(GULF OF MEXICO) JUST IN: At least five people have been killed and six injured in a fire at an offshore oil platform owned by Mexico’s state-run company Pemex #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.24: The incident comes six weeks after a gas leak in an underwater Pemex pipeline triggered a fire on the ocean’s surface in the Gulf of Mexico.

#AceDailyNews says that a fire at Mexican offshore oil platform has killed at least five kills as rescue workers are still searching for two people who are missing: The fire also caused work to be halted at 125 oil wells for which the platform provides gas and electricity.

A view of the fire on an oil platform in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche state, Mexico, 22 August 2021.
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The fire broke out while maintenance work was being carried out The fire broke out while maintenance work was being carried out

The July blaze was dubbed “eye of fire” with footage widely shared on social media. 

Both that blaze and the one which broke out on Sunday were linked to Pemex’s most important oil development, Ku-Maloob-Zaap located in the Gulf of Mexico. The company’s chief executive, Octavio Romero, denied that a lack of investment was to blame for the incidents.”There is not a problem of lack of resources. The oil industry is a risky industry. We have had accidents, which in numbers are less than in previous years,” he said at a news conference on Monday. He added that this most recent fire had broken out as crews were performing maintenance work on the oil platform.Pemex said production at Ku-Maloob-Zaap would resume by Wednesday. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Aug.24: 2021:

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(YEMEN) Petroleum Piracy War Report: Company says the Saudi-US coalition continues to cause more killings in the Arab country by seizing ships carrying oil derivatives to the port of Hudaydah #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: We call for an end to the piracy and the arbitrary conduct of the US-led war coalition countries in their continuous seizure of ships carrying petroleum products and preventing them from entering the port of Hydaydah,” it added…..

#AceDailyNews says that US, Saudi Arabia cause more killings in Yemen by seizing oil tankers: Petroleum Company: In a statement on Monday, the company said the Saudi-US coalition is still holding four oil vessels, including two gas tankers containing 60,000 liters of gasoline and diesel for a period of more than eight months, the company said, according to Yemen’s al-Masirah television network.

Monday, 16 August 2021 6:04 AM  [ Last Update: Monday, 16 August 2021 6:22 AM ]

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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Yemen Petroleum Company also blamed the coalition countries and the United Nations for the catastrophic consequences of the coalition’s continued piracy.

US blocking political solution to Yemen crisis: Ansarullah
US blocking political solution to Yemen crisis: AnsarullahThe spokesman of the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement censures the United States’ interventionist measures in Yemen.

“The continuation of seizing ships carrying oil derivatives by the war coalition is a blatant violation of international norms and treaties that criminalize damage to the needs of civilians, and we condemn the dubious international silence on the continuation of this crime,” it said.

Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2015, when Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a devastating military campaign to reinstall the overthrown government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Sana’a and crush the Ansarullah movement.

The war, however, has failed to reach its goals, and instead, killed hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people and put millions more at risk of starvation.

The Saudi-led war on Yemen has also destroyed much of the poor country’s infrastructure and displaced millions of Yemenis.

Yemeni army forces, allies will seize control over Ma’rib if pro-Hadi militants dismiss truce, says governor
Yemeni army forces, allies will seize control over Ma’rib if pro-Hadi militants dismiss truce, says governor a senior Yemeni official says army forces and fighters from Popular Committees will overrun the central province of Ma’rib in case Hadi loyalists refuse truce.

Earlier this year, the UN aid chief to Yemen, Mark Lowcock, said 16 million Yemenis are going hungry, with five million on the brink of famine. Lowcock added that Yemen could face the worst “man-made famine” that the world has seen for decades.

In spite of the devastating Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen, the Western powers, particularly the US and the UK, have continued to sell weapons and military equipment to Riyadh throughout the war.

On Sunday, the Saudi-led coalition continued to bomb a number of provinces, injuring civilians and causing damage to public and private property.

The coalition also launched two raids on Madghal and Raghwan districts in the oil-rich Ma’rib province, al-Masirah reported.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Aug.17: 2021:

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(NETHERLANDS) ICIJ REPORT: Dutch court sides with report calling dos Santos-linked energy deal an ‘act of corruption’ #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.30: A deal that gave one of the wealthiest families in Africa a lucrative stake in a large Portuguese energy company could be a step closer to dissolution, following a new ruling from a Dutch court.

Dos Santos partnership with Angolan state oil company ‘null and void,’ court-appointed director says, following an inquiry prompted by ICIJ’s Luanda Leaks.

ICIJ REPORT:

June 28, 2021Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos and her husband, Congolese art collector and businessman Sindika Dokolo in 2018.

The ruling validates a damning report from a court-appointed director of Esperaza Holding BV, a vehicle used by Angola’s state oil company, Sonangol, to buy shares in Galp, the Portugese energy firm. That report concluded that the 2006 sale of 40% of Esperaza to Exem Energy BV, a company owned by Congolese businessman Sindika Dokolo, was “an act of corruption” and should be voided.

At the time of the acquisition Dokolo was married to Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former autocratic president. He died in 2020.

The details of the acquisition were first reported by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists as part of Luanda Leaks, a global investigation into a decade of inside deals made by the dos Santos family at the expense of Angola, one of the poorest countries in the world.

Last year, following the ICIJ investigation, a special division of Amsterdam’s Appeal Court ordered an inquiry into the Exem deal with Sonangol. The court also froze Exem’s assets and removed Mario Silva, a key dos Santos business associate, from Esperaza’s board, appointing Camilo Schutte, a lawyer, as director. The inquiry is ongoing.Dutch court documents included this diagram on the relationship between the entities involved in a controversial shareholding deal now being investigated. 

In his report, Schutte concluded that Dokolo’s company had obtained its stake in Galp at a steep discount, ultimately paying less than 10% of the share’s value.

Lawyers representing Exem challenged the report and claimed that Schutte was not sufficiently independent and should be replaced, according to Dutch court records first obtained by Het Financieele Dagblad, an ICIJ partner. The Dutch court rejected that argument.

Schutte’s assessment shows that the purpose of the transaction was to give Dokolo and dos Santos “a very sizeable and unjustified advantage to the detriment of the Angolan State,” a five-judge panel said.

After being appointed Esperaza director, Schutte examined company records and court filings to make sure they were in compliance with the law, he told ICIJ. He determined the acquisition was clearly designed to favor the dos Santos family. “It’s a travesty of a real business transaction.”

“Exem has been revealed to be a front company with the sole goal to be part of a money laundering scheme to embezzle funds” ultimately belonging to the Angolan people, he said.

The unlawful nature of the transaction makes Exem’s shareholding in his company “null and void,” he said.

An Exem lawyer told ICIJ that Schutte’s findings were incorrect and that the company continues to pursue legal actions regarding his conduct.

Exem’s acquisition “was carried out in a transparent manner” and “the transaction has been hugely beneficial to Sonangol and – thus – the Angolan taxpayers,” Dan Morrison wrote in an emailed response.

Representatives for dos Santos didn’t immediately respond to ICIJ request for comment.

Schutte said he plans to notify the Dutch commercial register that Exem is no longer a shareholder of Esperaza, a move that could further imperil the dos Santos family’s stake in Galp.

In the meantime, Sonangol and Exem are embroiled in separate arbitration proceedings on the lawfulness of Exem shareholding. Sonangol lawyers expect a decision by September, they told ICIJ.

“There’s a difference between the old Sonangol and the new Sonangol,” said Maarten Drop, one of the legal counsels representing the company in the Dutch action. “The new Sonangol is trying to clean up the past and there’s a lot to be cleaned up.”

Criminal investigations into dos Santos and her companies are ongoing in a number of countries, including Angola where the government alleges she embezzled more than $1 billion in public funds.

Dos Santos has maintained her innocence and denied any wrongdoing.

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(SELIYAROVO, Russia.) Investigation Report: Russian oil companies are illegally disposing of millions of tons of contaminated drilling waste, a practice that is wreaking environmental havoc by polluting northern rivers that drain into the Arctic Ocean, a new RFE/RL investigation has found #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.01: This story repeats itself every year,” said one source in the oil industry in Khanty-Mansi, a western Siberian region that is home to some of Russia’s biggest oil fields. The source spoke on condition of anonymity, citing fears of retribution from officials for discussing the matter:

RFE/RL Investigation: How Russian Oil Companies Illegally Dump Massive Amounts Of Toxic Waste: The investigation by RFE/RL’s Russian Service found that regulations overseeing the disposal of drilling waste are routinely flouted, with bribes being paid to inspectors, data being omitted from required paperwork, and major oil companies pressuring regulators to effectively look the other way.

May: 25, 2021 08:07 GMT

Even when government inspectors uncover violations, they regularly issue toothless orders for the companies to adhere to the law — but don’t compel them to clean up the sites.

“Inspectors come from Moscow, leave with suitcases of money, and issue orders like this: They don’t demand that you eliminate violations, remove the waste, or reclaim the polluted tundra. They say, ‘Write that you buried your shit, and continue to bury it in the same way,'” the oil-industry source told RFE/RL’s Russian Service, known locally as Radio Svoboda.

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Illegal waste dumps on state oil giant Rosneft’s fields in the Khanty-Mansi region alone could do more than $8 billion in environmental damage, according to one of three reports commissioned by the Russian Health Ministry and obtained by Radio Svoboda, which is releasing them to the public in their entirety for the first time.

Drillers use specialized fluids that include oil, water, and other chemicaladditives, depending on the soil type. The average well depth is 3,100 meters, though many are 5 kilometers or deeper.

On average, drilling produces around 560 tons of waste per 1,000 meters, according to oil-industry sources. According to data from Russia’s Energy Ministry, 28.5 million meters were drilled in Russia in 2019, the most recent year for which data is available.

That would translate into almost 16 million tons of waste, according to the estimated average given by oil-industry sources. But according to Russia’s environmental regulator, Rosprirodnadzor, only 5 million tons of this waste was generated in 2019 — a discrepancy that suggests more than 10 million tons may have been disposed of illegally.

Environmental regulations require toxic drilling waste to be either processed or disposed of at special landfills that are designed to keep the toxins from leaching into the groundwater.

At many wells across Russia, the waste is stored nearby in temporary trenches known as holding ponds or “sludge barns.”Sludge residue in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District in 2012 (Source: Regional branch of Rosprirodnadzor in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District)

In southern regions, the sludge barns are usually 4 to 5 meters in depth. In the north, however, where oil fields are located in swampy tundra and in permafrost zones, above-ground sludge barns are built and surrounded by earthen berms that can be up to 4 meters in height.

Depending on the size and depth of a well, multiple holding ponds for a single installation can occupy a combined area of up to 2,500 square meters.

According to regulations, the walls and the bottom of the sludge pits are supposed to be insulated to prevent toxic substances from leaching into groundwater and soil. But no regulatory agency, either on the regional or the federal level, inspects the integrity of the ponds or the insulation materials.

“There is very little data on the study of drilling waste,” said Ivan Blokov, director of the Department for Programs, Research, and Expertise at Greenpeace Russia. ”But there is clear data on how the oil is poured out. Salinization of soils, oppression of plants, changes in the species composition of flora and fauna.”

“If it were one sludge barn, there would be nothing terrible about it. The trouble is that there are a lot of them,” Blokov told RFE/RL. “And we can see how much oil the northern rivers carry into the Arctic Ocean.”

New Technologies

Soviet oil drillers tried to incorporate Western technologies in the 1980s, but they were expensive, said Oleg Mitvol, a former deputy chief of Rosprirodnadzor. Instead, sludge was buried next to the wells.

In 1998, Russia adopted a law requiring waste to be processed and neutralized, or stored at special landfills.

According to Yevgenia Kiselyova, who worked in the Khanty-Mansi regional division of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, some oil companies, including Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Yukos, built properly designed holding ponds in the late 1990s; some of them are still functioning.

However, she said, “the rest of the landfills were just imitations, provided there were operating permits.”

As of 2015, Kiselyova said, there were an estimated 10,000 holding ponds in the Khanty-Mansi region and 300 new ones appeared every year.

One official in the region’s oil sector, who spoke to RFE/RL on condition of anonymity, said oil companies frequently undercount their drilling sites and sludge barns. That assertion is supported by a 2017 inspection of Rosneft by Rosprirodnadzor, which found that on just one of the state oil giant’s fields, it operated 34 well pads without the necessary permissions.

An oil-industry source who works in the Khanty-Mansi region told Radio Svoboda on condition of anonymity that there was no regulation whatsoever of illegally constructed well pads.

WATCH: A drilling-waste processing facility around 50 kilometers from the city of Nizhnevartovsk in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District. (Source: Radio Svoboda)

Other oil-producing countries try to minimize environmental damage from drilling waste by separating the soil from the hazardous liquids. A common technique is to burn off the flammable components of the drilling waste. But that is energy intensive and releases polluting emissions into the atmosphere.

Sludge is burned in Russia as well, but mostly that happens with waste collected from oil spills.

Other technologies in use include a German-designed process that uses low pressures to evaporate liquids, and results in relatively harmless output. Another, developed in Norway, is “thermal decomposition,” in which oil products are separated from the sludge and can even be processed further into fuel oil.

Fictitious Waste Disposal

The massive and systematic burial of drilling waste in Russia is also carried out under the guise of recycling.

Since 2000, Russian drillers have been allowed to use other “mixed technologies” to mitigate the environmental damage from drilling waste.

In theory, the waste is mixed with sand, cement, and a specialized foam product to create a “building material” that supposedly can be used for construction or other industrial purposes. The process involves simply mixing the ingredients together in a trench to “lock up” the toxic materials into an inert form that prevents them from leaching into the environment.

In reality, however, this technique exists largely on paper.

Drillers just cover the waste with soil, costing them a comparative pittance — 2,600 to 3,000 rubles ($35-$40) per cubic meter of sludge.

WATCH: Sludge barns near the shores of the Vakh River in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District in western Siberia. (Source: Radio Svoboda)

Even if drillers were using the “mixed technologies” process instead of just covering drilling waste with dirt, the resulting compound would not meet environmental standards.

In May 2010, recycled building material known by the commercial name “burolit” failed testing standards imposed by another regulator responsible for industrial quality-control, Rostekhnadzor.

The tests determined that oil products were found in the material at concentrations 12 times higher than permissible for the general environment, and some of the ingredients used turned out to be carcinogens.

Rostekhnadzor experts also concluded in 2010 that “burolit” was unusable for road construction, and that it was not even suitable to help construct new sludge barns.

Despite that fact, Rostekhnadzor later gave a one-year approval for the substance; in 2015, that approval was granted a second time.

An excavator mixes drilling waste, purportedly to produce “construction material,” on the territory of the Priobskoye oil field in 2010. (Source: Regional branch of Rosprirodnadzor in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District)
An excavator mixes drilling waste, purportedly to produce “construction material,” on the territory of the Priobskoye oil field in 2010. (Source: Regional branch of Rosprirodnadzor in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District)

In the early 2000s, there were attempts — on paper, at least — to recycle drilling waste into bricks for use in construction. In the Khanty-Mansi region, about 2,800 kilometers northeast of Moscow, Radio Svoboda visited one of the largest oil fields in the western Siberian region, where a facility supposedly producing these bricks was to have been installed.

Instead, however, the toxic waste was simply buried at the site.

Legal documents obtained by RFE/RL showed ownership of the plot, which dated back to a 2005 lease, was hidden behind a series of shell companies.WATCH: Sludge barns on the territory of Rosneft-controlled Priobskoye oil field, where a facility recycling drilling waste into bricks was supposedly to be built. 

After several inspections, Rosprirodnadzor won a series of court cases ordering the companies to remove the buried waste. However, the murky ownership of the land allowed the owners to drag out the legal process for nearly a decade. Last year, an arbitration court ordered one of the companies to pay a 3.6 billion ruble ($49 million) fine.

However, that company and the two others affiliated with it have all declared bankruptcy.

The sludge dumps at issue in those cases are located on Rosneft’s 5,400-square-kilometer Priobskoye oil field. A court ruled that only the bankrupt companies — not Rosneft — were liable for the pollution.Sludge barns on the territory of Rosneft-controlled Priobskoye oil field, where a facility recycling drilling waste into bricks was supposedly to be built.

Meanwhile, the buried waste remains in the ground, approximately 3.5 kilometers from the Ob, one of the world’s longest rivers, which drains into the Arctic Ocean.

In northern Russia, nearly all oil production takes place in protected watersheds, which are set up to keep pollutants out of waterways.

A 2019 report by the national meteorological monitoring agency, Rosgidromet, found that as much as 17,500 tons of petroleum products flowed from the Ob into the Kara Sea, an extension of the Arctic Ocean, that year. One federally commissioned report found that as many as 90 percent of fish in the Ob Basin have deformations and chronic dysfunctions of the body, which lead to mutation and extinction of species.

Reclaimed Lands

In Russia, the process for mitigating environmental damage from toxic drilling waste also includes a system for reclaiming land that has been used temporarily, and then theoretically cleaned up and returned to its natural state. Drillers are obliged by law to carry out reclamation.

In Khanty-Mansi, however, a commission appointed by local authorities oversees the approval process for accepting and then redistributing the reclaimed land to, for example, timber farmers; in Yamalo-Nenets, further north, reindeer herders are frequently given such land.

Beginning in 2010, these commissions were required to involve the participation of Rosprirodnadzor, a nod to rising concerns about the growth of unregulated sludge barns and improper drilling-waste disposal. Kiselyova’s department stopped signing land permits, and an increased number of fines and administrative violations were handed out for environmental violations.

In 2011, the regional natural resources agency appealed to the region’s governor, as well as federal agencies, saying the situation with drilling waste in the region was catastrophic and asking for support in developing better legal and regulatory measures.

The following year, however, the CEOs of some of Russia’s most powerful oil and gas companies co-signed a letter to then-Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, complaining that the excessive regulations on sludge and disposal would result in a slowdown in production — and, they asserted, social turmoil.

The final page of the September 2012 letter, signed by top Russian oil-company executives, to then-Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich complaining about excessive regulations on sludge disposal.
The final page of the September 2012 letter, signed by top Russian oil-company executives, to then-Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich complaining about excessive regulations on sludge disposal.

Later that year, the regional branch of Rosprirodnadzor, the environmental regulator, began to actively impede the work of Kiselyova’s department, she said.

She said her superiors began to close administrative cases her department had opened against oil and drilling companies. They also began to conduct inspections targeting Kiselyova herself and her subordinates for alleged impropriety, she said.

Kiselyova wrote a letter to President Vladimir Putin in 2014 stating that the reclamation process was regularly abused or ignored.

“No one has actually seen any results of such forest reclamation, forest restoration, or forest ecosystem in its diversity,” she wrote.

She took one company subsidiary to court to force it to comply with anti-sludge-dumping regulations, after which she said her car was shot up with an air gun and her tires slashed. She was subsequently fired.

Kiselyova fought her firing three times; three times a court upheld her dismissal.

Tatyana Kuznetsova, the head of Rosprirodnadzor’s department overseeing waste disposal, told Radio Svoboda that the agency was no longer involved in the land-reclamation commissions.

Buried Report On Buried Waste

In the spring of 2018, a scandal bubbled up in the Khanty-Mansi and Yamal-Nenets regions after the Russian media outlet RBK obtained a letter from a Russian Health Ministry analytical center about the storage and disposal of drilling waste in the two regions.

The letter, addressed to the then-head of Rosprirodnadzor, Artyom Sidorov, discussed illegal dumps of supposedly recycled drilling waste that had been discovered in both regions on fields operated by Rosneft, LUKoil, and other oil companies. It was sent by the then-acting head of the Health Ministry’s Center for Strategic Planning and Management of Biological Risks, which had conducted three separate studies over a two-year period at the ministry’s behest.

On Rosneft oil fields in the Khanty-Mansi region alone these dumps totaled 20 million cubic meters, with estimated ecological damage that could total more than $8 billion, according to the letter.

The head of Rosprirodnadzor’s regional branch in Khanty-Mansi was subsequently fired, as was Sidorov, the agency’s federal chief. But the scandal largely fizzled out.

Rosneft told RBK that the analytical center did not have the authority to conduct inspections and that the company adhered to environmental laws in its disposal of drilling waste. LUKoil told the newspaper that it worked with licensed contractors that dispose of drilling waste in line with government regulations.

And the analytical center’s full studies were never released to the public — until now.

Radio Svoboda has obtained copies of the three reports — totaling 630 pages that are not available online — and is releasing them in their entirety as part of this investigation. Radio Svoboda managed to review the reports on a computer terminal and photograph each individual page, as it was not permitted to print them out or download them.

Below are several key takeaways from the reports, based on this review:

  • Almost without exception, rivers and other bodies of water in the Khanty-Mansi and Yamal-Nenets regions are polluted. In some, the content of petroleum products is between five and 10 times above the maximum allowable limit, while the level of phenolic compounds is between 10 and 18 times the limit.
  • While the main environmental damage from oil-production is linked to emissions, drilling waste has a damaging effect on the demographic situation and the health of the population in Russia’s oil-producing regions, the authors of one report wrote. “The incidence of neoplasms, congenital malformations, and diseases of the blood and the immune system among the population living in oil-producing regions is 1.5 to five times higher than those in areas where there are no oil-production facilities,” they wrote.
  • Not a single technology for drilling-sludge processing was given a positive assessment by state environmental experts, one of the reports states. Surgutneftegaz, Russia’s fourth-largest oil producer, had used the “burolit mix” technique in the seven years prior to the report “despite the fact that the method…received a negative assessment” from state environmental experts, it states.
  • The processing of drilling sludge is conducted not by the oil companies themselves but by subcontractors. “There are so many inconsistencies in the legislation that today it is virtually impossible to bring claims against oil-producing companies,” one report states, referring to the part of the Rosneft field where drilling waste was supposedly to be recycled into bricks.
  • The recycled drilling-waste product known by the name burolit loses its commercial properties almost immediately, making it essentially waste but in a much larger volume than before the start of the process. “The disposal sites for this waste are becoming unauthorized dumps,” the authors wrote.
  • The reclamation of sludge barns is a “nominal event,” one report states, suggesting it is something that does not actually take place, and adding that “oil companies are extremely inattentive to this part of their activities.”

Reached by Radio Svoboda for comment, the Russian Health Ministry directed inquiries to the Center for Strategic Planning and Management of Biological Risks, which compiled the reports. The center said it was no longer conducting such studies, while the Health Ministry did not respond to a follow-up inquiry.

Kuznetsova, the head of Rosprirodnadzor’s waste-disposal department, told Radio Svoboda that she was not aware of the Health Ministry studies and therefore could not comment.

Asked about the discrepancy between the official figure of 5 million tons of drilling waste in 2019 and the estimated 16 million tons based on Radio Svoboda’s discussions with oil-industry sources, Kuznetsova suggested the official figure is more accurate.

She confirmed, however, that the responsibility of monitoring and reporting the disposal of drilling waste lies with the oil companies themselves, which should determine the toxicity classification with the help of private laboratories and carry out the disposal based on the results.

Only spot inspections can reveal whether oil companies are following this protocol.

Rosneft, LUKoil, and Surgutneftegaz did not respond to requests for comment.

Adapted and translated from the original Russian by Mike Eckel and Carl Schreck

Sergei Khazov-Cassia is a correspondent in Moscow for RFE/RL’s Russian Service.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.01: 2021:

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(LONDON) The International Energy Agency (IEA) Report: Says that no new fossil fuel boilers should be sold from 2025 if the world is to achieve net-zero emissions by the middle of this century #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.20: The sale of new petrol and diesel cars around the world would end by 2035: The IEA says that from now, there is no place for new coal, oil or gas exploration or supplies:

U.K. Climate Change: IEA Plan to Ban new gas boilers to reach net-zero emissions by 2025: It’s one of 400 steps on the road to net-zero proposed by the agency in a special report.

19 hours ago:

By Matt McGrath
Environment correspondent

The report has been welcomed as an important contribution on the road to COP26 in Glasgow, when countries will attempt to agree the measures needed to put the Paris climate agreement into practice. 

In that context, tackling the issue of how the world produces and consumes energy is the most critical endeavour.

The energy sector, according to the IEA, is the source of around 75% of the emissions of greenhouse gases that are driving up global temperatures. 

How will we heat our homes?Models designed so they could switch to burn hydrogen could be an option – and will probably be around £100 more than the £2,000 standard gas boiler.

This will help the climate because hydrogen from renewables burns with no emissions.But climate advisors say it will probably only heat around 11% of homes, because hydrogen supply will be limited.So most are expected to be warmed by heat pumps, which extract warmth from the air or the ground, or from water – a bit like a fridge operating in reverse which sell for between £6,000 and £18,000.

They’re subsidised, but MPs say the government needs to offer more help to home owners. What’s more, heat pumps need high levels of insulation which aren’t always possible.

There are other technologies being considered. Geothermal heat may warm places such as Cornwall. Nuclear might figure, too.But the great task of shifting heating from gas will be expensive and difficult. How will we heat homes in zero carbon Britain?

To keep the world safe, scientists say that global heating has to be limited to 1.5C by the end of this century. To keep close to that mark, emissions of warming gases need to drop by half by 2030, and essentially hit zero in 2050.

The IEA’s new study sets out what it believes to be a realistic road map to achieve that aim, while at the same time creating millions of jobs and boosting economic growth. VCGElectric vehicle charge points will have to increase to around 40 million worldwide over the next decadeBy 2050 it envisions a global economy that is twice as big as today, with two billion extra people but with the demand for energy dropping by 8%.The authors say their plan achieves this with no carbon offsets and a low reliance on technologies to remove carbon from the air.

Crucially, it sees no place for new supplies of coal, oil or gas.Key steps to net-zero in 2050Fossil fuel use falls drastically in the net‐zero emissions scenario by 2050, and no new oil and natural gas fields are required beyond those that have already been approved for development. No new coal mines or mine extensions are required.

Emissions from electricity generation fall to net‐zero in advanced economies by 2035 and globally by 2040. Renewables drive the transformation, up from 29% of generation in 2020 to nearly 90% in 2050.The number of public charging points for electric cars rises from around one million today to 40 million by 2030, requiring an annual investment of $90bn by the end of the decade. By 2035, nearly all cars sold globally are electric, and by 2050 nearly all heavy trucks sold are fuel cell or electric. Per capita income from oil and gas in countries that rely on fossil fuel production falls by around 75% from $1,800 to $450 by the 2030s.

However, the IEA’s route to net-zero will require massive investments and international co-operation on an unprecedented scale. It will also have direct impacts on consumers all over the world. Home heating with gas or oil is currently a major source of carbon emissions in many countries, responsible for around 20% of CO2 in the US and the UK.The IEA path to net-zero says that in just four years’ time, there should be no new fossil fuel boilers sold, except where they are compatible with hydrogen.

This will not be an easy shift for the building sector.”It will be very difficult, because it means a massive turn in the consumption behaviour,” said Maria Pastukhova, from the E3G environmental think tank. “The building sector is maybe one of the toughest ones because aside from the emphasis that the IEA has put on efficient buildings, all the old existing infrastructure has to be retrofitted. And that’s a particular challenge for governments.”

“ The IEA says that as well as greening the energy system it will need to be expanded to provide electricity to the 785 million people in the world who have no access at present.Jonas GratzerA worker cleaning solar panels at a solar park – the IEA says a massive expansion is needed: To meet this challenge the world will need to install four times the amount of wind and solar energy than it did in 2020. This equates to adding a massive solar park every day over the next nine years.By 2035 the report says there would be no more sales of new cars with petrol or diesel engines.

All of the world’s electricity would be emissions free by 2040. While the scale of the change is unprecedented, the IEA believes it will create around 14 million jobs by 2030, while investments in energy production soar to $5tn, boosting global GDP.”The scale and speed of the efforts demanded by this critical and formidable goal – our best chance of tackling climate change and limiting global warming to 1.5C – make this perhaps the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced,” said Fatih Birol, the IEA Executive Director.

“ The IEA’s pathway to this brighter future brings a historic surge in clean energy investment that creates millions of new jobs and lifts global economic growth. Moving the world on to that pathway requires strong and credible policy actions from governments, underpinned by much greater international co-operation.” One issue that has caused concern among environmentalists is the reliance in the report on unproven technologies, such as carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). There are also worries about bioenergy which involves the use of trees, crops and plants to make liquid fuel or to generate electricity.

The IEA path to net-zero sees a significant increase of around 60% in this energy source, with an estimate that energy crops and forestry plantations will take up 25% more land than is used today for bioenergy production.NurPhotoPalm oil has been a major source of bioenergy, used to make diesel”Burning forests for energy is the latest in a parade of false climate solutions,” said Hannah Mowat from Fern, a Brussels-based NGO campaigning to protect forests and people.”Sadly, the IEA has bought into it by proposing wholly unrealistic levels of bioenergy, which will damage forests the world over and worsen climate change. Instead of burning trees for energy, we should focus on cutting fossil fuel use, maximising energy efficiency and increasing renewables such as solar, wind, heat pumps and geothermal.”The IEA Net Zero by 2050 report can be found here.

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(MOSCOW) Corruption Report: Businessman Turned Journalist after being disillusioned with ‘ Criminal Underworld’ leads to digging up the dirt on oil companies that has led to Russia wanting to jail him for 11yrs #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.07: From the time Eduard Shmonin was a young man, he always wanted to be a gangster: The business model he adopted involved digging up dirt on officials and industry players — and then publishing it or withholding it, depending on the bidder:

SIBERIA: A Siberian Muckraker Exposed Massive Oil Theft: Now Russia Wants To Imprison Him For 11 Years: ‘But disillusionment with Russia’s criminal world came quickly for the Sverdlovsk region native after he served two years in prison for burglary in the 1990s. Shmonin, now 50, instead decided to get into journalism — a profession that he quickly determined was inextricable from local battles over money, resources, and influence’ I understood at the time that the job of a journalist is to get paid for what he doesn’t write,” Shmonin told RFE/RL’s Russian Service, known locally as Radio Svoboda, last year.

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Russian journalist Eduard Shmonin believes he was targeted by investigators for his exposé on massive oil theft in western Siberia. (photo illustration)
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Now prosecutors have asked a court to sentence Shmonin to 11 years in prison on charges of blackmail and distributing pornography — allegations linked to media operations he ran in Russia’s oil-rich Khanti-Mansi Autonomous District in western Siberia.

A verdict in Shmonin’s trial in Surgut, in western Siberia, which has been closed to the public, is expected next week.

And while Shmonin has never denied trafficking in “kompromat,” or compromising information, he believes he was targeted for an entirely different reason: a documentary he released exposing evidence of massive oil theft in the Khanti-Mansi region with the complicity of corrupt law enforcement officials.

An archive of materials gathered by Shmonin for the exposé and a planned sequel that never aired served as a pillar of an independent investigation by Radio Svoboda in March exposing the central role that Federal Security Service (FSB) and Interior Ministry officials play in the industrial-scale theft of oil from Russia’s network of pipelines.

Radio Svoboda was able to independently corroborate numerous details of this illicit business, which, according to a 2013 estimate by state-owned investment bank VTB Capital, costs Russian oil companies $1.8 billion to $3.5 billion annually and the Russian budget $632 million to $1.2 billion.

Shmonin released his documentary, Criminal Oil, in November 2016 and was arrested the following April on not only the blackmail and pornography charges, but also for suspected libel based on a complaint by four individuals mentioned in the film — all of whom worked in security for a subsidiary of Rosneft, the state oil giant whose CEO, Igor Sechin, is a close ally of President Vladimir Putin.

One of the plaintiffs was a retired FSB general, and the other was a former FSB officer who has since been arrested and charged with oil theft.

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Shmonin was held for nearly a year in pretrial detention, while his muckraking website and his TV channel, Yugra Public Television, ceased operations. He claims that, during his detention, he was tortured by FSB officers who tried to force him to reveal who financed the Criminal Oil documentary.

“They said, ‘You have three options to get out of here: You can be carried out of here feet first; you can eat the charges, we’ll release you on bail, and you leave the country; or you reveal who is behind you and we will classify you as a witness,’” Shmonin told Radio Svoboda, adding that he told investigators the documentary was made on his own initiative.Shmonin protesting in 2010 in defense of his kompromat-filled website. His sign reads: “Corrupt cops: Fight corruption, not the media.”

Shmonin claimed his interrogators then wrapped a plastic bag over his head and tased him, though Radio Svoboda was unable to independently corroborate his torture claims. The FSB did not respond to requests for comment sent in March.

Disappearing Evidence

A funny thing happened on the way to the verdict in Shmonin’s case: A trove of evidence went missing or was damaged, including hard drives, computers, mobile phones, and flash drives that authorities had confiscated. And the libel charges related to his Criminal Oil documentary were ultimately dropped.

Of the 13 original charges Shmonin faced, only two remain: blackmail and illegal distribution of pornography.

The blackmail charge relates to Shmonin’s alleged demand for money from Yevgeny Vostrikov, a lawmaker in the Khanti-Mansi city of Nefteyugansk, in exchange for withholding release of a film in which he was accused, among other things, of domestic abuse and trafficking in drugs. (Many of these allegations had already appeared on Shmonin’s websites prior to the film’s eventual release.)

Shmonin in the courtroom in Surgut, where a verdict in his trial is expected next week. (file photo)
Shmonin in the courtroom in Surgut, where a verdict in his trial is expected next week. (file photo)

The pornography charge relates to a secretly recorded video showing a sexual encounter between a lawmaker in the city of Nizhnevartovsk and another man. Shmonin has denied releasing the video.

He insists that the evidence that went missing in his case includes alibis that would exonerate him.

All of these developments have taken place behind closed doors. The trial was closed to the public, formally because of the intimate nature of the video related to the pornography charge.

Shmonin, who has been out on bail since 2018 pending a verdict in the trial, is barred by law from discussing the case with the media.

Meanwhile, the trial of Roman Chernogor — the former FSB officer who filed a libel complaint against Shmonin over his Criminal Oil film — continues.

Chernogor has been charged with illegally tapping into oil pipelines. His co-defendant, former FSB officer Vladimir Chernakov, was also implicated in oil-theft schemes in Shmonin’s film.

Written by Carl Schreck based on reporting by RFE/RL Russian Service correspondent Sergei Khazov-Cassia.

Sergei Khazov-Cassia is a correspondent in Moscow for RFE/RL’s Russian Service.

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(VIENNA) JCPOA REPORT: After meeting : Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said any US claim to having removed Iran’s sanctions must be verified by Tehran and this means that the ‘Islamic Republic’ should be able to sell its oil under normal conditions and receive its money #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.10: Imam Khamenei’s Instagram account also released a video in which His Eminence reiterated that Tehran is in no hurry for Washington to come back to the nuclear agreement.

Imam Khamenei: Verification of US Sanctions Removal Means Iran Should Be Able to Sell Its Oil: The talks, taking place in Vienna in the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are chaired by an official appointed by the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell.

Imam Khamenei’s remarks came in a post on his Instagram page on Thursday as an Iranian negotiating team is in the Austrian capital city of Vienna to discuss conditions for the revival of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA], with other signatories to the deal: https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/72596
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Iran nuclear deal participants to continue talks next week- EU BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Officials from Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany and Britain will continue talks on the return of the United States to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran next week, after “constructive exchanges” this week, the European Union said on Friday.

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“Verification [of US sanctions removal] means [being capable of] selling oil in an official manner, with ease and under normal conditions, and its money be received by Iran,” His Eminence added.

His Eminence added that the signatories of the nuclear agreement failed to abide by their commitments under the deal, noting that the decision by the Iranian government and parliament to rollback Tehran’s nuclear commitments was right.

Imam Khamenei stated that commitment on one side should be reciprocated by commitment on the other side and the US must remove all sanctions if the West wants Iran to return to JCPOA compliance.

His Eminence also noted that Tehran will return to full compliance with the nuclear deal once it verifies sanctions have been really removed by the US.

Imam Khamenei said other signatories to the deal have no right to set conditions for Tehran as long as they have not fulfilled their obligations, emphasizing that this is Iran’s definitive policy from which Tehran will not step back.

The United States began imposing heavy economic sanctions against Iran in 2018 after former US President Donald Trump scrapped the JCPOA, which was signed by Iran and world powers, as a result of which Iran was barred from economic transactions with the rest of the world, including selling its oil and receiving its money.

While the Trump administration described its anti-Iran measures as the “maximum pressure” policy, Tehran slammed the measures as “economic war,” “economic terrorism” and also “medical terrorism,” maintaining that the sanctions have severely harmed Iranians but failed to bring the nation to its knees.

The new US administration of Joe Biden has conceded that the so-called maximum pressure campaign has failed, promising to replace it with a new policy, but it has so far failed to take any practical steps in that direction and has actually followed suit with Trump-era policies toward Iran.

Iran remained fully compliant with the deal for an entire year but as the remaining European parties failed to fulfill their end of the bargain, Tehran began in May 2019 to scale back its JCPOA commitments in several steps under Articles 26 and 36 of the accord covering Tehran’s legal rights.

Source: Iranian Agencies

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(CALIFORNIA) Justice Dept Report: A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a multiyear conspiracy to engage in commodities price manipulation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.25: “The defendant and his co-conspirators unlawfully manipulated the fuel oil market for their own gain by creating artificial prices that undermined the legitimate forces of supply and demand in one of our nation’s key commodity markets,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This prosecution demonstrates the department’s commitment to working with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute individuals who would seek to manipulate commodities benchmark prices while trading in the open market.”

Former Oil Trader Pleads Guilty to Commodities Price Manipulation Conspiracy: ‘According to court documents and statements made in court, Emilio Jose Heredia Collado, 49, of Lafayette, was employed as a trader at Company A, an oil trading company, and later at Company B, a multinational commodity trading company, after it had acquired Company A. Between approximately September 2012 and August 2016, Heredia conspired with other employees at Company A, and later at Company B, to manipulate the price of fuel oil bought from, and sold to, a particular counterparty, Company C, through private, bilateral contracts’

A California man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a multiyear conspiracy to engage in commodities price manipulation.

“Individuals profiteering, through the manipulation of daily price assessments of a valuable commodity, fuel oil, prior to the purchasing or selling of it, goes against the most fundamental concepts of a supply-and-demand market economy,” said Assistant Inspector in Charge Raimundo Marrero of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Criminal Investigation Group. “These fraudulent practices have no place in the international marketplace. This guilty plea showcases the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s tenacity to hold individuals accountable for their dishonest actions and the resolve to continue to protect consumers and businesses. To criminals out there, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and our federal partners will ensure your criminal endeavors are brought to justice.”

Heredia and his co-conspirators sought to unlawfully enrich themselves, Company A, and Company B by increasing profits and reducing costs on the fuel oil contracts with Company C. The price terms of the contracts were set by reference to the daily benchmark price assessment published by S&P Global Platts (Platts) for intermediate fuel oil 380 CST at the Port of Los Angeles (Los Angeles 380 CST Bunker Fuel) on a certain day or days plus or minus a fixed premium. As part of the price manipulation conspiracy, Heredia directed his co-conspirators to submit orders to buy and sell (bids and offers) to Platts during the daily trading “window” for the Platts Los Angeles 380 CST Bunker Fuel price assessment with the intent to artificially push the price assessment up or down.

For example, if Company A or Company B had a contract to buy fuel oil from Company C, Heredia directed his co-conspirators to submit offers during the Platts “window” for the express purpose of pushing down the price assessment and hence the price of fuel oil bought from Company C. The bids and offers were not submitted to Platts for any legitimate economic reason by Heredia’s and his co-conspirators, but rather for the purpose of artificially affecting the Platts Los Angeles 380 CST Bunker Fuel price assessment so that the benchmark price, and hence the price of fuel oil that Company A or Company B bought from, and sold to, Company C, did not reflect legitimate forces of supply and demand.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating the case.

Acting Principal Assistant Chief Avi Perry and Trial Attorney Matthew F. Sullivan of the Justice Department’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.

The Criminal Division’s Fraud Section plays a pivotal role in the Justice Department’s fight against white collar crime around the country and is the national leader in prosecuting fraud and manipulation in the U.S. commodity markets.

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BRITAIN: Tories spend aid money destined for feeding people on boosting their presence as a main partner choice in Malawi #oil and #gas sector putting #ProfitB4People – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: Project aimed to make UK ‘partner of choice’ in industry, but campaigners warn of potential for ecological disaster
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The British government spent thousands of pounds of aid money on a project aimed at “establishing the UK as the partner of choice” in the nascent #oil and #gas sector of one of the world’s poorest countries.

Malawi is believed to have substantial oil deposits, including under Lake Malawi, a pristine freshwater lake – the third largest in Africa – whose southern shores are a protected Unesco world heritage site. Unesco has warned that any oil activity near the lake risks causing an ecological disaster.

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CALIFORNIA: Votes to ban #Fracking even though the BIG #Oil companies paid BIG MONEY to stop them the people’s votes ruled in their favour over fears of environmental concerns – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Nov.17: California county bans fracking, even though big oil spent big money to stop it.

In a rare bit of good environmental news, voters in California’s fourth-largest oil-producing county passed a measure to ban fracking and other fossil fuel extraction techniques. Proponents won even though #oil companies outspent them 30 to one.

“David beat Goliath in Monterey County’s stunning victory against #oil industry pollution,” said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement. “This triumph against fracking will inspire communities across California and the whole country to stand up to this toxic industry.”

#Fracking, the process of extracting natural gas from underground, emits high levels of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. It also contaminates ground water, has been linked with a variety of health effects, and is connected to the emergence of thousands of earthquakes in the midwest.

Fracking remains popular in other parts of the country. In Colorado, voters approved an amendment supported by the #oil and #gas industry that will make local fracking bans harder to pass.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Down to their last few billion in petro-dollars as #oil falls they cancel $266.7 billion in projects announce they will finally be settling their debts to the private-sector by year end – Saudi Press Agency – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsServices – Nov.09: Feeling the oil crunch: Saudi Arabia cancels $266bn in projects
Preview Saudi Arabia’s governing economic body called the Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA) has cancelled $266.7 billion in projects, the Saudi Press Agency said, and announced it would be settling much-delayed private-sector payments by year end.

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#Daesh target mall and #oil ministry in two suicide #bombings in Baghdad on Friday night that #killed 12-people #police and hospital sources – Amaq News Agency claimed #bombers had targeted “a gathering of Shi’ites” on Palestine Street – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: Islamic State twin suicide bombings at Baghdad mall kill 12

Twelve people were #killed late on Friday in two suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State at a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad, police and hospital sources said.

More than 40 people were wounded in the attack at Nakheel Mall across from the #oil ministry, the sources said. One #bomb went off at the entrance to the mall, the other in the parking lot.

Unconfirmed amateur video published on Facebook showed what appeared to be four separate fires, including two cars engulfed in flames, under a highway overpass near the mall amid the wailing sirens of first responders.

Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State, said in an online statement that two suicide #bombers, one wearing a vest and the other in a car, had targeted “a gathering of Shi’ites” on Palestine Street.

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IRAQ: #Daesh attack Kirkuk #oil field taking four employees hostage Sunday, a senior security source in the city told CNN – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – July.31: Hostages held in ISIS attack on oil field near Kirkuk

Four employees of an Iraqi oil company are being held hostage after armed militants attacked an #oil field near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Sunday, a senior security source in the city told CNN.

The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

Four attackers, believed to be wearing suicide vests, stormed the Bai Hassan oil field northwest of of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, and took the staff — employees of the Iraqi North Oil Company — hostage, the source said.

One attacker remains in the facility, two were #killed by security forces and another detonated himself when security forces responded, the source said.

Four staff were #killed and another was injured during the attack on the facility, known as AB, in the Bajwan area in northwestern Kirkuk, #police Gen. Sarhad Qader said.

The attackers fled to an unknown location after being pushed back by security forces, but planted several #bombs near the facility before they left, Qader said.

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LIBYA: ‘ SHUTS OIL EXPORT TERMINAL DUE TO INFIGHTING BETWEEN GOVERNMENT FORCES ‘

#AceWorldNews – LIBYA:Dec.14 – Libya’s eastern oil export terminal has been shut this Sunday due to fighting between forces representing the country’s two governments, according to an oil official, Reuters reports.

Air strikes on Saturday, launched by forces loyal to Libya’s recognized government, hit targets at the port in an attempt to stop an advance by troops of the rival administration in Tripoli, who want to take control of the oil facilities.

Libya’s recognized prime minister has been forced into the East of the country since the Libya Dawn militia seized Tripoli in August.

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BRITAIN: ‘ FORGET HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES & BUILD A MILITARY BASE TO SUPPORT BAHRAIN OIL RICH SHEIKS ‘

#AceNewsServices – LONDON – Dec.06 – Britain is to establish its first permanent military base in the Middle East since it formally withdrew from the region in 1971 BBC News reported. 

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The base, at the Mina Salman Port in Bahrain, will host ships including destroyers and aircraft carriers.

The UK said it was an “expansion of the Royal Navy’s footprint” and would “reinforce stability” in the Gulf.

Bahrain will pay most of the £15m ($23m) needed to build the base, with the British paying ongoing costs.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who signed the deal at a security conference in Manama, Bahrain, said it was “just one example of our growing partnership with Gulf partners to tackle shared strategic and regional threats”.

He said the move “builds upon our 30-year track record of Gulf patrols”.

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner there was already a “rotating presence” of four British minesweepers at the Mina Salman Port, but the UK had been “piggybacking” on the US naval base there.

He said the new facility would be one of the most important Royal Navy bases in the world and would be used for a “whole host of things” including supporting UK operations in Iraq, where RAF jets have been attacking targets as part of a US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants.

The base would also be used for operations against piracy and for aerial surveillance, he added.

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Although as HRW reported Bahrain’s human rights record regressed further in key areas in 2013 and the government made little real progress regarding reforms it claimed to pursue.Security forces continued to arrest scores of individuals arbitrarily in towns where anti-government protests regularly take place. Continuing reports of torture and ill-treatment in detention were consistent with the findings of the 2011 Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI).

Britain and the United States have refused to sign a UN document condemning the ongoing human rights abuses in Bahrain, local media report.

Some major European countries including Germany and France signed the document adopted by the UN Human Rights Council, and called on the tiny Persian Gulf island nation to do more to protect civil liberties in the country.

The government’s failure to implement key recommendations of the BICI stand in contrast to its claims it is making progress on human rights.

The judicial system, headed by ruling family members, has yet to hold any senior official responsible for serious human rights violations that have occurred since 2011, including torture-related deaths in detention. 

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VENEZUELA: ‘ MADURO PLANS SALARY CUTS IN LIGHT OF LOWER OIL PRICES ‘

#AceWorldNews – VENEZUELA – Nov.29 – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has said that he and other officials should have their salaries reduced in response to lower oil prices, Reuters reported.

“This is a test for me,” Maduro said in a TV speech, adding that Venezuela would carry on lobbying the oil price target of $100.

The South American country gets 96 percent of its export revenues from oil, the price of which fell to $70 a barrel on Friday.

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#export, #oil, #revenues, #salaries

‘ OPEC RETAIN POSITION NOT TO CUT-OIL-OUTPUT AFTER GULF PRODUCERS REACH CONSENSUS ‘

#AceBreakingNews – Nov.26 – OPEC – Gulf oil producers have reached a consensus not to cut oil output when OPEC meets on Thursday in Vienna, a Gulf OPEC delegate told Reuters.

Separately, Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi confirmed the Gulf states had reached a unified decision, but did not specify what the consensus was. Naimi said he believed the oil market “will stabilize itself eventually,” increasing speculation that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ largest producer and exporter, would not support an output cut at its Thursday meeting.

“The GCC reached a consensus,” Naimi told reporters, referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council. “We are very confident that OPEC will have a unified position.”

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YEMEN: ‘ SABOTEURS BLEW UP MAIN OIL EXPORT PIPELINE ‘

#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – Nov.26 – Saboteurs blew up Yemen’s main oil export pipeline on Wednesday, halting crude flows, Reuters said, citing the country’s Defence Ministry and an industry source.

Wednesday’s attack occurred in the area of Habab in Marib province, halting flows to export facilities on the Red Sea.

Before the spate of attacks began three years ago, the 435km pipeline carried around 110,000 barrels per day to Ras Isa, the export terminal on the Red Sea.

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‘ RUSSIAN DELEGATION ARRIVE OVER TALKS WITH VENEZUELA, MEXICO & SAUDI ARABIA ‘

#AceWorldNews – VIENNA – Nov.25 – The Russian delegation arrived in Vienna on Tuesday for a meeting over oil output with Venezuela, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

Igor Sechin, the head of Russian state oil company Rosneft and Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak will discuss the situation on the oil market, RIA Novosti said.

The meeting comes amid hints that Moscow could cut output or exports if OPEC does the same, Reuters said.

Analysts are divided on the outcome of OPEC’s meeting on Thursday in Vienna.

Oil prices have fallen 30 percent since June to around $80 per barrel.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ GOP SAYS THEY WILL APPROVE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE SOONER OR LATER ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Republican leaders promised Tuesday to take up and pass a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline next year if the Senate fails to advance the measure this fall, or President Barack Obama vetoes it AP reported. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will become the majority leader in January, urged Democrats to vote Tuesday evening for the bill, which is supported by all 45 Senate Republicans.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., was still searching for the last vote needed to advance the measure and said on the floor she knew “in her heart” she had the 60 votes.

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