China’s central government officials ordered the country’s top state-owned energy companies -- from coal to electricity and oil -- to secure supplies for this winter at all costs, according to people familiar with the matter.
While most gas suppliers look set to benefit from a global spike in gas prices, PetroChina (HK:857) is one of the few exceptions, as regulated prices and rising gas import losses are set to squeeze China’s largest gas producer.
China is escalating its purchases of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the winter, exacerbating a global supply shortage and leaving less fuel for energy-parched Europe.
From congested streets to deserted highways, traffic conditions across Asia are shedding light on each nation’s battle to contain Covid-19 and maintain economic activity, which in turn affects oil consumption.
Industry doyen Sir Ian Wood has warned that halting new oil and gas exploration and production projects in the UK would be "absolutely crazy".
Oil slumped below $65 a barrel to the lowest level since May as the US Federal Reserve signalled it was set to start tapering asset purchases within months, hurting commodities and supporting the dollar.
Oil steadied near a three-week low as the rapid global spread of the delta virus variant prompted a reassessment of the demand outlook.
China's natural gas demand will continue to expand over the next 10-15 years in line with the country's target for emissions to peak by 2030, according Chinese gas industry officials.
India, the world's third-largest oil importer, is the latest coronavirus hotspot. It has recently hit a record-breaking number of new daily coronavirus cases—a statistic that dented oil demand and pressured oil prices.
India, once the center of global oil demand growth, expects its fuel consumption to bounce back during the coming year as the nation recoups the losses caused by Covid-19.
The worst of the reduction in oil demand came in the second quarter, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said, and will be down by 5.1 million barrels per day in the second half of the year.
Sasol will shutdown its Natref refinery as of Arpil 9 in response to the “unprecedented decline” in fuel demand, stemming from South Africa’s lockdown aimed at halting the spread of coronavirus.
Weak demand will drive production shut ins this quarter, IHS Markit’s vice president Aaron Brady told Energy Voice, as storage options are limited.
Oil demand will reach 101 million barrels per day in 2020, OPEC’s World Oil Outlook (WOO) has said.
Global oil demand remains on course to be stronger this year than in 2018 as a boost from lower fuel prices counters slowing economic activity, according to the International Energy Agency.
The International Energy Agency cut forecasts for global oil demand growth in 2018 as the highest prices in three years put a brake on consumption.
OPEC's production output dropped last month from a record high as producers attempt to tackle the global oil glut.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the world’s second-biggest oil company by market value, thinks demand for oil could peak in as little as five years.
Iran's Oil minister has claimed the market is oversupplied but said the balance between demand and supply will be restored.
ExxonMobil said oil demand will grow by 20% to 112million barrels a day in 2040. The company made the analysis as it released its annual outlook earlier today.
OPEC said demand for its crude will slide to 2020, though less steeply than previously expected, as rival supplies continue to grow. The organization will need to pump 30.7 million barrels a day by the end of the decade, OPEC said Wednesday in its annual World Oil Outlook. That’s 1.7 million barrels more than projected a year ago, and 1 million less than the group pumped in November. The forecast underlines the struggle faced by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries as it seeks to defend market share against a surge in output from rivals such as the U.S. and Russia. While OPEC is slowly taming the expansion of competitors, the collapse in oil prices means the financial costs of its strategy are immense. Brent crude futures touched an 11-year low of $36.04 a barrel on Dec. 21.
Demand for protection against oil falling below $40 in the next month reached a record as a global supply glut pushed prices to the lowest in more than 5 1/2 years. Open interest, or the amount of contracts outstanding, for March $40 puts on West Texas Intermediate crude climbed to 22,575. The price of the options reached 79 cents a barrel today, up from 1 cent in November. Investors should buy less-expensive March or April $35 puts for protection, BNP Paribas SA said.