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Dana Gas to cut costs and jobs by half at Head Office, will continue to invest in Egypt

Posted: January 13, 2016 at 2:57 pm   /   Oil & Gas

Abu Dhabi-listed Dana Gas aims to slash its head office workforce by 40 percent and cut general and administrative costs by half between 2015 and early 2016, its chief executive said on Tuesday. The energy company will continue to invest in Egypt and sees its production in the country increasing, Patrick Allman-Ward told reporters on […]

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Shell's shareholder Standard Life to vote against BG deal

Posted: January 11, 2016 at 4:55 pm   /   Oil & Gas

Royal Dutch Shell’s bid to acquire BG Group was dealt a blow on Friday when a first major shareholder said it would vote against the $49 billion deal due to a weak outlook for oil prices and risks related to BG’s assets in Brazil. Standard Life Investment’s announcement came on the same day influential shareholder […]

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Fall of oil price pushes EGPC to halt tender for new exploration

Posted: January 10, 2016 at 7:57 pm   /   Oil & Gas

The price of Brent on international markets recorded $34.4 on Wednesday and reached a maximum of $45 in November. The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) postponed offering new exploration tenders for oil and gas for foreign companies in ten areas until prices of Brent oil stabilise in international markets, instead of offering tenders early in […]

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Egypt approves Chinese coal-fired power plant proposals

Posted: January 10, 2016 at 7:49 pm   /   Electricity & Power

Egypt’s cabinet has approved two conditional contracts with Chinese firms to produce electricity from coal-fired plants with a total capacity of over 4000 megawatts, Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker said. China’s Dongfang Electric Corporation plans to build a plant with a capacity of 1,980 megawatts while Shanghi Electric submitted an offer to construct four plants with […]

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Production in Zohr fields to begin before end of 2017

Posted: January 6, 2016 at 7:15 pm   /   Oil & Gas

EGPC Chairman: Procedures of establishing Petro Shorouk will begin to manage and develop Zohr field. Petrobel is nearing the official formation of Petro Shorouk, the company’s subsidiary that will be tasked with completing the first developmental phase of the Zohr natural gas field before the end of 2017. The Italian Eni discovered Zohr field in […]

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French banks to finance MIDOR Refinery expansion

Posted: January 6, 2016 at 7:12 pm   /   Oil & Gas

Egypt’s oil refinery MIDOR will finance its planned expansion, borrowing $1.2 billion from French lenders Credit Agricole and BNP Paribas, a loan that will be guaranteed by the Italian central bank and the Italian export development authority, oil minister Tarek El-Molla told Egyptian state news daily Al-Ahram. MIDOR signed in April two deals worth $1.4 […]

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Leviathan partners and BG close to $30 billion Egypt gas deal

Posted: January 6, 2016 at 7:06 pm   /   Oil & Gas

The plan is to sign the contract before Shell completes its acquisition of BG next month. The Leviathan partners and British Gas (BG) are negotiating the final details of a contract for exporting Israeli natural gas to Egypt, and will sign it in the coming weeks, senior sources in the gas companies said today. According […]

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Egypt arrears owed to oil firms rises to $3 billion at end-2015

Posted: January 4, 2016 at 4:48 pm   /   Oil & Gas

Egypt’s outstanding arrears to foreign oil companies rose to $3 billion at the end of December 2015 from $2.7 billion at the end of October, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla told Reuters. The ministry had said in September that Egypt aimed to reduce the arrears owed to foreign oil companies to $2.5 billion by the […]

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The Saipem 10000 drillship arrives at Zohr-2 well location

Posted: December 31, 2015 at 3:02 pm   /   Oil & Gas

The giant drilling vessel Saipem 10000 arrived at the site of Zohr-2 well to start drilling operations, announced Eng. Tarek El-Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. Eng. El-Molla made his announcement as he chaired Petrobel’s General Assembly Meeting. The Saipem 10000 is a 5th generation ultra deepwater drillship, designed and built by Samsung Heavy […]

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Maridive to conduct offshore exploration in the Mediterranean

Posted: December 30, 2015 at 2:33 pm   /   Oil & Gas

Egyptian company Maridive & Oil Services S.A.E. has developed a strategy that targets natural gas exploration in Egyptian territorial waters, including the Mediterranean, according to a company source, who requested anonymity. This comes after the government halted several agreements with a number of international companies following the Zohr discovery, the largest natural gas field found […]

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