Working with Trump ‘not always simple,’ says Trudeau

Ahead of his upcoming campaign for next year’s elections, Trudeau vowed to tackle climate change. (AFP)
Updated 22 October 2018
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Working with Trump ‘not always simple,’ says Trudeau

  • Trudeau said he had done his job of “standing up for Canadians” in agreeing the USMCA trade pact with the US, Canada and Mexico
  • Relations between the two leaders took a hit in June, when Trump taunted Trudeau as “very dishonest & weak” and “meek and mild”

MONTREAL: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said working with US President Donald Trump is “not always simple,” as he welcomed the successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Speaking on an episode of Quebec’s most popular talk show, “Tout Le Monde En Parle,” broadcast Sunday Trudeau said he had done his job of “standing up for Canadians” in agreeing the USMCA trade pact with the US, Canada and Mexico.
Asked about his relationship with Trump, Trudeau cautiously acknowledged it is “not always simple.”
“He knows it and so do I. We are not aligned on many things and it is sometimes difficult to find common ground, but we managed to do it fairly well,” Trudeau said.
Relations between the two leaders took a hit in June, when Trump taunted Trudeau as “very dishonest & weak” and “meek and mild” as he left a G7 summit in Canada that the prime minister had hosted.
Trudeau also defended cannabis legalization during the interview, a key campaign promise that came into effect October 17.
He argued 90 years of prohibition had not worked, and only lined the pockets of organized criminals.
Meanwhile, ahead of his upcoming campaign for next year’s elections, Trudeau vowed to tackle climate change.
“The reality is that we must protect the environment while creating economic growth that is sustainable and responsible,” he said, going on to accuse the opposition Conservative party of having “no plan” on environmental issues.


Adnoc signs deal with Eni on Ghasha concession

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Adnoc signs deal with Eni on Ghasha concession

  • ADNOC grants Eni 25 percent stake in ultra sour gas project
  • Follows Adnoc award to France's Total

LONDON: The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has granted the Italian oil company Eni a 25 percent stake in an off-shore gas mega-project, in a move that will support the emirate’s efforts to become self-sufficient in gas.
The energy company is now in discussions with other potential partners for the remaining 15 percent of the available 40 percent stake in the concession earmarked for foreign companies.
The award covers the Ghasha ultra-sour gas concession just off the coast of the UAE, including the Hail and Dalma and other offshore fields. Eni will contribute 25 percent of the development cost of the project which is likely to cost billions of dollars.
The deal comes just days after ADNOC awarded a 40 percent stake to French oil firm Total on Nov. 11 to explore and develop its Ruwais Diyab unconventional gas concession.
The Ghasha gas fields are estimated to hold trillions of standard cubic feet of recoverable gas, according to a company statement.
Once on stream, the project is expected to produce more than 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day. This could provide enough gas to supply electricity to more than 2 million homes, said ADNOC.
The project is set to produce 120,000 barrels of oil and high-value condensate per day once complete, the company said.
“ADNOC is committed to ensuring a stable and economic gas supply to the UAE, which is a core component of our 2030 strategy,” said Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber, UAE minister of state and ADNOC group CEO.
“Development of our Hail, Ghasha and Dalma ultra-sour gas offshore resources, at commercial rates, will make a significant contribution towards delivering that strategic imperative and bringing forward the day when the UAE will not only be self-sufficient in gas but also transitions to net exporter of gas,” he said.
Eni won its first concession rights in the emirate’s oil and gas sector earlier this year, with Adnoc granting the Italian firm a 10 percent interest in its Umm Shaif and Nasr concession and a 5 percent stake in the Lower Zakum concession in March.
“We are pursuing a strategy of growing in the Middle East and today’s signature is further confirmation of our willingness to root our presence in Abu Dhabi,
following the agreements signed last March, with Adnoc,” said Eni CEO, Claudio Descalzi, in a statement.
ADNOC is exploring opportunities beyond Abu Dhabi, having also signed a framework agreement with the Uzbek energy company, Uzbekneftegaz on Tuesday.
The agreement will see the Gulf company provide advice on Uzbekistan’s upstream and downstream operations.