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Uruguay may have found an offshore natural gas field holding as much as 3 trillion cubic feet of resources during studies of exploration areas it plans to auction in July 2009, the country's state oil company said.
Uruguayan authorities downplayed the announcement earlier this week of the discovery of significant natural gas reserves and possibly oil in the River Plate close to the Brazilian border.
Leading oil exporters have acknowledged the need to boost supplies to curb soaring prices but stopped short of specific commitments on extra output. Following their week end crisis summit in Saudi Arabia, officials noted price levels were hostile and more investment was needed to ensure adequate supplies.
The indigenous peoples of South America from the Andes highlands to the extreme south of Chile celebrated early Saturday the arrival of the winter solstice which signals the beginning of a new year.
European Union leaders have agreed to a 3-month study to find ways of cushioning the impact of soaring energy prices on the region's citizens. At an energy summit in Brussels, ministers discussed plans to ease the pain of record oil and gas prices on consumers and companies.
China, the world's second-largest consumer of oil, is to raise the price of petrol and diesel by 18%. The move, which could depress demand for oil from the fast-growing economy, caused the price of crude to fall 4 US dollars.
United States remains the dominant leader in science and technology worldwide despite perceptions that the country is losing its competitive edge, according to a RAND Corporation.
GeoPark Holdings Limited announced the discovery of two new gas fields in the extreme south of Chile, the Magallanes Region. The gas fields are on the Fell Block following the successful drilling and testing of the two new gas wells.
There are no quick fixes to soaring oil and food prices, Group of Eight finance ministers concluded on Saturday, although disagreements emerged about the role that speculators were playing in exacerbating price rises.
Saudi Arabia plans to increase its oil production by 200.000 barrels a day next month, the kingdom's oil minister told U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, according to Ban's spokesman. By July Saudi Arabia's output should be almost 10 million bpd.