The leaders of Iraq's central government and its autonomous Kurdish region edged closer to an agreement on oil revenues, with both parties signing a new deal.
The deal – if implemented – will increase Kurdistan’s oil exports and re-start Baghdad’s payment to contractors.
"An agreement was made in principle to pay the entitlements" to the companies producing oil under contracts awarded by the Kurdistan Regional Government, an official who was in the meeting said.
The Lebanese government invited international firms to bid for the construction of a 60-megawatt wind farm, Energy Minister Gebran Bassil announced.
“It would be possible to produce wind energy and sell it to Electricite du Liban after the conclusion of the tender, which awaits approval by the Cabinet,” Bassil said during the opening of the Beirut Energy Forum.
The minister said the tender would allow the production of cheaper electricity cheaper.
Lebanon suffers from chronic electricity rationing due to low energy production, particularly in the summer months.
The Royal Bank of Scotland and two other banks began legal proceedings against an investment vehicle owned by Dubai’s ruler, seeking immediate repayment after abandoning talks to restructure $10 billion in debts.
RBS, along with German lender Commerzbank and South Africa’s Standard Bank, abandoned talks on restructuring Dubai Group’s liabilities in July and had threatened legal action.
Legal action to reclaim debt owed has been unprecedented in an emirate where banks have tended to take the best terms on offer due to an opaque legal system and to avoid jeopardising chances of winning future business.
Newly independent South Sudan has decided to break up a massive oil concession largely held by Total into three blocks, granting one to the French energy company and the others to two foreign firms, government officials said.
One oil industry source identified the other two operators as U.S. firm Exxon Mobil and Kuwait's Kufpec, which had already claimed about a quarter of the mostly unexplored block, known as Block B.
Total, Exxon Mobil and Kuwait Petroleum Corp, the state-owned parent firm of Kufpec, all declined to comment.
EU leaders offered Egypt more than a billion euros in aid and better trade terms as President Mohammed Morsi flew in for his first visit to Europe pledging to support democratic values and freedoms.
The lightning trip, followed by a visit to Rome, came amid violent anti-US protests over a film deemed insulting to Islam that led to the killing of four US officials in the Libyan city of Benghazi.
European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said the EU was making available 449 million euros to Egypt for 2011-2013 but was "willing to do much more," Barroso said.
Jordan was reviewing offers from a group of banks to manage a eurobond sale of as much as US$1.5bn to help finance government spending, Finance Minister Suleiman Hafez said.
"A specialised committee from the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Jordan is currently studying the offers to pick the best offer in terms of interest rates and issuance costs," the minister said, according to the state run Petra News Agency.
The government plans to raise between US$750m and US$1.5bn in the sale and will announce the shortlisted banks soon, Petra reported, citing Hafez. The debt instruments would be paid over a period of seven to ten years, the minister said.
Jordan's government is issuing the bonds "in order to strike a balance between domestic and external borrowing and provide the kingdom with a new financing instrument with a lower interest rate," Hafez said.
Al Arif Contracting has been awarded the contract for the construction and maintenance of the UAE’s first eco-friendly mosque, and what will also be Dubai’s largest mosque upon completion in 18 months time.
The 3,500-worshipper mosque is to be built on a 9,755 sqm plot near the Clock Tower Roundabout in the Bur Saeed area of Dubai’s Deira.
AMAF secretary ceneral Tayeb Al Rais said: “Al Arif has a track record of shaping major construction projects in the UAE, and has proven experience in the implementation of projects that support environment preservation and sustainability factors.
“Following the successful completion of this landmark initiative, AMAF aims to transform a large number of mosques in Dubai to eco-friendly mosques and adopt green building standards to contribute to Dubai’s sustainable development plans.”