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Saudi 600MW solar project tendered

Saudi Arabia plans to tender a contract to build a 600 megawatt solar power project in Mecca, the country’s energy ministry said in a tweet on Sunday. The plant is part of a wider plan to build a 2,600 megawatt solar power project in Saudi city, which will be implemented …

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Oman investing in Sri Lankan oil

Oman’s oil minister arrived in Sri Lanka on Saturday to participate in the launching of a $3.85 billion oil refinery project, government officials in Colombo said, three days after Oman said it had not yet agreed to invest in the facility. The arrival of Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy could …

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Protests spread to Algeria’s petroleum workers

Algeria’s newly-appointed prime minister has started talks to form a new government, state media reported on Sunday, in a move designed to placate protesters demanding President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika and his inner circle step down. The discussions began as some workers at Algeria’s biggest gas field staged a protest against …

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Gas pipeline explosion in Iran

At least two people were killed on Thursday in a gas pipeline explosion in southwest Iran, the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported. “The pipeline links the gas network from Mahshahr city to Ahvaz city,” ISNA said, adding that one child and a woman were killed in the blast. A …

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Iran expanding gas development and exploration

Iran is to launch four new phases at South Pars, the world’s largest gas field, with a production capacity of up to 110 million cubic meters per day, the oil ministry said on Twitter on Tuesday. No additional information was provided on when the four new phases would be launched. …

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Saudis adament over fixed OPEC policy

Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday it would be too early to change OPEC+ output policy at the group’s meeting in April and that China and the U.S. would lead healthy global demand for oil this year. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies such …

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Kuwait happy with current rate of oil prices

Kuwait’s Oil Minister Khalid al-Fadhil said current oil prices are good for producers and consumers, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai reported on Sunday. Al Rai cited al-Fadhil saying “current oil prices are good for producers and consumers, as consumer countries see that a price between $60-70 is a good price for everyone.” …

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Iranian navy repel pirate attack on oil tanker

Iranian naval forces intervened to repel pirates who attacked an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, state television reported on Friday. The broadcast said pirates in 11 speedboats attacked a tanker with a cargo of 150,000 tonnes on Thursday. It showed naval forces opening fire on speedboats, without …

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Bahrain looking into shale cooperation

Bahrain is talking to U.S. oil companies with shale oil expertise about developing a huge oil and gas field discovered last year, and hopes to have an interested company by the end of the year, the oil minister said on Tuesday. Last April Bahrain said it had discovered its largest …

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