Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Platts News

U.S. Oil Makes it to Ukraine, a blow to Moscow

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U.S. crude exports are gaining traction in Europe as even Ukraine turns into a significant consumer of American barrels at the expense of Russian supplies amid heightened U.S. political pressure on Moscow and problems over contaminated Russian oil.Ukraine…

US Rig Count Climbs

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U.S. energy firms increased the number of oil rigs operating for the first time in the past three weeks as U.S. crude futures soared around 10% this week.Big energy price declines over the prior couple of months, however, prompted one analyst to cut…

Petronas Raises April Crude Price Factor

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Malaysian state oil firm Petronas has set the price factor for Malaysian Crude Oil (MCO) for April at $5.50 per barrel, up 10 cents from the previous month, the company said on TuesdayThe monthly price factor is added to the average of Platts' dated Brent prices published in the month to derive the Malaysian

U.S. Drillers Cut Rigs to Lowest Level since May

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U.S. energy firms this week cut the number of oil rigs operating for a third week in a row to the lowest level in 10 months as independent producers follow through on plans to cut spending even though oil majors plan to spend more.Drillers cut nine oil rigs in the week to March 8…

Trafigura Boosts LNG Volumes by 22%

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Geneva based commodity trading company Trafigura increased its liquefied natural gas (LNG) traded volumes by 22% to 9.9 million mt in its financial year ending September 30 2018, driven by sales to China and South Korea, with the Asian share of our…

Tellurian in LNG Supply Deal with Vitol

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Tellurian announced that its subsidiary, Tellurian Trading, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Vitol to supply 1.5 million tonnes per annum of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Tellurian Trading’s LNG offtake capacity at the proposed…

North Sea Crude: Forties Falls to Three-year Low

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North Sea Forties crude differentials fell to a three-year low on Monday, pressured by ample prompt supplies and limited demand.Ekofisk DelaysSome Ekofisk cargoes for loading in November have been delayed by a few days because of unplanned maintenance, trade sources said.

Petronas Raises Crude Price Factor

Malaysian state oil firm Petronas has set the price factor for Malaysian Crude Oil (MCO) for November at $5.00 per barrel, up $0.65 from the previous month, the company said on Monday.The monthly price factor is added to the average of Platts' dated…

Texas Waha Natgas Prices Dive 60 pct to Record Low on Pipeline Constraints

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Next-day natural gas prices for Thursday at the Waha hub in the Permian basin tumbled 60 percent to their lowest on record due to pipeline constraints limiting the amount of gas that can move out of the region.Prices for Thursday at the Waha hub <NG…

BP, Vitol Go Head to Head in West African Crude Trading

Oil major BP has clashed with rival Vitol in the once-languid West African crude market, buying up cargoes and taking a big derivative position that may have raised costs for European refiners.The West African crude market typically sees cargoes of…

Equinor Looks to Cut More Costs at Giant North Sea Oilfield

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Norway's Equinor sees scope to further reduce development costs at the Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea, as it looks to maximize the potential of what could be the last giant field to be found off the Nordic country.The field, one of the five largest oil finds offshore Norway…

Leach Xpress Pipeline Service Delayed until Mid-July

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TransCanada Corp's Columbia Gas Transmission unit pushed back the date of its Leach Xpress natural gas pipeline in West Virginia. Service will be resumed mid-July. The pipe was damaged in a blast on June 7. The Leach shutdown forced producers using…

US Oil Pipeline Companies, Producers Seek Relief from Steel Tariffs

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Major U.S. energy companies including Plains All American Pipeline, Hess Corp and Kinder Morgan Inc are among many seeking exemptions from steel-import tariffs as the United States ratchets up trade tensions with exporters including China, Canada and Mexico.There have been nearly 21…

Trafigura Signs Second Storage Deal with Singapore LNG Corp

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Commodities trader Trafigura has signed a second deal with Singapore LNG Corp, operator of the city-state's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, for storage and reload services, the two companies said on Monday.Under the agreement, which was signed on May 30…

North Sea Crude-Forties Bid for First Time this Week

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Buying interest for North Sea Forties crude reappeared in the trading window on Thursday for the first time this week, but bids were at a discount to the last deal levels. Oseberg stayed the cheapest benchmark grade and the one setting dated Brent's value.

LNG Prices Climb on Limited Supply

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Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices rose this week to their highest since February as buying interest from China remained firm and as supply is expected to be limited during maintenance in August.Spot prices for July delivery in Asia were at $9.60 per million British thermal units (Btu) this week…

AGL Decision on LNG Import Terminal Expected in FY2019

AGL Energy Ltd, Australia's biggest power producer, expects to make a final investment decision on the country's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in the financial year of 2019, a company official said on Friday.The A$250 million ($189…

Small OK Shale Play Sees Big Bets from Producers

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A little-known shale oil play in Oklahoma is attracting more drilling and investment as rising output from newer wells is enticing companies to boost production beyond the giant Permian basin in Texas. The Meramec formation is a part of what is called…

Freeport LNG Delays Start of Texas Export Terminal

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Freeport LNG, a privately held U.S. liquefied natural gas company, said on Thursday it pushed back the projected start date for its $13 billion export terminal under construction in Texas by about nine months to around Sept. 1, 2019.Freeport LNG now…

Platts Posts Lower Adjusted Operating Profit

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Oil price agency Platts, a unit of S&P Global Inc, posted a 4 percent decline in first-quarter adjusted operating profit on Thursday, hurt by lower trading volumes. Revenue at Platts, however, increased 3 percent to $196 million in the quarter ended March 31, helped by growth its core subscription business.