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Brazil's energy ministry said on Saturday it backed full independence for Petrobras to set domestic fuel prices, blaming past controls for saddling the state-controlled oil company with crippling debt that is the oil industry's largest.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries failed to agree on a clear oil-output strategy on Thursday as Iran insisted on steeply raising its production, though archrival Saudi Arabia promised not to flood the market and sought to mend fences within the organization.
Argentina's YPF and Chile's Enap Sipetrol announced a joint project to expand the production of natural gas and crude from the offshore Magallanes Deposits, (PIAM), to the east of Magellan Strait Reserve. Representatives from Tierra del Fuego province and Magallanes Region, and from the two companies, attended the announcement ceremony.
The Falklands are a people, “my homeland”, with the right to freely choose our own future, as enshrined as leading principle in the UN Charter and safeguarded by the several covenants on civil and political rights, said Falklands' government representative Krysteen Ormond addressing the Pacific Regional Seminar of the C24, Special Decolonization Committee.
Venezuela's government on Saturday extended by two weeks a decree reducing the public sector workweek to Mondays and Tuesdays in a bid to tackle the oil-rich country's electricity crisis. The enforced leave was first announced in late April, a drastic move for a government also grappling with an economic crisis that has Venezuelans queuing for hours to buy scarce supplies.
Petrobras will finally get its day in a U.S. court on Sept. 19 in a trial that pits 18 former executives and 13 investment banks, including J.P. Morgan Securities, against U.S. and U.K. investors. Claimants are seeking “tens of billions of dollars” in losses from the Brazilian oil and gas giant.
Brazil's suspended president, Dilma Rousseff, on Wednesday accused interim head of state Michel Temer of intending to privatize the oil discovered in recent years in deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean and thus deprive the nation's education sector of funding.
Argentina's Vaca Muerta shale formation in Patagonia remains an attractive asset for international investors, many of which are looking to increase the amount they have invested so far, according to the country's Energy Minister Juan José Aranguren, a former Shell Argentina CEO.
The Argentine government has announced a cap on hikes to natural gas prices for the country’s southernmost provinces, after pushback from governors, the Judiciary and even local demonstrators prompted Energy Minister Juan Jose Aranguren to reconsider the scope of his most recent reforms.
The first fracking operation in the UK since 2011 earthquake scares has been approved by North Yorkshire councilors, stirring a fresh debate on the benefits and risks of the controversial gas extraction method. Councilors granted permission to UK firm Third Energy to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at an existing drilling site near the village of Kirby Misperton.