NORTH AFRICA ENERGY: Libya Rebels Decline to Hand Over Oil Ports

A Libyan rebel leader refused to hand over control of three oil ports to the government, keeping a lid on the North African nation’s crude sales in a development that shored up the price of the fuel.

TOP STORIES * Libya’s Oil Sales Constrained as Eastern Ports Remain Shut * Fighting Reported in South Sudan Capital Juba: NTV Says * Black Rhino Nears Deal for $3 Billion South Sudan Refinery * Algeria to Double Refining Capacity to 60 mln mt/yr by 2017 * Kurdish Oil Shipment to Turkey to Start By New Yr: Anatolia * Iraq Govt Says Turkey Agrees Kurdish Oil Exports Need Its OK * Energy Cos. Close to Deal to Sell Israel Gas Into Jordan: DJ * Egypt, Saudi Arabia Sign $1.6b Power Exchange Agreement * Algeria Co to Manufacture Photovoltaic Panels: El Moudjahid * Morocco to Double Oil, Gas Exploration Wells in 2014: AFP * Cairn Falls to Lowest Since Sept. as Morocco Drilling Starts

WHAT TO WATCH * Lebanon Oil Licensing Round, Jan. 10, Beirut * World Future Energy Summit, Jan 20-22, Abu Dhabi

MARKETS * Brent Crude Rises as Rebels Refuse to Open Libya Ports

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