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General Interest 2005 P

  • 01/31/2005 -- Continuing M&A activity expected
    Exploration and production executives in an informal survey said they expect oil and gas prices to remain strong and merger and acquisition activity to continue.
  • 01/31/2005 -- Construction pace crucial to LNG supply
    Controversy about the siting of LNG receiving terminals draws much attention in the gas-hungry US, but the infrastructure for LNG exporters cannot be overlooked.
  • 02/01/2005 -- MARKET WATCH
    Energy prices rise in wake of OPEC meeting

    Energy prices rebounded Jan. 31 after ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries temporarily suspended the $22-28/bbl target price band for crude that they instituted in 2000, pending further study.
  • 02/01/2005 -- Japanese energy policy focuses on security
    The Japanese government is working on several fronts to enhance energy security and reduce the country's reliance on oil from the Middle East.
  • 02/02/2005 -- MARKET WATCH
    Prices fall in profit-taking

    Energy futures prices fell Feb. 1 in a wave of profit-taking from the recent market run up and expectations that the Energy Information Administration for the third consecutive week would register a build in US crude inventories.
  • 02/03/2005 -- MARKET WATCH
    Comfort level for crude stocks undercuts prices

    The near-month crude contract price fell to a 3-week low Feb. 2 as traders took comfort that US crude inventories remain in the upper half of the average range for this time of year.
  • 02/04/2005 -- MARKET WATCH
    Energy prices fall with low draw of natural gas

    Energy prices declined Feb. 3 as traders reacted to a lower-than-expected withdrawal of natural gas from US underground storage.
  • 02/07/2005 -- IFP chief: Oil-market shock possible
    The oil market remains vulnerable to shocks like those of the 1970s, warned Olivier Appert, president of Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP), in his annual assessment delivered at the Panorama symposium Feb. 3 in Paris.
  • 02/07/2005 -- Chávez pushes Citgo sale, China ties
    Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez said Feb. 2 that his government plans to sell its interests in eight Citgo Petroleum Corp. refineries in the US along with an undetermined number of its 13,000 retail outlets, 90% of which are in the US and 10% in Puerto Rico.
  • 02/07/2005 -- MARKET WATCH
    Energy prices mixed, with small changes

    Energy markets were mixed Feb. 4 with crude prices up slightly and natural gas still in decline.
  • 02/07/2005 -- Enterprise, Statoil swap Norway assets
    Enterprise Oil Norge AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of AS Norske Shell, and Statoil ASA agreed to swap some assets off Norway in a deal under which Shell will gain interests in three Statoil deepwater exploration licenses.
  • 02/08/2005 -- MARKET WATCH
    Natural gas slips below $6/MMbtu as energy prices fall

    Natural gas futures slipped below $6/MMbtu in a general retreat of energy prices on Feb. 7, after several ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries commented that crude prices are excessive and that they have no plans to reduce supply.
  • 02/08/2005 -- Iraqi oil output seen below capacity again in 2005
    Sabotage and technical problems will keep Iraqi oil production below capacity levels again this year, said a report from World Markets Research Centre, part of Global Insight Inc. (GI) of London.
  • 02/08/2005 -- US gas price forecast at $5.25-6/MMbtu
    Lukens Energy Group, Houston, forecasts natural gas prices at Henry Hub will average $5.25-6/MMbtu for 2005 based upon the consultant's expectations for fuel oil prices.
  • 02/08/2005 -- Unit hikes spending, reports Arkoma completions
    Unit Petroleum Corp., Tulsa, hiked 2005 capital spending 25% to $125 million excluding acquisitions and reported a sharp reserves increase for 2004.
  • 02/09/2005 -- Slate River to develop gas in Uinta, Piceance basins
    A group of seasoned Rocky Mountain oil and gas executives formed Slate River Resources LLC, Denver, to operate in the Central Rockies.
  • 02/09/2005 -- MARKET WATCH
    Natural gas futures climb back above $6/MMbtu

    Energy prices inched up on Feb. 8, with natural gas futures climbing back above $6/MMbtu as markets adjusted from the large selloff in the previous trading session.
  • 02/09/2005 -- Petrolifera to appoint Wine, Gusella to top spots
    Petrolifera Petroleum Ltd., 61% owned by Connacher Oil & Gas Ltd., Calgary, plans to appoint Gary D. Wine as president.
  • 02/09/2005 -- Nigeria deploys troops to quell fighting in main oil region
    The Nigerian government, evidently in response to criticism from a human rights group, has deployed troops to prevent further fighting in the country's main oil producing region, the Niger Delta.
  • 02/09/2005 -- Iraqi oil production depends on politics, oil minister says
    The production capacity of Iraqi oil in 2005 will primarily depend on political developments in the country after the Jan. 30 elections and the possibility of forming a harmonious government, according to Iraqi Oil Minister Thamir al-Ghadban.

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