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US shale gas, China polyethylene may challenge Gulf petchems

Low oil prices, US shale gas and China's polyethylene could pose a challenge to the Gulf region's petrochemical industry, Qatar's Energy and Industry Minister Mohammed Saleh Al Sada said.   "One

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Oil price declines have shale investors scrambling

Plummeting oil prices are pushing some of the small-cap companies which flourished as part of the US shale energy boom close to their breaking point, while also prompting some well-known fund managers to aggressively buy energy stocks.

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Goldman slashes 2015 oil price forecast

Goldman Sachs has slashed its 2015 oil price forecasts, making it the most bearish among major financial institutions, following a near 25 per cent fall in crude prices over the past five months. The US investment bank said rising

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Sinking oil prices may curb US output too slowly for Saudis

Saudi Arabia effectively started a global oil price war this month aimed at quickly denting US oil output. Slowing a US drilling boom, however, could take more than a year.   Many observers expect a downward spir

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Oil bounces from 4-year low to $85 as dollar falls

Brent crude bounced off a four-year low on Wednesday to above $85 a barrel, a level that was still down 25 per cent since June, as a drop in the value of the dollar attracted some cautious buying in the oil market. On Tuesday, the

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Price slump yet to hit US shale oil: IEA

The vast majority of shale oil in the US is produced at costs far below the current price of crude, the head of the west's energy watchdog said, which means US projects can withstand the market slump squeezing other producers.

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Oil would hit $150 without US shale: EIA

Crude oil would cost at least $150 a barrel due to supply disruptions in the Middle East and North Africa were it not for rising production in North Dakota and Texas, US Energy Information Administration (EIA) chief Adam Sieminski said in an int

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Lower oil tilts economic, political balance in US favour

The drop in oil prices to their lowest in two years has caught many observers off guard, coming against a backdrop of the worst violence in Iraq this decade, heightened tensions between the West and Russia, and sanctions against Iran.

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Jordan to sign $2.4bn power plant deal

Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (Nepco) has given approval to an Estonian-Malaysian consortium to sign deals for building the country's first $2.4 billion oil shale-fuelled power plant, said a report. The Cabine

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Aramco seeks interest for unconventional gas work

Four companies have expressed interest in bidding for work on unconventional gas in Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil exporter pushes ahead with plans to develop challenging shale deposits, industry sources said. The compani

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