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SLB Profit Rises 14% on Strong International Drilling Demand Amid North American Weakness

Top oilfield services firm SLB reported a 14% rise in first-quarter profit on Friday, in line with analysts' estimates, as higher oil and gas drilling demand in the Middle East and Africa helped offset weakness in North America.

Iraq Plans Oil, Gas Contract Bids on April 27

Iraq will hold a bidding round for oil and gas exploration contracts on April 27, the oil ministry said on Thursday.

Biden Unlikely to Tighten Iran Oil Sanctions Following Israel Attack, Analysts Say

Iran's unprecedented missile and drone strike on Israel is unlikely to prompt dramatic sanctions action on Iran's oil exports from the Biden administration due to worries about boosting oil prices and angering top buyer China, said analysts.

Oil Prices Dip as Market Reacts to Iran's Attack on Israel

Oil prices fell at Asia's open on Monday, as market participants dialed back risk premiums following Iran's attack on Israel late on Saturday, which the Israeli government said caused limited damage.

IEA Trims Oil Demand Forecast on Weakness in Wealthier Countries

The International Energy Agency (IEA) trimmed its forecast for 2024 oil demand growth on Friday, citing lower than expected consumption in OECD countries and a slump in factory activity.

ADNOC Explored Potential Takeover of BP, Sources Say

The United Arab Emirates' state-owned oil company recently considered buying Britain's BP but the deliberations did not progress beyond preliminary discussions, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Iraq to Restart Kirkuk-Ceyhan Pipeline as Kurdish Talks Stall

The reopening of the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, which has been shut for a decade, would provide a rival route to a pipeline from the Kurdistan region that has been shut for a year as talks between Baghdad and the KRG on resuming exports have stalled.

Lunate Acquires 40% Stake in ADNOC Pipeline Assets from BlackRock and KKR

Abu Dhabi investor Lunate said on Wednesday it had bought a 40% stake from private equity firms BlackRock and KKR in the entity that leases Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's (ADNOC) oil pipelines.

Mitsubishi Invests in EIG's LNG Company MidOcean Energy

Japanese trading house Mitsubishi has agreed to invest in MidOcean Energy, an LNG company owned by U.S. investment firm EIG, MidOcean said on Tuesday without giving details of the deal.

ADNOC Cuts Upper Zakum Oil Exports Sharply After Diverting Supply to Refinery

Exports of Upper Zakum crude from the United Arab Emirates fell sharply in March after ADNOC diverted more supply to its own refinery and boosted shipments of its lighter Murban oil, according to traders, analysts and shipping data.

QatarEnergy Signs Charter Deals for 25 LNG Vessels with Nakilat

QatarEnergy has entered time-charter party (TCP) agreements with Qatar Gas Transport Company Limited (Nakilat) for the operation of 25 conventional-size LNG vessels.

PetroVietnam Gas Signs Deal with QatarEnergy for LNG Purchase

PetroVietnam Gas said on Wednesday it has signed a contract with QatarEnergy to buy 70,000 metric tons of liquefied natural gas for delivery on April 12-13.

U.S. Opposes Pakistan-Iran Gas Pipeline Project, Warns of Sanctions

The U.S. said on Tuesday it does not support a Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project from going forward and cautioned about the risk of sanctions in doing business with Tehran.

Sudan War Causes Stoppages on South Sudan Oil Pipeline, Officials Say

The main pipeline carrying oil from South Sudan through Sudan for export has been suffering stoppages since last month due to problems linked to the war between Sudan's army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), according to three Sudanese officials.

Iraq, Oil Firms Trade Blame Over Shut Turkey Pipeline

Foreign oil firms operating in Iraq's Kurdistan region are partly to blame for the delay in resuming crude exports after failing to submit contracts for revision, Iraq's oil ministry said.

CEO: Other Nations Will Fill LNG Gap if U.S. Retreats, Baker Hughes Affirms

If the U.S. pulls back from permitting new LNG export plants, demand for the fuel will still be met from projects in Qatar, Argentina and Africa, the CEO of Baker Hughes, the world's largest provider of equipment for the LNG sector, said on Thursday.

Saudi Aramco CEO Foresees Prolonged Oil Demand Growth Amidst Shipping Disruptions

Global oil demand will not peak for some time, so policy makers need to ensure sufficient investment in oil and gas to meet consumption and abandon the fantasy of phasing out fossil fuels, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said on Monday.

U.S. Export Credit Agency Approves $500 Million Support for Bahrain Oil Project

The U.S. export credit agency on Thursday voted to approve a $500 million loan guarantee for an oil and gas drilling project in Bahrain, testing a U.S. climate pledge to stop backing projects that expand the use of fossil fuels.

IEA Forecasts Non-OPEC+ to Lead 2024 Oil Production Growth, Offset Output Cuts

Near-term global oil and liquids production growth will be driven primarily by the U.S., Guyana, Canada, and Brazil, offsetting voluntary production cuts by OPEC+, the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) forecast on Thursday.

Israel's NewMed Delays $2 Billion BP, ADNOC Buy-In Offer Amid Regional Uncertainty

A $2 billion offer by Abu Dhabi's national oil company and BP to buy a 50% stake in Israeli gas producer NewMed has been put on hold due to uncertainty in the region, NewMed said on Wednesday.

CarbonCapture Raises $80 Million from Saudi Aramco, Others for Carbon Removal Technology

Los Angeles-based CarbonCapture, which aims to build machines that suck carbon dioxide out of the air to fight climate change, said it had raised $80 million from investors that include Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco.

Venezuela Rushes to Strengthen Iran Relationship as U.S. Sanctions Loom

Iran and Venezuela are trying to patch together an oil alliance that began to fray last year, according to six people familiar with the matter, after the South American country fell behind on oil swaps that had boosted crude exports and helped stem domestic fuel shortages.

Turkey Inks Oil and Gas Cooperation Pact with Somalia

Turkey signed an offshore oil and natural gas cooperation deal with Somalia on Thursday, the Turkish Energy Ministry said, further strengthening bilateral ties after agreeing a defense deal last month.

IEA Forecasts Well-Supplied Oil Market in 2024 Despite Demand Slowdown

The global oil market is relatively well supplied with demand growth slowing, while supply is increasing from the Americas, the head of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) oil markets and industry division told Reuters on Thursday.

Montfort in Talks to Sell UAE Fuel Oil Facility to Sinopec

Geneva-based trading house Montfort Group is in discussion to sell part or all of its refining facility in the United Arab Emirates to the fuel oil arm of Chinese state giant Sinopec Corp., at least five industry sources told Reuters.

Temasek Shortlists Saudi Aramco, Shell for Pavilion Energy Asset Sale

Singapore's Temasek Holdings has shortlisted energy giants Shell and Saudi Aramco among a handful of companies to purchase most of the assets of LNG trading firm Pavilion Energy, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

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ADNOC Completes Acquisition of 24.9% Stake in Austria's OMV

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company said on Thursday it formally closed the acquisition of a 24.9% stake in Austria's Austrian oil and gas group OMV from Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Company.

Saipem Expects 20% Drop in Aramco Orders Following Capacity Target Cut

Italian energy contractor Saipem's CEO said on Thursday it expects a 20% drop in average annual orders from Saudi Aramco to 2027 as a result of the state oil company's decision to drop its capacity expansion plans.