US ‘gravely alarmed’ by reports of chlorine gas use by Syrian government

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The United States is "gravely alarmed" by reports the Syrian government has used chlorine gas in Idlib Province, the US State Department said in a statement on Monday. It also said the Russian government, by shielding the Syrian government from accountability, has "not lived up to its commitments." The Syrian army has deployed new air defenses and anti-aircraft missiles to frontlines in the Aleppo and Idlib areas, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of ...

Egypt’s gas production to exceed 6 bcf before end-2018 -minister

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Egypt’s natural gas production rose by 1.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per day in 2017, reaching 5.5 bcf per day currently, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla said on Sunday.Production, which has increased thanks to newly discovered fields, will exceed 6 bcf per day before the end of this calendar year, Molla said at a news conference.

Iran raises fuel prices by 50 percent, cancels cash support to 34 million

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Iran has raised the price of fuel by up to 50% during the next year's budget and will move to cancel the monetary support of more than 34 million people. The price of the gasoline will reach 1500 tomans per liter (about 0.43 US cents), a 50 percent increase, and the diesel will rise to 400 tomans from 300 tomans, the government's website said on Tuesday. The newspaper "Donya-e-Eqtesad" warned of fears of negative effects of high gasoline prices and quoted experts that the rate of ...

Qatar's two largest gas producers let go of 500 employees

Friday, 24 November 2017

Qatari gas producers QatarGas and RasGas this week began implementing job cuts that had been postponed because of the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its neighboring states, sources close to the matter told Reuters on Thursday. The layoffs had initially been slated for June after the Gulf state's decision to merge the two liquefied natural gas (LNG) divisions of Qatar Petroleum. Qatar Petroleum’s CEO has said that the merger of RasGas and Qatargas would help to cut operating costs by ...

Turkey looking to diversify gas import supplies

Monday, 20 November 2017

Turkey is working on possible gas imports from the Middle East, Central Asia, the East Mediterranean and Africa, according to the text of a speech, which Energy Minister Berat Albayrak was making on Monday. In the text of the speech, which he was making to a parliamentary budget commission, Albayrak said Turkey was looking to diversify the resources and routes for natural gas imports to increase competition.

Iran has exported 1.2 billion cubic meters of gas to Iraq since June

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Iran has exported 1.2 billion cubic meters of gas to Iraq since late June, the managing director for the Iranian Gas Transmission Company, Saeed Tavakoli, said Saturday, according to SHANA, the website of the Iranian oil ministry. Iran has planned for the export of up to 25 million cubic meters of gas per day to Baghdad, Tavakoli said. The neighbors, both members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, initially signed a deal in 2013 for Iran to supply Iraqi power stations, ...

Russia cast a second veto against Syria gas attacks inquiry renewal

Friday, 17 November 2017

Russia on Friday cast a second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council to block the renewal of a UN-led investigation to identify who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Japan on Thursday asked the UN Security Council to renew for 30 days a UN-led investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, according to a draft resolution obtained by AFP. The United Nations Security Council was due to vote on Friday on a Japanese-drafted resolution to renew for one month an ...

Lebanon minister: Political crisis wont delay oil, gas licensing

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Lebanon’s energy minister said on Tuesday he does not expect any delays to its first oil and gas offshore licensing round because of the political crisis sparked by the prime minister’s resignation.Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil told reporters on the sidelines of an energy conference in Abu Dhabi he expects to submit his report on the bids to the council of ministers for final approval before the year-end.Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned in a speech from Saudi ...

CEO: Aramco plans to spend $300 bln over 10 years in upstream oil and gas

Monday, 13 November 2017

Saudi Aramco plans to spend close to $300 billion over 10 years in upstream oil and gas projects, Chief Executive Amin Nasser said on Monday.Speaking at the ADIPEC energy conference in Abu Dhabi, Nasser said: “This is mainly upstream, onshore, offshore and joint ventures in the kingdom and out of the kingdom.” He also said a decision would hopefully be made soon on the location for the listing of shares in the oil giant.Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said last month that ...

Russia: ‘Many inconsistencies’ in UN report on Syria sarin attack

Friday, 27 October 2017

Russia on Friday criticised a United Nations report, which blamed a sarin gas attack in Syria on Bashar al-Assad’s regime, with a deputy foreign minister saying it contained inconsistencies and unverified evidence. “Even the first cursory read shows that many inconsistencies, logical discrepancies, using doubtful witness accounts and unverified evidence... all of this is still (in the report),” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency. UN report finds ...

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