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Saudi Arabia, Russia Reach Deal on Oil Output Cut Extension

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OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC Russia have agreed a preliminary deal to extend existing record oil production cuts by one month while raising pressure on countries with poor compliance to deepen their output cuts, OPEC+ sources told Reuters."Any agreement on extending the cuts is conditional on countries…

Shell Weighs Sale of $2B-plus Share in Queensland LNG

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Royal Dutch Shell is considering raising more than $2 billion from the sale of a stake in the common facilities at its Queensland Curtis LNG plant in Australia, according to a sale flyer reviewed by Reuters."Royal Dutch Shell plc is considering a sale of a 26.25% interest in the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Common Facilities - a multibillion-dollar investment opportunity…

Ukraine's Odessa Gets First WTI Oil Cargo from US

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Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odessa is set to receive on Wednesday its first ever West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil cargo from the United States, according to industry sources and shipping data, just a month after the front-month futures for the blend turned negative.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) May crude futures sank to minus $38 per barrel on April 20…

Japan's JXTG to Spend $14B on Low-Carbon Transformation

JXTG Holdings Inc, Japan's biggest oil refiner, said on Wednesday it will spend 1.5 trillion yen ($14 billion) for the next three years to drive its transformation into a supplier of low-carbon energy and materials.The planned spending, mapped out under a new medium-term business plan through end-March 2023…

Wintershall Dea Earnings Drop

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German oil and gas company Wintershall Dea reported a sharp drop in earnings in the first quarter of 2020, prompting it to cut costs and reduce oil and gas exploration.Production amounted to 626,000 barrel of oil equivalent per day (mboe/d) in Jan-March, unchanged from the same 2019 period, the company said…

Brent Hits One-month High, U.S. Oil Tops $32 as Lockdowns Ease

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Oil prices jumped on Monday, with benchmark Brent hitting a one-month high and U.S. crude topping $30, supported by optimism about the reopening of economies and output cuts by major producers. Brent crude was up $2.32, or 7.1%, at $34.82 a barrel by 1344 GMT, its highest level since mid-April. U.S. West…

Lundin Cuts 2020 Oil Output Goal, Raises Long-term Target

Lundin Energy has cut its 2020 oil and gas output target after Norway's decision to reduce production along with OPEC+ producers, the Swedish company said on Monday.The company has a 20% stake in the Equinor-operated Johan Sverdrup field, which reached phase-one plateau output of 470,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in April.

TechnipFMC Cutting Jobs in Norway

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Franco-American oil services company TechnipFMC plans to cut up to 700 jobs across its sites in Norway due to the turbulent oil market situation, a spokesman for the company said on Tuesday.TechnipFMC, whose customers include major oil companies, said it employs 3,100 staff in Norway, and both permanent and temporary staff will be affected."TechnipFMC confirms that…

Angola Says Producer Cuts Insufficient, More Action Needed

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Angola sees an oil production curb by OPEC, its allies and other top producers as insufficient to balance global markets, state news agency ANGOP quoted resources and petroleum minister Diamantino Azevedo as saying on Friday."It is up to everyone to understand that, despite the measures taken by OPEC, oil producers in various countries should be aware that they may be called to

Indian LNG Importers Issue Force Majeure Notices

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Indian liquefied natural gas (LNG) importers have started to issue force majeure notices as domestic gas demand slumps and as port operations in the country get hit by a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, sources told Reuters."Demand has reduced drastically and it is likely to go down further, a company source with Gail (India) said."Only fertilizer…

Brent, WTI Fall as Coronavirus Spreads

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Brent fell by 10% on Monday, and U.S. crude to below $30, as emergency rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve and its global counterparts failed to tame markets and China's factory output plunged at the sharpest pace in 30 years amid the spread of coronavirus.Brent crude was down $3.58, or 10.6%, to $30.27 a barrel by 1231 GMT.

IEA Warns Oil Producers Against Playing 'Russian Roulette'

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The International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol said that "playing Russian roulette in oil markets may well have grave consequences", adding that oil prices below $25 a barrel would lead to stop in new U.S.

Asia LNG Spot Prices Drop to Multi-year Low

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Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices dropped to multi-year lows on Tuesday with at least one cargo being sold into Northeast Asia below the psychological barrier of $4 per million British thermal units (mmBtu).Gas prices are tumbling globally as new projects sanctioned when prices were higher ramp up output just as economic growth slows.

'Power of Siberia' Pipeline Begins Flow to China

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China has started to consume Russian gas via the newly launched "Power of Siberia" pipeline, said CNPC-backed Kunlun Energy Ltd, operator of the pipeline in China, on Wednesday.The company receives 250,000-300,000 cubic meters of pipeline gas daily from Russia, helping to ease tight gas supply in winter season in Harbin, provincial capital of the north-most region Heilongjiang.

BP More than Doubles US Shale Oil Putput in 2019

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PGNiG Open to Mergers with State-run Firms

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Polish gas company PGNiG is open to consolidation with other energy companies, its newly appointed chief executive said on Friday, as the government tries to merge state-run firms to strengthen their market position.The Polish state is a major shareholder in the energy sector, which is undergoing unprecedented consolidation, with PKN Orlen planning to take over refiner Lotos an

Apache Makes Major Discovery Offshore Suriname

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Apache Corp and Total SA said on Tuesday they had made a major oil discovery in a closely watched area off the coast of South America's Suriname, sending Apache's shares surging nearly 27%.The discovery, dubbed "among the most anticipated in the world" by one brokerage, is seen as central to Apache's efforts…

Workers at Port Jerome and Fos Refineries on Strike

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Workers at France's Port Jerome and Fos refineries, which are run by Exxon, have decided to go on strike, the CGT union wrote on a union blog page on Tuesday.Officials at Exxon in France could not be immediately reached for a comment.France's Prime Minister said earlier on Tuesday that the country was not at risk of a fuel shortage…

Oil on Track for Biggest Yearly Rise Since 2016

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Oil fell on the last trading day of the decade on Tuesday but was still on track for monthly and annual gains, supported by a thaw in the prolonged U.S.-China trade row and Middle East unrest.Brent crude was down 74 cents at $65.93 a barrel by 1434 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 82 cents…

Oil Prices Set for Biggest Yearly Rise Since 2016

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Oil rose on the last trading day of the decade on Tuesday and was on track for monthly and annual gains, supported by a thaw in the prolonged U.S.-China trade row and Middle East unrest.Brent crude was up 11 cents at $66.78 a barrel by 1143 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 6 cents at $61.74…