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Apache announces Australian oil discovery SYDNEY: US energy firm Apache on Monday announced an oil discovery off northwestern Australia which it said could potentially represent a new oil province for the country.The find at the Phoenix South-1 well is the first for Apache Energy in the Canning Basin, some 180 kilometres (112 miles) north of the Western Australian town of Port Hedland."Although evaluation is at an early stage, Phoenix South-1 is an exciting result," said Apache's executive vice-president and chief operating officer for international operations, Thomas E. Voytovich."The oil and reservoir quality we have seen point to a commercial discovery. If these results are borne out by further appraisal drilling, Phoenix South may represent a new oil province for Australia."The company said in a statement it had confirmed at least four discrete oil columns."Measurements from the sampled zones indicate a productive oil reservoir with preliminary estimates that there might be as much as 300 million ...

Asia shares supported by upbeat China factory survey SYDNEY: Asian stock markets edged broadly higher on Thursday and the Australian dollar jumped after a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for recovery in the world's second-biggest economy. The HSBC flash PMI came in at 52.0 for July, well above forecasts of a small rise to 51 in July and the highest reading in 18 months. There was also good news on the outlook, with a sub-index of new orders reaching 53.7. ...
Australia shares flat in choppy trade, oil sector weak SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares were a shade lower on Wednesday, as investors remained cautious over turmoil in Iraq and ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting while the oil sector dragged. Oil companies were the heaviest drag on the index as Woodside Petroleum Ltd came out of a trading halt to lose 3.7 percent to A$41.28, its lowest price since May 23. Royal Dutch Shell launched a long-anticipated sale of most of its stake in Australia's ...
BHP boosts iron ore output and lifts guidance SYDNEY: Global mining giant BHP Billiton raised its fiscal year iron ore production outlook for a second time this year on Wednesday after seeing a better-than-expected jump in output for January-March.The world's biggest mining company increased guidance for production the year to June to 217 tonnes, up from the 212 tonnes previously forecast. That comes despite concerns about the strength of the economy in China, the number one buyer of ore.It said production in January-March ...
BP partners New Zealand Refining, Z Energy to buy crude WELLINGTON: BP has formed a joint venture with New Zealand Refining Co Ltd and Z Energy to buy crude oil for New Zealand's only refinery to help defend their common market against fuel imports. BP and Z Energy are NZ Refining's two biggest customers for petroleum products. At present, the 110,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) refinery operates only when crude shipments arrive and has to change its settings to cope with different types of crude. The agreement ...
Shell sells Australia gas project stakes for $1.14bn LONDON: Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday it had agreed to sell stakes in a gas project in Western Australia for $1.14 billion as part of the oil company's drive to improve its return on investment.Shell said it is selling an 8 percent stake in the Wheatstone and nearby Iago gas fields as well as a 6.4 percent stake in the related Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to the Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company ...
Shell, OMV, Mitsui to drill deepwater well in New Zealand WELLINGTON: Royal Dutch Shell, Austria's OMV and Japan's Mitsui will drill an exploration well off New Zealand's southeast coast, becoming the latest group to search for natural gas in the country's largely untapped deepwater basins. The Shell-led project would follow a programme by Anadarko Petroleum of the United States to drill two deepwater wildcat wells in New Zealand this year in a joint venture with Australia's Origin Energy Ltd.Anadarko has already started drilling its first ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 28, 2014
Reserves $13.582 bln