Consultants: The Oil Talker

The flyspeck country of Brunei, perched on the northwest coast of Borneo, is a place long on intrigue, corruption and scrapping. Besides these normal excitements, Brunei has another concern these days: the steadily declining crude production in its privately owned oilfields. Dependent on petroleum, Brunei's economy is wobbly and in need of more oil income than it is now getting. To arrange a transfusion, Brunei turned to a man whose well of oil knowledge made his choice natural—Walter James Levy, 51, a New York petroleum consultant.

Delicate Art. Last week in London, Levy sat in on talks between Brunei...

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