AsiaPac Oil and Gas Industry Looks Up
Confidence in the outlook for Asia Pacific’s oil and gas industry has more than doubled in the past two years, according to new research published by DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry.According to a new research from DNV GL, three quarters (76%) of senior oil and gas professionals in Asia Pacific are optimistic about the industry’s growth in 2019, compared with 58% in 2018 and 30% in 2017. The proportion of industry leaders who are confident in their own organizations’ prospects has also risen from 59% last year to 74% in 2019.
Brazil Ship Collision Reveals Offshore Regulatory Gaps
Brazil has more than doubled the number of risky ship-to-ship oil transfers this year, but its monitoring of such offshore maneuvers is lax, to a point where a July 2017 collision between two tankers was not reported, according to a Reuters review of government and shipping records.Transfers are projected to keep rising as the country's deep-water discoveries have lured major companies including Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell Plc to recent offshore auctions. During these maneuvers, ships pull alongside one another and oil is transferred to a vessel via high-pressure hoses.
Sinopec to Supply Low Sulphur Bunker Fuel Starting 2019
China's Sinopec will start supply lower sulphur bunker fuel meeting IMO 2020 standard in 2019, Liu Zurong, General Manager of Sinopec Fuel Oil Company said on Thursday.All of Sinopec's supplies will meet IMO 2020 standard by Jan. 1, 2020, Liu said at an oil conference in Zhoushan, near Shanghai.Sinopec is aiming to sell lower fuel bunker fuel to Singapore and some "One Belt One Road" countries by 2020, Liu said.(Reporting by Meng Meng and Aizhu Chen; editing by David Evans)
US Oil Exports to Asia May Slide Further
Rising shipping rates have increased the costs of shipping oil from the United States to Asia and may further the restrict the flow of U.S. oil to the region later this year, multiple trade and shipping sources said on Thursday.Freight rates for tankers that carry crude oil have soared globally, buoyed by peak seasonal demand, weather disruptions and higher bunker fuel costs, the sources said.The cost of chartering a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) capable of carrying 2 million barrels of crude from the U.S.
Iranian Tanker Offloads Oil for Bonded Storage in China
A vessel carrying 2 million barrels of Iranian oil discharged the crude into a bonded storage tank at the port of Dalian in northeast China on Monday, according to Refinitiv Eikon data and a shipping agent with knowledge of the matter.Iran, the third-largest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is finding fewer takers for its crude ahead of U.S. sanctions on its oil exports that will go into effect on Nov. 4. The country previously held oil in…
Sinopec Adds LNG Tank at Tianjin Terminal
China's Sinopec Corp completed adding a third tank to store liquefied natural gas at its receiving terminal in Tianjin, marking the completion of construction of the first phase of the import facility, the state oil and gas group said on Tuesday.The terminal, in the northern port city Tianjin, near Beijing, began operations last February. It has an annual receiving capacity of 3 million tonnes and an annual supply capacity of 4 billion cubic meters (bcm).The terminal has so far this year received 22 shipments of LNG that totaled 1.46 million tonnes in volume.
Unipec Books Tankers to Ship Crude from US to Asia
China's Unipec has provisionally booked two very large crude carriers (VLCC) to ship crude oil from U.S. Gulf coast to Asia, shipping fixtures showed on Tuesday.New Courage has been tentatively booked to load crude oil from U.S. Gulf coast on Sept. 22 while Awtad has been booked to load oil from U.S. Gulf coast over Sept. 23 to 26, according to the fixtures.The destination for both tankers has been provisionally set for Singapore, though this could potentially change.Sinopec, Unipec's parent company…
Sinopec, Zhejiang to Build LNG Terminal in China
China's Sinopec Corp has teamed with Zhejiang Energy Group Co Ltd on a 3 million tonne-per-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in east China, with the first phase set for operation at end-2021, the state oil giant said on Wednesday.The project, to be built in Wenzhou of Zhejiang province, includes four tanks each able to store 200,000 cubic meters of LNG, a berth to dock tankers of 30,000 cubic meters to 266,000 cubic meters, as well as a 26-km (16-mile) pipeline.The two…
China Shifts to Iranian Tankers to Keep Oil Flowing Amid US Sanctions
Chinese buyers of Iranian oil are starting to shift their cargoes to vessels owned by National Iranian Tanker Co (NITC) for nearly all of their imports to keep supply flowing amid the re-imposition of economic sanctions by the United States.The shift demonstrates that China, Iran's biggest oil customer, wants to keep buying Iranian crude despite the sanctions, which were put back after the United States withdrew in May from a 2015 agreement to halt Iran's nuclear program.The United…
Chinese Tariffs on LNG, Oil May Threaten US Energy Dominance
China's targeting of U.S. liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports opens a new front in the trade war between the two countries, at a time when the White House is trumpeting growing U.S. energy export prowess.China included LNG for the first time in its list of proposed tariffs on Friday, the same day that its biggest U.S. crude oil buyer, Sinopec, suspended U.S. crude oil imports due to the dispute, according to three sources familiar with the situation.On Friday, China announced retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S.
Unipec Suspends US Oil Imports as Trade Spat Intensifies
China's Unipec, the trading arm of state oil major Sinopec, has suspended crude oil imports from the United States due to a growing trade spat between Washington and Beijing, three sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.The sources declined to be identified as they are not authorised to speak to the media.It is not clear how long the temporary halt will last, but one of the sources said Unipec has no new bookings of U.S. crude until at least October.Unipec and Sinopec, Asia's largest refiner and biggest buyer of U.S.
PetroChina Ships first Gasoline Cargo to Canada
PetroChina has shipped its first gasoline to Canada on June 20, the company's official newspaper said on Thursday. 35,000 tonnes of gasoline was shipped from PetroChina's Guangxi Qinzhou refinery to Vancouver, PetroChina said, marking the company's latest efforts to expand sales in new markets such as Japan and Australia amid a rising domestic glut in fuel products Sinopec's Tianjin refinery also shipped diesel to Australia for the first time on Tuesday. Reporting by Meng Meng and Aizhu Chen
China to Cut US Oil Imports Amid Trade Spat
Chinese oil buyers will keep taking crude from the United States through September, but plan to reduce future purchases to avoid a likely import tariff amid a trade spat between the world's two largest economies, multiple industry sources said.Beijing has put U.S. energy products, including crude oil and refined products, on lists of goods that it will hit with import taxes in retaliation for similar moves by Washington.Beijing did not specify when it will impose a 25 percent tax on oil…
CNPC ships first larger-sized diesel cargo to Brazil
China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) shipped a 60,000-tonne cargo of diesel in late May destined for Brazil, the Chinese major's first move of the refined fuel in a shipment of this size to the Americas, an inhouse newspaper reported on Monday.Chinaoil, CNPC's trading unit, has shipped nearly one million tonnes of diesel to Latin America since 2015, but mostly with medium-ranged tankers able to carry about 40,000 tonnes, the report said.The shipment to Brazil was loaded with production from Liaoyang Petrochemical Corp, a subsidiary refinery of CNPC, at Bayuquan port in Liaoning province in northeast China, according to the newspaper.CNPC aims to further explore the arbitrage opportunities and expand market share in South America, the report said, adding that larger shipments would help cut
LNG Carrier CESI Lianyungang Delivered
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced the delivery of the LNG carrier CESI Lianyungang, which was ordered by the joint venture of China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (CCSC) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Hudong) on May 31. The CESI Lianyungang is the sixth vessel in the China LNG Transportation Project announced in April 2013, and will sail under a long-term charter transporting LNG that SINOPEC purchases from the Australia Pacific LNG Project.
China's Crude Oil Futures Boom Amid Looming Iran Sanctions
A U.S. decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran is supporting China's newly established crude oil futures, and may spur efforts to start trading oil in yuan rather than dollars, traders and analysts said.Since launching in March, Shanghai crude oil futures have seen a steady pick-up in daily trading, while open interest - the number of outstanding longer-term positions and a gauge of institutional interest - has also surged.Traded daily volumes hit a record 250,000 lots last Wednesday…
Chinese Diesel to be Shipped 'west' in VLCC
Newly built vessel to load from Tianjin refinery a cargo of10ppm sulphur diesel meeting summer specs. In a rare shipment, a diesel cargo will be loaded into a very large crude carrier (VLCC) from a refinery at China's Tianjin port next month before heading to Europe or West Africa. The newly-built 'Maran Aphrodite', which can carry about 285,000 tonnes of diesel, has been chartered by oil major Total to load from Chinese state-run giant Sinopec's refinery in the northern port to head "west", two people familiar with the matter said.
Stena Drilling Signs Contract with Nexen Petroleum
Offshore driller Stena Drilling has signed a contract with Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited for the Stena Spey drilling rig. Stena said in a press release that the drilling campaign will last around 110 days with a potential additional option well on the Golden Eagle field, UK Central North Sea. The drilling campaign will commence on completion of the current well with Repsol-Sinopec. "Stena Drilling is very pleased to be working with Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited and this workscope presents another exciting new opportunity for the Stena Spey and the crews," said a statement.
Texas Flood: U.S. Oil Pours into Global Markets
United States taking share from OPEC nations in Asia, Europe, as China’s biggest U.S. crude buyer to double imports. In the two years since Washington lifted a 40-year ban on oil exports, tankers filled with U.S. crude have landed in more than 30 countries, ranging from massive economies like China and India to tiny Togo. The repeal has unleashed a flood of U.S. shale oil, undercutting global crude prices, eroding the clout of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and seizing market share from many of its member countries.
Sinopec Tianjin Terminal to Receive First LNG Cargo
China Sinopec's new Tianjin terminal will receive first LNG cargo of 30,000-35,000 tonnes from Australia on Jan. 10, a source with the direct knowledge of the project said. Sinopec Tianjin terminal will start LNG sales at end of January, the source said. The Tianjin LNG project has the capacity to receive 3 million tonnes of LNG per year. Reporting by Meng Meng and Ryan Woo
KNOT Offshore Acquires Brasil Knutsen
KNOT Offshore Partners LP announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, KNOT Shuttle Tankers AS, has acquired all of the ownership interests in KNOT Shuttle Tankers 32 AS, the company that owns and operates the shuttle tanker Brasil Knutsen, from Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS. The acquisition is for an aggregate purchase price of $96.0 million, less $59.0 million of outstanding indebtedness under the secured credit facility related to the vessel, less approximately $35.2 million for a loan owed by KNOT 32 to Knutsen NYK…
Trump Signs 43 Billion Dollar LNG Deal with China
On his visit to China, President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to form agreements that reduce the trade deficit with China by signing a deal to help the LNG industry in Alaska with three Chinese companies. The deal, which could be potentially worth $43 billion, involves Sinopec, the largest oil company in China, the sovereign wealth fund and one of China's largest bank. will work together to create 12,000 jobs in Alaska. The deal has the potential to reduce the US-China trade deficit by $10 billion a year.
MOL, China COSCO Shipping Own 4 LNG Carriers Yamal LNG
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited will take an equity stake in the MOL wholly owned subsidiary that will own four LNG carriers serving the Russia Yamal LNG project. The ownership will be split 50%-50% between MOL and China COSCO Shipping. MOL has already signed long-term charter contracts for the four LNG carriers through its wholly owned company. This is the fourth joint LNG project involving MOL and China COSCO Shipping, following one for ExxonMobil (a total of four vessels were delivered from 2015 through 2017)…