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Is Aramco Share Sale Distorting OPEC Policy? Kemp

Mar 07, 2018

By restraining production, OPEC and its allies have succeeded in eliminating excess oil stocks and accelerating the recovery in prices, but they are paying an increasingly high price in terms of market share. U.S. producers will capture all the growth in global oil consumption this year…

U.S. Crude Exports to Asia Slump as WTI Outperforms

Mar 06, 2018

Exports of U.S. crude oil to Asia appear to be starting to struggle under the weight of a narrowing discount for its domestic benchmark crude to international grades and efforts by other suppliers to maintain competitiveness. Vessel-tracking and port data suggest Asian imports of U…

Nakilat, Maran Ventures JV adds two vessels

Mar 03, 2018

Nakilat has expanded its joint venture partnership with Greek shipping company Maran Ventures Inc., to include two additional LNG vessels.Maran Nakilat Co. Ltd. was first established in 2005 with four jointly-owned LNG vessels, and was further expanded on several occasions…

Iraq Preparing to Tender Water Injection Project if Exxon Talks Fail

Feb 27, 2018

Iraq's Basra Oil Co is preparing to tender for a water injection project vital to increase its oil production capacity if talks with Exxon Mobil fail, the head of the oil ministry's licensing and contracts office said. 'We cannot wait for…

Shell: LNG Supply Shortage Possible as Demand Surges

Feb 26, 2018

The global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market has continued to defy expectations of many market observers, with demand growing by 29 million tonnes to 293 million tonnes in 2017, according to Shell’s annual LNG Outlook. Such strong growth in demand is consistent with Shell’s first LNG Outlook…

Brent Crude Eases, as Canadian Supply Drop Boosts U.S. Futures

Feb 20, 2018

Monday U.S. holiday pulls WTI's Friday gain into Tuesday. Brent crude oil prices eased on Tuesday, pulled down by a stronger dollar and a bout of profit-taking, while U.S. futures gained, bringing the discount between the two key futures contracts to a six-month low…

Oil Faces Weekly Loss as Supply Worries Weigh

Feb 09, 2018

Oil prices fell for a sixth day on Friday, and were on track for their biggest weekly losses in 10 months, as record-high U.S. crude output added to concerns about a sharp rise in global supplies. The drop came amid a rout in global equity markets sparked by inflation fears…

Statoil Contracts West Hercules Rig

Feb 04, 2018

The West Hercules semi-submersible rig has been contracted for drilling two exploration wells in the Barents Sea in 2018, and options to drill another five exploration wells. Statoil and the licence partners have signed a contract with North…

Brent Crude Nears $70 on OPEC Cuts, Demand

Feb 02, 2018

UBS sees upside for demand growth in 2018. Reuters survey shows strong compliance with output cuts. Brent oil prices held near $70 per barrel, supported by strong compliance with output cuts by OPEC and its ally Russia, as well as expectations for strong demand growth in 2018…

Oil Rises as OPEC Compliance Eclipses US Output

Feb 01, 2018

U.S. production tops 10 mln bpd for first time since 1970 as U.S. inventories rise by 6.8 mln bbls. Oil prices rose on Thursday after a survey showed OPEC's commitment to its supply cuts remains in place, even as U.S. production topped 10 million barrels per day for the first time since 1970…

Shell in Buying Spree for Clean Energy

Jan 26, 2018

Shell spends $400 mln in recent weeks on renewables, power. Royal Dutch Shell has spent over $400 million on a range of acquisitions in recent weeks, from solar power to electric car charging points, cranking up its drive to expand beyond its oil and gas business and reduce its carbon footprint…

Oil Hits $71 for First Time Since 2014

Jan 25, 2018

Brent reaches $71.20, highest since December 2014; U.S. crude inventories fall for a record 10th straight week. Oil hit $71 a barrel on Thursday for the first time since 2014, supported by OPEC-led supply curbs, a record-breaking run of declines in U…

IEA Sees Oil Markets Tightening as PDVSA Output Sags

Jan 19, 2018

As U.S. oil output is poised to overtake Saudi Arabia, Venezuelan oil output is at 30-year low - and could fall further. Global oil markets are tightening quickly on falling supply from Venezuela, which posted 2017's biggest unplanned output fall and could see a further decline in 2018…

Collaborative contracting

Jan 10, 2018

Audrey Leon looks at how BP’s new approach to working with its suppliers have led to quicker project start-up (First published in OE January 2018, view the full issue here). The Juniper platform offshore Trinidad and Tobago…

The future of project contracting

Jan 10, 2018

Lower for longer oil prices are leading operators to reconsider the structure of project contracts. Many are leaning toward supplier-led solutions to cut costs and boost reliability. Karen Boman reports (First published in the January 2018 OE…

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