Oil, Gas & Mining
Several oil wells that have caught fire near the city of Deir-ez-Zor are causing severe economic and environmental damage, according to the Minister of Oil.
The Minister of Oil has named new executives to chair two joint-ventures firms with international oil companies.
The Minister of Petroleum has said that his government has signed long-term contracts with foreign companies for the supply of oil products to Syria.
Syria has increased the price of gasoline by 18 percent as shortages persist across the country.
Syria’s crude production fell to 153,000 barrels per day in October 2012, according to a report on Syria’s oil sector.
The Syrian government has issued a tender for the construction on a BOT basis of a new crude oil refinery in the east of the country.
The Syrian government increased last week the price of heating oil by 40 percent, the fourth such rise in less than a year.
The Ministry of Economy has issued two decisions allowing both traders and manufacturers to import gas oil and fuel oil in a bid to alleviate shortages in the local market.
A tripartite meeting between the ministers of energy of Syria, Iran and Iraq will be held this month in Baghdad to follow up works on the Islamic gas pipeline linking the three countries, the Iranian Minister of Oil said.
A delegation from the Syrian government is in Ukraine negotiating a contract for the export of phosphate.
Syria has received a shipment of 13,000 tons of gas oil - mazout - and is expecting further supplies from “friendly” countries.
International sanctions, attacks on pipelines and the suspension of works at the refinery of Banias have reduced significantly the supplies of heating oil in Syria leading to a surge in its price in the black market.
Kulczyk Oil, an independent oil company, declared last summer force majeure on its operations in Syria.
Syrian rebels have taken a number of oil fields in the region of Deir-ez-Zor in the last few weeks, risking a disruption of supplies in the large urban centres of the west of the country.
The Syrian government increased last week by 10 percent the price of gasoline, a measure that will help it raise revenues.
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