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  • *OPEC output 300,000 bpd above 30 million bpd target. Supply from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries averaged 30.30 million bpd in November, down from a revised 30.64 million bpd in October, according to the survey based on shipping data and information from sources at oil companies, OPEC and consultants. OPEC at its meeting in Vienna...

  • YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia/ JAKARTA, Dec 2- Indonesia's new administration plans a major expansion of oil storage and will construct more refineries as part of sweeping energy reforms that will also help in cracking down on any corruption in the state oil trader. In 2013, Indonesia's oil and gas sector made up over 7 percent of GDP in the $740 billion economy,...

  • JAKARTA, Dec 2- Indonesia's new administration plans a major expansion of oil storage and will construct more refineries as part of sweeping energy reforms that will also help in cracking down on corruption in the state oil trader. Sworn in just six weeks ago, President Joko Widodo launched the overhaul of the scandal-tainted oil and gas sector last Friday by...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 1- While North America has been gripped by controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline that would ship crude to the United States from the Canadian oil sands, a small Canadian company has been quietly digging in the oil sands of Utah with a secret weapon it thinks may end the environmental argument: citrus. The Calgary- based firm is developing...

  • SOCHI, Russia, Nov 28- Russian oil producer Rosneft has signed an agreement with France's Total to buy a 16.67 percent stake in the Schwedt refinery in Germany, Rosneft said in a statement on Friday.

  • VANCOUVER, Nov 26- TransCanada Corp will not renew its contract with U.S. public relations company Edelman after a leaked pitch for a campaign against opponents of one of the Canadian pipeline operator's biggest projects drew heavy criticism. Edelman has been working with TransCanada on the communications strategy for the proposed C $12 billion Energy East...

  • *China secretive on reserves, but target may be 90 days. BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, Nov 26- China is estimated to be holding double the amount of crude in its strategic reserves than its official plan has revealed, as the world's top energy consumer takes advantage of a dive in prices to strengthen its position in the global oil market. Based on data compiled by industry and...

  • *China secretive on reserves, but target may be 90 days. BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, Nov 26- China is estimated to be holding double the amount of crude in its strategic reserves than its official plan has revealed, as the world's top energy consumer takes advantage of a dive in prices to strengthen its position in the global oil market. Based on data compiled by industry and...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Nov 26- China has done two surprising things in oil markets recently; pledging to be more open about its strategic stockpiling and buying crude very openly in the daily trading window in Singapore. Since 2009, China has tended to boost crude purchases when it judges prices to be cheap on a relative basis. The bulk of these extra purchases...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 25- The United States is in the midst of renewing its 35- year-old commitment to supply Israel with oil in emergency situations after the pact expired on Tuesday, a U.S. State Department official said. The United States "is in close contact with the government of Israel on extending the longstanding memorandum of understanding" between the two...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 20- TransCanada Corp's plans for a pipeline to ship Alberta oil to Canada's East Coast face a new hurdle after Quebec said this week the project must meet seven conditions before it will be allowed to proceed through the province. Quebec's demands for the C $12 billion project, known as Energy East, follow a failed vote in the U.S. Senate aimed at...

  • BOSTON, Nov 20- Irving Oil has told regulators that recent air quality testing it commissioned around its oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada's largest such facility, shows no cause for public health concern. All the pollutants measured in the study "were found to be below available regulatory objective limits," Irving said in a summary...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 20- TransCanada Corp's plans for a C $12 billion pipeline to. Quebec's demands for the project, which TransCanada calls Energy East, come just days after a failed vote in the U.S. Senate aimed at forcing presidential approval of TransCanada's controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would move crude from the Alberta oil sands to the U.S. Gulf...

  • Libyan OPEC official indicates output cut on Nov 27. NEW YORK, Nov 19- Oil prices fell for a third straight day on Wednesday, as early gains on talk of a possible OPEC output cut vanished after the Federal Reserve released minutes of last month's policy meeting revealing worries that U.S. inflation could remain below target for "quite some time."

  • US Air Force cleared to purchase civilian jet fuel Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:16 PM ET
    A KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., refuels a B-1B Lancer during a training exercise Sept. 23, 2014, over South Dakota.

    The US Air Force just completed an initiative to convert all of its bases from military-specific grade jet fuel to a civilian grade.

  • *Morgan Stanley analysts expect production cut sooner or later. NEW YORK, Nov 19- Oil prices rose on Wednesday after Libya's representative to OPEC fueled hopes of an output cut, prompting traders to focus on next week's meeting of the producer group and ignore an unexpected surge in U.S. crude inventories. U.S. crude and Brent futures shrugged off the bearish...

  • Brent steady below $79 as divisions in OPEC grow Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:48 PM ET

    *OPEC divided over response to drop in oil prices. SINGAPORE, Nov 19- Brent crude held steady below $79 a barrel on Wednesday as data showed Saudi Arabia increased crude exports in September despite signs of an oversupplied market and divisions between OPEC members seemed to grow ahead of a meeting next week. "I don't think the market believes it, and even if OPEC...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 19- U.S. crude fell towards $74 a barrel in early Asian trade on Wednesday, headed for a third straight drop, after data showed top OPEC producer Saudi Arabia increased crude exports in September despite signs of an oversupplied market. *OPEC heavyweight Saudi Arabia's crude oil exports edged up in September by around 59,000 barrels per day while...

  • BEIJING, Nov 17- China's Sinopec Group has pledged to spend $4.6 billion over three years to address safety concerns related to its oil pipelines, after authorities asked for two of the firm's pipelines to be temporarily shut down following inspections. The State Administration of Work Safety ordered the company, parent of Asia's top refiner- Sinopec Corp, to...

  • India's Oct Iran oil imports rise 60 pct y/y -trade Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, Nov 17- India bought 60 percent more Iranian oil in October than a year ago as refiners held to higher volumes despite signs that world powers and Iran might not reach a final agreement on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme before a Nov. 24 deadline. Six world powers- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States- are negotiating with Iran to...