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Nigeria faces questions over 'missing' oil money LAGOS: Africa's biggest oil producer Nigeria is facing questions about where billions of dollars in oil money is going, amid suspicions of fraud and it being syphoned off to fund election campaigns. The issue has been rumbling on since September, when the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation of withholding $49.8 billion in oil revenue. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who steps down as central bank chief in the coming months, later revised his figures down to $12 billion, sparking claims of political pressure.But this week he again claimed that the state-run NNPC owed the central bank money -- this time $20 billion from the $67 billion earned from oil between January 2012 and July 2013. "It is now up to NNPC... to produce the proof that the $20 billion unremitted either did not belong to the federation or was legally and constitutionally spent," he ...

UAE's Dana Gas says Q4 profit rises 12pc DUBAI: Dana Gas made a net profit of 128 million dirhams ($34.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013, up 12 percent from a year earlier, the United Arab Emirates energy company said on Sunday. Net profit for the full year fell 6 percent to 571 million dirhams, due in part to rising royalty payments to the Egyptian government and lower sales of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Dana Gas ...
Middle East Crude: Weakens; ESPO premiums slump SINGAPORE: The Middle East crude market softened on Tuesday, following a slump in Russian ESPO premiums on weak demand. Russian producer Surgutneftegas sold three ESPO cargoes for March loading via a tender to Shell. Two of the cargoes were priced at premiums below $5 to Dubai quotes, down from premiums between $6.2 and $6.9 fetched for cargoes sold last week. The March 23-27 cargo was priced at $6.40 while the March 19-23 and 26-30 cargoes ...
Angola's onshore oil potential over 7 billion barrels: firm LUANDA: Angola has over seven billion barrels of oil potential in onshore blocks and production rights will soon go on sale, state-owed company Sonangol said Monday."The ten blocs that we will award have great potential, with on average 700 million barrels each," said Severino Cardoso, head of exploration at the firm."But that can increase with more exploration," he told a news conference after an information session with prospective investors.Earlier this month Sonangol announced ten new ...
Iraq oil exports dip in 2013: official data BAGHDAD: Iraq's oil exports in 2013 declined compared with the previous year, new figures showed on Wednesday, despite the country's efforts to dramatically ramp up crude sales to fund much-needed reconstruction.Exports in December recovered from multi-month lows earlier in the year, but were still below their peak, with overall exports and revenues for the year lower than similar figures for 2012, according to oil ministry data compiled by AFP.Overall, Iraq exported 72.6 million barrels of ...
Algeria sets new oil bids for August, winning contracts in Sept ALGIERS: Algeria will open bidding from foreign energy firms interested in its new oil and gas round on August 6, and winning companies will sign contracts on Sept. 5, the energy ministry said.The negotiations will be the first bidding under a new oil law passed in January last year, with 31 fields on offer. OPEC member Algeria hopes it can help reverse declining output after previous bids failed to bring in foreign investors."The competition perimeters ...
Some grades supported by Angolan Plutonio outage  LONDON: Some grades of Angolan crude oil for March export were supported on Friday, with a key grade out for the month, but overall differentials remained under pressure due to slack demand. There will be no cargoes of Plutonio crude oil for March loading due to maintenance at the field according to traders, which should give support to grades like Cabinda and Saxi which have a similar API. However more broadly, traders saw little scope ...

 



 
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