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LIBYA OIL COMPLEXES
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Summary: SYND 29/04/1971 AERIAL AND OTHER SHOTS OF OIL AND GAS FACILITIES IN LIBYA
Story No: z005902
Source: AP Television
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 29/04/1971 00:00 AM
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Aerial and other views of the oil and gas complexes along the Libya shoreline.

1. VS of the oil and gas drilling complex

2. MS of oil men operating the drills with a zoom out to the WS of the rig

3. CU gas pressure gauge rising as the gas is pumped out

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4. MS of a gas fire at night

5. VS of gas fire at the drill

Film: Rev - Sound: N - Colour - Paperwork N - NYFilm: c0017806 - LN Number: LN23105 - Available in HD

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Keywords: oil gas facilities libya
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US Oil
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Summary: Prices soar to near record levels, analyst reax
Story No: 568510
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 16/06/2008 16:46 PM
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FILE: New York Stock Exchange - Date unknown

1. Wide of Mercantile Exchange

2. Tight of Mercantile Exchange

New York Stock Exchange - 16 June 2008

3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Anthony Grisanti, trader for GRZ Energy:

"I think that actually most of the traders look at that and say that it's not enough, that we need about a (m) million dollars a barrel more on the market to kind of ease these markets and kind of build supplies. See the problem is at 200 thousand, 300 thousand, 400 thousand, you're just kind of keeping pace with the demand that's out there, you're not really building supplies and if there's any disruption in the chain of oil you're going to see the prices pop, which you have, or the perception of say interruption you'll see the prices pop."

FILE: New York Stock Exchange - Date unknown

4. Top shot of traders at the Mercantile Exchange

New York Stock Exchange - 16 June 2008

5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): Anthony Grisanti, trader for GRZ Energy:

"We're going to be a lot higher two months out and 150 dollars could be in our rear-view mirror at that point. And the other thing we have to look at, of course, in the summer, is hurricane season, we've been lucky two years in a row, where a major hurricane hasn't hit any oil production facilities or the US mainland. The weather forecasts that I've seen mostly takes them into the gulf, so if we're not lucky again, watch out, we could see 180 dollars, 200 dollar barrel of oil."

FILE: Parshall, North Dakota - 2 May 2008

6. Various of oil rig in production

STORYLINE:

Crude oil futures topped 140 US dollars a barrel on Monday as investors shrugged off Saudi Arabia's promise to boost production and instead focused on a weaker dollar.

Light, sweet crude for July delivery soared to a trading record of 139.89 US dollars before retreating to trade up 2.10 US dollars at 136.96 US dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Many investors buy commodities such as oil as a hedge against inflation when the dollar falls. Also, a weaker dollar makes oil less expensive to investors dealing in other currencies. Many analysts believe the dollar's protracted decline is a major factor behind oil's doubling in price over the past year.

Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil producer, told the United Nations over the weekend that it would boost output by 200,000 barrels a day, or by 2 percent, from June to July. In May, the kingdom raised production by 300,000 barrels a day.

But mercantile trader, Anthony Grisanti, from GRZ Energy wasn't impressed.

"We need about a (m) million dollars a barrel more on the market to kind of ease these markets and kind of build supplies. See the problem is at 200 thousand, 300 thousand, 400 thousand, you're just kind of keeping pace with the demand that's out there," he said.

The latest promise of a production increase by the kingdom was largely ignored by traders on Monday amid strong global demand and falling production elsewhere.

As for a peak in oil prices Grisanti predicts it could reach 180 or 190 US dollars a barrel.

"We've been lucky two years in a row, a major hurricane hasn't hit any oil production facilities or the US mainland. The weather forecasts I've seen mostly takes them into the gulf, so if we're not lucky again, watch out, we could see 180 dollars, 200 dollar a barrel of oil," said Grisanti.

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Subjects: U.S. dollar, Oil and gas exploration and extraction, Currency markets, Production facilities, Crude oil markets, Financial markets, Business, Oil and gas industry, Energy industry, Industries, Corporate news, Energy markets, Commodity markets
Locations: New York, New York, United States
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Iraq - Oil pumps switched on
Title:
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Summary: Iraq - Oil pumps switched on
Story No: w052551
Source: WTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/12/1996 00:00 AM
People: Saddam Hussein
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T/I: 10:05:28

Iraqi oil minister, Amir Mohammed Rasheed, said on Tuesday (10/12) that the Iraqi people have suffered enough. Rasheed was speaking in Kirkuk as Iraqi President Saddam Hussein pressed the button to switch on the oil pumps.

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KIRKUK, IRAQ, 10/12

VS of Iraqi officials at oil control room;

electric board in control room;

Starting time on clock;

CA crowds;

ENGLISH SOT, Iraqi oil minister, Amir Mohammed Rasheed: "We want to tell

the world that there has been enough hardship..";

CA electronic board;

ENGLISH SOT, Rasheed, continues: "We hope this is an opening which will

widen gradually till the total lifting of the sanctions.";

Iraqi president Saddam Hussein arrives amid loud applause to press button,

starting flow of oil;

VS of Saddam's car leaving.

1.56

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Keywords: DSSA1 OIL MINISTER, middle east, politics, technology, trade, politics, hand clapping, ceremony,
Subjects: Government and politics
People: Saddam Hussein
Organisations: Iraq government
Locations: Iraq, Middle East
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US UK Oil
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Summary: WRAP Oil prices near 85 US dollars a barrel, analyst, US reax
Story No: 539963
Source: AP TELEVISION, VNR
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 15/10/2007 17:48 PM
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AP Television

London, 15 October 2007

1. Traffic in busy street in London

2. Cars queue up on street

3. Wide of petrol station

4. Various of petrol prices

5. Wide of cars filling up gas

6. Man watches price on counter

7. Close up of price on counter

8. Ian Bourne walks towards camera

9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ian Bourne, Petroleum Argus:

"Oil inventories are very low at the moment after a third quarter when they went down, which makes the market more likely to react to an event like Turkish troops threatening Iraq. Because there's less inventory in the world, the market will shoot upwards when anything like that comes along to worry the traders."

AP Television

FILE: Basra, 23 April 2003

10. Various of oil gushing from ground

11. Oil gushing foreground, gas flares in background

AP Television

FILE: Azerbaijan, 5 November 2005

12. Wide of oil installation near Baku, Azerbaijan

13. Construction workers at oil facility

AP Television

FILE: Port Arthur, United States, 23 September 2005

14. Oil refinery in Port Arthur

15. Close up of Chevron Phillips sign

16. Oil tanker with US flag

AP Television

London, 15 October 2007

17. SOUNDBITE (English) Ian Bourne, Petroleum Argus:

"If Iran were attacked through air raids or anything like that on its infrastructure or nuclear facilities, that would send prices rocketing very rapidly, very much higher, over 100-dollars a barrel, perhaps, quite quickly."

18. Traffic along busy London street

AP Television

New York, 15 October 2007

19. Pan left of mercantile exchange

20. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ira Eckstein, President Area International Trading Corp:

"You know I think the market was really looking for an excuse to break out. I think there's definitely some buying underneath the market that got more aggressive. You know it looks like today that we just took out a new high that previous 83.65 (US Dollar) area, we're above 84. It looks like this market wants to go to 90 plus pretty quick."

21. Cutaway exchange floor

22. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ira Eckstein, President Area International Trading Corp:

"You have to look at one situation could flare up another situation. Meaning, I don't think that what's happening right now is so serious, but something else might come out of this that could be serious. So they're maybe looking two steps ahead of what really is happening and obviously with tight supplies, you take any crude oil off the market for any length of time, it's really going to effect the market."

American Petroleum Institute VNR

Date and location unknown

23. Worker on oil rig

24. Wide of oil rig

25. Pull in on wide of oil rig

STORYLINE:

Oil prices were steady on Monday after surging above 85 US dollars a barrel for the first time after the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said crude production by non-OPEC countries is falling even as global demand for oil is rising.

Despite the cartel agreeing to increase production by 500-thousand barrels a day, the rest of the world will produce 110-thousand barrels a day less than expected, OPEC said in a recent report.

Traders also blamed concern that Turkey may pursue Kurdish rebels into Iraq, following comments by the Turkish prime minister on Friday that suggest Turkey will not worry about the diplomatic consequences of such an incursion.

Energy expert Ian Bourne from Petroleum Argus told AP Television the situation on the Turkey-Iraq border was marking the market particularly nervous.

"Oil inventories are very low at the moment after a third quarter when they went down, which makes the market more likely to react to an event like Turkish troops threatening Iraq," he told AP Television.

Bourne said oil prices could rise further, perhaps above the 100 US dollar level, if the United States attacks Iran.

"If Iran were attacked through air raids or anything like that on its infrastructure or nuclear facilities, that would send prices rocketing very rapidly, over 100-dollars a barrel, perhaps," he said.

Recent reports have indicated that crude inventories are falling.

Last week, the United States Energy Department reported that US oil supplies declined in the week ended October 5, while the International Energy Agency (IEA) said that oil inventories held by the world's largest industrialised countries have fallen below a five-year average.

However President of Area International Trading Corp Ira Eckstein told AP Television that "the market was really looking for an excuse to break out."

"I think there's definitely some buying underneath the market that got more aggressive," Eckstein, who is also a trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange, said on Monday.

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Subjects: Prices, Poultry markets, Economy, Business, Meat markets, Livestock and meat markets, Soft commodity markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets
Organisations: OPEC
Locations: Turkey, United States, Middle East, London, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Western Europe, Europe, North America, England, United Kingdom, Eastern Europe
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Austria OPEC 4
Title:
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Summary: AP pix of presser, OPEC to slash output by 1.5 m barrels a day
Story No: 583075
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 24/10/2008 12:16 PM
People: Qolam Hosein Nozari, Ali Naimi
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1. Various of Iranian Oil Minister, Gholam Hossein Nozari, surrounded by reporters following OPEC (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) meeting

2. Saudi Oil Minister Ali Naimi talking to reporters, UPSOUND: (English)

(Question: Are you happy?)

"I wouldn't have agreed to it if I wasn't happy with it."

(Question: Minister, can you say how much is the cut.)

"One million and a half."

3. Set-up of Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael D. Ramirez

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael D. Ramirez, Venezuelan Oil Minister:

"The message for the market is that OPEC has a very strong unit, the commitment to reduce the excess of volume in the market. We decided in very short time the decision to cut 1.5, effective from the first of November. We decide to evaluate again the market in Oran in Algeria to decide probably another cut."

5. Angolan Oil Minister, Jose Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos getting into car

6. Pan from journalists outside OPEC headquarters to officials' cars

7. Wide of journalists

8. Various of OPEC President, Chakib Khelil, in news conference

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Chakib Khelil, OPEC President:

"There's an oversupply and the stocks are very high. All of you have numbers for the stocks - whether they are for crude, they are for gasoline, for distillates. So, they are countries that are not finding a market. There are companies that are not able to pay for the oil. So it's not the effect on the financial market, it's the effect of the financial market on the supply. If your buyers are not going to be able to get (inaudible) of credits from the banks, they are not going to be able to even buy the crude. So you have both. A lack of demand, because of real demand, but you also have consequences of the financial situation on buyers."

10. Cutaway of cameras

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Chakib Khelil, OPEC President:

"We are asking all non-OPEC to contribute and if Russia considers, you know it's in their own interest to do that, I'm sure that they will contribute."

12. Khelil leaving news conference

STORYLINE

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, on Friday decided to slash output by 1.5 (m) million barrels a day as of next month in an attempt to stem plunging oil prices.

OPEC President, Chakib Khelil, told reporters in Vienna this figure could rise by the end of the year to a cut of 1.8 (m) million barrels a day.

The size of the cut reflected concerns within OPEC nations, which account for 40 percent of global oil supply, that the bottom appears to be falling out of the market.

Crude is selling for 50 percent less than this year's historic heights because the worldwide economic crisis has put a huge crimp in demand.

But prices sagged, suggesting that the market was more concerned with the economic turmoil reaching into all corners of the globe than crude availability.

If economies in the US and other leading crude consumers continue to deteriorate, industries will use less oil, making it a buyer's market.

Khelil told reporters non-OPEC nations had been asked to "contribute" to cuts in output. He said he was "sure" Russia would make cuts, saying it was in their interest to do so.

The language of an OPEC statement announcing the decision also reflected how seriously the producers' cartel viewed the erosion of its revenues, as did the unusually short deliberations leading to the decision.

"Oil prices have witnessed a dramatic collapse - unprecedented in speed and magnitude," said a statement from the 13-nation organisation.

"This slowdown in demand is serving to exacerbate the situation in a market which has been oversupplied with crude for some time."

The cut announced is already sizable.

But because OPEC nations continue to overproduce by about 300-thousand barrels a day from the official quota of close to 29 (m) million barrels the total amount that the 13-nation group wants to take off the market is even higher - around 1.8 (m) million barrels a day.

And OPEC officials left no doubt that they were ready to slice deeper quickly if Friday's decision does not end the price freefall.

Venezuelan Oil Minister, Rafael D. Ramirez, said the market would be re-evaluated at OPEC's next meeting in December in Oran, Algeria, ahead of another possible cut.

Friday's meeting was called unexpectedly in response to prices that have disintegrated since their historic high of nearly 150 US dollars in July.

Despite the OPEC cut, oil fell sharply and traded below 65 US dollars a barrel on Friday amid weakening global demand for crude.

Light, sweet crude for December delivery fell 3.44 US dollars to 64.40 US dollars a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange by noon in Europe.

The contract overnight rose 1.09 US dollars to settle at 67.84 US dollars.

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Subjects: OPEC Meetings, Financial crisis, Crude oil markets, Events, Economy, Business, Financial crisis, Financial markets, Energy markets, Commodity markets, Oil and gas industry, Energy industry, Industries, Business
People: Qolam Hosein Nozari, Ali Naimi
Organisations: OPEC
Locations: Vienna, Vienna, Austria
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MEXICO OIL
Title:
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Summary: UPITN 6 12 74 MEXICAN OILFIELDS
Story No: z013076
Source: AP Television
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 06/12/1974 00:00 AM
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Mexican oilfields scenes

1 troops outside Petroleos Mexicanos building

2 map of Mexico zoom in to Villamermosa

3 gvs oilfield as gas burned off

4 heavy machinery

5 oil derrick floated downstream

6 oil drilling machinery lifted into place

7 drilling starts

8 gas burnt off

9 gv oil derrick

10 storage tanks

11 pipeline

12 various shot of oil workers

13 'No Fumer' sign

14 various shots of pipelines

Film: Pos - Sound: Yes - Colour - NYFilm: - LN Number: LN58630 - Available in HD

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UK Oil
Title:
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Summary: Oil prices near US$85 a barrel, analyst
Story No: 539933
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 15/10/2007 15:28 PM
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London, 15 October 2007

1. Traffic in busy street in London

2. Cars queue up on street

3. Wide of petrol station

4. Various of petrol prices

5. Tilt down of man filling car with petrol

6. Man watches price on counter

7. Close up of price on counter

8. Ian Bourne walks towards camera

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ian Bourne, Petroleum Argus:

"Oil inventories are very low at the moment after a third quarter when they went down, which makes the market more likely to react to an event like Turkish troops threatening Iraq. Because there's less inventory in the world, the market will shoot upwards when anything like that comes along to worry the traders."

++FILE++

Basra, 23 April 2003

10. Various of oil gushing from ground

11. Oil gushing foreground, gas flares in background

++FILE++

Azerbaijan, 5 November 2005

12. Wide of oil installation near Baku, Azerbaijan

13. Construction workers at oil facility

+FILE++

Port Arthur, United States, 23 September 2005

14. Oil refinery in Port Arthur

15. Close up of Chevron Phillips sign

16. Oil tanker with US flag

London, 15 October 2007

17. SOUNDBITE (English) Ian Bourne, Petroleum Argus:

"If Iran were attacked through air raids or anything like that on its infrastructure or nuclear facilities, that would send prices rocketing very rapidly, very much higher, over 100-dollars a barrel, perhaps, quite quickly."

18. Traffic along busy London street

STORYLINE

Oil prices surged above 85 US Dollars a barrel on Monday for the first time after Organisation of

Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said production by non-OPEC countries is on the decline.

Despite the cartel agreeing to increase production by 500-thousand barrels a day, the rest of the world will produce 110-thousand barrels a day less than expected, OPEC said.

Traders also blamed concern that Turkey may pursue Kurdish rebels into Iraq.

Energy expert Ian Bourne from Petroleum Argus said the situation on the Turkey-Iraq border was marking the market particularly nervous.

"Oil inventories are very low at the moment after a third quarter when they went down, which makes the market more likely to react to an event like Turkish troops threatening Iraq," he commented.

Bourne said oil prices could rise further, perhaps above the 100 US Dollars level, if the United States attacks Iran.

"If Iran were attacked through air raids or anything like that on its infrastructure or nuclear facilities, that would send prices rocketing very rapidly, over 100-dollars a barrel, perhaps," he said.

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Subjects: Prices, Economy, Business
Locations: Turkey, Azerbaijan, London, Middle East, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Western Europe, Europe, Eastern Europe, England, United Kingdom
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Colombia Oil
Title:
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Summary: Planned sale of oil giant Ecopetrol meets opposition
Story No: 495754
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 08/09/2006 22:29 PM
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Nueva Castilla, Colombia - 01 September, 2006

1. Wide of oil refinery entrance

2. Various of oil tower

3. Medium of worker looking up

4. Medium of tower, showing worker high up in the structure

5. Various of workers at refinery

6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Oil Refinery Worker, Jose Angulo:

"It is not fair. Ecopetrol is Colombia, it is ours."

7. Medium of wheel loader at refinery

8. Various of refinery

Bogota, Colombia - 31 August, 2006

9. Set up of interview with Senator Hugo Serrano

10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Colombian Senator and Oil Expert, Hugo Serrano:

"The government is giving everything away just to satisfy the needs of the multinationals. This government has succumbed to the multinationals."

FILE Barrancabermeja, Colombia - 31 August, 2005

11. Various of Ecopetrol oil refinery

Bogota, Colombia - 08 September, 2006

12. Set up of Chief of Operations for Ecopetrol Mauricio Salgar

13. SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Mauricio Salgar, Chief of Operations for Ecopetrol:

"The intention is for 20 percent of this company's share be in the hands of as many Colombians as possible. This could be achieved through a pension or stocks that all Colombians could purchase to invest in the company. I don't think this is necessarily good or bad, it was a question of accessing fresh resources to guarantee Ecopetroleo's future."

FILE Barrancabermeja, Colombia - August 2005

14. Various of refinery

STORYLINE:

In a region of leftist leaders determined to nationalise their oil industries and extract higher taxes and other concessions from multi-national drillers, Colombia's government is insisting on a privatisation plan for its state-run oil company.

By selling off 20 percent of Ecopetrol, Colombia hopes to net up to five (b) billion US dollars, and finance the new exploration it needs to boost the nation's lagging oil production, according to Armando Zamora, president of the National Hydrocarbon agency.

If more crude isn't discovered soon, Colombia will begin importing oil in 2011, and that could be devastating for the government's finances, which depended on Ecopetrol for seven percent of last year's 41(b) billion US dollar budget.

Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador have taken advantage of record-high oil prices by increasing state control and forcing multi-national companies to renegotiate contracts that raise the royalties they must pay.

Colombia sees privatisation as a way to position itself as the new destination for oil money, securing the investment it needs to search for more crude.

Despite analysts' support for the plan to sell off 20 percent of Ecopetrol, which in 2005 had sales of close to 6.5 (b) billion US dollars, the government's announcement in July has caused a wave of criticism.

"Ecopetrol has always been for Colombians and should remain that way," said Jose Angulo, a 33-year Ecopetrol veteran who now runs the Nueva Castilla platform, some 45 miles southeast of Bogota.

The company, after all, has been a main source of income for Colombia, in state hands for more than five decades.

Colombia is the only country that would sell off part of an oil company that created wealth, according to Senator Hugo Serrano, an expert on Colombia's oil industry.

"The government is giving everything away just to satisfy the needs of the multinationals. This government has succumbed to the multinationals," Serrano said.

Ecopetrol Chief of Operations Mauricio Salgar defended the move saying the company was looking to distribute the wealth to the entire country.

"The intention is for 20 percent of this company's share be in the hands of as many Colombians as possible," Salgar said.

The Colombian government is expected to release details of the sale in the coming weeks.

At the moment, small companies from India, China and Canada are competing with the giants such as BP, Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corporation to find oil in Colombia, investing close to 1.5 (b) billion US dollars last year.

The hydrocarbon agency, in charge of allocating exploration contracts, said these multinationals pay royalties of between five percent and 25 percent, depending on the oil produced.

Colombia currently has some 1.4 (b) billion barrels of oil in reserves that are rapidly being consumed.

Production has fallen from a record 815,000 barrels per day in 1999 to just 526,000 in 2005.

In comparison, Venezuela exports some two (m) million barrels of oil a day.

Oil exploration has intensified in recent years.

Since 2002, Ecopetrol has searched in 18 different projects but come up dry.

Senator Serrano, a former oil engineer and member of the opposition Liberal party, suggested a greater freedom should be given to the company, rather than selling off part of it.

This year, Ecopetrol plans to spend 350 (m) million U.S dollars exploring for new oil from a total investment budget of 1.4 (b) billion U.S dollars.

Most of the rest of its spending will go to extracting more oil from wells already drying up.

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Subjects: Crude Oil Exploration, Crude Oil, Coal, Oil and Natural Gas, Government finance, Government and Politics, Energy, Government budget, Business, Petroleum and coal refining, Government taxation and revenue, Government business and finance, Petroleum Refining, Government business and finance, Oil and gas, Oil and gas refining, Oil and gas exploration, Oil and gas extraction, Government and politics, Energy, Industries, Business
Organisations: Colombia government
Locations: Colombia, Bogota, South America, Latin America and Caribbean
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South Korea Oil Spill
Title:
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Summary: SKorea to declare area hit by oil spill a disaster area
Story No: 546563
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/12/2007 04:07 AM
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1. Wide pan left of a seashore of the contaminated oyster beds

2. Mid of oyster beds

3. Various of the crude oil floating on the water

4. Mid of oyster beds

5. Close of contaminated oysters being pulled up

6. Close of the oysters

7. Tilt down of an oysters

8. Various of oyster beds

9. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) Lee Sang-ik, a 56-year-old oyster farmer:

"About 150 hectares of the oyster beds were damaged in Shinduri. This situation has left us in a crisis, taking all of our income resources out. I'm devastated to think about how I'll make the living."

10. Wide of oyster beds

11. Close of damaged oysters

12. A beach shore contaminated by the crude oil

13. Close of oil on sand

14. Close of sea shells laying on the sands

15. Close-up of a shell covered up by oil

16. Close-up of a jellyfish covered up by oil

17. Tight panning from a shell to a starfish, both contaminated by oil

18. Close of the oyster beds to a zoom out to a wide of the beds

STORYLINE:

South Korea was preparing to declare a coastal zone hit by the nation's worst-ever oil spill a special disaster area officials said on Monday, opening the way for direct aid to the battered region.

The announcement comes as local fishermen, whose livelihood heavily depend on fishing and seafood, have been hit hard by the turn of events.

Lee Sang-ik, a 56-year-old oyster farmer is in despair thinking about how he will deal with the shock of seeing his life and business suddenly shattered by the oil spill.

"About 150 hectares of the oyster beds were damaged in Shinduri. This situation has left us in a crisis, taking all of our income resources out. I'm devastated to think about how I'll make the living," Lee said.

The area, which includes the better known Mallipo Beach, considered one of South Korea's most scenic, is heavily dependent on fishing, seafood farming and tourism.

Government officials say the declaration to proclaim the area a disaster zone is expected to be made at an early date.

The government have already designated the oil spill itself a disaster, which makes it easier for regional governments to mobilise personnel, equipment and material to cope with the situation.

The announcement comes as the Taean region has struggled since Saturday to remove oil that began washing ashore at Mallipo beach after a tanker was damaged Friday in a collision.

The oil slick began hitting the shore early Saturday, coming in waves of mucky, stinking crude.

The area includes 181 aquatic farms producing abalone, seaweed, littleneck clams and sea cucumbers, according to Taean County officials.

There are about 4-thousand aquatic farmers.

No detailed damage estimates for the area as a whole have been released, though officials feared it would be substantial.

About 63,800 people live in Taean, where fishing, seafood farming and tourism are also major industries.

More than 20.6 million (m) tourists visited the area last year, and at least 18 million (m) had arrived as of the end of September this year, according to county statistics.

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Subjects: Coastlines and beaches, Fish and shellfish farming, Oil spills, Environment and nature, Agriculture, Industries, Business, Pollution, Environmental concerns, Environment, Oil spills, Industrial accidents, Accidents, Accidents and disasters, General news
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Russia Oil Spill 4
Title:
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Summary: AP Pix: Tanker oil spill as environmental disaster looms
Story No: 543415
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/11/2007 16:07 PM
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1. Pan from ships at sea to shore with team working to clean oil pollution

2. Various workers clearing oil on beach

3. Dead oil covered seabird

4. Digger scooping up polluted sand

5. Dead bird by wheels of digger

6. Digger dumping sand in truck

7. SOUNDBITE (Russian): Vladimir (no last name given), Krasnodar Rescue Service

"These are our activities today. We are collecting the beach grass which is mixed with fuel oil and we're putting it in concrete containers. Then we are going along the seashore and collecting birds which were caught in it (the oil) on the seashore or in the sea."

8. Wide clean-up operation on beach

9. Oil pollution near shore

10. Dead bird

11. Various of ships at sea

12. Live birds on beach

13. Ship at sea, group of birds fly by

14. Wide of shoreline showing pollution

15. Wide pan along line of ships at sea

STORYLINE

Patches of oil were washing up on the shores of Russia's Strait of Kerch on Monday, after a Russian tanker broke up at sea during a fierce storm.

The stricken oil tanker, the Volganeft-139, was carrying nearly 4,800 metric tons (1.3 (m) million gallons) of fuel oil, when it sank, and around half that amount has leaked into the strait.

Oil-covered seabirds were struggling along the shore, and workers were busy with shovels and forks cleaning up the oil.

Officials are concerned that damage from the oil tanker spill could be the worst environmental disaster in the region in years, and could take years to clean up.

The Volganeft-139's 13 crew members were rescued, authorities said.

The Russian tanker was one of several ships that sank or ran aground in the Strait of Kerch and the northern Black Sea region during the storm.

Also on Monday, rescuers recovered the bodies of three sailors from another Russian freighter that sank, the Nakhichevan.

The Nakhichevan was one of two freighters that broke up as 18-foot (5.5-metre) waves battered ships throughout the region surrounding the Strait of Kerch, a narrow strait linking the Black Sea and the smaller Sea of Azov.

The dead sailors, wearing life vests, washed up near Tuzla on the western side of the strait, Emergency Situations spokesman Sergei Kozhemyaka said, and rescuers were looking for five others.

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