Articles by Neela Banerjee



Libya Woos U.S. With Oil and Gas Projects

  • 07 May 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
A senior Libyan oil official said Tuesday that his country planned to hold an auction by the middle of the year to draw foreign investment into eight oil and gas projects, the first opportunity for U.S. oil companies to do new business in Libya since U.S. President George W. Bush eased sanctions last month.

Iraq Mulled Over LUKoil Doughnuts

  • 29 September 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The moment was a small but sweet victory for oil baron Vagit Alekperov: The Getty gas station he bought in Manhattan three years ago was renamed on Friday after his own huge oil company, LUKoil, and President Vladimir Putin was on hand to ring in the change, coffee cup in one hand and Krispy Kreme doughnut in the other.

Hussein's Spies Could Aid U.S. Against Iran

  • 23 July 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Relying on the help of an Iraqi political party, the United States has moved to resurrect parts of the Iraqi intelligence service, with the branch that monitors Iran among the top priorities, former Iraqi agents and politicians say.

Looting Leaves Iraq's Oil Industry in Ruins

  • 16 June 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Standing under the merciless sun outside his office, surrounded by employees shouting angrily about pay, Jabbar Ali al-Leaby, the director general of the South Oil Co., lost the little patience he had left.

U.S. Ready to Put Iraqi Oil in Iraqi Hands

  • 28 April 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The Bush administration is expected to announce this week a plan that puts day-to-day control in the hands of senior Iraqis within the Oil Ministry.

OPEC Anxious Over Output, Markets, Iraq

  • 22 April 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
OPEC worries that if it does not scale back its extra production soon, oil prices will fall below $20 per barrel, beneath the group's ideal range of $22 to $28.

The Pitfalls and the Promise of Iraq's Oil Fields

  • 15 April 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Making Iraqi oil flow again will likely take months, and require the U.S. administration to cut through a thicket of technical, diplomatic and financial challenges.

Hot Spots Add Volatility to Oil Prices

  • 15 April 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The painful truth is that Iraq is only the most extreme example of the world's reliance on hot spots to slake the thirst for oil.

U.S. Oil Firms, Russian Resources Don't Mix

  • 26 November 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
In a little over a year, America has done a startling diplomatic about-face on Russia, moving it from second-rate-power to vital ally, thanks mostly to one thing: oil.

Oil Companies Weigh Up Future in Iraq

  • 28 October 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Though Iraq's future is hazy, energy companies have begun to weigh the roles they might play in the revival of the country's huge but dilapidated oil industry.

OPEC Told to Pump More Oil

  • 17 September 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
With the United States pushing for action against Iraq and oil prices rising due to fears of war in the Persian Gulf, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is being pressed to pump more oil to soothe jittery markets.

Energy Giants Jolted by Doubts, Death

  • 05 June 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The stocks of several large U.S. energy companies fell sharply yesterday as the industry was buffeted by fresh doubts about the continued viability of electricity trading as a major component of its business.

Shell to Buy Pennzoil for $1.8Bln

  • 27 March 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The Shell Oil Co., the United States affiliate of Royal Dutch/Shell, has agreed to acquire the Pennzoil-Quaker State Co. for about $1.8 billion in cash.

U.S. Sees Future in Fuel-Cell Cars

  • 10 January 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is walking away from a $1.5 billion, eight-year project to develop high-mileage, gasoline-fueled vehicles.

From the Kremlin Palace to a Brooklyn Jail

  • 20 February 01
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
NEW YORK — If there were a translation of the dry bureaucratic job titles Pavel Pavlovich Borodin has held in Russia over the last decade, they would say Kremlin vizier, presidential sidekick, one of the truly powerful. For seven years, as head of the Kremlin property department, Borodin was President Boris Yeltsin's trusty lieutenant, Kremlin tour guide for visiting kings and presidents and, most crucially, lord of a glittering constellation of palaces, country homes, airlines and black Mercedes-Benzes that were doled out to Russian ministers and legislators. That job has now landed Borodin a new role as inmate 55217-053 in the U.S. government's Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Last month, Borodin was on his way to an inaugural ball in Washington when he was scooped up by three federal agents at passport control during a layover at Kennedy Airport. They detained him at the behest of Switzerland, which issued an arrest warrant on charges of money laundering.

Leeches: Not Just for Bloodsucking Anymore

Will Minority Shareholders at UES Be Next?

BP Badly Burned by Sidanko Oil Adventure

A YEAR AFTER THE CRASH:When Financial Success Is Dried Bread and Mayo

Remaking Vodka's Image in Russia