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Iran's South Pars revenues to hit $127bn in a couple of years: Official

- The head of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) says annual energy revenues from the South Pars supergiant in the Persian Gulf will reach USD127 billion within a couple of years. - 3/24/15

Iran on course to regain OPEC position

- Industry observers say Iran is able to reclaim its position as the second largest oil producer in OPEC once US-led sanctions are lifted. Iran has said it could add a million barrels to daily oil production shortly after a deal to lift sanctions. - 3/23/15

South Pars biggest phase to up Iran's GDP 3%

- The biggest phase of Iran's South Pars gas field, namely the phase 12, was officially inaugurated on Tuesday by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Rouhani said the government puts great emphasis on the policies of resistance economy, the Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday. - 3/18/15

U.S. Oil companies taking position against GOP letter will be rewarded: Iranian Official

- Head of Iranian Ministry of Petroleum's Oil Contracts Revision Committee says the U.S. oil companies taking position against Republican senators who recently wrote a letter warning Iran against a nuclear deal with the U.S. will be rewarded. - 3/18/15

Iran to hike oil exports by 1mn bpd after sanctions lifted

- Iran says it is ready to increase its oil exports by one million barrels per day a few months after the sanctions against the country are lifted. "The increase in Iran's crude export will not decrease oil prices," Iran's Minister of Petroleum Bijan Namdar Zangeneh was quoted as saying by IRNA. - 3/17/15

Over 320,000 old cars scrapped in Iran: official

- Over 320,000 old cars were scrapped in Iran since the beginning of current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2014), according to an Iranian transportation official. Feyzbakhsh said the old and sub-standard vehicles are responsible for over 70 percent of air pollution in the megacities of Iran. - 3/16/15

US firms already sealing deals in Tehran: Report

- Reports emerged on Saturday that said American enterprises have already started taking initial steps to enter the Iranian market in case the current nuclear talks with the country succeed and sanctions against it are lifted. - 3/9/15

Iran and Russia have conflicting Interests in Export of Gas to Europe

- As far as the export of natural gas to Europe is concerned, Iran and Russia are serious rivals. Iran, due to sanctions is not a major exporter of gas at all; however, it has the potential to break the Russian dominance over the gas market in Europe. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 3/5/15

Amid Nuclear Dispute, Israel, Iran Face Off Over Oil Ties

- TEL AVIV-- As Israel loudly and publicly denounces Iran and its nuclear program this week, the two countries are quietly tussling in a decades-old dispute over a secretive oil pipeline company that could be worth billions of dollars to Tehran. -Reuters - 3/4/15

Iran eyeing development of small reactors

- "During the recent talks with US negotiators in Geneva, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Washington is also looking into this strategy," the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has been quoted as saying by the Persian-language newspaper Ta'adol. - 2/28/15

Iran Seeking Role In Selling Gas To Europe

- Russia, beware, Iran is trying to get into the European gas market. In recent months, Iranian officials have been signaling to potential customers in Europe, potential suppliers in the Caspian Basin, and transit country Turkey that Iran is not only ready to get into the game but that without Iranian participation the European Union's Southern Gas Corridor will take many years to realize, or might never be realized. -Bruce Pannier, RFE - 2/22/15

Iran parliament endorses fuel price hike

- The Iranian parliament (Majlis) has approved a five-percent increase in fuel prices for the next fiscal year starting March 21, amid falling oil prices. The Iranian lawmakers voted in favor of fuel price hike during deliberations on the annual budget bill for next year on Monday - 2/18/15

Iran will boost gas production by 100mn cubic meters: President Rouhani

- Addressing a massive gathering of people celebrating the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran on Wednesday, President Rouhani said Iran has made great strides in the energy sector by increasing its oil production from 2.7 million barrels a day last year to 2.9 million this year, and boosting its natural gas output by 100mcm/d in the same period. - 2/12/15

Construction of Iran's new nuclear plant to begin in fall

- The Russian Ambassador to Iran says all preparations for the construction of a second nuclear power station in Bushehr are on track and the construction will commence in the fall of 2015. - 2/12/15

Long-term oil price prediction drives price even lower

- Following predictions from the International Energy Agency that the price of oil will see a limited rise in the next five years, oil prices in Asian markets plummeted once more on Tuesday February 10. - 2/11/15

Iran ready to transfer Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan gas to Europe

- Iran has proposed to transfer natural gas from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to Europe. "We propose that gas be transferred from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to Iran and then be exported from there to Europe through Turkey. This is the most economical and cost-effective way of transferring gas to Europe" IRNA News Agency quoted Azizollah Ramezani, the international affairs director of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) as saying. - 2/2/15

Oil price rise after Saudi ruler's death is seen as temporary

- Oil prices went up following the news that Malek Abdullah had passed away. Reports indicate that the rise in prices is temporary and Saudi Arabian oil policies will not change before the OPEC meeting in June. - 1/24/15

Iran announces record gas production

- Iran said on Saturday that it has been able to produce a total of 105 million cubic meters of sweet gas per day (mcm/d) from five prioritized projects in the country's energy hub of South Pars from June 2013. - 1/24/15

Iran will face no problem even with $25 oil: Finance Minister

- Iranian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ali Tayyebnia says the administration will face no problem even if oil price drops to $25 a barrel. "For the time being, predicting oil price fluctuations is not possible. So, the administration is preparing itself to deal with any probable situation," - 1/21/15

Tehran, Moscow ink deal to build 2 more nuclear plants in Iran: Salehi

- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says Tehran and Moscow have signed an agreement for the construction of two more nuclear power plants in the Islamic Republic, Press TV reports. - 1/19/15

Plunging oil prices cost Iran billions

- The fall in the price of oil has led to a $5.2-billion decline in Iran's oil revenues. The Tasnim website reports that according to OPEC, the price of Iranian oil has fallen by $60 a barrel since last June. - 1/14/15

Asian markets see further fall in oil prices

- Oil prices in Asian markets have experienced a further drop as the demand is weak and a continued oversupply puts more pressure on the prices already at their lowest in five and a half years. - 1/12/15

How OPEC Weaponized the Price of Oil Against U.S. Drillers

- If there ever was doubt about the strategy of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, its wealthiest members are putting that issue to rest. Representatives of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait stressed a dozen times in the past six weeks that the group won't curb output to halt the biggest drop in crude since 2008. -Grant Smith, Bloomberg - 1/9/15

Iran Accuses Saudis of Oil Conspiracy

- Iranian hard-liners are lashing out at Saudi Arabia, accusing it of conspiring with the West to keep oil prices low in a bid to harm the Islamic Republic's economy and pressure the country to conclude a nuclear deal with West. In retaliation, Iranian hawks are urging restive Shia Muslims in eastern Saudi Arabia to rebel against the ruling House of Saud. -Jamie Dettmer, VOA - 1/7/15

For Saudi Arabia, Supply and Demand Trump Geopolitics

- The nearly 50-percent plunge in global oil prices since June 2014 has provoked a variety of analysis and speculation. Some see the hand of Saudi Arabia behind this drop, as part of an effort to squeeze Iran, its regional rival, at a particularly vulnerable moment. -Sara Vakhshouri - 1/7/15

Iran oil dependency under 30% in new draft budget

- Iran expects to slash its dependency on oil revenues to all-time lows, the country's vice-president for scientific and technological affairs says. Iran is faced with an unprecedented downfall in the prices of oil at the international markets which, accompanied by West's sanctions on Iran's oil exports, could further shrink the country's actual earnings. - 1/5/15

'Saudi Arabia enjoying perfect storm in oil market': Analyst

- Oil prices have plunged about 50 percent since June on mounting supplies by certain countries such as Saudi Arabia, the largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum-Exporting Countries (OPEC), and lackluster global economic growth. - 1/3/15

Iranian Official Urges Saudis To Act To Stop Oil Price Slide

- An Iranian Foreign Ministry official says falling oil prices will hurt Middle Eastern countries and Saudi Arabia's decision not to reduce production is a mistake. World oil prices ended 2014 at a 5 1/2-year low, with the price for a barrel of oil decreasing nearly 50 percent since June. - 1/2/15

Lower Oil Prices Will Not Turn Producers into Pushovers

- The steep drop in the price of oil during the latter half of 2014 has generated much comment about how this development has weakened major oil-producing countries and supposedly made their governments more pliable on issues that separate them from other countries. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 1/2/15

Iran approves $15b plan to develop joint oilfields

- Iran has approved a comprehensive plan to develop joint oilfields at a cost of $15 billion. Iran has a number of joint fields with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. - 12/30/14

Iran will weather storm of 'oil plot': President Rouhani

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has predicted that oil prices will not remain low and has stated that Iran will deal with the current "oil plot" through the people's support. Rouhani made the remarks on Wednesday in a speech to a large group of people in the eastern city of Birjand, the capital of South Khorasan Province. - 12/25/14

Iran projected to maintain oil output at 2.8 mbpd in December.: EIA

- Iran's crude oil output was projected to remain 2.8 million barrels per day in December 2014, unchanged compared to previous months, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). - 12/22/14

Iran's Income from South Pars Gas Field to Hit $167B in 2017

- An Iranian gas official predicted that South Pars gas field will generate an annual income of 167 billion dollars for Iran in 2017-2018. -The South Pars gas field, whose development has been divided into 24 phases, is located in the Persian Gulf straddling the maritime border between Iran and Qatar. - 12/20/14

It's Egypt That Needs Higher Oil Prices

- The country that could ultimately suffer the most damage from a sustained depression in the world price of oil could be one that is not a major producer: Egypt. Unable to sustain itself, Egypt is being propped up by big infusions of cash from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). -homas W. Lippman, LobeLog - 12/16/14

Oil prices fall below $60 for first time since July 2009

- Oil prices have fallen below USD 60 for the first time since July 2009 amid mounting evidence that global supplies are far outstripping demand. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for January delivery decreased by 86 cents to USD 59.09 in Friday morning trade in Asia. Brent was also down 52 cents at USD 63.16. - 12/12/14

Israel must pay Iran for pipeline project loss: Arbitration panel

- A Swiss arbitration panel has ruled that Israel should pay Iran for the loss of its stake in the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline. The pipeline project was a joint venture by the former Iranian regime and Israel in 1968, but it crashed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran. - 12/12/14

Iran rejects claim of oil-for-goods swap deal with Russia

- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has rejected Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev's claim that Iran and Russia have made an oil-for-goods swap deal. - 12/11/14

Iran's President Rouhani Calls Global Oil Price Fall Political Scenario

- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has warned that the current drop in global crude prices is not simply an economic issue, but rather a political plot by some countries. "The fall in crude price is not merely an economic issue. Rather, it is caused by a plot and political planning by certain countries," Rouhani said at his Wednesday cabinet meeting. - 12/10/14

Iranian oil giant seeking billions in foreign investment

- The National Iranian Oil Company says it will attend a London conference with the goal of attracting $40 billion of investment in 40 oil industry projects The conference is reportedly set for two days in March of 2015. - 12/9/14

Iran wary of oil 'shock therapy' as OPEC vies for market

- The "shock therapy" of a steep drop in crude prices, which have fallen to a five-year low, is no solution for OPEC's loss of market share to U.S. shale producers, Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said. - 12/2/14

Oil at $40 Possible as Market Transforms From Caracas to Tehran

- Oil's decline is proving to be the worst since the collapse of the financial system in 2008 and threatening to have the same global impact of falling prices three decades ago that led to the Mexican debt crisis and the end of the Soviet Union. -Bloomberg - 12/1/14

New Era of Cheap Oil Tilts Geopolitical Power Toward U.S.

- A new age of abundant and cheap energy supplies is redrawing the world's geopolitical landscape, weakening and potentially threatening the legitimacy of some governments while enhancing the power of others. -Bloomberg - 11/29/14

OPEC Maintains Output, Prices Hit 4-year Low

- The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has decided to maintain current levels of production, despite a worldwide oil glut that has driven market prices down more than 30 percent since June. Meeting Thursday in Vienna, Austria, OPEC oil ministers decided to maintain the present output target of 30 million barrels a day. - 11/28/14

India Group's Oil-for-steel Deal to Test Iran Sanctions

- NEW DELHI-- Essar Group, a $39 billion Indian conglomerate, is looking to tap frozen Iranian oil revenues to pay for its steel exports to Tehran, in a novel attempt to work around Western financial sanctions against the OPEC member state. -Reuters - 11/28/14

Iran's next budget adjusted for continued sanctions, low oil price

- Iran's Minister of Economics has announced he is prepared to present the country's budget to Parliament now that the outcome of Iran's nuclear talks has determined that international sanctions will persist. The budget for the coming year reportedly assumes an oil price of $70 per barrel. - 11/26/14

Issues with Domestic Gasoline? The Battle Over Gasoline Rages On in Iran

- The worsening of the air pollution situation in Tehran has resurfaced the in-fighting among Iran's political factions over gasoline. Tasnim news agency, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, recently published a special report on imported gasoline and asserted that in fact it is the cause of the deteriorating air condition in Tehran. - 11/25/14

Oil advances for a third day as Iran seeks OPEC production cut

- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh may propose that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) trim supply by 1 million barrels a day when he meets with Saudi Arabia's Ali Al-Naimi before the group gathers on Nov. 27 - 11/25/14

Will Falling Oil Prices Force Iran's Hand in the Nuclear Talks?

- The timing of the fall in global oil prices could not have come at a worse time for the government of Hassan Rouhani in Iran. A decline of 30% in oil revenues, which he noted in a recent speech, severely limits his government's ability to maintain the modest growth momentum started last year, and weakens Iran's position in the negotiations over its nuclear program -Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, LobeLog - 11/21/14

IRNA: Iran to Hold Market Share Talks With Saudi at OPEC

- Iran's oil minister said he will talk with top oil exporter Saudi Arabia about market share when OPEC meets next week in Vienna, as Tehran plans for the possible end of sanctions and unfettered crude exports. -Reuters - 11/20/14

Iraq starts up Iran-made power plant near Najaf

- Iraq has inaugurated a 162-MW power plant made by Iranians near the southern city of Najaf. The power station became operational in a ceremony attended by Iranian and Iraqi energy ministers on Thursday in Heidarieh area, some 25 km north of Najaf. - 11/17/14

Energy agency sees lower oil prices continuing

- The latest estimate by the International Energy Agency, published on Friday Nov. 14, foresees that depressed oil prices on the international market will continue until 2015. The agency cites falling demand as the reason for the drop in oil prices. - 11/15/14

Russia to build more nuclear reactors in Iran

- Russia has signed a deal to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly followed by another six, AP reported on Tuesday. Nuclear officials from the two countries signed a contract on Tuesday for building two reactors at Iran's first Russia-built nuclear plant in Bushehr. - 11/12/14

Falling Oil Prices May Not Pressure Iran, Russia

- The global price of oil fell sharply in recent months, providing some benefits to consumers and putting economic pressure on exporting countries, including two that are involved in disputes with the West. But analysts say the impact on those two countries - Iran and Russia - may not be as great as some might expect. -Al Pessin, VOA - 11/8/14

Iran plans to double gas production by 2017

- Over the next three years, our plan is to increase production to 1 billion cubic meters (bcm) per day," Managing Director of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Hamid Reza Araqi told Bloomberg. He added that Iran's daily gas output will increase to 680 mcm in winter, up from 550 mcm. - 11/4/14

Iran was OPEC's 3rd largest oil producer in first half of 2014: EIA

- Iran was the third-largest crude oil producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in the first half of 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The largest buyers of Iranian crude and condensate are China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey, the EIA stated. - 11/2/14

Iran advised to cut expectations for oil revenue

- The National Oil Company of Iran says the Iranian government should abandon scenarios based on oil selling for $100 a barrel and instead base its budget on a price of $70 per barrel. - 11/1/14

Iran to increase oil production capacity to 4.3m bpd

- Deputy Oil Minister Mansour Moazami said oil production capacity will increase to 4.3 million barrels per day in a near future, noting that by the yearned 100 million cubic meters will also be added to the county's gas production capacity. - 10/27/14

Explainer: The Oil Price Plunge

- In the past several days-despite the conflicts affecting Iraq, Syria, Iran and Russia-oil prices have been on a downward trend, hitting their lowest number in the past four years. As of October 2014, oil prices are more than 20 percent lower than June. -Sara Vakhshouri, LobeLog - 10/17/14

Caspian Summit may revive Iran's oil industry

- The age of Iran's oil industry means that some of the country's oil fields are maturing and production rates are declining. Current estimates put the rate of decline in Iranian oil production at 500,000 barrels per day every year. To boost output in the short term, Iran's national oil company, the NIOC, needs to employ enhanced oil recovery techniques, including reinjection of natural gas into oil fields. -Leroy Terrelonge III, GRI - 10/17/14

Falling Oil Prices Spell Trouble For Some, But Could Also Boost Global Growth

- Suddenly, the world seems to be awash in oil, with benchmark Brent crude that sold for $110 a barrel in June dropping to under $88 a barrel on October 13. That's a 20 percent price plunge and one that bodes serious economic trouble for countries whose revenues depend heavily on their oil exports. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 10/15/14

Iran's metros will lead to petrol consumption drop of 680m liters: Official

- The development of the metro systems of Iran's major cities is expected to increase the number of journeys from 880 million to 2.8 billion per year in the next 10 years, according to Iranian Fuel Conservation Company Managing Director Mohammad Mehdi Rahmati. - 10/15/14

Saudi Arabia, Iran Swap Accusations as Tensions Persist

- Senior Saudi and Iranian officials have renewed criticism of each other's interventions in the Middle East in a sign that tensions between the rival Gulf powers remain high despite top-level meetings this summer. -Reuters - 10/14/14

Iran oil price cut nothing to do with rivalry with Saudi Arabia: NIOC

- In a recent report, Bloomberg reported that Iran has slashed its crude prices in an attempt to attract Asian customers following Saudi Arabia's decision to cut its oil price to the lowest level since 2008. - 10/13/14

Eni ranks Iran 2nd in gas exports in 2013

- Iran was ranked second in 2013 among natural gas exporters, pumping 128.08 billion cubic meters of gas abroad, the Italian energy company, Eni, said in a report (World Oil and Gas Review 2014) published Monday. - 10/8/14

EU Plans for Iran Gas Imports If Sanctions Go

- The European Union is quietly increasing the urgency of a plan to import natural gas from Iran, as relations with Tehran thaw while those with top gas supplier Russia grow chillier. -Reuters - 9/25/14

Iran ready to supply Europe gas via Austria: President Rouhani

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic can be a reliable supplier of energy for Europe, adding that Tehran is ready to transfer gas to the European countries via Austria. The Iranian president made the remarks in a Tuesday meeting with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer in New York on the sidelines of the 69th UN General Assembly meeting. - 9/24/14

Oil prices suffer steady decline

- Oil prices have fallen below $100 a barrel for the first time in the past 14 months. Reports on Monday September 8 indicate that Brent North Sea Crude oil is now priced at $99.95 a barrel. - 9/10/14

Iran sees no limits to expansion of economic ties with Russia: Oil Minister

- Iran sees no limits to expand economic ties with Russia, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said. Iran and Russia will hold their 11th joint economic committee meeting in Tehran on September 9-10. - 9/7/14

Iran to continue bypassing illegal US sanctions: Oil Minister

- Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh says the Islamic Republic will continue to get around sanctions after the US government penalized dozens of Iranian and foreign companies for violating sanctions imposed on Tehran. - 9/4/14

Saudi Arabia Oil Sales to U.S. Imperiled by Shale Boom

- After years of keeping the price of crude sold to the U.S. low enough to maintain market share, Saudi Arabia is losing ground as the shale boom leaves U.S. refiners with ample supplies of inexpensive domestic oil. -Bloomberg - 9/4/14

Is the lack of clarity about the Iran-Russia oil-for-goods deal intentional?

- Nader Habibi unpacks the possible motivations for the mixed signals from Moscow and Tehran regarding a proposed oil-for-goods deal between the two countries. Both countries, he argues, face domestic opposition to the deal but want to maintain the possibility of a deal as a hedge against tightening Western sanctions. -Iran Matters - 9/1/14

13 European, Asian firms ready to invest in Iran gas projects

- Four British and French companies, three Japanese companies, two South Korean companies, and four Chinese companies, as well as four Iranian companies, are prepared to invest a total of $15 billion in Iranian gas projects, the ISNA news agency quoted Soheilipour as saying on Sunday. - 8/18/14

Iran to construct largest oil terminal in Oman Gulf

- Director of Iranian Oil Terminal Company has said the country has been constructing oil terminal in Jask (Hormozgan Province) with capacity of 2.5 billion barrels per day. - 8/16/14

Is Turkmenistan Losing Iran As A Gas Customer?

- It appears Turkmenistan is about to lose its second-best customer for natural gas, Iran. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on August 11 that his country no longer needed gas from Turkmenistan. Zanganeh went so far as to say, "Iran is importing Turkmen gas just because it is important to promote political and economic relations with Turkmenistan." -RFE - 8/15/14

Iran's largest wind farm comes on stream

- The first phase of Iran's largest wind farm came on stream on Monday in the town of Takestan, which is located in the northwestern province of Qazvin. The wind farm has a power generation capacity of 20 megawatts (MW) in the first phase, which was put into operation at a cost of 30 million Euro, the IRNA news agency reported. - 8/12/14
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