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China's oil demand to reach 15.5 million b/d in 2040: IEA

Platts.com, 13th Nov 2017

Oil demand from China's transportation sector will peak in 2030, and flatten thereafter, mainly due to falling gasoline demand for passenger vehicles that become more efficient and increasingly electricity-driven, the International Energy Agency said in its latest World Energy Outlook report TuesdayRead More


Southeast Asia's growing energy deficit to boost trade flows by 2040: IEA

Platts.com, 25th Oct 2017 

Southeast Asia's growing deficit of fossil fuels including oil, natural gas and coal up to 2040 will dictate energy trends for the whole region, including trade flows, investments and policy making, according to the International Energy Agency's latest outlookRead More

US shale outlook seen at risk from more intensive fracking

Platts.com, 20th Oct 2017

US shale oil production is unlikely to peak before the middle of next decade, but current fracking techniques may be risking the prospect of faster decline rates from tight oil than many are forecasting, a top oil industry event was told this weekRead More

Lack of oil investment could bring shortage, price spike by 2020s

Platts.com, 9th Oct 2017

An oil supply shortage and price spikes of $80-$100/b could hit the global oil market by the 2020s if producers do not fund major projects soon, and rising US tight oil supply will not be able to stop this trend, said Jonathan Chanis, vice president of policy at Securing America's Future EnergyRead More

China's Shandong independent refineries plan to consolidate; analysts skeptical

Platts.com, 4th Sep 2017

Independent refineries holding crude import quotas in China's Shandong province are planning to consolidate into a single corporate entity, a move that would help to optimize their entire value chain, from feedstock purchases to products marketing, which in turn will strengthen their competitive edge. Read More

Analysis: China's record US crude imports to give OPEC more sleepless nights
Platts.com, 27th July 2017 
China's import of US crude oil crossed 1 million mt for the first time in June, an eight-fold rise year on year, as elevated Dubai prices prompted both state and independent refiners to use it as an opportunity to diversify supplies, a trend that could add to the headache of OPEC suppliers. Read More

OPEC June crude oil output 32.49 mil b/d, up 220,000 b/d from May: Platts survey
Platts.com, 6th July 2017

• OPEC almost 600,000 b/d above ceiling, with Equatorial Guinea 

• Rises in Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia more than offset Venezuela drop 

• Saudi output 9.97 mil b/d; Iran at 3.8 mil b/d 

• Libya, Nigeria combined Jan-Jun average 380,000 b/d above Oct 

OPEC's crude oil production has risen 500,000 b/d in the last two months, as the continued recoveries of Nigeria and Libya pushed the bloc's output to 32.49 million b/d, according to the latest S&P Global Platts OPEC survey released July 6.........Read More


Brazil's Petrobras, CNPC in talks on strategic partnership
Platts.com, 4th July 2017
Brazilian state-led oil producer and refiner Petrobras and China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to start talks on a wide-ranging strategic partnership, Petrobras said Tuesday Read More

Analysis: Rising US crude oil exports complicate rebalancing efforts
Platts.com, 16th June 2017
One reason for the bearish narrative gripping the oil market of late has been that draws in US crude stocks have essentially come at the expense of the rest of the world. Read More

China's May crude oil imports soar on increased buying by state-owned refiners
Platts.com, 9th June 2017
Buying by state-owned refiners pushed up China's crude oil imports in May 15.4% year on year to 37.2 million mt, or 8.8 million b/d, but analysts said they expected crude inflows to ease in June due to high stocks. Read More

Analysis: OPEC/non-OPEC deal unlikely to alter crude strategy for Asia
Platts.com, 30th May 2017
The deal by OPEC and non-OPEC countries to extend output cuts is unlikely to lead to any fall in crude inflows into Asia from the region's main suppliers, who will ensure they keep their key markets well supplied as they strive to maintain market share and limit the prospect of the region being flooded with arbitrage cargoes. Read More

Prices tumble but OPEC/non-OPEC oil producers seek to maintain grip on fundamentals
Platts.com, 25th May 2017


Platts.com, 25th May 2017

•Market sells off after OPEC teased longer, deeper cuts

•Ministers say not to read into lack of exit strategy

•Dismiss bullish projections for US shale growth

Key oil producers led by OPEC sought to reassure a skeptical market Thursday after announcing a gentler extension of their output cut agreement than they had earlier teased, while downplaying the boon-canceling potential of their free-market rivals, especially US shale.Read More

Analysis: As prices fall, OPEC looks to Q3 for optimism
Platts.com, 5th May 2017
The price swoon of the last few weeks has no doubt disappointed -- if not frustrated -- OPEC's 13 members, who have seen their efforts to cut production to support prices seemingly thwarted by stubbornly high inventories. Read More

Analysis: China's crude imports reach new high as independents step up buying
Platts.com, 18th Apr 2017
China imported record high volumes of crude oil in March at 9.21 million b/d as independent refiners stepped up buying to meet their quota allocations and oil companies generally bought more in anticipation of higher prices later in the year Read More

China data: March crude throughput rises 6% on year to 11.23 mil b/d
Platts.com, 17th Apr 2017
China's crude refinery throughput in March rose 5.9% year on year to 47.5 million mt, or an average of 11.23 million b/d, preliminary data released Monday by the National Bureau of Statistics showed. Read More

OPEC Deal Extension Looks Shaky As Shale Hedges Production
oilprice.com, 5th Apr 2017
The first statement from the joint committee of ministers from OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers reported "a high level of conformity and recommends six-month extension (of the voluntary oil production cut)." Great news – very clear – got it. Read More

China likely to keep oil product exports steady to lower in H1 2017: sources
Platts.com, 30th Mar 2017
China is highly likely to restrict oil product exports in the first half of 2017 to flat or below H1 2016 levels amid growing focus on pollution control, curbing excess capacity and international trade flows, sources with knowledge of the matter said this week. Read More

Analysis: Chinese independent refiners' crude oil imports set to slow on quota issues
Platts.com, 21st Mar 2017
Crude imports by China's independent refiners are expected to slow down in the coming months as several refiners have used up most of their allocation from the first round of import quotas and will need to wait until June for the second round before resuming purchases. Read More

East/west naphtha spread narrows to two-month low on lengthening Asian supply
Platts.com, 9th Mar 2017
The east/west naphtha spread narrowed to a two-and-a-half month low Wednesday as the Asian naphtha market softened on larger-than-expected inbound supply, despite healthy local demand Read More

China Jan crude oil imports at 34.03 mil mt, down from Dec's record
Platts.com, 13th Feb 2017
China's crude oil imports and oil product exports in January retreated from fresh highs in December, but were still higher from the same month last year, according to preliminary data Friday from the General Administration of Customs. Read More

NWE naphtha backwardation at 21-month high on buoyant petrochemical demand
Platts.com, 1st Feb 2017
The front-month/second-month CIF Northwest Europe naphtha swap backwardation hit its highest in 21 months as the front of the market strengthened, boosted by strong demand from petrochemical end-users due to high cracking margins and expensive LPG. Read More

Analysis: Asia's unquenchable thirst for oil to outpace 2017 refining growth
Platts.com, 20th Jan 2017
Asia is gearing up to witness new refining capacity growth in at least four countries in 2017, but capacity reductions in some top consuming nations will pull down the net addition to a level that would be lower than the anticipated demand growth the region is likely to see this year. Read More

'Significant' oil supply-demand gap possible in three to four years: IEA's Birol
Platts.com, 13th Jan 2017
Oil price volatility is here to stay, notwithstanding recent producer pledges of output cuts aimed at calming the international market, the executive director of the International Energy Agency said Friday. Read More

Investors Betting on Oil Price Drop Flee as Production Cuts Near
Bloomberg, 24th Dec 2016
Oil investors seem to have less reason to doubt that OPEC and other producers will make the cuts needed to balance the market. Read More

Goldman Sachs raises 2017 oil price forecast on compliance rethink


Oil investors seem to have less reason to doubt that OPEC and other producers will make the cuts needed to balance the market Goldman Sachs raised Friday its oil price forecasts for 2017 after reassessing the likelihood that key global oil producers, led by Saudi Arabia, will stick to output cut pledges under OPEC's efforts to clear the oil market glut. Read More

Crude futures surge more than 4% after non-OPEC producers agree to 558,000 b/d cut
Platts.com, 11th Dec 2016
Crude oil futures surged more than 4% in mid-morning trade in Asia Monday, after non-OPEC producers agreed to cut output by 558,000 b/d following a historic meeting with OPEC members in Vienna over the weekend. Read More

OPEC reaches output deal to hasten market rebalancing
Platts.com, 30th Nov 2016

* OPEC market share to increase by 2040

* Middle East members will see largest gains

* IEA assumes OPEC return to market manager role 

* Producer group to cut 1.2 million b/d from January

* Saudi Arabia takes 486,000 b/d hit, Iran can raise output

* OPEC seeks 600,000 b/d reduction from non-OPEC producers

Setting aside geopolitical rivalries, OPEC members emerged from their formal meeting Wednesday with a deal that would freeze the group's collective output at 32.5 million b/d to speed the market's rebalancing and boost producer coffers................... Read More


OPEC Discord Sends Oil Prices Lower
wsj.com, 28th Nov 2016
Crude-oil futures fell Tuesday in Asia due to growing doubts that the world's biggest oil producers would reach a deal to cut global output. Read More

Global oil market to become more dependent on OPEC crude in long-term, IEA projects
Platts.com, 17th Nov 2016
OPEC's diverse 14-country membership has responded to the oil price malaise of the past two years in contrasting ways, perhaps permanently altering the group's dynamics as the world becomes more reliant on its crude in the long-term, according to the International Energy Agency. Read More

Oil pinned near three-month lows as gloom grows over OPEC
reuters.com, 14th Nov 2016
Oil fell to its lowest in three months on Monday, as the prospect of another year of oversupply and weak prices overshadowed chances that OPEC will reach a deal to cut output. Read More

Analysis: US crude exports hit record in September
Platts.com, 4th Nov 2016
US crude exports rose 35,000 b/d to a record 692,000 b/d in September after Brent's premium to WTI widened, an analysis of Census Bureau data released Friday showed. Read More

Asia naphtha crack hits 6-month high on improved demand, short covering
Platts.com, 23rd Oct 2016
Asian naphtha crack spreads soared to a six-month high and spot price differentials improved Friday amid rebounding demand stirred by the conclusion of the cracker maintenance season, a healthy gasoline blending market as well as short covering and hedging for CFR term cargoes, traders said. Read More

OPEC says it pumped 33.39 mil b/d in Sep, up 220,100 b/d from Aug
Platts.com, 12th Oct 2016
OPEC's two largest oil producers Saudi Arabia and Iraq told the oil producer group that their production continued to be at elevated levels, helping the organization's output to rise sharply in September, according to OPEC's monthly oil market report Wednesday. Read More

Factbox: Asia Q4 oil products outlook and factors to watch
Platts.com, 10th Oct 2016
The Asian oil products market is heading into the fourth quarter, with gasoline, naphtha and jet/kerosene expecting some downward pressure, while LPG and fuel oil are hoping to see some recovery. Read More

OPEC Agrees to First Oil Output Cut in Eight Years
Bloomberg.com, 29th Sep 2016

Oil club to cut output to as low as 32.5 million barrels a day

Deal indicates Saudi Arabia and Iran resolved some differences

OPEC agreed to the outline of a deal that will cut production for the first time in eight years, surprising traders who had expected a continuation of the pump-at-will policy the group adopted in 2014 at the instigation of Saudi Arabia..................... Read More


Chinese propane imports to rise in Q4 on startup of two PDH plants
Platts.com, 21st Sep 2016
Chinese propane imports are likely to climb faster in the fourth quarter, thanks to the expected startup of two new propane dehydrogenation plants, giving a much-needed boost to the recovering LPG market in Asia, sources said Wednesday. Read More

IEA backtracks on oil market rebalancing forecast
Platts.com, 13th Sep 2016

* No market balance before second half 2017

* OPEC output surging as summer demand sags

* US tight oil to decline "for months" 

The International Energy Agency on Tuesday pushed back its expectations of the global oil market finding balance to beyond the first half of next year, saying it expects demand to grow by just 830,000 b/d in the current quarter and 1.3 million b/d this year...................... Read More


APPEC 2016: Asia to look beyond the Middle East for its marginal barrels
Platts.com, 8th Sep 2016

* Delegates optimistic about growth in Asian demand

* Asia will struggle to raise its crude production

* The region's willingness to diversify will boost competition 

Asia's dependency on imported crude oil is set to grow in coming years and while the Middle East will remain the largest supplier, the marginal barrel will increasingly come from other regions, intensifying the battle for market share, oil industry executives said this week at the S&P Global Platts Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference 2016...................... Read More

Analysis: After brief resurgence, China's oil demand falters yet again
Platts.com, 2nd Sep 2016
China's oil demand fell to 11-month lows in July on the back of erratic weather and feeble industrial growth, crushing hopes of a recovery in consumption which the market had expected after the country in June pulled itself out of the red for the first time in many months. Read More

EIA: OPEC Oil Revenue To Drop For Second Consecutive Year
Bloomberg.com, 26th August 2016
U.S. shale players aren't the only ones suffering declining revenues and low commodity prices that just can't seem to climb above $50/bbl and stay there. Read More

Oil Production in U.S. Proves Resilient as Forecast Increases
Bloomberg.com, 9th August 2016
Oil producers in the U.S. are proving more resistant to low prices. The Energy Information Administration increased its domestic output forecast for 2017 to 8.31 million barrels a day from 8.2 million projected in July, according to its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday. Global oil supply will fall short of consumption by an average 170,000 barrels a day next year, compared with a 10,000-barrel surplus in July's outlook. Read More

Middle East companies roll over region's polymer prices for August
Platts.com, 5th August 2016
Most Middle East petrochemical companies have nominated their polymers contract prices for August at unchanged levels from July, trade sources said Thursday. Read More

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Platts.com, 5th August 2016
CIF Northwest European naphtha cargoes dropped to a 20-month low to the front-month swap Thursday as spot buying was scarce amid ample supply, with more naphtha cargoes expected to come from the Mediterranean to NWE in August due to the closed arbitrage to Asia. Read More

NWE naphtha cargoes slump to 20-month low versus swap on thin spot buying
Platts.com, 5th August 2016
CIF Northwest European naphtha cargoes dropped to a 20-month low to the front-month swap Thursday as spot buying was scarce amid ample supply, with more naphtha cargoes expected to come from the Mediterranean to NWE in August due to the closed arbitrage to Asia. Read More

Analysis: After a long slide, China's oil demand shows signs of steadying
Platts.com, 2nd Aug 2016

* June oil demand up 4% on month to 11.32 mil b/d
* Gasoil demand recovers from 70-month lows in May
* Platts expects 2016 oil demand growth below 1% 

After a long period of dwindling demand, China's oil consumption showed first signs of stabilizing in June as a rebound in industrial activity helped the country's appetite for fuels such as gasoil recover from previous month's multi-year lows..



 
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