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18 апреля, 12:15

Saudi Arabia leads Middle East’s rush to renewables, but policies lag behind ambition

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Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, has ambitious plans to tap into the potential of renewables to fill a shortfall in regional power demand. But opinions are divided on how realistic the Kingdom’s strategy is, given its track record of delayed projects and a shortage of domestic policies to help support investment. The drive […] The post Saudi Arabia leads Middle East’s rush to renewables, but policies lag behind ambition appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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17 апреля, 12:32

US crude exports wane on tight Brent-WTI spread but low freight keeps door open

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A tight spread between international crude benchmarks Brent and West Texas Intermediate has depressed US crude export flows during the past four weeks, according to sources and data from US Customs and S&P Global Platts Analytics. However, low freight rates have created opportunities to move US crude cheaply. The US exported 2.35 million b/d for […] The post US crude exports wane on tight Brent-WTI spread but low freight keeps door open appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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16 апреля, 15:34

US oil output could see change of pace as producers rein in spending

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Upstream oil and gas producers in the US are trapped in a dilemma they might have previously thought would be desirable: abundant production at low cost. For decades, higher production from oil companies was what the market wanted and rewarded. If producers had to borrow and overspend to do it, the attitude was “c’est la […] The post US oil output could see change of pace as producers rein in spending appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

15 апреля, 18:23

Squeezed global sugar market looks to holy grails and black swans

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The global sugar industry is grappling with slowing growth in consumption coupled with oversupply, which have pushed prices down to unsustainable levels. In such a challenging environment, it’s understandable that the sector is searching for a holy grail to fix its demand-side problems, while also watching carefully for black swan events that could upend the […] The post Squeezed global sugar market looks to holy grails and black swans appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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15 апреля, 13:06

Alaskan oil developers face technical challenges to exploit new plays: Fuel for Thought

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As Alaska’s oil production declines, enormous attention is being paid to even the slightest hint of a find that could turn the state’s fortunes around. Much hope has been pinned on the development of the Nanushuk, a broadly-dispersed set of rocks along the Colville River that extends west into the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Some companies […] The post Alaskan oil developers face technical challenges to exploit new plays: Fuel for Thought appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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12 апреля, 15:58

Energy and commodities highlights: Sanctions, US clean energy goals, LNG’s second wave

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Commodity markets were weighing supply side risks this week, as key producing countries continue to grapple with sanctions and political upheaval. In Libya, Africa’s third-largest oil producer and a significant supplier of gas to Europe, violence has escalated and the country is in danger of falling back into civil war. International oil companies like Italy’s […] The post Energy and commodities highlights: Sanctions, US clean energy goals, LNG’s second wave appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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11 апреля, 11:54

Several US regions face hurdles in race to build summer gas stocks

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With the withdrawal season officially over, US gas storage fields stand at their second-lowest level in 16 years. Several regions face obstacles as they look to climb out of deep deficits and re-stock before the next heating season begins. In particular, grid constraints on moving Permian gas, along with a new major export route to […] The post Several US regions face hurdles in race to build summer gas stocks appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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10 апреля, 14:57

Insight from Shanghai: China’s shift in language signals private sector in the ascendant

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In March, China’s elite gathered in Beijing for the annual “two sessions” meeting of China’s legislative bodies, the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the People’s Political Consultative Conference. While much of what happens at the two sessions is at best marginalia for all but the most dedicated of China watchers, the key themes of the […] The post Insight from Shanghai: China’s shift in language signals private sector in the ascendant appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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09 апреля, 14:11

New US crude grade offers potential alternative to Iranian barrels

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North Asian refiners are set to test a new US crude oil grade that some have touted could be a replacement for Iranian barrels, traders said. Samples of US West Texas Light crude or WTL, which has an API of between 45 and 55, were heard to have been sent out to North Asian refiners, […] The post New US crude grade offers potential alternative to Iranian barrels appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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08 апреля, 11:44

Saudi Aramco’s riches disguise its risks: Fuel for Thought

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Saudi Aramco is by far the most profitable company on the planet and produces more oil than any other single entity, but there are still doubts about the viability of its stalled initial public offering. The problem for Aramco is that its weaknesses are as obvious as its strengths. Riyadh’s dream of raising $100 billion […] The post Saudi Aramco’s riches disguise its risks: Fuel for Thought appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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05 апреля, 15:54

Energy and commodities highlights: Algerian politics, Brazilian autos and plastics-to-fuel tech

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Oil markets had their eyes trained on North African politics this week, and developments in Libya and Algeria in particular. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation on April 2 threw the state’s long-delayed oil and gas reforms into doubt. Bouteflika had just a few days earlier appointed Algeria’s fourth energy minister in three years. In Libya, […] The post Energy and commodities highlights: Algerian politics, Brazilian autos and plastics-to-fuel tech appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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05 апреля, 11:50

Forward spark spreads suggest rising profitability of US renewables as sector matures

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Ahead of the S&P Global Platts Global Power Markets conference in Las Vegas, April 8-10, 2019, The Barrel presents a series of articles on the global and US electricity sectors. In this last post of the series, Steve Piper analyzes S&P Global Market Intelligence data to show that renewables are increasingly able to compete with […] The post Forward spark spreads suggest rising profitability of US renewables as sector matures appeared first on The Barrel Blog.