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2KEY8G1 Emirates Airline Airbus A380 aircraft landing. Aerial view of Emirates Airlines A380-800 airplane. An Emirates plane coming in to land at LAX; a spokesperson for Emirates said the contraventions were for safety reasons

US fines Emirates for operating in prohibited airspace

Emirates has been fined $1.5 million by the US Transportation Department for operating flights carrying JetBlue Airways’ JBLU.O designator code in prohibited airspace. The transportation department said that between December 2021 and August 2022, Emirates operated a significant number of flights carrying the JetBlue Airways code between the United Arab Emirates and the United States […]

The under-construction Golden Pass LNG facility in Texas

Builder of Qatar-Exxon LNG facility files for bankruptcy

Zachry Holdings, the lead contractor on the QatarEnergy and ExxonMobil Golden Pass LNG project in Texas, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Zachry Holding’s share of the $10 billion Golden Pass project is valued at $5.8 billion. The company said it is pursuing a “structured exit”. “Because we have been unable to find a […]

Debt-for-nature swaps may give $100bn boost to climate fight

Debt-for-nature swaps, where poorer countries have debt written off in return for protecting ecosystems such as barrier reefs or rainforests, could provide $100 billion for the fight against climate change, a new report has calculated. The UK-based, non-profit International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) based the estimate on the possibility of debt swaps in […]

Highway traffic in California. Opec said the upcoming 'driving season' in the US will provide the usual additional demand for fuel

Opec stands by predictions for oil demand growth

Opec predicts robust fuel use this summer and has stuck to last month’s forecast of relatively strong growth in oil demand in 2024 and 2025. The oil producers’ organisation predicted in its monthly report that global demand will rise by 2.25 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2024 and by 1.85 million bpd in 2025. […]

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Atvos in deal to build biomethane plant in Brazil

Brazilian ethanol producer Atvos has signed an agreement to build a biomethane factory in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, with investments seen at more than 350 million reais ($69.4 million), it said in a statement on Wednesday. The biomethane plant is expected to have a 28-million cubic meter capacity per crop and will […]

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Egypt’s inflation eases to 33.3% in March

Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation rate slowed to a lower-than-expected 33.3 percent in March from 35.7 percent in February, data from the country’s statistics agency Capmas showed on Monday. Month-on-month, prices rose by one percent in March, down from 11.4 percent in February. A poll of 12 analysts had expected annual inflation to climb to a […]

Aramco and Shell near final stage of Pavilion Energy talks

Saudi Aramco and Shell, which are competing to buy the assets of Singapore’s Temasek-owned liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading firm Pavilion Energy, are now locked in price negotiations after completing the due diligence process, three sources with knowledge of the matter said. The potential sale comes a decade after the Singapore state investment firm set up Pavilion […]

Adnoc Oil Pipelines was set up in 2019 to lease Adnoc's ownership interests in 22 pipelines

Abu Dhabi’s Lunate buys stake in Adnoc’s pipelines

US companies Blackrock and KKR have sold their 40 percent stake in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (Adnoc) oil pipeline infrastructure assets to Abu Dhabi alternative investor Lunate. Lunate is backed by Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund ADQ and has $105 billion of assets under management. The acquisition was made by one of Lunate’s funds. […]

Egypt’s Sisi vows continued development in new term

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was sworn in for his third term on Tuesday in the country’s new capital, the largest of the mega-projects that have come to symbolise his rule while stretching the country’s finances. Speaking at the new parliament building, Sisi highlighted the challenges Egypt withstood in recent years while promising continued development, […]

The value of the Egyptian pound has halved since 2022, leading to reduced investment

Egypt’s foreign assets deficit plunges after UAE land sale

Egypt’s deficit in net foreign assets (NFAs) shrank by EGP217.1 billion ($7.04 billion) in February, according to central bank data, after a $5 billion payment from the sale of development rights to prime Mediterranean land. Egypt received the initial $5 billion payment from the UAE in its $24 billion deal at Ras El Hekma peninsula west of […]

The project is expected to reduce water injection-related energy consumption by up to 30% at Adnoc's Bab and Bu Hasa oil and gas fields

Adnoc cuts Upper Zakum exports to fuel its refinery

Exports of Upper Zakum crude from the UAE fell sharply in March after Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) diverted more supply to its own refinery and boosted shipments of its lighter Murban oil, according to traders, analysts and shipping data. The swap in oil grades at Adnoc’s Ruwais refinery has tightened medium-sour crude supply […]

When all four reactors are online the $32bn Barakah plant is set to generate 5.6GW of power

UAE weighs investments in Europe’s nuclear power sector

The UAE has approached countries in Europe, including the UK, to gauge their interest in the Middle Eastern state investing in their nuclear power infrastructure, according to three sources familiar with the talks. As part of its outreach, the UAE has discussed the idea of state-owned Emirates Nuclear Energy Company (ENEC) becoming a minority investor […]

Middle East to drive rebound in smartphone market

Global smartphone shipments are expected to rebound three percent this year as easing inflation aids a demand recovery in emerging markets and the integration of generative AI attracts buyers to premium devices, a report by Counterpoint Research said on Thursday. Global shipments had declined more than four percent last year, earlier data from the research firm […]

Workers at an Aramco facility. Saipem had annual average orders of $1.6bn from Aramco between 2021 and 2023

Opec+ unlikely to adjust output before June meeting

Opec+ is unlikely to make any oil output policy changes until a full ministerial gathering in June, three Opec+ sources told Reuters ahead of next week’s gathering of ministers that is not expected to make any policy recommendations. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies led by Russia, known as Opec+, will hold […]

Turkish authorities are concerned about the connection between Meta's Instagram and Threads platforms

Meta faces legal action in Turkey over data sharing

Turkey’s competition authority on Monday imposed an interim measure on Meta Platforms meant to hinder data sharing between the Instagram and Threads platforms as it investigates possible abuse of the company’s dominant market position. In December the authority launched an investigation into Facebook parent Meta over a possible violation of competition law by linking its social media […]

Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, group chief executive officer of Mubadala

Sovereign funds must be ‘enablers of progress’ says Mubadala chief

Sovereign wealth funds have a responsibility to transform from asset investors to enablers of global progress, the CEO of Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, has announced. Al Mubarak told an investor conference in Abu Dhabi: “We are in the business of driving progress and investing in solutions to global challenges.” The government-controlled fund was […]

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Israel’s gas exports to Egypt and Jordan up 25% in 2023

Israel said on Monday that gas supplies to Egypt and Jordan rose by about 25 percent in 2023, despite brief disruptions at the start of the war in Gaza, adding that exports could be expanded further. Israel is positioning itself as a regional energy hub and has committed to supply natural gas to Europe, which […]

Turkish lira

Turkey’s lira flat ahead of quarterly inflation report

The Turkish lira was flat against the dollar on Thursday, and hovered near a record low hit earlier this week, as investors kept to the sidelines ahead of a quarterly inflation report in which the central bank is expected to raise its forecast. The lira stood at 30.6050 against the greenback at 05:46 GMT, slightly […]

Haluk Bayraktar, CEO of Turkish drone-maker Baykar

Turkey’s drone maker starts building Ukraine plant

Turkish defence company Baykar has started building a factory near Kyiv that will employ around 500 people, where it will manufacture either its TB2 or TB3 drone models, the company’s chief executive told Reuters. Turkish-made Bayraktar drones have gained prominence globally after being used by Ukraine’s military to thwart Russian forces by destroying armoured vehicles […]

Aramco's storage facility. Oil revenue reached SAR505.4bn in the first nine months of 2023, falling 24 percent year on year

Aramco keeps Asia-bound flagship crude price stable

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia unexpectedly kept the March price of its flagship Arab Light crude to Asia unchanged at a more than two-year low, an Aramco statement showed on Tuesday, as the Opec leader strives to maintain its market share. Aramco set the official selling price (OSP) for March-loading Arab Light to Asia at […]

Total Gulf deposits with Egypt's central bank stood at $29.9 billion as of March 2023

Iraq bans eight local banks from US dollar transactions

Iraq has banned eight local commercial banks from engaging in US dollar transactions, taking action to reduce fraud, money laundering and other illegal uses of US currency, days after a visit by a top US treasury official. The banks are banned from accessing the Iraqi central bank’s daily dollar auction, a main source of hard […]

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Lebanon passes 2024 budget without crucial reforms

Lebanon’s parliament passed an amended budget for 2024 that experts said neglected to include crucial reforms that would help the country emerge from a financial meltdown that has gutted the public sector for nearly five years. The draft was passed late on Friday after three days of drawn-out disputes, including several heated exchanges in parliament’s […]