ENERGY BRIEFS

ENERGY BRIEFS

NIGERIANS STAY HOME

ON 2ND DAY OF STRIKELAGOS, Nigeria - Nigerians stayed away from work in Lagos Tuesday, the second day of a general strike against steep rises in fuel prices.

Major banks and shops remained closed, and the federal government secretariat in Ikoyi, where ministries are located, was partially empty.

The Nigeria Labor Congress called its 3.5 million members out on strike against the big increase in gasoline price to 87 cents a gallon.

In addition, many people could not get to work because of an acute shortage of public transport in Lagos, Nigeria's biggest city, with 6 million people.

NY HEATING OIL CHEAPEST

FOR NOVEMBER SINCE '89

ALBANY, N.Y. - Average heating oil prices in New York state held steady in the previous two weeks and are at their lowest levels for November in four years, State Energy Commissioner Francis J. Murray Jr. said.

An Energy Office retail price survey for Oct. 29 to Nov. 10 found the statewide average price for a gallon of home heating rose 0.1 percent to 100.3 cents a gallon.

"The 2.6 million households in New York that heat with oil are enjoying prices this heating season that typically are more than 3 cents a gallon lower than a year ago and nearly 8 cents lower than two years ago," Mr. Murray said.

Over the past two weeks, spot prices for crude oil have dropped to their lowest level in three years, leading to further decreases in wholesale prices for petroleum products, including heating oil and gasoline.