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24 июля, 08:28

India’s retail fuel race attracts global attention: Fuel for Thought

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The number of global oil majors weighing options to invest in India’s retail fuel space is impressive as pricing deregulation allows private firms to compete with state companies. Since the BJP-led government came to power in 2014, New Delhi has taken some concrete steps to align domestic fuel pricing with market forces. One of the […] The post India’s retail fuel race attracts global attention: Fuel for Thought appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

21 июля, 08:01

Rising US rig counts slow as oil prices remain below $50/b

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There are many contributing factors that are causing US oil prices to remain suppressed. Part of the reason is that petroleum inventories are not declining as quickly as some market participants had expected. Also, there are concerns that persistent production growth in the US will delay the market’s ability to balance. Additionally, production has rebounded […] The post Rising US rig counts slow as oil prices remain below $50/b appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

18 июля, 23:11

Recent LOOP Sour rally evidence of persistent, global sour shortage: In the LOOP

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The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port received no imports of Saudi Arabian or Iraqi crudes by the halfway point of July, evidence of the global sour crude shortage and competition for those barrels that has led to rising prices for regional grades such as LOOP Sour, which has increased in value by 60 cents/b over the […] The post Recent LOOP Sour rally evidence of persistent, global sour shortage: In the LOOP appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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18 июля, 17:18

US methanol bearish ahead of H2 capacity expansion in Texas

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The expected startup of new methanol capacity during the second half of the year is prompting a bearish outlook for some market participants heading into the third quarter. US capacity is set to hit 7.5 million/mt with the startup of a 1.75 million mt/year methanol plant in Beaumont, Texas. The OCI Natgasoline venture, owned jointly […] The post US methanol bearish ahead of H2 capacity expansion in Texas appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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17 июля, 07:01

US crude exports are the gift that keeps on giving: Fuel for Thought

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Favorable price differentials are leading to growing US crude exports from the Gulf Coast, which in turn is helping to fuel an infrastructure buildout that will encourage even more exports and new entrants into the US market. Crude oil exports have increased recently amid widening discounts for both WTI Midland and WTS (West Texas Sour) […] The post US crude exports are the gift that keeps on giving: Fuel for Thought appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

14 июля, 08:01

Latest US trade restriction beef pits farmers against steelworkers

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The National Sunflower Association has spoken. It was one of 18 American agricultural associations that came out against President Donald Trump’s initiative to protect the domestic steel and aluminum industries under the US’ Section 232 national defense provision on trade. The July 11 letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressed extreme concern that application of […] The post Latest US trade restriction beef pits farmers against steelworkers appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

13 июля, 08:01

New York state paves the way for big infrastructure

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Six months into Donald Trump’s presidency and not a single infrastructure project has been approved as a result of any efforts by him and his administration. It is all talk, so far, even though it was a cornerstone of Trump’s campaign and also that of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Both candidates painted pictures of […] The post New York state paves the way for big infrastructure appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

12 июля, 18:22

Political, economic woes loom large for Latin American polymer markets in H2

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After opening 2017 with renewed optimism amid signs of economic recovery and an improved political landscape, Latin American polymer market participants now find themselves stuck with some of the same issues they had hoped to shed as they enter the second half of the year. Lackluster demand in key markets has persisted, and renewed political […] The post Political, economic woes loom large for Latin American polymer markets in H2 appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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11 июля, 13:01

Are Commerce actions showing Trump’s hand on trade deals?

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Recent trade case announcements by the US Department of Commerce may offer clues as to how the Trump administration will handle the Section 232 investigation, which is looking into steel imports’ impact on national security. Take the ongoing antidumping and countervailing duty investigation into Canadian softwood lumber launched by Commerce on December 16, 2016. At […] The post Are Commerce actions showing Trump’s hand on trade deals? appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

11 июля, 08:01

Gasoline and gold, ethanol and aluminum, post price gains in June: Of Presidents and Prices

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The S&P Global Platts commodities price watch during President Donald Trump’s term recently wrapped up its first five months, and the price averages since he became president (on January 20, through June 30, 2017) for oil, natural gas, and coal continue to struggle. Two metals have gained – aluminum and gold, while steel pricing is […] The post Gasoline and gold, ethanol and aluminum, post price gains in June: Of Presidents and Prices appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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10 июля, 09:34

Venezuela’s oil reserves kick into reverse: Fuel for Thought

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Venezuela’s claim of being home to the world’s largest oil reserves based on its massive Orinoco heavy oil belt has been the subject of industry skepticism for years. The South American producer estimates it has over 300 billion barrels of proven oil, a figure naysayers believe is grossly overstated as much of its huge bitumen […] The post Venezuela’s oil reserves kick into reverse: Fuel for Thought appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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05 июля, 10:58

Qatari LNG development to extend LNG surplus into mid-2020s

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Qatar’s announcement Tuesday that it will double the size of its proposed new development on the giant North Field to 4 Bcf/d and use the gas for LNG exports will throw off course multiple new LNG projects elsewhere in the world. According to the International Gas Union, there were 879 million mt/year of proposed LNG […] The post Qatari LNG development to extend LNG surplus into mid-2020s appeared first on The Barrel Blog.