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Total Boosts North Sea Oil Output With New Startup

August 30, 2017 Tsvetana Paraskova 0

Total SA will be adding production capacity of up to 56,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day (boed) to its North Sea production after it started up production from the Edradour & Glenlivet gas and condensate fields in the West of Shetland area, the French oil and gas giant said on Wednesday. The new start-up fields are located close to the Laggan-Tormore fields that came online in February 2016. “We have completed this project ahead of schedule and 30% under the initial budget”, Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production,…

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For Israel displacing Bedouins is financially rewarding

When we speak of occupation, repression, displacement and control, we tend to look at the most powerful and visual sources of coercion and injustice: armies, government policies, policing and diplomacy. The decision of the Be’er Sheva Magistrate’s Court that six Bedouin residents of Al-Araqeeb village in the Naqb/Negev, all Israeli citizens, pay some $100,000 to the state in compensation for the expenses incurred in the demolition of their homes demonstrates the effectiveness of less visible micro-mechanisms to affect these major aims. In this case, how the law can be used as an effective weapon of displacement. Where people cannot be cowed to stop resisting the demolition of their homes, a poor population like the Bedouin can be attacked at their […]

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Oil Shipments From Louisiana Jump Ahead Of Harvey

August 30, 2017 Irina Slav 0

Traders are scrambling to ship as much oil and oil products from the Louisiana coast before Hurricane Harvey hits it and disrupts loadings, Reuters reports. Oil import and export terminals in Texas were closed earlier, when the storm ravaged the state. It was the strongest hurricane to hit Texas in more than five decades. Now Harvey is moving to Louisiana, expected to reach the coast today. In a statement from 1:30 AM CDT today, the National Weather Service warned that Harvey “continues to bring threat of tornadoes, high tides, and heavy…

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Libya rescues 542 Europe-bound migrants in two days

August 30, 2017 rbksa 0
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TRIPOLI: Libya’s coast guard has rescued almost 550 migrants this week in four separate operations west of the capital Tripoli, navy spokesman General Ayoub Kacem said on Wednesday.
Libya has been a springboard for illegal migration to Europe, especially Italy, since becoming engulfed in chaos following a 2011 revolution that toppled and killed its longtime ruler Col. Muammar Qaddafi.
Tens of thousands of migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe each year on overcrowded and flimsy boats run by unscrupulous people traffickers.
Kacem said the latest rescue operations took place on Monday and Tuesday off the coasts of Sabratha and Sidi Bilal, ports west of Tripoli.
Two separate operations off Sabratha brought to shore 252 migrants from African and Arab countries, including women and children, said Kacem.
A total of 290 migrants, all African, were rescued in two other operations off Sidi Bilal, he added.
A total of 125,000 migrants have so far crossed the Mediterranean by boat this year while an estimated 2,400 have died en route, according to UN figures.
The vast majority of arrivals have landed in Italy, which lies a mere 300 kilometers (186 miles) from Libyan shores, before traveling on to other EU members.
Italy has sent naval vessels at the request of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord to assist Tripoli in intercepting migrants, on a mission disputed by rival authorities in eastern Libya.
On Monday, African and European leaders meeting in Paris backed proposals to screen asylum-seekers in Africa as a way to prevent thousands from undertaking perilous sea journeys.

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Oil Field Disruptions Cost Libya 350,000 Bpd In Output

August 30, 2017 Irina Slav 0

Recent disruptions of oil production in Libya have cost the country 350,000 barrels daily in lost output, the central bank of the country said, adding that the effects of these disruptions will force it to curb spending further even though it has been trying to avoid this. Before the recent string of production disruptions, which were caused by militant blockades on pipelines carrying crude from three fields to export terminals, Libya was pumping over 1 million barrels of oil daily, eyeing 1.2 million bpd in output by the end of the year. But earlier…

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Poverty leads Yemen boy to commit suicide

August 30, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A 12-year-old Yemeni boy has hung himself because his family couldn’t afford new clothes for Eid, the New Arab reported. Ammar Mohamed Ali was found dead on the roof of his family home in the city of Ta’iz. Sadiq Abdullah Al-Qubati, a neighbour told the news site that Ali was heartbroken that Eid was on its way and that he didn’t have new clothes or an animal to sacrifice. The war in Yemen had left Ammar’s father in a difficult financial condition leaving him unable to purchase new clothes for his children. Impoverished Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sana’a. Read: Saudi Arabia should stop […]

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Israeli embassy reopens in Cairo

August 30, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israel has returned its diplomatic staff to Egypt some eight months after its embassy’s closure, the Associated Press reported yesterday. Whilst the Israeli Foreign Ministry refused to comment on the issue, airport officials anonymously informed reporters that Israeli Ambassador David Govrin flew back to Cairo last night with eight staff members. A large security motorcade escorted the diplomats to their offices in Giza. Zionist Union MK Ksenia Svetlova, a member of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee who has been urging the return of the diplomats to Cairo, welcomed the move and expressed hope that the return of the embassy staff would “open a window for the expansion of the relations between the two countries in other fields, such […]

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EU official: Give Libya $7bn to tackle migration

August 30, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The president of the European Parliament has called for Libya to be paid €6 billion ($7.15 billion) to stop the flow of migrants; twice the amount that Turkey was paid for the same initiative. President Antonio Tajani’s suggestion came as Libya’s Presidential Council (PC) head Fayez Al-Sarraj joined EU and African leaders in Paris, France, this week for discussions on how the migrant crisis could be controlled. Tajani called on Europe to make the funds available to Libya with a long-term EU investment strategy for other African countries including the popular routes of Chad and Niger. The meeting included Presidents Idriss Deby of Chad and Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger who joined France’s President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian […]

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15 Gazans die after Israel denies them treatment

August 30, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Some 15 Gaza residents have died since the start of 2017 after Israel denied terminally ill patients the necessary permits to travel outside the besieged Strip for medical treatment. Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights revealed the figures in a statement yesterday, condemning the Israeli blockade on the coastal enclave that has resulted in its healthcare service being brought “to its knees”, in the words of the World Health Organisation. Al-Mezan cited the cases of two women who were refused travel documentation on numerous occasions: Kaenat Jarour, a 42-year-old uterine cancer patient, and Faten Ahmed, a 26-year-old woman who died as a result of a brain tumour due to Israel’s refusal to allow her to re-enter Jerusalem where she had initially […]

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Mexico publishes first monthly natural gas price index after moving to competitive market

August 30, 2017 Today in Energy 0

Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) released their first monthly price report on August 18, 2017. As part of its ongoing series of energy reforms that reduce government market controls, the Mexican government converted to a liberalized natural gas market on July 1, 2017.

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