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Crude Oil Prices Falls

Crude oil prices fell after reports indicated that a Caribbean tropical storm likely won't induce heavy damages like Hurricane Katrina, which ripped into Gulf of Mexico platforms and refineries a year ago. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, tropical storm Ernesto weakened as it swept over Haiti and carried sustained winds of about 50 miles per hour, less than a third of Katrina's 170 miles per hour winds that tore oil and gas platforms off their moorings. Crude oil for October delivery fell $1.27, or 1.75 percent, to $71.24 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange in Paris. Oil reached $73.75 a barrel on August 25, on concern Ernesto would disrupt output at the Gulf of Mexico, source of a quarter of U.S. oil production. ConocoPhillips, BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc evacuated non-essential personnel from sites at the Gulf due to the impending storm. In London, Brent crude oil for October settlement fell $1.04, or 1.4 percent, to $71.68. (Source: Bloomberg)


U.S. Federal Court Bars OPEC From Price Fixing

A U.S. federal court reportedly has granted a one-year injunction barring oil producer group OPEC from fixing prices. Prewitt Enterprises won a civil anti-trust case in an Alabama court, accusing the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) of conspiring to fix oil prices through oil supply agreements. OPEC is for the next year "restrained from entering any agreements among themselves or with third parties to raise, lower


AP Moeller Shares Fly High In '99

Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moeller shares surged 95 percent in 1999, bolstered by a 150 percent rise in crude oil prices and improved freight rates, and analysts predict solid profits in 2000 along with more takeovers. Earnings per share (EPS) for D/S 1912 is expected to climb to 2,762 crowns this year and rise a further 24 percent to 3,424 crowns next year, with D/S Svendborg seen reaching 3,880 crowns in the current fiscal year and 4,917 crowns in 2000.


Exxon, Shell Lose Nigerian Field Access

Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil lost an auction for Nigeria's most promising oil and gas fields last year to companies controlled by South Korea. In Venezuela, Royal Dutch Shell's bid to develop an offshore gas deposit collapsed when Brazil's state oil company stepped in. The world's biggest publicly traded oil producers are losing reserves to state-run companies willing to pay higher prices for energy needed to fuel growing economies. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, China's Cnooc Ltd


API: U.S. Oil Stocks Are Down

U.S. oil supply worries found fresh impetus on Tuesday after the American Petroleum Institute said that both crude oil and product stocks had fallen again -- hard on the heels of a massive draw earlier this month. U.S. crude stocks are now at their lowest level since March 1976. Crude oil prices were up sharply in after-hours trading after a decidedly bullish API report showed a 2.1 draw for the week ended August 4, despite a rebound in crude oil imports, which rose 1.34 million barrels to 9


OPEC Output Cut May Hit Shipping

According to a report from The Economic Times, the Indian shipping industry is concerned with the steady fall in crude oil prices and is waiting for the outcome of an important upcoming OPEC meeting. Industry officials feel that if Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cuts production further, tanker rates could go into free fall, delivering a body blow to the domestic shipping industry that has half of its fleet in tankers


EIA: US stocks remain low

Crude oil prices have dropped recently following the latest weekly oil data report (ending 18 April) from the US. US crude stocks surged by 9 mb last week, according to US government data, while the American Petroleum Institute reported an even bigger gain of 13.1 mb. But the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has warned that despite the big jump in US crude stocks, US inventories of crude and petroleum products


Offshore E&P Spending To Rise 15% in N. America

Offshore oilfield service stocks, to put it mildly, have endured a wild ride for much of 1999. The once high-flying sector actually hit the skids in concert with the late 1997 Asian financial crisis, and resultant plummet in oil prices. Despite a raging rally in oil pricing for much of the year, investors have cautiously approached the stocks. One reason for the caution is purely psychological, as too many investors have been burned too many times on the cyclical stocks


Texaco Reports 1998 Results

Low crude oil and natural gas prices from weak demand and oversupply, along with foreign currency losses in Asian downstream operations caused earnings to drop sharply, Texaco Chairman and CEO Peter I. Bijur reported. Commenting on 1998 results, Bijur pointed to the following: Income before special items declined 50 percent in 1998 to $894 million, and declined 80 percent to $92 million in the fourth quarter. Average crude oil prices hit their lowest levels in more than 20 years


U.S. Vessels Ready to Transport Fuel to Northeast: AMP

Washington, D.C. – With concerns that refinery closures in the Northeast may cause gas prices to increase further, the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) notified the Administration that American vessels have ample capacity to transport petroleum to the region from the Gulf of Mexico. AMP’s letter comes after a federal analysis omitted key data about the domestic shipping industry’s overall capacity.  


Libya Oil Exports Stutter, Major Eastern Ports Await Restart

Libya will not be able to export oil through its two largest eastern ports before August, due to safety checks after a near year-long closure, a senior oil official said on Wednesday. The latest twist in a spiral of violence also casts a shadow over the vital deal two weeks ago to end the


Oil Traders Hearing Contango Music Again; Not Loud Yet

Traders in the Brent oil market have started to use a word that was almost forgotten in the last four years - "contango" in industry jargon, which could also be described as "music to the ears of sellers". The market has not seen a prolonged contango time structure - with


Tankship Market & Return of Contango: Analysis

Crude carrier: File picture CCL

This week, the Brent price curve moved into contango on what was reported to be short-term physical oversupply. In their latest 'Tanker Opinion', Poten & Partners consider whether this is likely to be a long-lasting change (“Contango” is a term used to refer to a commodity price


Iraqi Kurdish Oil Nears US Port Despite Concern in Washington

A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan is just two days away from arriving at a U.S. port, according to ship tracking satellites, despite Washington's long-standing concern over independent oil sales from the autonomous region. The United Kalavrvta tanker


US Crude Oil Exports at 15-year High

Crude oil exports from the United States were 268,000 barrels per day in April, the highest in 15 years, with almost all of the oil delivered to Canada, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Monday. Exports have increased sharply since the start of 2013 and have exceeded 200


GofM 2014 Production Storm Shut-ins Likely Higher This Year

GoM Shut in production: Source EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook, June edition

The risk of Gulf of Mexico 2014 production shut-ins by storms is considered to be higher than last year, according to a recent U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis of the potential for Gulf oil and gas shut-in production during the upcoming months, as follows:


Brent Crude Holds Near US$115 on Back of Iraq Turmoil

HFO: File image

Brent crude held near $115 a barrel on Friday, close to a nine-month high, and was headed for its second weekly gain on increased risks of disruption to supply from Iraq. Iraqi government forces battled Sunni militants for control of the country's biggest refinery on Thursday


Crude Falls Below $114 as Iraq Supply Fears Ease

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerrylanded in Baghdad on Monday. (Photo: http://www.state.gov)

Sunni insurgents capture three towns in Iraq's Anbar Iraq's oil exports near record rates in June U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lands in Baghdad   Brent crude dipped below $114 a barrel on Monday as worries about disruptions to Iraqi crude supplies began to look


Iraq Strife Offers Little Upside to Depressed Tanker Markets: Analyst

Tankship bridge front: File photo

The situation in Iraq has taken center stage in the oil markets. Iraq is now in a state of sectarian civil war and the most likely situation is that the country will become mired in a protracted Syria-like conflict, with the population divided along ethno-sectarian lines


White House: No Change to US Policy on Crude Oil Exports

The White House said on Wednesday there had been no change to U.S. policy on exports of crude oil. White House spokesman Josh Earnest made the comments after reports on Tuesday that U.S. officials have told energy companies they may export a variety of ultra-light oil if it has been minimally


Redefining Refining & U.S. Government Policy: Analysis

US Crude Oil Production by Grade: Source Poten/EIA

A recent WSJ article and BIS permits raise questions and highlight the debate as to what constitutes processing, or refining, or manufacturing, which would make certain hydrocarbon streams to be eligible for export. Poten & Partners explore further in their latest 'Poten Tanker Opinion' as


Oil Falls Towards $111 on Libya Ports Deal

Oil fell towards $111 a barrel on Wednesday, its lowest in almost three weeks, on a possible substantial recovery in Libyan exports after rebels said they would reopen two oil terminals. Libyan rebels blockading eastern oil ports have agreed to reopen the remaining two terminals at Es Sider and


Brent Crude Prices to Move Upward: Analysts

Brent crude prices will move higher after some first half July weakness predicts NYC-based PIRA Energy Group. Brent crude prices will move higher after some first half July weakness with tighter global crude markets and reduced OPEC spare capacity even as Saudi Arabia makes up for lower Iraqi


High Shipping Costs Deter Buyers of W. Africa Crude

Nigerian crude oil differentials held at two-year lows on Monday as demand remained subdued, partly due to high shipping costs from West Africa to Europe. Nearly half of the loading program for August, which originally had 65 cargos, was unsold on Monday


Dozens of Trains Haul Volatile Bakken Crude Weekly

As many as 44 trains loaded with volatile Bakken crude oil are being sent through the state of New York each week, according to confidential disclosures made by railroads to state emergency responders, and released to Reuters through a Freedom of Information Law request.






 
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