Algeria issued an international arrest warrant for former Energy Minister Chakib Khelil for his alleged role in a bribery scandal involving national oil company Sonatrach, according to the state-run APS news agency.
Last week’s dismissal of Algerian Energy Minister Chakib Khelil may give Africa’s biggest natural- gas exporter a fresh start after its national oil company lost its senior executives in a corruption scandal, analysts said.
Crude oil demand will gain this year and prices may rise to more than $85 a barrel as markets shrug off concern a debt crisis in Greece may spread to other European nations and slow growth, OPEC ministers said.
Crude oil rose for the first time in five days, gaining as much as 3.1 percent, on speculation an emergency fund by European policy makers will contain sovereign debt risks and maintain economic growth in the region.
Oil rose for the first time in a week as an almost $1 trillion loan plan by European policy makers to end the region’s sovereign-debt crisis caused global stocks to rally and signaled energy demand may strengthen.
A European Union embargo on imports of Iranian oil will probably be delayed for six months to let countries such as Greece, Italy and Spain find alternative supplies, two EU officials with knowledge of the talks said.