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Algeria boosts oil output at two major fields, official says HASSI MESSAOUD: Algeria has boosted output at two major oil fields, including the giant Hassi Messaoud field, an official at state energy firm Sonatrach said on Monday. Production at Hassi Messaoud, 800 km (500 miles) southeast of the capital Algiers, has risen to 470,000 barrels from 420,000 barrels a few months ago, the Sonatrach source told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference. Output at Ourhoud oil field, around 1,100 km southeast of Algiers, has risen to 125,000 barrels from 100,000 barrels, the source, who did not wish to be named, said. The Ourhoud field is operated by Sonatrach and its associates Anadarko, Pertamina and Cepsa. "Algeria's top goal is to increase output by 30 percent by 2020," Energy Minister Nouredine Bouterfa told reporters in Hassi Messaoud. Bouterfa has also said that Algeria will not wait for a tender in two years time, but will deal directly with international firms ...

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Azerbaijan's oil output edges up 0.4pc in first half BAKU: Azerbaijan produced 21.06 million tonnes of oil in January-June, 0.4 percent more than in the first half of last year and the first rise since May last year, the State Statistics Committee said on Thursday.It increased its output of natural gas to 14.9 billion cubic metres (bcm), from 14.6 bcm.The central Asian country expects to produce 41 million tonnes of oil this year and 29 bcm of gas.Last year it produced 41.7 million tonnes ...

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Nigerian oil militants claim new attacks LAGOS: Nigerian oil militant group the Niger Delta Avengers on Sunday claimed five attacks on the country's oil and gas infrastructure in a revival of their sabotage campaign after a recent lull. Since early this year, the Avengers have been bombing pipelines as they fight to win the Niger delta region a bigger share of crude revenue and greater political autonomy. The sabotage is hitting the economy -- the central bank governor has warned a ...

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Kuwait to strengthen security at oil sites DOHA: Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) will reinforce security measures at oil installations in coordination with the country's interior ministry, a KNPC official spokesman said on Sunday. "Intensive security plans to protect oil installations and facilities will be supported by the military and taken up after coordinating with the Ministry of Interior and its subsidiary bodies," Khaled Al-Asousi was quoted as saying by state news agency KUNA on Sunday. He did not provide further details. ...

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Uganda in oil refinery talks with South Korean SK Engineering-led bid KAMPALA: Uganda has begun negotiations with a consortium led by South Korea's SK Engineering for the building of a crude oil refinery and ended talks with a group led by Russia's Rostec Global Resources, the energy ministry said on Friday. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development said the decision was reached to end talks with Rostec Global after it made additional demands to a deal reached in May, with it said was due to ...

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Nigeria signs $80bn of oil, gas infrastructure deals with China LAGOS: Nigeria has signed oil and gas infrastructure agreements worth $80 billion with Chinese companies, the West African country's state oil company said on Thursday. Nigeria, an OPEC member which was until recently Africa's biggest oil producer, relies on crude sales for around 70 percent of national income, but its oil and gas infrastructure is in need of updating. The country's four refineries have never reached full production because of poor maintenance, causing it to ...

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Nigeria oil output rises to 1.9 million bpd due to repairs LAGOS: Oil production in Nigeria has risen to about 1.9 million barrels per day (bpd), from 1.6 million bpd, due to repairs and more than a week having passed since a major pipeline attack in the Niger Delta, a state oil company spokesman said on Monday. Militants who say they want a greater share of Nigeria's oil wealth to go to the impoverished Delta region have carried out a spate of attacks on pipelines in ...