Oil, Gas & Mining

Nicolas Rolandis, Cyprus' minister of trade, said that the sea pipeline supplying gas to Cyprus from Syria will see the port of Banias as its take-off point.
A Damascus meeting next week, will discuss Cyprus' future energy needs with both Syria and Egypt, its prospective suppliers of gas, Cyprus energy minister said.
Syria on Friday denied British accusations that it is importing smuggled Iraqi oil in contravention of U.N. sanctions, U.N. diplomats said.
Britain was set to challenge Syria at the U.N. Security Council's Iraqi sanctions committee on Monday night, raising the issue of the Iraqi oil Damascus is said to be buying.
Conoco and TotalFinaElf SA have brought the USD400 million associated gas project in Deir-ez-Zor (eastern Syria) to full capacity of 13 million m3/day, said TotalFinaElf.
Petro-Canada, one of Canada's largest oil and gas companies, has acquired the international oil and gas operations of Veba Oil & Gas, for a price of USD3.2 billion.
Syria on Friday denied British accusations that it is importing smuggled Iraqi oil in contravention of U.N. sanctions, U.N. diplomats said.
Australia's BHP Petroleum has joined the race with France's TotalFinalElf and Conoco from the US to develop gas fields in the region of Palmyra.
The Syrian government is planning to build a new oil refinery in the eastern province of Deir el-Zor.
Syria produced 2.043 million tons of phosphate in 2001, exceeding the planned production by around 300,000 tons.
According to Ibrahim Haddad, the new oil minister, the priority of his ministry will be to lift all the bureaucratic and administrative hurdles that foreign oil companies complain of in their dealings with Syria.
Opec announced yesterday it will reduce its crude oil output by 1.5 million barrels per day for six months starting January 1, under a rare and tough deal with rival independent oil producing nations.
Syrian crude oil exports for January are down versus this month, but the jury is still out on whether supplies continue to flow full-force through a pipeline from Iraq, industry sources said yesterday.
Syria produced 1.38 million metric tonnes of phosphate during the first 10 months of the year, according to the director of the Phosphate Mines Company in Palmyra, central Syria.
The Energy Intelligence Briefing, a newsletter published by the New York-based Energy Intelligence Group, estimated in its edition published yesterday that Iraq's oil exports through Syria, carried out without a UN approval, continued at a rhythm of ar...


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