World Bulletin/News Desk
Electricity Minister Ahmed Imam on Wednesday said that the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) had agreed to help finance three major electricity projects in Egypt.
Speaking by phone, the minister told Anadolu Agency that the OFID had agreed in principle to contribute to the funding of the three projects and would formally sign the deal in October.
The minister did not provide details about the size of the fund's expected contributions.
Established by OPEC member states in 1976, OFID is a joint initiative devoted to providing aid to developing countries.
In recent months, Egypt has suffered numerous electricity cuts due to high summertime energy consumption and shortages of the fuel needed to run the country's power plants.
The Egyptian government is currently looking into means of reducing a widening electricity production deficit, which officials put at between 2,000 and 2,500 megawatts daily.
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The company said the deal would make Total the second-largest operator in the North Sea, with substantial operations in Britain, Norway and Denmark.
Volatility eased as traders focused on the world economy and corporate earnings after a week dominated by the dramatic spike in tensions over North Korea, which triggered a global sell-off before prices bounced back Monday.
Investors greeted the more conciliatory tone after US stocks dropped three days in a row last week on President Donald Trump's vow of "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to pursue its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
The ultra-conservative kingdom has moved to diversify its traditionally oil-dependent economy following a sharp fall in crude prices.
In its monthly report on the global oil market, the International Energy Agency said, however, that it believes the supply glut is easing, partly because demand is growing faster.
US stocks have been in retreat since President Donald Trump Tuesday issued a fiery warning to North Korea to halt its nuclear program.
The move by one of Japan's best-known firms greatly reduces the chance of an embarrassing delisting from the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE).
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index weakened by 0.5 percent to 7,503.39 points.
The approval by the European Commission comes just over two months after the European Central Bank -- which took on the role of the eurozone's banking supervisor in 2014 -- allowed the sale to go ahead for a symbolic fee of one euro.
BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and Total have all published results in recent days, showing they pocketed $23 billion in net profit in the first half fo the year.
Higher cereal, sugar and dairy prices pushed food price index by 10.2 percent annually in July