Thursday, July 19, 2018

Caribbean News

PDVSA Retrenches in Caribbean

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Venezuela's PDVSA will let the 335,000 barrel-per-day refinery it leases in Curacao halt operations once crude inventories are exhausted as no new shipments are planned to the Caribbean following ConocoPhillips's legal actions, according to two sources.PDVSA is also changing its trade arrangements to start delivering all its oil for exports in Venezuelan waters,

Venezuela Problem will not Derail Caribbean Fuel Supply

There is enough oil supply in the global market to make up for potential fuel disruptions from U.S. oil producer ConocoPhillips' legal actions against Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, a State Department spokesman said on Wednesday. "The U.S. Department of State remains in contact with our partners in the Caribbean to reduce the risk of supply disruptions…

Valero Boosts Imports of Venezuelan Oil as Sanctions Loom

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U.S. refiner Valero Energy Corp this year boosted its imports of Venezuelan crude ahead of U.S. sanctions over the country's disputed presidential election and as other customers received less of the OPEC-member's exports, according to Thomson Reuters trade flows data.Venezuelan oil production has tumbled to a multi-decade low this year…

Panama Imports Its First LNG Cargo

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Panama has imported its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to commission the newly built $1 billion Costa Norte facility and power plant at Colon, expected to be a launch-pad for LNG trade across Central America.Many utilities in Central America and the Caribbean remain reliant on burning oil to generate electricity…

Russian Oil Bought by PDVSA for Cuba Discharges in Curacao

A tanker that for more than a month was unable to deliver Russian crude to Venezuela's PDVSA amid a dispute between the state-run firm and ConocoPhillips has discharged its cargo in the Caribbean, and a second vessel is soon to follow, according to Reuters data and a source with knowledge of the sales.

Conoco Seized PDVSA Products from Isla Refinery

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U.S. oil major ConocoPhillips has seized products belonging to Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA from the Isla refinery it runs on Curacao, an island official told Reuters on Sunday.Conoco has won court orders allowing it to seize PDVSA assets on Caribbean islands, including Curacao, in efforts…

Idled St. Croix Refinery to Restart, Produce Fuels by 2020

Owners of an idled oil refinery in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, which was once one of the world's largest refineries, plan to invest $1.4 billion to refurbish and restart a portion of the plant, they said on Monday. ArcLight Capital Partners, a private equity firm that owns 80 percent of Limetree Bay Terminals LLC…

Venezuelan PDVSA's Exports Sink in June

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Venezuelan PDVSA's oil exports declined 32 percent in the first half of June compared with May, according to internal trade reports from the state-run company, following seizures of some Caribbean assets that disrupted crude and fuel shipments.PDVSA exported 765,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the first two weeks of June…

PDVSA Raises Prospect of Force Majeure on Oil Exports

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OPEC member Venezuela has raised the prospect of declaring force majeure on contracts with major crude buyers amid plummeting output from its oil fields and tanker bottlenecks at ports, according to three sources familiar with the matter.Falling production from Venezuela has contributed to a rally in global oil prices to a near four-year high…

William P. Doyle Appointed as DCA Executive Director & CEO

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The Dredging Contactors of America’s (DCA) has selected the Honorable William P. Doyle, Sr. as its new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). William Doyle currently serves as a Commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission having been unanimously confirmed twice by the U.S.

Attack on Cano Limon Pipeline Extends Pumping Halt

A bomb attack by Marxist ELN rebels destroyed a stretch of Colombia's second largest oil pipeline, the Cano Limon-Covenas, extending an almost month-long pumping stoppage, sources from the military and state oil company Ecopetrol said on Tuesday. The attack, which caused a spillage of crude, occurred on Monday in a rural area of ​​the municipality of Saravena…

Live Oil Discovered Onshore Jamaica

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CGG GeoConsulting and Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Announce First Reported Discovery of Live Oil Onshore Jamaica. CGG GeoConsulting and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) have announced the discovery of two independent live oil seeps from different parts of the island of Jamaica.

PDVSA Escapes Bonaire Restrictions - for now

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A regulatory agency has decided not to impose restrictions on Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA's operations at its terminal on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire after receiving new repair assurances, the Dutch Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) said on Wednesday. The…

Aruba Begins Talks with U.S. over Aruba Refinery Pause

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The Aruba government said on Thursday it started talks with the United States after Houston-based firm Citgo Petroleum slowed work on an overhaul of the Caribbean island's 235,000-barrel-per-day refinery due to a lack of credit. Sanctions imposed last year by President Donald Trump's administration on Venezuela and its state-run oil company…

Crowley, PowerSecure Partner on LNG Microgrids Development

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Industry partners aim to develop and deploy microgrid solutions incorporating liquefied natural gas (LNG), renewables and storage to provide greater reliability and resiliency to customers and economies throughout the Caribbean and Central America.Microgrid solutions provided by partners Crowley FUELS and PowerSecure…

Total, Siemens Hope to Sign Cuban LNG Deal Soon

French energy firm Total SA and German industrial giant Siemens AG hope to sign a deal soon with Cuba to build a 600 megawatt gas-fired power plant on the island, according to diplomats and businessmen with knowledge of the talks.The two are leading a consortium that has been in negotiations…

Oil Surges to Fresh Highs on Growing Supply Worries

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Brent jumps to over $75/barrel as WTI rises above $70/barrel. The continuting economic crisis in Venezuela threatens its oil exports. Oil prices rose to their highest levels since late-2014 on Monday, boosted by Venezuela's deepening economic crisis and a looming decision on whether the United States will re-impose sanctions on Iran.

Conoco Moves to Seize PDVSA's Caribbean Assets

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U.S. oil firm ConocoPhillips has moved to take Caribbean assets of Venezuela's state-run PDVSA to enforce a $2 billion arbitration award over a decade-oil nationalization of its projects in the South American country, according to three sources familiar with its actions. The U.S. firm targeted facilities on the islands of Curacao, Bonaire and St.

PDVSA Diverts Crude Tanker from Curacao

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Venezuela's state-run PDVSA ordered a tanker carrying Russian oil that was waiting to discharge at its Curacao terminal to divert to Venezuelan waters after ConocoPhillips introduced an order in a Caribbean court to seize its inventories and other assets in the island, according to a shipper…

PDVSA Halts Caribbean Storage, Shipping; Diverts Oil Cargo

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Venezuela's state-run PDVSA suspended oil storage and shipping from its Caribbean facilities following a move by ConocoPhillips to temporarily seize the firm's assets on four islands, according to a PDVSA source and Reuters data.PDVSA has begun concentrating most shipping in its main crude terminal…

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