Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Taiwan to Purchase LNG from U.S. Producer

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Taiwan's CPC Corp on Monday announced a preliminary deal to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from U.S. producer Cheniere Energy for 25-years, according to a statement. CPC, a major importer of LNG, signed a Heads of Agreement to purchase 2 million tonnes of LNG annually from Cheniere, which is gearing up to start exports from its second U.S. export plant at Corpus Christi, Texas.

Oil Prices Fall On U.S. Stock Rise, Higher Supply

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Oil benchmark Brent crude hit a three-month low on Wednesday after government data showed a rise in U.S. crude inventories and oil production, which highlighted increasing global supply and concerns over weak demand.Brent crude futures fell 33 cents to $71.83 a barrel by 10:55 a.m. EDT (1455 GMT). The contract hit a session low of $71.19 a barrel, its lowest since April 17.U.S.

ConocoPhillips sells 16.5 pct of North Sea Asset to BP

Ryan Lance, chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips

U.S. oil producer ConocoPhillips said on Tuesday it would sell a 16.5 percent stake in the Clair field to oil major BP for an undisclosed price. Houston, Texas-based ConocoPhillips will retain a 7.5 percent interest in the North Sea offshore oil field through a unit while BP will hold a 45.1 percent interest.

As Mexico Oil Sector Sputters, Crime and Violence Rattle Industry Towns

Until recently, Edgar Barrera enjoyed a life many Mexicans could only hope for. In a few short years, the 36-year-old bookkeeper rose from handyman to white-collar worker at what seemed to be one of the most stable companies in Latin America: state-owned oil firm Pemex. Thanks to Pemex, Barrera met his wife…

Oil Mixed as Investors Short-cover and Saudi Boosts Output

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On July 6th, 2018, oil was mixed with short-covering, pushing up U.S. crude futures while Brent slipped on global trade tensions and increased Saudi production. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 61 cents to $73.55 by 11:30 a.m. Global benchmark Brent was down 39 cents at $77 a barrel. For the week…

US Oil Exports to India Soar Ahead of Iran Sanctions

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U.S. crude oil exports to India hit a record in June and so far this year are almost double last year's total as the Asian nation's refiners move to replace supplies from Iran and Venezuela in a win for the Trump administration.U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been pressuring its allies to cut…

Woodside Mulls Texas Sempra LNG Exit

The chief executive officer of Woodside Petroleum Ltd said on Tuesday that Australia's biggest independent oil and natural gas company will soon decide whether to continue to invest in Sempra Energy's Port Arthur liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Texas. "We've got to make some decisions pretty soon about our continued pursuit (of Port Arthur) with Sempra…

Largest Oil Shipment Sent from Vancouver to China Since 2015

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An Aframax tanker is scheduled to deliver the largest shipment of crude oil from Vancouver to China since January 2015 later this month, Thomson Reuters trade flow data show.For years, Canadian officials have pushed for an escalation in crude exports to rapidly growing Asian markets, but companies in the oil…

Why Trump is Pressing Saudis to Lower Oil Prices: Kemp

The United States and Saudi Arabia appear to have reached an understanding: Washington will reduce or eliminate Iran’s oil export revenues and in return Riyadh will guarantee oil supplies and stabilise prices. The basic deal is well understood by policymakers in both countries, with U.S. President Donald Trump…

Big Crude Oil Margins Should Boost US Refiner Earnings

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U.S. refiners ran full-tilt in the second quarter, fueled by cheap domestic crude and fat margins that should boost earnings, though their heavy activity could eventually saturate the market with gasoline, sapping profits down the road.U.S. independent refiners, including Phillips 66 and Marathon Petroleum Corp…

EPA Scraps Plan to Force US Refiners to Blend More Biofuels

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ditched a detailed plan that would have forced refiners to blend more biofuels into their gasoline and diesel in 2019 to compensate for volumes likely to be exempted under the agency's small refinery hardship waiver program, according to newly released EPA documents.The…

HENDERSON Opens New Service Center

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Drilling rigs and capital drilling equipment sales and service provider HENDERSON has expanded its service capabilities with a newly opened 60,000 square-foot service center on a 4.8 acre site in Odessa, Texas.The new center serves as a spare parts warehouse and provides rig and equipment services including rebuilding and recertifying rigs…

EDF Trading, JERA Form LNG Joint Venture

On July 3, 2018 JERA Co., Inc and EDF Trading Limited (EDFT) announced their intention to form an LNG optimization and trading joint venture, JERA Trading Pte. Ltd. (JERAT).In addition to this transaction, EDF Trading North America (EDFT NA) and JERA Energy America (JERA EA), an affiliate of JERA, entered into…

Oil Falls for Second Week as Supply Concerns Ease

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Oil prices were set for a second straight week of decline on Friday after Libyan ports reopened and on the view that Iran might still export some crude despite U.S. sanctions.Brent crude was down 10 cents at $74.35 per barrel by 1308 GMT, having fallen earlier by 1.3 percent. It was heading for a weekly fall of around 3 percent.U.S.

Oil Prices Dip as Markets Eye Potential Supply Increases

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Oil prices fell on Monday as concerns about supply disruptions eased and Libyan ports resumed export activities, while traders eyed potential supply increases by Russia and other oil producers.Brent crude futures were down 26 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $75.07 a barrel at 0057 GMT.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 27 cents…

US Oil Boom Delivers Costly Surprise for Traders

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The world's biggest oil traders are counting hefty losses after a surprise doubling in the price discount of U.S. light crude to benchmark Brent in just a month, as surging U.S production upends the market.Trading desks of oil major BP and merchants Vitol , Gunvor and Trafigura have recorded losses in the tens…

Enterprise Expects to Load First Supertanker at Texas Port This Month

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Seaway Crude Pipeline Company LLC, a joint venture between Enterprise Products Partners LP and Enbridge Inc, plans to load its first supertanker this month at its Texas City marine terminal:* VLCC FPMC C Melody will be loaded with about 1.1 million bbls (2-million-bbl capacity); remaining crude to be transferred in a lightering zone* The VLCC was anchored near Houston as of Wednesda

China to Cut US Oil Imports Amid Trade Spat

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Chinese oil buyers will keep taking crude from the United States through September, but plan to reduce future purchases to avoid a likely import tariff amid a trade spat between the world's two largest economies, multiple industry sources said.Beijing has put U.S. energy products, including crude oil and refined products…

Oil Slips On U.S./China Trade Dispute, OPEC Supply Outlook

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Oil fell on Tuesday ahead of a possible increase in OPEC crude supply, and as an escalating trade dispute between the United States and China unleashed sharp selloffs in many global markets.Brent crude futures eased 60 cents, or 0.8 percent, to $74.74 a barrel by 11:31 a.m. EDT (1531 GMT), while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell $1.01…

Oil Traders Ready for Musical Chairs as China Tariffs Loom

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Oil markets are bracing for a reshuffle of global trade flows as China threatens to impose tit-for-tat tariffs on imports of U.S. energy products, including crude.China, which has bought an average 330,000 barrels per day (bpd) of U.S. crude oil this year, is threatening to place a 25 percent tariff on various U.S.

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