February 24, 2016

 

Looking for a winner from the oil price slump? Kenya could well be a prime candidate, in the emerging world at least.

The rout has claimed a swath of well-documented victims, from recession-hit Brazil, Russia and Venezuela to the badly holed Nigeria and Azerbaijan and the challenged Gulf states.

 

However Kenya — with a rapidly falling current account deficit, its first quarterly budget surplus for at least five years and solid economic growth — could be one of the less heralded beneficiaries of the crash in energy prices.

“Kenya is one of the few large African economies that is likely to perform well in 2016. As a net energy importer, it will continue to...

February 17, 2016

Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed to freeze oil output at near-record levels, the first coordinated move by the world’s two largest producers to counter a slump that has pummeled economies, markets and companies.

While the deal is preliminary and doesn’t include Iran, it’s the first significant cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC producers in 15 years and Saudi Arabia said it’s open to further action. Oil pared gains after the accord was announced, signaling traders see no immediate end to the global supply glut.

 

The deal to fix production at January levels, which includes Qatar and Venezuela, is the “beginning of a process” that could require “other ste...

February 16, 2016

 

The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation has announced that it will invest in a fertilizer plant to be set Kilwa division Lindi district German investors Ferostaal Industrial Project GmbH at a cost of $1.9 billion.

 

TPDC says it is the government’s plan to support companies investments in the extractive sector with the plant expected to produce 3850 tonnes of fertilizer daily.

According to TPDC Director for Production, Processing, Transport and delivery of natural gas  Dr. Wellington Hudson who met representatives from Kilwa, Lindi  the joint venture will utilize 104 million cubic feet daily and will produce two types of fertilizer namely ammonia...

February 15, 2016

 

Oil traded near $30 a barrel as Iran loaded its first cargo to Europe since international sanctions ended and Chinese crude imports dropped from a record.

West Texas Intermediate futures were little changed in New York, paring earlier losses of as much as 1.7 percent. Brent in London traded near $33 a barrel. A tanker for France’s Total SA was being loaded Sunday at Kharg Island while vessels chartered for Chinese and Spanish companies were due to arrive later the same day, an Iranian oil ministry official said. Chinese imports in January fell almost 20 percent from the previous month, according to government data.

 

“Iran is going to add headwinds to th...

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