Oil, Gas & Mining

The Syrian government has provided a new estimate for the losses incurred by its oil sector from the uprising that began two years ago.
Syria has taken delivery of a new shipment of gas oil as it increased its imports of oil products in recent weeks, Reuters reported.
For the first time in years Gulfsands Petroleum derived no revenues from its Syria operations in 2012, the company's chairman said in a note to shareholders.
In the first quarter of this year, sales of key energy products declined by some two-thirds on an annual basis over growing shortages.
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.


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