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19 октября, 19:00

Trump administration may struggle to obstruct IMO 2020

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The International Maritime Organization is much like the large commercial ships it regulates in one respect: while slow to get moving in the first place, it can be difficult to stop once its inertia has been overcome. This is the problem the US delegation at the UN body may face at a key meeting being […] The post Trump administration may struggle to obstruct IMO 2020 appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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19 октября, 11:00

Could LNG shipping spot rates hit $250,000/day?

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Spot day charter rates for LNG carriers have hit their highest levels since mid-2012 on the back of low prompt availability of vessels in both the Atlantic and Pacific basins. This week, S&P Global Platts assessed Pacific and Atlantic day rates for LNG vessels at $140,000/day and $130,000/day, respectively, up 40% since mid-September, and nearly […] The post Could LNG shipping spot rates hit $250,000/day? appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

18 октября, 10:20

Australia’s bid to be the world’s largest LNG exporter may fizzle out

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Australia’s bid to challenge Qatar as the world’s largest LNG exporter has been weakened by several factors including gas shortages, domestic supply commitments, natural declines at its LNG projects and the lack of a cohesive energy policy. As a result, Australia is unlikely to overtake Qatar’s LNG export volumes for any meaningful duration on a […] The post Australia’s bid to be the world’s largest LNG exporter may fizzle out appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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17 октября, 09:00

Trump wants to expedite a Texas pipeline project, but no one seems to know what it is

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“I’m baffled,” one US government official said last week. “I have no clue,” said another. “I have absolutely no idea what he’s talking about,” one frustrated analyst said after an hour of phone calls. “I’m not sure anybody does.” On October 9, President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that he was getting […] The post Trump wants to expedite a Texas pipeline project, but no one seems to know what it is appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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16 октября, 09:00

In the LOOP: Crude oil export cargoes from Louisiana to China dry up

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September was the second month of halted US crude exports from Louisiana to China due to higher VLCC freight rates, a narrower Dubai/LOOP Sour spread and uncertainty over possible trade tariffs imposed by China on US crude. In September, no cargoes departed Louisiana for China, according to cFlow, S&P Global Platts trade-flow software. Additionally, no […] The post In the LOOP: Crude oil export cargoes from Louisiana to China dry up appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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15 октября, 11:10

Saudi Arabia’s power play will unleash crude oil supplies: Fuel for Thought

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Saudi Arabia’s energy strategy could put to bed questions over its spare oil capacity in the coming years. The kingdom’s plan is two-pronged: Expand and develop oil fields to offset production decline, and diversify away from crude for power generation. It is this latter move that is key to unlocking further oil exports. The OPEC […] The post Saudi Arabia’s power play will unleash crude oil supplies: Fuel for Thought appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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15 октября, 03:01

Vietnam’s plastic end-users set to gain as US-China trade spat intensifies

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The global plastics supply chain is changing as the US-China trade war intensifies, and Vietnam’s plastic resin end-users are poised to benefit. While Vietnam is already a manufacturing hub for plastic finished goods due to its low labor costs and business-friendly environment, the recent trade war between global giants is providing an additional boost as […] The post Vietnam’s plastic end-users set to gain as US-China trade spat intensifies appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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12 октября, 09:00

Insight: Libya’s oil production faces political litmus test

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Predicting what Libyan crude production will be in a few months’ time can be even trickier than forecasting the oil price itself. And the risks it faces could multiply as the country – which holds the largest oil and gas reserves in Africa – moves towards critical elections in December. Libya’s recent rise in production […] The post Insight: Libya’s oil production faces political litmus test appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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10 октября, 09:00

US jet fuel soared in Q3 on sagging RVO, record demand

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The summer months always constitute the peak travel season for US airlines, making the third quarter traditionally the heaviest sustained demand portion of the year. But Q3 2018 was something the industry had never seen. Record demand for jet fuel in both the US and Latin America, combined with sagging Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) values, […] The post US jet fuel soared in Q3 on sagging RVO, record demand appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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09 октября, 09:00

In the LOOP: Imports of Kuwaiti crude fall 60.5% year on year

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Imports of Kuwaiti crude into the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port have fallen by 60.5% year on year as of September, with rising Iraqi crude imports failing to make up the full loss. For the first nine months of 2018, only 8.347 million barrels of Kuwaiti crude were imported into Morgan City, Louisiana, the delivery point […] The post In the LOOP: Imports of Kuwaiti crude fall 60.5% year on year appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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08 октября, 07:01

African upstream recovery raises funding dilemma: Fuel for Thought

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Chinese President Xi Jinping last month announced a new $60 billion financing package in aid, investment and loans to Africa, as the world’s biggest energy importer continues to expand its global influence. Part of that pledge will further underpin efforts by China’s state oil giants to help develop the region’s sizeable oil and gas resources. […] The post African upstream recovery raises funding dilemma: Fuel for Thought appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

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05 октября, 19:17

Insight: US natural gas, coal markets calm about low inventories … for now

The growth of low-priced natural gas supply from Appalachia and Texas appears to be changing the market calculus on winter heating demand this year. With pre-winter gas inventories sitting at their lowest levels in over a decade, prices remain near historic lows. In the coal market, inventories are also at their lowest level in more […] The post Insight: US natural gas, coal markets calm about low inventories … for now appeared first on The Barrel Blog.