* Further power cut-off would lead to longer blackouts (Adds U.N. official's comments)
VIENNA, April 27 Austrian energy and petrol station group OMV is to buy a 40-percent stake in Smatrics, a company that provides charging points for electric cars, owned by hydropower firm Verbund and Germany's Siemens, the Austrian companies said on Thursday.
April 27 French oil and gas major Total could consider taking a stake in the planned listing of part of Saudi Arabia's Aramco, the company's chief executive said on Thursday.
* Abbas's Palestinian Authority refuses to pay for Gaza's power
PARIS, April 27 French energy company Total gave the go-ahead on Thursday to develop its first major project since 2014 after reporting a sharp rise in quarterly profit that underscored its drive to cut costs throughout the oil price downturn.
No related earnings announcements are currently scheduled within the next 7 days.