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Statoil drills dry well in Barents Sea OSLO: Norwegian energy firm Statoil drilled a dry well in the Arctic Barents Sea, around 105 kilometres northeast of Hammerfest, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Thursday. Statoil and Cairn Energy unit Capricorn each hold 25 percent of the licence, state holding firm Petoro and Concedo each have 20 percent and Austria's OMV owns 10 percent. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Norway gets applications from 47 firms for oil licences OSLO: Norway received applications from 47 energy firms for licenses in oil and gas areas that are already open for exploration and production off Norway, oil and energy minister Tord Lien said on Thursday. In the 2013 licencing round for mature areas, Norway received applications from 50 companies and eventually awarded 65 licences to 48 companies.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Brent slides to new 17-month low under $98 LONDON: World oil prices tumbled Wednesday, with Brent hitting a new 17-month low after the OPEC oil cartel trimmed its oil demand growth forecasts. The market was also pushed lower following signs of weaker-than-expected crude demand in top consumer the United States.In late afternoon deals, Brent North Sea crude for October sank to $97.72 per barrel the lowest point since April 18, 2013. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for October delivery slid to $91.22 ...
North Sea Crude-Forties diffs edge up as Buzzard offline again LONDON: North Sea Forties crude differentials edged up slightly on Wednesday as Total returned to the market seeking October barrels and the Buzzard oilfield went offline again. The new shutdown follows outages on Sunday and Monday, as the 200,000 barrels-per-day field has struggled to return from seasonal maintenance. As a result of Buzzard's stop-start progress, traders are concerned there could be further delays to September loadings, although none were reported on Wednesday. So far, the ...
Europe Gasoline/ Naphtha Cracks rise to near one-month high LONDON: Gasoline refining margins in northwest Europe rose on Wednesday to a near one-month high at around $15 a tonne, supported by exports and expectations of tighter supplies in October While most traders have covered their buying quotas for September, supplies for October appear tight as refinery output is expected to decline due to refinery maintenance."October seems very tight," one trader said. A sharp rise in US gasoline stocks put heavy pressure on the benchmark ...
Thermal coal Prices rise, Europe-Australia premium over $10 LONDON: Thermal coal prices rose on Wednesday, reversing some of the previous session's losses, but European coal's premium over the Australian benchmark was still more than $10 a tonne, reflecting concerns about gas supply disruptions to Europe from Russia.European coal cargoes for delivery in October to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp (ARA) were shown at $76.50 a tonne on the GLOBALcoal platform, up $0.90 from the previous settlement. The premium over Australian prices is now around ...
Spot inches up as wind output falls further OSLO: Nordic day-ahead power prices inched up on Wednesday on expectations for lower wind power output and slightly higher consumption, analysts said.The day-ahead price for Thursday was set at 34.94 euros ($45.09) per megawatt-hour (MWh) at an auction on the Nord Pool Spot exchange, up from 34.74 euros for Wednesday.The day-ahead contract in the financial market last traded at 35.10 euros/MWh, meaning traders expected slightly higher spot prices."Spot prices firmed on expectations for lower output ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
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