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Oil exports suspended from Libya oil terminal TRIPOLI: Libya's National Oil Corp announced Thursday it had imposed a state of "force majeure" on one of the country's main oil terminals after exports from it had been suspended.The measure clears the NOC of liability for failure to honour contracts.The Tripoli-based company said on its website the decision was taken because oil facility guards at Zueitina had halted exports and that force majeure was in effect since Tuesday.The guards took the action to prevent exports on behalf of the NOC based in the capital, according to the Lana news agency loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government.Since July 2014, the country has had two rival adminstrations -- the recognised government based in the eastern city of Tobruk, and its rival in Tripoli.At the same time, there are rival NOCs, which compete for contracts with foreign clients.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

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Kuwait oil minister says believes oil prices have bottomed out RIYADH: Kuwait's oil minister said on Wednesday he believed oil prices had bottomed out.Asked whether he agreed with recent remarks by Qatar's energy minister that oil prices had bottomed, Ali al-Omair told reporters on the sidelines of a carbon conference in Riyadh:"Yes I agree with him, because now for two to three months, the prices don't go down. So maybe yes, they are at the bottom." As he spoke, Brent oil was trading around $50.70 ...

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BP to begin north Alexandria gas output in early 2017 CAIRO: British oil major BP will begin gas production at its north Alexandria concession in early 2017 rather than mid-2017, Egypt's petroleum minister Tarek El Molla said at a news conference on Saturday. The offshore concession's output will be roughly "450 million cubic feet per day in 2017 and reach 1.2 billion cubic feet per day by the end of 2019," said El Molla. These volumes will mean a significant boost to gas production in ...

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Iran to up oil production one week after sanctions: Shana DUBAI: Iran will boost its crude oil production within one week once international sanctions are lifted and is determined to regain its lost market share, senior Iranian oil officials reiterated on Monday.Iran will raise production by 500,000 barrels per day in the first week after sanctions are lifted, Rokneddin Javadi, general manager of the National Iranian Oil Company, was quoted as saying by oil ministry news agency Shaha."A 500,000-barrel increase in Iran's oil production will ...

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Saudi crude oil exports fall in August to 6.998mn bpd: JODI DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's crude oil exports fell by 278,000 barrels per day in August, despite historically high wellhead production, while volumes of shipped refined oil products rose to a record high, official data showed on Sunday.The OPEC heavyweight shipped 6.998 million bpd in August, down from 7.276 million bpd in July, figures published by the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) showed.The world's biggest crude exporter trimmed its production by around 100,000 bpd in August pumping ...

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Qatar sees oil price recovery in 2016 DOHA: Qatar's oil minister said on Sunday he saw signs of an oil price rise in 2016 because of a recovery in the global economy and growth in demand.In a statement, Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada -- who is also acting president of OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries -- said the oil price has "bottomed out" and he sees signs of recovery next year.He said world GDP growth in 2016 is ...

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Oil market needs an anchor, Saudi adviser says KUWAIT: The lack of a clear leader or "anchor" in the global oil market is fueling uncertainty and leading to sharp swings in crude prices, but this uncertainty is unlikely to continue for long, a senior Saudi oil adviser said.The comments by Ibrahim al-Muhanna suggest that Saudi Arabia and the rest of OPEC understand that they are unable to manage the oil market alone for the time being, and would like to see some kind ...