U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waits for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program with officials from Britain, France, Germany, China, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Iran nuclear deal’s final push sees Kerry, Zarif meet in Vienna

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Diplomats have predicted talks will run past the June 30 deadline and that foreign ministers from the other negotiating countries — China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. — will need to join in.
Noble Energy hunts for oil offshore Israel in the Tamar field. The Houston-based oil company has stalled its Israel investments after a dispute with the country's anti-trust regulators. (Noble Energy)

Israel vote could clear Noble Energy to re-start work on two major fields

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Noble Energy may soon be able to re-start work on two major gas fields in Israel after a committee of top ministers on Thursday approved a plan promoting the development of the country’s offshore natural gas fields. The Houston-based company halted its investment in Israel after the country’s antitrust regulator refused to finalize a deal […]
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pauses before delivering the country's draft budget to the parliament speaker at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Why Iran’s big moment could be years away

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Major investments, however, may take years as companies weigh the risk of Iran violating the agreement, which would bring sanctions back, according to analysts and former officials. Decades of hostile relations with Western powers and tight scrutiny by the U.S. Congress and Treasury could also make many investors reluctant to jump back right away.
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Iran will struggle to ramp up oil production after sanctions deal, Wood Mac says

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Iran and world powers are working towards an agreement that would ease sanctions on the OPEC member’s oil sales in return for curtailing its nuclear activity.
The Pearl gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar is the largest in the world. A&M has established a new research center in Qatar to delve into shale gas studies and train students for jobs in gas processing. (Photo: Shell)

Qatar Petroleum expanding overseas with focus on production

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QP has shifted priorities since leading Qatar’s transformation into the largest LNG supplier and is seeking now to manage a slump in the nation’s oil output while expanding internationally.
A handout picture released by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi Arabia's new King Salman bin Abdul Aziz (C) praying along with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (2nd L), King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa of Bahrain (L) and other dignitaries and officials during the funeral of his half-brother late King Abdullah in Riyadh on January 23, 2015. The desert kingdom's elderly King Abdullah died early in the morning and was replaced by his half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam. AFP PHOTO / HO / SPA == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/HO/SPA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==-/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s test for U.S. shale drillers isn’t over yet, Goldman says

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Saudi Arabia steered the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in November to protect its market share in the face of swelling U.S. crude output, rather than cut supplies to shore up prices as it did in the past.
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OPEC revenues slump below $1 trillion for first time since 2010

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he revenue drop shows the strain on the group’s members as they increase pumping at a time of oversupply, following a Saudi Arabia-led strategy of defending market share instead of prices.
India's Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan (L-R), Minister of Oil of Iraq, Adil Abd Al-Mahdi, Minister of oil of Iran, Namdar Zangeneh, Venezuela's Minister for Petroleum and Mining, Asdrubal Chavez J, and Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, Aldo Flores-Quiroga, attend an OPEC seminar  on June 3, 2015 in Vienna. (AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Iran seeking billions to rebuild natural gas industry

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While commodity markets fixate on a return of Iranian oil, the importance of gas in the longer term was underlined Wednesday as BP Plc data showed the Islamic Republic held its position as the nation with the largest proven reserves of the fuel after snatching the crown from Russia in 2011.
Memers of theOrganization of the Petroleum States meet In November 2014 at OPEC headquarters in Vienna. AFP PHOTO/SAMUEL KUBANISAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images

Indonesia to rejoin OPEC in move to secure oil supplies

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The Southeast Asian country left the group in 2008 after nearly five decades of being the only Asian member amid declining oil reserves and investment
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OPEC’s push for market share is working, slowly but surely

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The group’s production increases came ahead of OPEC’s decision at a gathering in Vienna last week to keep the flow of oil steady even in the face of the oil bust, a strategy it has used to capture more of the market as other producers retreat.