*Demand weak in Europe and Asia but supplies ample. *U.S., EU prepare more sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. LONDON, July 28- Brent crude oil slipped towards $107 a barrel on Monday as ample supply in the Atlantic basin and weak demand in Europe and Asia outweighed worries over political tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East.» Read More
*First 1 million barrel cargo being loaded at Ceyhan, Turkey. ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, May 22- Iraqi Kurdistan started loading oil from its new pipeline for shipment from a Turkish port on Thursday, defying the Baghdad government, which claims sole authority over Iraqi crude and declares any independently sold oil as' smuggled'.
*Move likely to infuriate Baghdad. ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, May 22- Iraqi Kurdistan started loading oil from its new pipeline for shipment from a Turkish port on Thursday despite a dispute with Baghdad, which claims sole authority over Iraqi oil and declares any independently sold oil as' smuggled'.
*Baghdad has threatened to sue companies doing trade. LONDON, May 15- Israeli and U.S. oil refineries have joined the growing list of customers for crude from Iraqi Kurdistan, a region locked in a bitter struggle with the central government in Baghdad that says the sales are illegal. Baghdad refuses to sell oil to Israel, echoing other Arab states.
--Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, May 12- If you are looking for an explanation as to why crude oil prices in Asia aren't lower, then the blame rests squarely with Chinese stockpiling.
NEW YORK, May 9- Nuevo Midstream LLC has hired Barclays PLC to explore a sale of the U.S. natural gas pipeline infrastructure company that could fetch more than $2.5 billion, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.
*China palm oil imports seen falling on credit curbs. SINGAPORE/ KUALA LUMPUR, May 7- China's refined palm oil imports could be hit as buyers struggle for funding, the latest casualty in Beijing's crackdown on commodity financing in the face of slowing domestic demand.
*China palm oil imports seen falling on credit curbs. Commodities have been commonly used for financing in China, where traders or investors borrow against a product with the aim of investing the money in high-return areas such as real estate.
Nat gas prices are set to go higher, according to the chairman and CEO of energy-focused investment firm BP Capital.
April 28- Williams Partners LP said Monday it plans to return to service the four undamaged units at its natural gas processing plant in Opal, Wyoming, which shut last week after an explosion and fire damaged one of the facility's five units.
NEW YORK, April 8- Magellan Midstream Partners, the U.S. In a presentation made to investors on Tuesday, Magellan said of the $950 million it plans to spend between 2014 and 2016, 80 percent will go to crude oil projects primarily in and around Texas and its shale oil plays.
April 6- An unexplained blast this week at a liquefied natural gas facility in rural Washington state, which injured workers, forced an evacuation and raised alarm about a potentially large second explosion, could focus attention on the risk of storing massive gas supplies near population centers.
U.S. oil futures slipped further below the key $100 a barrel level, and international crude moved closer to U.S. prices as some geopolitical pressures eased.
The next move for world oil prices is likely lower, as growing U.S. oil production outweighs the impact of elevated tensions surrounding Ukraine.
LONDON, March 13- Royal Dutch Shell will cut spending by a fifth and lay off staff at its American exploration and production business, the company said on Thursday, in another sign that oil majors are struggling to profit from the booming U.S. shale sector.
*Independent crude shipment to market challenges Tripoli. TRIPOLI, March 8- Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth.
*Independent crude shipment to market challenges Tripoli. TRIPOLI, March 8- Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tries to export oil from a rebel-controlled port east of Tripoli, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth.
LUSBY, Md., March 2- Maps of Indian and Japanese ports paper the walls of a Dominion Resources Inc conference room in a small Maryland town, population 1,835, known more for crabbing and bird watching than global trade and the U.S. natural gas revolution.
PARIS, Feb 27- GDF Suez took a 15 billion euro writedown in 2013, mainly for gas storage and gas power plants whose value was hit by a price slump, but new dividend and profit guidance for the years ahead lifted its share price.
SINGAPORE/ MELBOURNE, Feb 26- Australia is turning into a playground for global oil traders, who are snapping up storage tanks and terminals as they bet on it to become Asia's top importer of oil products as demand rises and old, inefficient refineries close.
The autonomous region's prime minister and top energy official travelled to Baghdad earlier this week, intensifying efforts to settle the long-running dispute over exports of oil from Kurdistan via a new independent pipeline to Turkey.