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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.


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.  


Oil prices up on Nigeria outages, Goldman Forecast

Unrest cuts Nigerian output to lowest in decades; U.S., China output also down sharply. Oil prices jumped over 2 percent on Monday to their highest since November 2015 on growing Nigerian oil output disruptions and after long-time bear Goldman Sachs said the market had ended almost two years of oversupply and flipped to a deficit. Brent crude futures were trading at $48.83 per barrel at 1118 GMT, up $1 or 2.05 percent. U.S. crude futures were up 98 cents, or 2.08 percent, at $47


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Falling as Tonnage Outweighs Demand

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to five-month lows this week, are set to drop further as excess tonnage and an absence of port congestion weigh on the market, brokers said.   Supertanker charter rates, which are already below the breakeven levels for ship owners, could fall further due to new vessel deliveries, reactivation of older vessels from offshore crude storage, crude oil output cuts and refinery maintenance, brokers said.  


Asia Tankers-VLCC Weighed by Excess Tonnage

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MidEast, West Africa rates diverge; oil output curbs in Iraq and West Africa could weigh on tanker market.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure with hire rates from the Middle East to Asia tracking lower in the face of excess tonnage in


Libyan Oil Output Rises after Port Fighting Ends

Libya's oil production has reached 700,000 barrels per day (bpd), the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Wednesday, recovering from a drop earlier this month caused by fighting at two key oil ports.   "We are working very hard to reach 800,000 barrels by the end of April 2017, and


Brazilian Crude Trade Takes Unexpected Turn

Map: Clarksons Research

 Brazil has often found itself appearing in the energy sector headlines in recent years, but not always for the most positive reasons, says a monthly report by Clarksons Research.   During this time Brazilian oil trade dynamics have altered considerably


Shipping Industry Cargo Journey

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The fundamental lying beneath the shipping industry is cargo and its journey, and in many cases the cargoes are the world’s key commodities, says a report by Clarksons Research.   In 2014, prices across a range of commodities took a sharp dive


Oil Steady, Supply Outlook Unclear

Oil prices were little changed on Monday, with little news to influence a market waiting to see whether U.S. production from shale fields will grow enough to offset planned output cuts by OPEC, Russia and other producers next year. Brent futures for February delivery were down 24 cents, or 0


Frontline Sees Strong Start to 2017

Crude tanker operator Frontline expects strong demand for its vessels at the start of 2017 and could benefit from oil producers' pact to cut output if it forces Asian buyers to go further afield for supplies, its chief executive said. Spot rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) have


U.S. Refiners Cash in on Mexico's Record Imports

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U.S. Gulf Coast refiners are cashing in on rising fuel demand from Mexico, shipping record volumes to a southern neighbor that has failed to expand its refining network to supply a fast-growing economy.   The fuel trade could top a million barrels per day (bpd) at times in 2017 as Mexico


Oil Steady; Record High Russian Output Forecast Offsets Weak Dollar

Oil prices were little changed on Tuesday as forecasts for record production out of Russia in 2017 helped offset earlier gains related to a decline in the U.S. dollar and Saudi Arabia saying it would adhere to OPEC's commitment to cut output.


PDVSA Terminal 'recovering' after Oil Spill

Shipping operations at one of three docks of Venezuela's main crude exporting port have "recovered" after a "minor" oil spill occurred over the weekend, state oil company PDVSA said on Wednesday, without saying how big the spill was.  


Crude Trade In 2017 – What To Watch Out For…

Graph: Clarkson Research Services Limited

 Global seaborne crude oil trade grew by an estimated 4.3% in 2016 to 39.0m bpd, says Clarksons Research.  However, as 2017 begins there are a number of different and important factors that may affect both crude importers and exporters


Venezuela Delays Crude Shipments amid Operational Mishaps, Low Output

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has delayed and canceled crude deliveries to commercial partners in recent months, according to documents seen by Reuters, a further sign of the steady production decline of the country's top export.  


Tanker Market Facing Test

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The tanker market has certainly had some tumultuous times of late, points out a report by Clarksons Research.   Crude tanker earnings picked up in 2014, averaging nearly $27,000/day, and surged to an annual average of around $50,000/day in 2015.   


Is Mexican Shallow Water E&P On The Road Again?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 To much fanfare and accompanied by voluminous industry coverage, Mexico recently concluded Round 1.4, the country’s first ever deepwater licensing round, Clarksons Research reported.   However, Mexico’s shallow waters may yet have a future too: Bay of Campeche reserves


OPEC's Hope for Goldilocks Price Fade: Kemp

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CERAWeek has exposed all the contradictions at the heart of OPEC’s attempt to rebalance the oil market without rekindling the shale boom or conceding too much market share to rivals.   The oil industry conference in Houston started with a celebration of higher prices


Libyan NOC Official Warns of Force Majeure at Oil Ports as Rivals Mobilize

A senior official at Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) warned on Monday of a possible declaration of force majeure at the Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil terminals, as air strikes continued and rival forces mobilized fighters in the area.






 
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