NEW YORK, March 12- New York's Albany County on Wednesday issued a moratorium on the expansion of crude oil processing in the Port of Albany, pending a public health investigation.» Read More
TORONTO/ CALGARY, Feb 20- TransCanada Corp said on Thursday it is weighing how to proceed with its controversial Keystone XL pipeline after a U.S. legal setback, even as it pushes ahead with a far larger line that could bring oil sands crude to international markets.
MOSCOW, Feb 20- Russia's Rosneft said it had resumed shipments of oil products from its Ryazan refinery following a fire last week, which was caused by a railcar crash. Last week Rosneft halted output at the refinery, which is a major supplier to Moscow's airports, and stopped sending products through the Transneft's pipeline system due to safety reasons.
SINGAPORE, Feb 18- Top oil producer Russia is aiming to eventually triple exports to China to some 1 million barrels per day, seeking to secure market share and billions of dollars in pre-payments.
*Russia, Iraq oil sales rise more than projected China import growth. *Latin America, Africa volumes to China dropping this year.
*Social unrest in Venezuela adds to jitters. SINGAPORE, Feb 19- Brent crude held above $110 a barrel on Wednesday, underpinned by geopolitical concerns in Africa and Venezuela, while U.S. oil traded near a four-month high amid strong winter demand. A frigid winter in North America has sapped heating oil supplies in the United States and buoyed prices.
SINGAPORE, Feb 19- U.S. crude rose above $103 a barrel on Wednesday, close to a four-month high, on forecasts of lower crude and oil products stockpiles due to new pipeline capacity and robust winter demand.
*Social unrest in Venezuela add to jitters. SINGAPORE, Feb 19- Brent crude held above $110 a barrel on Wednesday, underpinned by geopolitical concerns in Africa and Venezuela, while U.S. oil touched its highest in four months as stockpiles are forecast to fall on winter demand and new pipeline capacity.
SINGAPORE, Feb 19- U.S. crude rose above $103 a barrel on Wednesday to a fresh four-month high, on forecasts of lower crude and oil products stockpiles due to new pipeline capacity and robust winter demand.
LONDON, Feb 17- Brent crude oil steadied above $109 a barrel on Monday, supported by a weak dollar, supply disruptions and a severe winter across North America that has boosted heating demand. Brent crude oil rose 5 cents to $109.13 a barrel 0900 GMT, swinging between a high of $109.40 and a low of $108.93.
SINGAPORE, Feb 17- Brent futures slipped towards $109 a barrel on Monday as disappointing U.S. economic data revived worries about demand from the world's top oil consumer, but strong consumption of heating fuels due to a cold spell checked losses. Brent crude slipped 4 cents to $109.04 a barrel by 0523 GMT, swinging between a high of $109.40 and a low $108.93.
--Clyde Russell is a Reuters market analyst. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 17- China's record imports of crude oil in January have largely, and correctly, been dismissed by the market as being artificially boosted by restocking ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays.
*U.S. crude for March delivery fell 13 cents to $100.23 by 0030 GMT after closing at $100.35 on Thursday. *Libya's oil output dropped to 460,000 barrels per day on Thursday after protesters shut down pipelines from the El Wafa and El Sharara oilfields, the National Oil Corporation said on Thursday.
Feb 13- Cenovus Energy Inc said on Thursday it will take longer than expected to bring its Foster Creek oil sands project in Alberta to its full production rate as the company delayed optimization work until after an expansion is completed.
NEW YORK, Feb 13- Brent crude oil futures prices edged lower on Thursday, pressured by a forecast dip in demand during refinery maintenance season and a rise in jobless claims in the United States, the world's largest oil consumer.
NEW YORK, Feb 13- Crude oil prices slipped on Thursday, pressured by an expected dip in demand during the refinery maintenance season and a rise in jobless claims in the United States, the world's largest oil consumer.
Feb 13- Canadian oil and gas producer Cenovus Energy Inc's fourth-quarter operating profit fell short of analysts' estimates as production at its Foster Creek oil sands project in northern Alberta dropped 11 percent.
*Joins EIA, OPEC in raising demand growth estimate. That was boosted by a rebound in demand in North America and Europe after several years of declining consumption. The Paris- based agency increased its estimate of the demand for oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries from last month's report by 100,000 bpd to 29.6 million bpd.
*OPEC, IEA, EIA all raise oil demand growth forecasts. LONDON, Feb 13- Brent crude oil slipped towards $108 a barrel on Thursday, easing for the first time in three sessions ahead of an expected dip in demand during the refinery maintenance season. The comments reinforced supportive reports by the U.S. Energy Information Administration and OPEC.
*Rosneft says expects Ryazan refinery back to normal by Feb. 19. MOSCOW, Feb 13- Russia's top oil producer Rosneft said it had halted output of oil products at its Ryazan refinery, a key fuel supplier to Moscow's airports, after a fire late on Wednesday caused by a railcar crash.
*OPEC, EIA raise oil demand growth forecast for this year. Losses were limited as data showed record crude imports by China in January, and major forecasters U.S. Energy Information Administration and the OPEC raised their expectations for oil demand growth this year.