February 23, 2011 |
With the price of oil flirting with the $100-a-barrel level for the first time in more than two years, stock investors increasingly fear that Mideast turmoil could put the brakes on U.S. economic growth. Financial markets were spooked Wednesday by signs that the confrontation between Libyan strongman Moammar Kadafi and anti-government protesters was intensifying. Protesters said they seized control of a major city in the western part of the country, while the government was said to be massing fighters around Tripoli, the nation's capital, in preparation for potential clashes in coming days.
January 29, 2011 |
Oil prices surged Friday as concerns mounted that anti-government protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen could affect Middle East oil production. If that happens, analysts said, oil prices could quickly rise to $130 a barrel. The protests sent crude oil futures for March delivery up $3.70, or 4.3%, to close at $89.34 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Analysts said traders were buying up oil in case the anti-government sentiment spreads and disrupts oil output.
January 3, 2011 |
A pistol sits next to a battered radio while Peter Bashir Bandi, a rebel turned political leader, lounges in a gold brocade chair listening to reports about what may soon be the world's newest, and most precarious, nation. He speaks eloquently of democracy and stitching together a country from deserts and jungles. But his gun is seldom far from his grasp, a sign that southern Sudan has known little peace in Bandi's lifetime, tumbling through two civil wars that spread mass graves, famine and generations of orphans across the land.
May 12, 2010 |
Brazil and its huge offshore oil finds may be getting much of the oil world's attention these days, but Latin America's energy scene has another rising star: Colombia. In the latest upward revision of the nation's production targets, a top official of state-controlled oil company Ecopetrol said Monday that Colombia's crude oil output should reach at least 1.2 million barrels a day by the end of 2012, nearly double the average daily production reached last year. The ramping up of crude production would strengthen the country's status as the region's fourth-largest oil producer and probably lead to increased Colombian exports to the U.S., analysts said.
June 1, 2009 |
There is "no way" OPEC will cut production when the group meets again in September, Kuwait's oil minister said, after the supplier of about 40% of the world's oil left output quotas unchanged last week. "We're not in favor to see the prices in the hundreds because this will fuel recession again," Sheik Ahmed al Abdullah al Sabah told reporters Sunday in Kuwait City. "We have to give the world economy more time" to recover from its worst recession since World War II.
May 26, 2009 |
Chevron Corp. said it shut down about a quarter of its oil production in Nigeria after one of its pipelines in the Abiteye area of Delta State was breached. Nigeria's main militant group in the oil-rich Niger River delta said it destroyed "major" trunk lines feeding Chevron's Escravos crude oil terminal. Production of about 100,000 barrels a day was shut down to protect the environment, Chevron spokesman Scott Walker said Monday by e-mail from Houston.