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Russia: 2014 Crude Exports Down 4.3 pct

Novak says Russian oil output to rise 0.6 pct in 2014; Natural gas production seen down 4 pct this year. Russia's oil exports are expected to fall by 4.3 percent this year, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday, citing preliminary data. He said oil exports will be 229 million tonnes (4.6 million barrels per day), while natural gas production will fall by 4 percent to 641 billion cubic metres (bcm) and exports by 6.7 percent to 183.3 bcm. Russia, one of the world's top oil producers, has been cutting crude exports in recent years due to rising domestic demand and refining volumes. Novak said that crude oil output will edge up 0.6 percent to 526.6 million tonnes, in what would be a post-Soviet record high. Output may edge down to 525 million tonnes next year, he added. Russia's economy has suffered from plummeting prices of oil, its chief export, which have almost halved since mid-June. Reporting by Katya Golubkova, Olesya Astakhova and Anastasia Lyrchikova


U.S. Crude Imports To Continue To Rise

Due to declining domestic crude oil production and rising oil demand, crude imports will continue to increase over the next two decades accounting for 64 percent of U.S. oil supplies by 2020, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its annual long-term energy outlook. Currently, the U.S. imports 52 percent, or 8.6 million bpd of its oil and domestic oil output at 6 million bpd is at its lowest level since the early 1950s. U.S


Venezuela Revises Down 10-Year Oil Output Target

Venezuela has reportedly revised its 10-year oil production capacity target downward by more than a million bpd between 4.8 million and 5.2 million bpd.


Kazakhstan Forges Ahead with Offshore Projects

Kazakhstan wants to forge ahead with developing new oil and gas fields in its sector of the Caspian Sea and hopes to wrap up a string of deals with foreign partners next year, a senior official said on Wednesday. The deals, primarily based on PSAs, mark a second stage of offshore development to follow major initial projects such as the giant Kashagan field, being developed by Italy's ENI-led consortium. The new projects should help boost Kazakhstan's offshore oil output to 89


Frontline Shares Surge

Shares in Norwegian tanker group Frontline rose 6.8 percent on Tuesday despite planned oil output cuts by OPEC, buoyed by strong chartering rates and a presentation of the company in New York. Frontline was trading at 157 Norwegian crowns per share, up from 147 crowns at Monday's close. It hit an all-time high of 170 crowns in November after rallying in 2000 from a January low of 36.9 crowns. The Oslo Bourse was up 1.4 percent at 14.00 GMT


Libyan Port's Oil Exports Halted by Protesters

 Zueitina oil terminal: Photo courtesy of Zueitina Oil Company

Protesters demanding jobs closed off the eastern Libyan port of Zueitina for a sixth day, extending a halt in oil exports, according to a senior oil industry source and to one of the demonstrators, as cited by Reuters. Roughly a dozen men last Tuesday evening forced their way into the port, just hours after Zueitina Oil Company workers had temporarily suspended a strike and resumed production at oilfields that pump to the terminal.


Norway Extends Oil Cutback To Q1 2000

Norway, keeping in step with OPEC, will extend a 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) curb to oil output to the end of the first quarter of next year. Norway's Oil and Energy Ministry said it was extending the cuts beyond December 31 even though oil prices have more than doubled since late 1998. "Norway's oil production will be reduced by 200,000 barrels per day in the first quarter 2000," it said in a statement. Norway produces about 3


Declining Oil Output Attributed to Lackluster Tanker Stock Performance

Tanker stocks have taken a severe beating this month on declining oil output and global economic jitters, but several analysts are predicting a steady recovery and consider the slump a good buying opportunity. "Charter hire rates are expected to rebound steadily through 2001 as Iraq and OPEC increase oil production," investment bank Lehman Brothers said in a report on Wednesday. "Recent weakness in the oil tanker sector provides an extremely attractive entry point for investors


OPEC oil output rises in February

Supply rises by 170,000 bpd, led by Iraq, Angola. Saudi Arabia trims output, Libyan supply falls and OPEC output below 30 million bpd target for fifth month. OPEC's oil output has risen further in February from December's 2-1/2-year low, due to more shipments from Iraq and Angola, and further upward creep in Iranian exports, a Reuters survey found on Friday. Output from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries averaged 29.96 million barrels per day (bpd), up from a revised 29


Russia's Sechin: US, Not OPEC, Rules Oil Market

Igor Sechin, the head of Russia's top oil producer Rosneft, said on Wednesday the United States is calling the shots on global oil markets, while the influence of OPEC has shrunk.   The United States emerged with renewed vigour as a top producer thanks to its shale boom. By refusing to curb its  output to prop up oil prices, OPEC has tried to maintain its share in the global market, shrugging off lower prices which damage U.S. producers.  


Greece to Restart Crude Oil Purchases from Iran

Greece's biggest oil refiner Hellenic Petroleum agreed on Friday to buy crude oil from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the first European refiner to restart trade relations with Iran after the lifting of international sanctions.  


Insurance Snags May Impede Iran Oil Exports

Efforts by Iran to start exporting oil to Europe are being held up as foreign tanker owners are still struggling to secure insurance for cargoes, leading shipping players said on Tuesday. A nuclear deal between world powers and Iran earlier this month led to the removal of curbs on Tehran's


Iran Slowly Offloads Stockpiled Oil

Iran is slowly winding down stocks of oil stored on tankers close to its shores and the process is likely to take longer than Tehran had wanted, despite the lifting of international sanctions this month. The pace of sales taken from floating storage highlights the difficulties Iran is facing


Nigerian Navy Foils Hijack of Maersk Ship

Safmarine Kuramo Pic: A.P. Moeller-Maersk

 The Nigerian Navy has foiled an attempt by suspected pirates to hijack and abduct 25 foreign nationals aboard a container ship operated by A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S carrying general cargo to Nigeria with 25 sailors on board, say local media.  


OPEC Sees Oil Supply Hole in 2016 as Low Prices Curb Rival Output

OPEC said its oil output fell in October and forecast supply from rival producers next year would decline for the first time since 2007 as low prices prompt investment cuts, reducing a global supply glut.   In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said it


Traders Prepare for Next Oil Price Dip

March 2016 would mark start of low-demand spring season. Oil traders are preparing for another downward turn in prices by March 2016, market data suggests, as what is expected to be an unusually warm winter dents demand just as Iran's resurgent crude exports hit global markets after sanctions


Commodities Hit 2002 Lows Before Rebounding on Oil

Commodities hit 13-year lows before rebounding on Monday after Saudi Arabia's pledge to work toward crude price stability bolstered oil and France's first wheat exports to Indonesia in more than six years helped lift grains markets.  


US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs for 14th Week in 15

U.S. energy firms this week cut oil rigs for a 14th week in the last 15, data showed on Friday, a sign drillers were still waiting for higher prices before returning to the well pad.   Drillers removed 21 oil rigs in the week ended Dec


VLCC Earnings Set for Strong Growth

photo courtesy MSI

  MSI’s proprietary tanker market model predicts firm earnings scenario in first half of next year before weight of fleet growth starts to suppress rates London, December 15, 2015. The latest Tanker Freight Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International predicts further upside


Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller Bullish on Arctic

Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller. Photo: Gazprom

 Gazprom has completed the construction of the Gates of the Arctic offshore offloading terminal that would pave the way for year-round oil supplies from the Novoportovskoye field in Yamal.   Gazprom takes the leadership position in the Russian petroleum industry


Storm Shutters Some North Sea Output

Loose barge drifts by platforms in North Sea; BP platform evacuated, output shut down. A fierce storm in the North Sea forced oil firms to evacuate platforms and shut down production on Thursday on concerns that they could be hit by a drifting barge that had broken its anchor.


Four Tanks Ablaze at Libyan Ports

Fires caused by clashes between Islamic State militants and guards near Libya's biggest oil ports have spread to four oil storage tanks that were still burning on Wednesday, a guards spokesman said. Ali al-Hassi said the Petroleum Facilities Guards were in control of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf ports


Fire Spreads at Libyan Oil Port Terminals

Fires have spread to seven oil tanks at Libya's ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider following attacks this week by Islamic State militants, a Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) spokesman said on Thursday. Ali al-Hassi said five storage tanks were burning at Es Sider and two at Ras Lanuf.


U.S. Drillers Cut Rigs to Lowest Number in Almost 6 Years

U.S. energy firms this week continued to cut the number of rigs drilling for oil to the lowest in nearly six years, data showed on Friday, suggesting drillers were preserving cash as they evaluate spending plans as crude prices hover near 12-year lows.


Petrobras Average Daily O&G Output Rose 4.3% in 2015

Oil and natural gas output at Petróleo Brasileiro SA rose 4.3 percent last year, the second annual increase after two years of declines, as long-delayed offshore production systems came on line.   Petrobras, as the company is known, produced an average 2






 
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