Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Oil News

Trump's Revenge: US Oil Floods Europe, Hurting OPEC, Russia

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U.S. supplies to Europe set for all-time high in April; on course to overtake Russia, Saudi. As OPEC's efforts to balance the oil market bear fruit, U.S. producers are reaping the benefits - and flooding Europe with a record amount of crude. Russia paired with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries last year in cutting oil output jointly by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd), a deal they say has largely rebalanced the market and one that has helped elevate benchmark Brent prices close to four-year highs.

Hedge Fund Oil Bulls on Rampage as Bears Vanish

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Hedge fund managers have never seemed so convinced that oil prices are set to rise rather than fall in the near term, according to the latest positioning data published by regulators and exchanges. Fund managers remain super-bullish even though benchmark Brent prices have almost tripled over the last two years and are now trading at the highest level since November 2014. Hedge funds and other money managers raised their net…

Oil Falls After Trump Criticizes OPEC

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Russia committed to cuts until end of year as 2018 demand looks strong (Goldman Sachs). Oil prices fell on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump criticised OPEC and said oil prices were artificially high, but they were still set for a weekly gain. Brent crude oil futures were at $73.26 per barrel at 1139 GMT, down 52 cents from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 48 cents at $67.81 a barrel. "Looks like OPEC is at it again," Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

Trump Rails Against Oil Prices, OPEC Pushes Back

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U.S. President Donald Trump accused OPEC on Friday of "artificially" boosting oil prices, drawing rebukes from some of the world's top energy exporters."Looks like OPEC is at it again. With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully loaded ships at sea. Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted!" Trump wrote on Twitter.It was unclear what triggered the tweet, Trump's first mention of OPEC on social media during his term.U.S.

Canada Moves Crude One Truckload at a Time

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At an Alberta oil loading terminal, a convoy of big rigs are gearing up to haul Canadian crude oil hundreds of miles through bone dry fields across the U.S. border into Montana, where the oil will be transferred to pipelines and rail cars headed south and west. Trucks loaded with crude are an increasingly common sight at the border. Production has risen in the world's fifth largest producer but full pipelines and a rail car shortage have made it difficult for drillers to ship oil out of Canada.

US Drillers Add Oil Rigs for Third Consecutive Week

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U.S. energy companies added oil rigs for a third week in a row as energy firms follow through on plans to spend more on drilling this year with crude prices near three-year highs.Drillers added five oil rigs in the week to April 20, bringing the total count to 820, the highest level since March 2015, General Electric Co's        Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday.More than half the total oil rigs are in the Permian basin in west Texas and eastern New Mexico.

Petrobras March Production Dips

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Petrobras reports that, in March its total production of oil and gas, including natural gas liquids (NGL), was 2.66 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), with 2.56 million boed produced in Brazil and 99 thousand boed produced abroad. Total production operated by the company (Petrobras and partners’ share) was 3.31 million boed, with 3.17 million boed in Brazil. The average oil production in the country was 2.07 million barrels per day (bpd), 0.8% lower than the volume produced in February.

Oil Breaks Above $72 as Supply Concerns Build

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Supply risks in Middle East, Venezuela also buoy crude. Oil prices extended gains on Wednesday, lifted by a reported decline in U.S. crude inventories and the risk of supply disruptions. Brent crude oil futures rose 87 cents to $72.45 a barrel by 1143 GMT, while U.S. WTI crude futures rose 95 cents to $67.47. "Yesterday evening saw the API report a surprising decrease in U.S. crude oil stocks and a reduction in oil product stocks that was sharper than anticipated," Commerzbank oil analyst Carsten Fritsch said in a note. U.S.

Subsea 7 Makes Hostile Bid for McDermott

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Offshore oil services firm Subsea 7 has made an unsolicited offer worth about $2 billion for U.S. rival McDermott, potentially breaking up the U.S. company's agreed deal with onshore engineering firm Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I).The deal could make Oslo-listed Subsea 7 the market leader in supplying and installing subsea equipment for oil and gas firms with a combined market share of 24 percent, followed by TechnipFMC with 20 percent and Saipem with 15 percent…

McTiernan Appointed Non-Executive Chairman, Hurricane Energy

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Steven McTiernan has been appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of the board of directors of Hurricane Energy plc, effective May 1, 2018. Dr. David Jenkins, who has acted as Interim Chairman of the Board since November 2017, will return to his previous role as Senior Independent Director on this date.Steven McTiernan has over 45 years of oil and gas industry and investment banking experience. He was a non-executive director of Tullow Oil plc for eleven years until December 2012…

Post-Bankruptcy, Seadrill Eyes Closer Oil Service Ties

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Offshore oil driller Seadrill aims to expand relations with Schlumberger, the world's largest oil services firm, and other suppliers to the global oil and gas industry, its chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday. Seadrill plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in late June or early July, following a U.S. court's approval on Tuesday of its multi-billion dollar debt restructuring plan, CEO Anton Dibowitz said.

Halliburton Revenue Jumps 34 pct

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Oilfield services provider Halliburton Co reported a 34 percent jump in first-quarter revenue on Monday as rising oil prices prompted North American companies to boost oil and gas production. Net income attributable to Halliburton was $46 million, or 5 cents per share to shareholders, for the three months ended March 31. The company posted a net attributable loss of $32 million, or 4 cents per share to shareholders, in the same quarter a year earlier. Revenue rose to $5.74 billion from $4.28 billion.

Oil Plus bags $1.5 mi Middle East Deals

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Oil Plus has secured contracts worth more than $1.5m over the past three months and has significantly expanded its footprint in the Middle East. The company has also reported a strong start to the year with sales up by 285% compared to the last quarter of 2017. Due to the surge of new business, the Newbury-based company, which employs in excess of 30 people, plans to recruit another eight over the next 12 months. The contracts will see Oil Plus deliver reservoir souring modelling…

Shell Active in Mideast, Russia Crude Liftings

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Oil major buys various grades from Qatar, UAE, Russia; re-sells Qatar Marine and Sokol. Royal Dutch Shell has snapped up more than 8 million barrels of Middle East and Russian crude oil loading in June and resold some cargoes at higher premiums as it profits from robust demand in Asia, five trading sources said on Friday. The region's pull on Middle East and Russian grades, priced off Middle East crude benchmark Dubai, has…

Agreement Paves Way for South African Offshore Supply Base

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South Africa’s first dedicated and customized facility supporting offshore oil and gas activities will be introduced at the Port of Saldanha. This follows the conclusion of an agreement between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Saldehco Pty Ltd, which was signed off at an official ceremony at the port on Monday, 23 April 2018.Saldehco is a privately owned South African company, comprising principal shareholder HARPS Holdings Pte Limited and local partner Semona Pty Limited.

Oil Dips as Rising U.S. Yields Steer Bulls

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U.S. rig count rises to 820, highest since March 2015; but strong demand, OPEC cuts still support prices overall. Oil prices were little changed at around $74 a barrel on Monday on rising U.S. borrowing costs and the prospect of further output rises after another increase in the weekly rig count, although the overall picture for crude remained bullish. Brent crude futures were down 1 cent at $74.05 a barrel by 1145 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 11 cents at $68.29 a barrel.

Kenya's National Oil, Schlumberger Ink Field Development Deal

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Kenya's National Oil Corporation and U.S. oil services company Schlumberger have agreed to finalise a field development plan on behalf of the government for oil blocks in the northwest of the country. The East African nation discovered commercial oil reserves in its Lokichar basin in 2012. National Oil said in a statement seen by Reuters on Friday that the agreement with Schlumberger would create a development blueprint for the field in the next year.

Unipec, ENOC Place Lowest Offers in Bangladesh Oil Import Tender

Energy traders Unipec and ENOC placed the lowest offers in a tender by Bangladesh Petroleum Corp to buy up to 1.52 million tonnes of oil products for import in the second half of 2018, officials said on Tuesday. The state-owned company was seeking between 1.1 million tonnes and 1.28 million tonnes of 500ppm sulphur gasoil, 100,000 tonnes of jet fuel and 120,000 to 140,000 tonnes of 180-cst high-sulphur fuel oil. Unipec, the trading arm of China's state-owned Sinopec…

Oil Climbs on Saudi Ambitions, U.S. Stock Draw

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Saudi Arabia seen seeking oil price of $80-$100 a barrel as U.S. commercial crude stocks decline towards five-year average. Oil prices kept rising to their highest since late 2014 as U.S. crude inventories declined, moving closer to five-year averages, and after sources told Reuters that top exporter Saudi Arabia aims to push prices even higher. Brent crude futures reached $74.73 a barrel, the highest since Nov. 27, 2014 -- the day OPEC decided to pump as much as it could to defend market share…

​Semco Maritime Generated Positive Operating Results in 2017

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Semco Maritime’s revenue shrunk to DKK 1,408 million in 2017 against DKK 1,598 million in 2016 as the offshore services provider observed continued price pressure and market hesitancy amid postponed projects and growing competition across its business areas.“Even though oil and gas prices increased during the year, the majority of 2017 was characterized by continued low activity and tough competition in the oil and gas industry.