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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


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


Easing US Oil Export Ban Unlikey to Raise Gasoline Prices

A government study on Thursday essentially supported the notion that easing the decades-old restriction on exporting U.S. crude was more likely to lower than raise gasoline prices for American motorists, a conclusion that could ease concerns among lawmakers about changing the policy. U.S. gasoline prices are mainly set by global oil prices, the Energy Information Administration said in a highly anticipated analysis.


Subsea 7 to Slash Workforce, Cull Fleet

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Oil services firm Subsea 7 plans to cuts its workforce by close to 20 percent and reduce its fleet of 39 by up to 11 vessels as global oil and gas firms continue to cut spending after the plunge in crude oil prices. Subsea 7, which focuses on the North Sea but has a global operation, expects to cuts it workforce by around 2,500 by early 2016 from about 13,000 at the end of end of 2014, it said in a statement. "The global fleet will be reduced by up to 11 vessels


US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs for 12th Week in a Row

U.S. energy firms this week cut oil rigs for a 12th week in a row to the lowest level since December 2009 as drillers continue to slash capital expenditures despite crude prices having apparently bottomed, data showed on Friday.   Looking forward, many analysts think the rig count will rebound later this year when prices rise.   Drillers removed six oil rigs in the week ended March 11, bringing the total rig count down to 386, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said.  


Weak Oil Pushes SBM Offshore to Axe More Jobs

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SBM Offshore's first-half results lagged analysts' expectations on Wednesday as challenging conditions persisted in the oil industry and the Dutch oil services company announced an additional 250 job cuts.   It said it did not expect a full recovery in its business until 2018, after its revenues slid 40 percent in January-June.   Oil and gas producers slashed their budgets in the past two years as crude oil prices tumbled


Middle East Gulf Exports Soar in January 2017

Middle East Gulf region crude oil exports by berth month and departure month from February 2016 to January 2017. (Image: Genscape)

During January – a month when all eyes were on oil production cuts – exports leaving the Middle East Gulf (MEG) region hit the highest level in at least two years, according to Genscape. At the end of November 2016, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) addressed the perceived global oversupply of oil and consequent low prices. OPEC members agreed that all countries, except Iran, would cut total production by 1


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Supported by Floating Storage

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Trafigura hires five VLCCs to store oil; short-term storage a profitable play.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could creep higher as more ships are chartered for floating storage and crude oil shipments increase ahead of the northern winter, brokers said.  


Asia Demand for U.S., Atlantic Basin Crude Oil Jumps

The Port of Corpus Christi is now a major U.S. export gateway for crude oil. CREDIT: Port Corpus Christi

Japan refiners book US crude cargoes for Sept delivery.    Asian demand for crude oil from the Atlantic Basin and the Americas is set to rise as low prices drive Japanese and South Korean buyers to snap up cargoes to arrive ahead of peak winter consumption.  


US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs for First Week since January

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U.S. oil drillers cut rigs this week for the first time since January and the pace of additions slowed this quarter due to declines in crude prices despite an OPEC-led effort to cut production and end a multi-year supply glut.   Analysts, however


Firmer MidEast, WAfrica Sentiment Supports VLCC Rates

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Middle East rates helped by fewer old vessels; about 96 MidEast cargoes fixed, 25 to come.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could rise next week on firm sentiment in the Middle East and West Africa markets but higher oil prices and fewer floating storage opportunities


Frontline Q1 Profit Disappoints

Q1 net result $27.0 million; operating profit $40.8 million.    * Declares quarterly dividend $ 0.15 per share (Reuters poll $0.13 per share)   * Notwithstanding near-term pressure on crude tanker rates, we believe the market will ultimately return to balance as demand for crude


Saudi, UAE Ports Bar Qatari Flagged Ships

Ports in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates' barred ships flying Qatari flags after the two countries broke off diplomatic ties with Doha, in a move that raised fears of disruption to oil and gas shipments from the Gulf OPEC member.  


Oil Slips on Mideast Rift Worries

File Image: Fujairah Port (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Pavel Losevsky)

Group of Arab states cuts all ties with Qatar; tankers going to/from Qatar barred from Fujairah port.   Oil prices slipped further below $50 a barrel on Tuesday on concerns that a diplomatic rift between Qatar and several Arab states including Saudi Arabia could undermine efforts by OPEC to


Qatari Export Costs to Rise as Port Ban Disrupts Trading

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Region's largest bunkering hub shuns Qatari vessels; affected shippers may face delays, higher costs.   The costs of Qatari energy and commodity exports are likely to rise as the United Arab Emirates' ban on Qatari vessels cuts the ships off from the region's main refuelling port


Oil's Price Fall Stalls Despite Supply Glut

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Brent down 12 pct since OPEC-led production cut extension.   Oil prices steadied on Friday after steep falls earlier in the week under pressure from widespread evidence of a fuel glut despite efforts led by OPEC to tighten the market.  


Asian Crude Storage Trend Impacts OPEC Cuts

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Current markets make it profitable to store oil for future sale; many tankers sitting around Singapore storing oil.   A 10-percent decline in oil prices since late May could push traders to keep crude in storage, looking to sell down the line when forward prices are higher.  


Mercuria, PetroChina Selling Offshore Stored Fuel Oil

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Three to four tankers storing fuel oil, down from eight or nine.   Independent trading house Mercuria and Chinese state oil giant PetroChina are selling fuel oil stored in vessels off Singapore and southern Malaysia on strong demand from the shipping and power sector


Frontline Expects VLCC Storage Play to Rise

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Tanker firm Frontline, controlled by billionaire investor John Fredriksen, expects a growing number of supertankers to be used for storing crude in anticipation of higher oil prices, its chief executive told Reuters on Friday.   While none of Frontline's own vessels are currently used for


Wells Fargo Calls $100 Oil a 'Pipe Dream'

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 USD 100 per barrel oil  is but a “pipe dream,” Wells Fargo said in a new investor note, reports MarketWatch.   The report quoted Wells Fargo’s John LaForge saying that he’s doesn’t expect oil prices to climb anywhere near $100 a barrel over the next


Oil Traders Brace for US Gulf Coast Storm

Oil traders from Texas to Louisiana braced on Tuesday for supply disruptions as Tropical Storm Cindy, formed in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, threatened to hit refining and production centers with wind and rain later this week.   Cindy was located about 265 miles (430 km) south of Morgan City


Oil at 10-month Low after Biggest First Half Slide in 20 Years

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Oil prices ended down more than 2 percent on Wednesday after hitting a 10-month low in volatile trade, as growing U.S. production and reduced Chinese refinery activity fed mounting concern over the stubborn global crude glut.   U.S. crude futures settled at $42.53, down 98 cents or 2






 
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