*Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Gail offering 5- year deals- sources. The chance to ship LNG from the United States, where natural gas output is booming, was touted as the solution to Asia's soaring energy needs and mounting fuel import bill-- and firms rushed in to grab a slice of the affordable action.
*Standard Life, RBS rally after latest opinion poll. LONDON, Sept 11- European shares edged higher on Thursday, with Scottish-exposed companies such as Standard Life, SSE and Royal Bank of Scotland rallying after a poll suggested voters in Scotland would reject independence in next week's referendum.
Portugal's Galp and Spain's Repsol, more exposed than most to lucrative exploration zones deep under Brazil's seabed, as well as France's Total on Angola exposure, are seen as the pick of the bunch as BP and Royal Dutch Shell suffer from weak exploration results.
SANTIAGO, July 15- Chile's state oil company ENAP said on Tuesday it would start using U.S. shale gas during the first half of 2016 via an ongoing supply contract with Britain's BG Group Plc.
*Oil minister sees production from BP project in 2017. AL-ASEEL OIL FIELD, Egypt, June 26- Egypt's oil minister said on Thursday that BP's $10 billion gas project, stalled for three years, had restarted and that production would begin in 2017, a sign of progress in efforts to ease the worst energy crunch in decades.
CAIRO, June 26- Egypt will pay $1.5 billion of the money it owes to foreign energy companies by the end of 2014, its oil minister said on Thursday, as the government aims to lure back wary investors to tap its reserves and boost production to meet soaring demand.
*BP likely to supply volumes from U.S.- source. MOSCOW/ MILAN, June 17- BP will sign a deal worth around $20 billion on Tuesday to supply China National Offshore Oil Corporation with liquefied natural gas, Chief Executive Bob Dudley said at a conference in Moscow.
*Airlines sink, oil majors rise as Iraq violence boosts oil. Violence in Iraq hit broader market sentiment and boosted oil prices, with airline stocks among the worst hit while shares in oil majors gained.
*Italy strategic economic partner of Kazakhstan- president. BOROVOYE, Kazakhstan/ MILAN, June 12- Italy's Eni signed an agreement with Kazakhstan's state-owned KazMunaiGas on Thursday to look for oil and gas in the North Caspian Sea in a move that will grow the oil major's footprint in the resource-rich country.
DAR ES SALAAM, June 9- A Tanzanian unit of Australia's Swala Energy Ltd is selling an almost 10 percent stake worth 4.8 billion shillings in an initial public offering on the east African nation's newly launched bourse for small firms.
SINGAPORE, June 3- Singapore officially started its first power plant that fully operates on liquefied natural gas on Tuesday, said the head of the company that owns the facility, as the city state tries to curb its reliance on piped natural gas.
CAIRO/ OSLO, May 12- Egypt has secured a means of importing liquefied natural gas that will help it address an energy crisis, although the LNG import terminal to be provided by a Norwegian firm will not be in place in time to ease painful gas shortages this summer.
LAUNCESTON, Australia, May 9- Building a fleet of the world's largest vessels has been touted as the solution to the high costs of developing the next phase of liquefied natural gas investments in Australia.
SINGAPORE, May 6- U.S. crude held steady below $100 a barrel in early Asian trading on Tuesday, as expectations of rising oil inventories in the United States were balanced by heightened tension in Ukraine.
LONDON, May 1- British oil and gas company BG Group reported a lower-than-expected drop in first-quarter profit on Thursday, just days after its chief executive resigned.
CAIRO, April 22- Egypt will pay about $1 billion of the money it owes to foreign oil companies within the next two months, the state's MENA news agency said, quoting Oil Minister Sherif Ismail. Egypt says it owes some $6.3 billion to those companies.
LONDON, April 14- When BG Group Plc announced last week it was shifting the headquarters of its oil and liquefied natural gas trading operation to Singapore from Britain, it said the aim was to get closer to its customers. "Singapore has already attracted some people from Geneva," he added.
*Israel in talks with Egypt, Turkey on major gas export deals. MILAN/ LONDON, April 14- Israel's drive to export its new-found natural gas could help to rebuild strained ties with old regional allies Egypt and Turkey, but could deprive Europe of a precious alternative to Russian gas.
MUMBAI, March 28- After waiting nearly two years, India's GMR Energy plans to file an IPO prospectus in coming days to raise about $250 million, sources with direct knowledge of the deal said, starting what bankers hope is an election-fuelled revival in equity raising.
Andrew Walker, head of LNG strategy at BG Group, says that while Ukraine has had little impact on the LNG market so far, it will be "tight" towards the end of the decade.