ENERGY TECH
Iraq PM holds rare talks with Exxon chief
Baghdad (AFP) Jan 21, 2013 – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki held talks with ExxonMobil’s chief on Monday, a rare meeting with the US energy giant whose disputed deal with the autonomous Kurdish region has drawn Baghdad’s ire. Nuri al-Maliki also appeared to once again rule out production-sharing deals that Exxon has signed with Kurdistan, arguing that Iraq’s substantial oil reserves “belong to all Iraqis,” an oft-c … more

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extra extra newspaperChina-Myanmar pipelines to open in June: Xinhua
Beijing (AFP) Jan 21, 2013 – Oil and natural gas pipelines linking China and Myanmar – Beijing’s “new strategic channels” – are expected to be finished by the end of May and could be operating soon after, state media reported Monday. Gao Jianguo, the head of the project under the China National Petroleum Corporation, told the official Xinhua news agency that the 1,100-kilometre-long pipelines should be completed by Ma … more

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Russia eyes private boost for Arctic energy
Moscow (AFP) Jan 20, 2013 – Stalling production and global warming are seeing the Russian government mull breaking up its Arctic energy monopoly and allowing independents to survey some of the world’s most coveted oil and gas fields. The idea – debated at a top but private cabinet meeting this week – is still nascent and opposed firmly by the state’s natural gas supplier Gazprom and main oil provider Rosneft. But … more

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Iraq finds extra billion barrels of oil: ministry
Baghdad (AFP) Jan 20, 2013 – Iraq said on Sunday it has discovered deposits of crude equivalent to one billion barrels of oil after the first exploration work by state-owned firms in almost 30 years. The deposits were found after exploration in Maysan province, in southern Iraq near the border with Iran, and could potentially make a significant addition to Baghdad’s already substantial reserves. “Exploration began i … more