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Weak Oil Threatens US Export of LNG

Plunging global oil prices may turn hopes for cheap liquefied natural gas supplies from the United States into a costly disappointment for Asian buyers who have already invested billions of dollars in long-term contracts. The 26 percent price slide since June to $85 a barrel exposes cracks in the assumption by utilities and industrial companies from Japan to India that cheap U.S. LNG would muscle into high-value Asian energy markets from 2016. Oil prices form the backbone of LNG trade to Asia, because exporters outside the United States typically tie 25-year supply deals to crude oil prices. If prices continue to fall, these suppliers from Qatar to Australia will regain their edge over upstart U.S. producers. "From the buyer's view, $80 oil makes oil-linked supplies less expensive ... it makes U.S. LNG relatively less attractive for buyers," said one industry source with a commercial focus on North American projects. When Asian buyers signed for U.S. supply deals, the discount to rival oil-linked LNG supply was around $1.90 per mmBtu, but now that could be as low as 90 cents, and an oil price of $80 a barrel effectively results in a dead heat. Asian buyers such as Korea Gas Corp., Tokyo Electric and India's Gail now face the potential for a glut of increasingly cheap oil-linked LNG. Projects Suffer


Offshore Recovery Stalled For Now

As crude oil prices reach Gulf War highs and recent memories of historic low crude prices fade, capital spending on finding and developing new oil reserves continue to play catch up. "The recent oil-price crisis set back non-OPEC output growth for at least a year," a recent report released by Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown states, adding, "While currently high oil prices should spur investment, the extensive 16-month price slide should delay any significant output response from non-OPEC producers


Big Oil Profits Expected To Fly High

The near record oil prices have left U.S. oil majors as the envy of industry during the third quarter reporting period, according to many industry analysts. "This is clearly a sector that investors shouldn't worry about having disappointing earnings surprises," said one. "The question is not whether they will beat consensus estimates, but by how much they'll beat estimates," said another. Such expectations from analysts and investors come as crude oil prices in the third-quarter hit


EIA: Would More Crude Oil Help?

Yesterday (April 27), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council co-hosted a conference on “U.S.-Saudi Relations and Global Energy Security.” At this conference, as he has stated recently in other venues, the Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Ali al-Naimi, stated that, “There is no general shortage of crude oil in today's market -- supplies are readily available


Venezuela's Oil Falls to $42.44

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  Venezuela's petroleum export basket dropped to $42.44 per barrel this week from $47.05 last week to reach a 5-1/2-year low, the Petroleum Ministry said on Friday. The South American OPEC member's basket, which includes crude oil and refined products, trades at a discount to other benchmarks because of its higher content of heavy oil. Venezuelan oil prices averaged $88.42 last year, down from $98.08 in 2013.


China Shipbuilders may Merge to Stay Afloat

Picture by China COSCO Container Shipping

 The China's four state-run shipping-related companies  are reportedly in the initial phases of combining units in order to beef up the national shipbuilding industry, says local media.   The chances of mergers between China Ocean Shipping, China Shipping Container Lines, Sino Trans & CSC Holdings and China Merchants Group  has improved as they now suffer in a lackluster business climate, the Chinese-language Securities Daily reports.  


Oilfield Stocks Take A Hit As Crude Dips Below $30

Profit-taking hit oilfield service and drilling stocks on Monday as U.S. crude oil prices shed over a dollar to dip below $30 a barrel for the first time since February 28. On Monday afternoon, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange's oilfield service index was off 4.82 points or 4.6 percent at 100.03, while U.S. April crude oil futures were $1.23 lower at $29.68 a barrel. Halliburton Co., the world's biggest oilfield service provider, was off more than five percent at 36-3/8 while Schlumberger Ltd


Oil Prices Slip

According to reports, oil prices fell by three per cent Monday, slipping below $59 a barrel as traders looked ahead to U.S. supply data due out Wednesday that is expected to show rising inventories of crude. Doubts about OPEC's ability to implement a 1.2 million barrels a day production cut also weighed on prices. Last week, oil prices surged after the U.S. Energy Department data showed a large decline in crude-oil inventories


Subsea Hardware Spending to Double to $124 Billion

Douglas-Westwood (DW) forecast subsea hardware spending is set to double to $124 billion during 2013-2017 compared to the preceding five-year period. The new third edition of Douglas-Westwood’s Subsea Hardware Market Forecast has launched analyses the market through to 2017, examining the key activity trends to provide detailed insight for major players and new entrants alike.   “The prospects for the subsea hardware sector look good, however


DP World: Low Bunker Prices to Fuel Economic Growth

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Falling ship operating costs and low bunker prices will translate into higher profitability fueling economic growth, says Dubai-headquartered DP World.   As bunker fuel prices drop, so too could shipping costs. Dubai-headquartered DP World says falling oil prices are good news for global shipping.  It plans to double investments this year, local media reports.   The Chairman of  DP World Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has stated that the fall in oil price may stimulate


Anderson Appointed Chairman of Lerwick Port

Brian Anderson - Chairman

  Brian Anderson has been appointed Chairman of Lerwick Port Authority at the board’s Annual General Meeting in July.  Formerly Deputy Chairman, Brian succeeds the late Harry Jamieson who was Chairman for the past four years until his untimely death in June Ronnie Gair has


Sembcorp Marine Posts 17% Fall in Q2

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 Low oil prices and muted sentiment in the industry continued to take a toll on Sembcorp Marine's second-quarter earnings.   The rigbuilder has announced that net profit for the three months ended June 30 sank 17 per cent to to $79.58 million (SGD 109 million), compared to $96


India Delays 24 LNG Shiploads from Qatar

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  India has deferred taking deliveries of at least 20 shiploads of expensive liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its main supplier Qatar and wants a rate cut matching the 60 per cent fall in international rates, as global gas prices slumped, reports Reuters.  


Pacific Basin Returns to The Black

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 Pacific Basin Shipping cut its half-year underlying losses by 32 per cent to US$14.6 million from a year ago, thanks to stringent cost-cutting efforts that helped it mitigate an anaemic dry-commodities shipping market.   Hong Kong-listed Pacific Basin


Nakilat H1 Profit Up 10 pct

Photo: Qatar Gas Transport Co Ltd (Nakilat)

 Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), one of the world's largest shippers of liquefied natural gas, has registered a half yearly net profit of $135 million (QR490.2mn), up 10% on the same period last year.   The healthy financial results reflect “Nakilat’s strategic development


First Phase of Historic Mexico Oil Auction Misses Expectations

Mexico auctioned only two of 14 blocks in a pivotal oil and gas tender on Wednesday, falling far short of the government's modest expectations as it begins to open up the long-nationalized industry to private investment.   Both the shallow water exploration and production contracts were


Subsea 7, KBR Team Up

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 Oslo-listed offshore shipowner Subsea 7 has signed an agreement with Houston-based company, KBR and its subsidiary Granherne, to form an alliance in the delivery of concept and front end engineering and design (FEED) services.  


Rotterdam Oil Terminal Shelved as Russians Balk

Rotterdam, Europe's largest port, said on Thursday that plans to build an oil storage terminal for 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) had been cancelled after its Russian partner raised concerns over the project's feasibility. The project, intended to store Urals crude oil and oil products


Dividend Changes as Kvaerner Q2 Earnings Beat Street

Norwegian oil services firm Kvaerner posted forecast-beating second-quarter core profit and lifted its 2015 revenue outlook, but also trimmed its dividend policy to reflect the weak oil market's impact on future earnings. The Oslo-listed firm, which builds large structures like platforms


Conoco Cutting Deepwater Spending

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ConocoPhillips said on Thursday it will reduce future spending on deepwater drilling due to low crude oil prices while raising its dividend one cent.   The largest spending reductions will come in the Gulf of Mexico, where the Houston-based company said it will terminate a three-year


Cosco in Loss, Blames Low Oil Price

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 Cosco Corporation has warned investors of an expected net loss for the second quarter ended 30 June 2015, as against a profit in the previous corresponding period.   The company said the loss is mainly due to the low crude oil prices over recent months which have had an adverse impact


Wärtsilä Cuts 600 Jobs, Cites Weak Market

Wärtsilä 31 engine (Photo: Wärtsilä)

“Weak market situation” prompts realignment of Wärtsilä’s Ship Power business    Wärtsilä announced a realignment of its Ship Power business, now renamed Marine Solutions. The reorganization, triggered by “sluggish global marine market


Sanction Free Iran to Accrue Strong Investment

After 10 years of diplomatic negotiation, the UN P5+1 countries (the U.S., the U.K., France, China, Russia and Germany) reached an agreement to unwind economic sanctions on Iran in return for significant international control and surveillance over its nuclear activities


DNV GL: ‘Big Data’ Evolving Fast; LNG Slower than Expected

“We will see lower growth compared to what we have seen in the past four years. But I think the world economy is still on track to more than double in size over the next 40 years.  I also see a future in which digitalization,  connectivity and internet of things.”  Remi Eriksen, newly appointed  Group President & CEO, DNV GL

In connection with the Nor-Shipping Conference and Exhibition held last month in Oslo, Remi Eriksen, the newly appointed Group President & CEO of DNV GL, took the opportunity to present himself to the international maritime media. Eriksen will take over on August 1, 2015, from retiring Henrik O


Korean Shipyards in Troubled Water

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Struggling with technology and a plunge in oil prices that has discouraged exploration, Korean vessel makers are racking up debt and could show billions of dollars in losses, reports Bloomberg.   The Big Three shipbuilders in South Korea ventured into offshore oil rigs starting around






 
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