Articles by Jonathan Leff



China Entering Stage as Global Oil Dealer

  • 05 July 05
  • Reuters
Giant refiner Sinopec's offer to sell millions of barrels of crude was as much a ploy to depress global prices as a bid to shift surplus oil, heralding a new era of trading power from China, the world's No. 2 consumer.

Oil Prices Climb Up From 3-Month Low

  • 07 December 04
  • Reuters
World oil prices bounced from a three-month low Monday as traders looked for OPEC to take action to stem a slide which knocked 14 percent off crude prices last week.

Oil Hits $51 a Barrel in Hurricane's Wake

  • 07 October 04
  • Reuters
Oil prices held firm around $51 per barrel on Wednesday, hovering near record highs amid the sluggish recovery in U.S. Gulf oil production and an anticipated decline in key winter fuel stocks, dealers said.

Israeli Pipeline Ready to Go Russian

  • 16 July 03
  • Reuters
Israel's revamped Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline is ready to pump Russian and Caspian crude oil toward Asia, or resume its old route of shipping from the Middle East to Europe, the operator said Tuesday.

OPEC Surprises, Hikes Output Limits

  • 25 April 03
  • Reuters
OPEC oil producers pulled a surprise Thursday by raising official output limits, effectively legitimizing a portion of extra prewar supplies.

Big Oil Extends Global Reach

  • 24 June 02
  • Reuters
Top crude oil producer LUKoil is planning the biggest ever Urals crude shipment to Asia this month, going head to head with rival Yukos as it prepares its second big U.S. voyage.

Yukos Readies Tanker of Urals Crude for America

  • 10 June 02
  • Reuters
No. 2 oil producer Yukos will turn political promises into practice this week by loading the first 2 million barrel tanker of Urals crude for the United States, trade sources said.

Norway’s Statoil Gambles on Caspian

  • 23 August 00
  • Reuters
Norway's state oil firm has pinned its international hopes on the potentially bountiful Caspian region.

Taxes, Corruption Biggest Impediments

LUKoil, Mazeikhiu To Sign Supply Pact

BP Amoco Clinches Mazeikiu Oil Deal

Lithuania, IMF Sign Deal to End Deficit

Estonia Expecting Data to Confirm Recovery

NEWS ANALYSIS: Williams Loses in Winning Mazheikiu

Lithuania Concludes Mazheikiu Deal

U.S. Firm Set to Clinch Mazheikiu Deal

Lithuania's Borrowing Costs Increase

West-Looking Lithuania Tied to Deal With U.S. Firm

Lithuania Expected to Change Currency Peg

Vilniaus Offers $57.8M for Hermis

Yukos Raises Stakes In Baltic Oil Battle

Williams to Wrap Up Mazheikiu Soon

Agreement Close on Lithuanian Refinery Privatization

Lithuanian Banks in Merger Bid

Russia Resumes Oil Flow to Lithuania

Closure of Refinery Will Stall Lithuania Economy

Russian Oil Returns to Baltic Refinery

Williams to Bring Oil Know-How to Vilnius

Butinges May Ship Crude This Year

Lithuania Charges Nazi War Suspect