering from a supply shortage, a senior
executive from Royal Dutch Shell <RDSa.L> said on Monday.

Natural gas demand in the region was growing at such a rate
that by 2015, total consumption in the Middle East and North
Africa (MENA) would be close to that in major European
economies, Malcolm Brinded, Shell’s executive director for
international upstream, said in a speech at an industry event.

Apr 26, 2010

Total to end Iran fuel sale if US passes sanctions

KUWAIT, April 26 (Reuters) – Total <TOTF.PA> Chief Executive
Christophe de Margerie said on Monday the European oil major
will cease gasoline sales to Iran if the United States passed
legislation to penalise fuel suppliers exporting to Tehran.

Total was currently delivering only small amounts of fuel to
the Islamic republic, he told reporters on the sidelines of an
industry conference.

Apr 26, 2010

Total CEO says must act fast to meet future oil demand

KUWAIT, April 26 (Reuters) – Energy companies have no time
to lose in making the necessary investments to keep supplying
the world with enough oil and gas to meet future demand, Total’s
chief executive Christophe de Margerie said on Monday.

Oil and gas producing countries and companies put many
projects on hold when energy demand fell during the global
economic downturn.

Apr 25, 2010

Oil over $100 damaging, OPEC would act: Kuwait

KUWAIT (Reuters) – OPEC would pump more oil to prevent a rally in oil prices above $100 from hurting the global economic recovery, Kuwait’s oil minister said on Sunday.

Oil is well below the $100 a barrel mark, settling at just over $85 a barrel on Friday. For a month, oil has traded over the $70 to $80 level that many in OPEC have pegged as fair. But there was room for more upside before the producer group would respond, Sheikh Ahmad al-Abdullah al-Sabah told Reuters in an interview at a media event.

Apr 21, 2010

Conoco pulls out of Saudi refinery project

HOUSTON/DUBAI, April 21 (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips <COP.N>,
the third-largest U.S. oil company, said on Wednesday it
canceled plans to build a new plant with Saudi Aramco in the
Middle East, citing its strategy to reduce its refinery

The refinery was to be built by the two oil companies in
Yanbu Industrial City, Saudi Arabia, and have a processing
capacity of 400,000 barrels per day. Yanbu accounts for just
under a quarter of Saudi plans to add around 1.7 million
barrels per day of refining capacity.

Apr 13, 2010

Energy ties grow as China resists Iran sanctions-sources

DUBAI/BEIJING April 13 (Reuters) – Chinese state oil firms
have maintained the pace of project development in Iran while
Beijing resists any new sanctions on the energy sector designed
to press Tehran to curb its nuclear programme, industry sources
said on Tuesday.

China, which has close economic ties with Iran, has much to
lose from any sanctions that limit new investment to develop the
world’s second-largest oil and gas reserves.
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Mar 25, 2010

Iraq muddies oil plans with OPEC quota talk

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil minister has raised questions over the country’s planned energy expansion by indicating Baghdad would consider OPEC output curbs that may keep supply well short of ambitious capacity targets.

After Baghdad signed contracts to add around 10 million barrels per day (bpd) to its oil supply, tough talks were expected within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries on an eventual output target for Iraq.

Mar 16, 2010

Oil market tightening, OPEC may not need to act: Saudi

VIENNA (Reuters) – Oil demand is picking up, Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said on Tuesday, which could mean OPEC does not have to take any action on supply this year.

“We have been sailing very well and we will continue to sail very well,” Naimi, minister for the world’s top oil producer, told reporters a day ahead of a meeting of the group, many of whose members have voiced concern it is pumping too much oil.

Mar 15, 2010

OPEC to urge compliance, keep output target steady

VIENNA (Reuters) – OPEC ministers due to arrive here for their meeting on March 17 say there is no need to change output targets with oil prices above their preferred range, but soft demand is prompting calls to curb overproduction.

“In my opinion, I don’t think we are going to see any change, even though inventories are high,” Qatar’s Oil Minister Abdullah al-Attiyah told Reuters by telephone on Monday.

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