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  • DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 25- Tanzania has held talks with France's Total and Britain's BP over oil and gas exploration, its energy ministry said on Saturday, aiming to add to major companies active in its thriving energy sector. Companies already present in the east African state include Norway's Statoil, Brazil's Petrobras, Royal Dutch Shell, BG Group and Exxon Mobil..

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 23- Persistent government intervention in Argentina's stagnating economy means oil and gas firms will remain cautious even if Congress backs a proposed law offering sweeteners to attract new investments worth tens of billions of dollars. Argentina needs to ramp up production from its vast but barely tapped Vaca Muerta shale oil and gas...

  • *Dubai's retail investors return to the market. *Dana Gas jumps after collecting some cash in Egypt, Iraq. Dubai's index rose 0.6 percent on the back of lenders Emirates NBD and Dubai Islamic Bank, both of which reported strong profit growth and beat analysts' estimates on Wednesday.

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Oct 23- Saudi Basic Industries Corp and Royal Dutch Shell have shelved plans to expand an existing petrochemical joint venture in Saudi Arabia as the results of feasibility studies were not encouraging. The two partners in the joint project, known as SADAF joint venture in Jubail, on the Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia, first announced plans to...

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Oct 23- Saudi Basic Industries Corp will not move ahead with plans to expand an existing petrochemical joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell in Saudi Arabia as the results of feasibility studies were not encouraging, SABIC said on Thursday, according to state news agency SPA. The two partners in the SADAF joint venture in Jubail, on the Gulf...

  • UPDATE 2-Total names refining boss to replace de Margerie Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 22- French oil company Total has appointed refining boss Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to succeed Christophe de Margerie who was killed in a plane crash in Moscow this week. The world's fourth largest oil company also named Thierry Desmarest, a former Total CEO, as non-executive chairman. Total's choice of a man from the downstream business...

  • * "Russia has lost a true friend," Putin. Known as "The Big Moustache" for his bushy, grey moustache, de Margerie, 63, was the most charismatic and outspoken oil executive of his generation who cultivated relationships with leaders across Africa, the Middle East and Europe. An opponent of Western economic sanctions against Russia, the Frenchman was close to President...

  • *Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plow as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie's Dassault Falcon jet was taking off...

  • *Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie's Dassault Falcon jet was taking...

  • *Total CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plow during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said. "Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that Chairman and CEO...

  • *Defender of Moscow policies killed in plane-plow crash. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in an airplane collision with a snow plow at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said on Tuesday. The collision occurred during takeoff of the Dassault Falcon business...

  • The U.S. Department of Energy is expected to release a report in late October that will help assess whether domestic gasoline prices would rise if Congress or the Obama administration lifted the 40- year ban on crude oil exports. Congress mandated the oil export ban following the Arab oil embargo of the 1970 s, which sent shock waves through energy markets and...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The U.S. Department of Energy is expected to release a report in late October that will help assess whether domestic gasoline prices would rise if Congress or the Obama administration lifted the 40- year ban on crude oil exports. Congress mandated the oil export ban following the Arab oil embargo of the 1970 s, which sent shock waves through...

  • Shell Midstream Partners files for $750M IPO Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 3:35 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shell Midstream Partners LP filed for an initial public offering that could be worth about $750 million before expenses and discounts. Shell Midstream was formed by Royal Dutch Shell, and it will focus on acquiring pipelines and other midstream assets. Shell Midstream's assets include stakes in Zydeco Pipeline Co., Mars Oil Pipeline Co., and Bengal...

  • Oct 20- Shell Midstream Partners LP, a master limited partnership formed by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, said it expected its initial public offering of common units to be priced at $19- $21 per unit, valuing it at up to $1.42 billion. A number of master limited partnerships, including PBF Logistics LP, Viper Energy Partners LP and GasLog Partners LP, have listed this year.

  • Oct 20- Shell Midstream Partners LP, a division of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, said it expected its initial public offering of common units to be priced at $19- $21 per unit.

  • *Deregulation not to impact India's diesel exports. NEW DELHI, Oct 20- India's scrapping of diesel price controls opens the door for private sector refiners to return to a domestic retail market from which they have been excluded for years because they could not compete with state firms. Reliance Industries plans to revive its old business cautiously, while...

  • UPDATE 2-Russia's top oil firms play down price drop Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:52 AM ET

    *Gazprom Neft sees oil price returning to $95- 110 per barrel. *Russia's 2015-2017 budget sees average oil price at $100 per barrel. Rosneft, the world's top listed oil company by output, and Gazprom Neft, Russia's fourth largest producer by output, said on Friday there was no need to panic.

  • Oct 15- The U.S. government is expected to release a report in late October that will help assess whether domestic gasoline prices would rise if Congress or the Obama administration lifted the 40- year ban on crude oil exports. Congress mandated the oil export ban following the Arab oil embargo of the 1970 s, which sent shock waves through energy markets and...

  • European stocks suffer biggest one-day slide since 2011 Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:49 PM ET

    *$255 bln wiped off the market value of STOXX 600 stocks. PARIS, Oct 15- A sell-off in European stocks accelerated on Wednesday, with a key index suffering its biggest one-day slide in nearly three years as investors slashed exposure to risky assets on mounting worries about global growth. That is more than Portugal's GDP and more than the entire market...