Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Vitol Invests in Coal-to-oil Venture as Shipping Fuel Rules Loom

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Energy trader Vitol and coal miner Peabody Energy are partnering with start-up Arq to turn coal waste into a low-sulphur oil product that could be an alternative fuel for shippers as new U.N. pollution rules loom, the companies said in a statement.Global oil and shipping companies are looking at any and all options to avoid becoming a casualty of the major market dislocations that the new standards will create when they come into effect in 2020.The U.N.

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. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 45 cents to $67.63 a barrel.U.S.

Oil Prices Fall on Record U.S. Output, Stock Build

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Oil prices fell on Thursday, pressured by a rising dollar and after official data showed an unexpected rise in U.S. crude stockpiles, U.S. output hit a record high and major oil exporters increased production.Benchmark Brent crude oil fell $1.07 to a low of $71.83 a barrel before recovering to trade around $72.35 by 1304 GMT. On Wednesday, Brent hit a three-month low of $71.19. U.S. light crude was 25 cents lower at $67.51.The U.S.

US Revokes Citgo CEO's Visa

Citgo Petroleum Corp, the U.S. subsidiary of Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA , said on Wednesday that the United States had revoked the visa of its president and chief executive Asdrubal Chavez, cousin of Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez, but it did not say why.Late on Wednesday U.S. State Department spokesman Noel Clay said the United States has broad authority to revoke visas, but does not discuss individual cases because they are confidential under U.S.

Asian Refiners Rush to Secure Feedstock as Trade War Looms

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U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods came into effect Friday; China retaliates, duty on U.S. crude possible. Asian oil refiners are racing to secure crude supplies in anticipation of an escalating trade war between the United States and China, and as Washington plans tough sanctions against Iran aimed at shutting the country out of oil markets. As part of a wave of retaliation for Friday's U.S. tariffs, China has threatened a 25 percent duty on imports of U.S. crude.

Oil Slips Below $77

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Oil slipped below $77 a barrel on Friday, under pressure from higher Saudi production and trade tensions between the United States and China, despite support from oil supply disruptions.Top exporter Saudi Arabia told OPEC it raised oil output by almost 500,000 barrels per day last month, OPEC sources said, a sign Riyadh wants to make up for shortages elsewhere and dampen prices.Brent crude, the global benchmark, was down 76 cents at $76.63 a barrel by 1313 GMT. U.S.

India Cuts Iranian Oil Imports Ahead of Sanctions

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Indian refiners cut imports of Iranian oil last month as they started weaning their plants off crude from the country to avoid sanctions by the United States that are set to take effect in November.India's monthly oil imports from Iran declined to 592,800 barrels per day (bpd) in June, down 16 percent from May, according to data from industry and shipping sources.The United States in May said it would reimpose the sanctions after withdrawing from a 2015 agreement with Iran…

Saudi Refinery Exports First Gasoline Barrels to U.S.

A refinery in Saudi Arabia has shipped its RBOB gasoline to the United States for the first time, a potential precursor for more deliveries to a region where prices are currently at seasonal three-year highs.The 400,000 barrels-per-day Jubail Satorp refinery, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and French company Total, said in its verified Twitter account that it sent the shipment of reformulated blendstock gasoline - commonly called RBOB - to the United States.

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 imports of Iranian goods to zero by November and India's shift advances the U.S. administration efforts to use energy to further its political goals.The United States has become a major crude exporter…

Oil Slips as U.S. Crude Stockpiles Show Surprise Build

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U.S. crude stocks up 1.3 mln bbls vs 3.5 mln draw forecast-EIA. Oil fell on Thursday after U.S. government data showed an unexpected build in crude oil stockpiles. U.S. crude futures fell $1.20 to settle at $72.94 a barrel, retreating from Tuesday's 3-1/2-year high of over $75. Brent crude futures lost 85 cents to settle at $77.39 a barrel. U.S. crude stockpiles rose 1.3 million barrels last week, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. Analysts had expected a 3.5 million-barrel decline.

Oil Prices Climb on Global Demand and U.S. Sanctions on Iran

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Oil prices rose on Monday as increased global demand and U.S. efforts to shut out Iranian output through the use of sanctions outweighed drilling data suggesting that U.S. shale production would climb.Benchmark Brent crude oil was up 60 cents at $77.71 a barrel by 1330 GMT. U.S. light crude rose 10 cents to $73.90."Oil prices are starting the week on the front foot in anticipation of reduced supplies from Iran after U.S.

Oil Slips, Weighed by Saudi Output, Trade Spat

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U.S. crude inventories rise unexpectedly; U.S. implements tariffs on Chinese goods on Friday. Oil slipped below $77 a barrel on Friday, under pressure from higher Saudi production and trade tensions between the United States and China, despite support from oil supply disruptions. Top exporter Saudi Arabia told OPEC it raised oil output by almost 500,000 barrels per day last month, OPEC sources said, a sign Riyadh wants to make up for shortages elsewhere and dampen prices.

Oil Falls After Libyan Ports Reopen, Trump Tariff Threat

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Global oil benchmark Brent fell more than $2 a barrel on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to levy new tariffs on China and Libya announced the reopening of key oil export terminals.The spectre of tariffs on a further $200 billion of Chinese goods sent commodities lower along with stock markets, as tension between the world's biggest economies intensified.Brent crude fell $2.10, or 2.7 percent, to a low of $76.76 before recovering slightly to $77.20, down $1.66, by 1325 GMT. U.S.

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, are expected to announce strong results due to the heavy discounts for U.S. and Canadian crude, along with strong fuel demand and lower costs to comply with the nation's biofuel laws…

US Energy Regulator Wants More Disclosure of Cyber Attacks

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The U.S. government on Thursday asked power generators to disclose more information about cyber attacks amid growing concern that foreign hackers could disrupt the electric grid.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an energy industry regulator, called for the power industry's regulating body, the North American Electric Reliability Corp, to expand rules that require reporting of cyber security incidents to include…

Exxon Expands Mozambique LNG Project to Cut Costs

Exxon Mobil will expand its Rovuma liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique by half to cut production costs as the partners prepare to book the plant's supply and formally tap lenders in September, the company told Reuters.The U.S. oil giant took charge of the East African LNG project's onshore operations following a $2.8 billion deal with Italy's Eni last year, adding to its suite of projects in Qatar, Papua New Guinea…

Iran Says U.S.-Caused Oil Spike Will Slow Growth, Add to Tariff Impact

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A rise in oil prices caused by the United States' sanctions policies will hurt economic growth in China, Europe and other consumers, much like President Donald Trump's trade measures, a top Iranian official said on Thursday.Iran's OPEC governor also told Reuters the rise in oil output by OPEC and its allies, after pressure by Trump to do so, was only 170,000 barrels per day (bpd) in June and would not grow much in 2019, also…

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. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude was up 10 cents at $70.43, and was on course for a…

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, or 0.4 percent, at $70.74 a barrel.Supply outages in Libya and strike action in Norway and Iraq pushed oil prices higher late last week…

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 of millions of dollars each as a result of the "whipsaw" move when the spread reached more than $11.50 a barrel in June…

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