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Brent falls towards $58 as supply fears linger SINGAPORE: Brent fell towards $58 a barrel on Tuesday, extending the 2-percent loss in the previous session, as oversupply fears lingered, overshadowing any optimism on the outlook for the global economy.The oil benchmark had traded above $59 in early Asian trade before negative sentiment overtook, dragging prices 7-percent off its near two-month peak reached last Tuesday.Brent fell 41 cents to $58.49 a barrel by 0640 GMT, while U.S. crude was down 51 cents at $48.94.U.S. crude stocks are expected to have increased by 4 million barrels to a record high in the week ending Feb. 20, a preliminary Reuters survey showed on Monday.Refinery woes weighed on crude prices.The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years affecting 12 refineries that account for a fifth of national production capacity continued into its fourth week, and talks to end the strike are not expected to resume this week."The spreads for crude oil are ...

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South Korea expects to see effect of low oil prices over medium-term SEOUL: South Korea's economy is expected to see definite effects from low global oil prices over the medium-term, its vice finance minister said on Tuesday."About $33 billion is estimated in income transfer from oil producing countries to flow into South Korea," said Vice Finance Minister Joo Hyung-hwan on the sidelines of an event in Seoul.Joo added that lower oil prices should trickle down to consumption and investment, but that had yet to be seen in ...

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Thai Bangchak Petroleum to invest over $600mn in 2015-2016 BANGKOK: Bangchak Petroleum PCL will invest 20 billion baht ($610 million), mainly on exploration and production, in 2015 and 2016 as part of a plan to spend 90 billion baht in the next six years to boost its business, the Thai oil refiner said.About 60 percent of the two-year budget will be spent on upstream exploration, with the rest used in the firm's renewable business, newly-appointed president Chaiwat Kovavisarach told reporters on Tuesday.Bangchak, like other ...

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Thailand to delay bidding for petroleum concessions indefinitely BANGKOK: Thailand's military government will delay bidding for petroleum concessions indefinitely, pending an amendment to a petroleum law, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday.It should take around three months for the planned amendment to be completed, Prayuth told reporters after a cabinet meeting.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

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Bangladesh helped by tight naphtha market in selling tender DHAKA: Bangladesh Petroleum Corp (BPC) will sell 170,000 barrels of naphtha to Unipec at a premium of $0.39 per barrel to Singapore quotes, the highest since August and sharply up from the previous sale. Unipec offered the best price among six companies that competed for the tender, a BPC official said on Monday, as the tender opened on Feb. 18 with validity up to Feb. 26.This will be the highest selling price since August when ...