As a region, the north east of Scotland is known globally for its innovative company base and as an exporter of a wealth of skill and expertise built up in the offshore energy industry.
The number of smaller firms exporting goods has fallen over the past year, a report shows.
Libya’s largest oil export terminal may re-open as early as next week in a move that would provide relief for the cash-strapped country holding Africa’s largest crude reserves.
Gulf Keystone said it has received a $15million payment from the Kurdistan Regional Government for Shaikan crude oil export sales in August.
African commodity exporters risk a “disorderly” hit to their economies if they don’t adapt to the reality of low prices, said a senior official at the International Monetary Fund.
Oil rose as Exxon Mobil Corp. declared force majeure on shipments of Nigeria’s biggest crude export grade. Futures rose as much as 0.5 percent in New York, reversing an earlier decline of 1.4 percent. Force majeure was declared on Qua Iboe crude after “a system anomaly observed during a routine check of its loading facility,” Exxon said in an e-mailed statement Friday. This follows a similar disruption in May and June. The Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has targeted oil installations in Nigeria this year, claimed earlier this week that they attacked the Qua Iboe crude pipeline. Oil has traded between about $44 and $51 a barrel in the past month after almost doubling since February amid a spate of supply disruptions including the attacks in Nigeria. While there’s still a consensus that the worst of the oil glut that sent prices to a 12-year low is over, the International Energy Agency cautioned this week that “the road ahead is far from smooth” amid seasonal weakness in demand and the return of some halted supply. West Texas Intermediate crude for August delivery was at $45.79 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, up 11 cents, or 0.2 percent, at 1:14 p.m. London time. The grade rose 93 cents to settle at $45.68 on Thursday. Total volume traded was about 6 percent below the 100-day average. Brent for September settlement increased 12 cents to $47.49 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The contract increased $1.11 to $47.37 on Thursday. The global benchmark crude traded at an 96-cent premium to WTI for September delivery.
Russia and Saudi Arabia are going head-to-head in a bid to lock-down the Chinese import market.
One of the pillars of oil’s recovery from the lowest price in 12 years may be on the verge of crumbling.
Iran has reappointed a former manager of its Swiss-based trading company as part of a wider reshuffle aimed at bolstering oil exploration and exports.
Iran plans to issue tenders to develop its oil fields this summer as the government is expected to approve a new model oil contract designed to attract investors “in a short amount of time,” Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said, according to an interview published by the Iranian Students News Agency.
Russia said it will export more oil next month than it has in any months since 2013.
Enbridge has reported a fourfold rise in its quarterly profit boosted by an increase in crude volumes.
Oil in New York headed for its third weekly decline as Brent crude’s discount to U.S. prices increased on signs Iran is moving closer to boosting exports. West Texas Intermediate futures dropped as much as 3.3 percent in New York and are down 8.4 percent for the week after slipping below $30 a barrel on Tuesday. International sanctions on Iran may be lifted Monday, allowing for a boost in oil shipments from the fifth-biggest member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. The European benchmark’s discount to WTI widened to the biggest intraday gap since July 2010.
Iran's crude oil exports are said to be on target to reach a nine-month high this month.
Oil major Chevron will soon mark a milestone in its preparations to start exports from its Gorgon LNG project in Australia. The company's $54billion project could soon be marking its first shipment after the company said an LNG cargo had arrived at its plant on Barrow Island.
ConocoPhillips will supply the first cargo of U.S. shale oil to be exported since a 40-year ban on such shipments was lifted less than two weeks ago.
In 2015, the fracking outfits that dot America’s oil-rich plains threw everything they had at $50-a- barrel crude. To cope with the 50 percent price plunge, they laid off thousands of roughnecks, focused their rigs on the biggest gushers only and used cutting-edge technology to squeeze all the oil they could out of every well. Those efforts, to the surprise of many observers, largely succeeded. As of this month, U.S. oil output remained within 4 percent of a 43-year high.
The IMF (International Monetary Fund) has said a resurgence in oil exports next year could lower oil prices down by between $5 and $15 a barrel. Iran is expected to push an additional half million barrels into international markets next year.
US shale drillers will soon be able to sell their oil all over the world. Too bad no one needs it right now. A congressional deal to lift the 1970s-era prohibition on shipping crude overseas has the potential to unleash a flood of oil from Texas and North Dakota shale fields into markets already flush with cheap supplies from the Persian Gulf, Russia and Africa. The arrival of US barrels in trading hubs from Rotterdam to Singapore will intensify competition for market share between oil-rich nations, publicly traded producers and trading houses, adding pressure to prices that have tumbled 67 percent in the past 18 months. In the longer term, it may also extend a lifeline to shale drillers strapped for cash after amassing huge debt loads during the boom years.
Restrictions on US crude exports may disappear. That doesn’t mean the sky is falling for refiners. A Bloomberg index of 11 US independent refiners rose 2.3 percent in New York Wednesday, after congressional leaders agreed on a deal to lift a 40-year ban on most oil exports. Some refiners, which process crude into gasoline and diesel, would get a tax break on the cost of transporting oil as part of the deal. The break is expected to be $119 million in 2016, or about 0.5 percent of next year’s combined pre-tax profits of the refiners in the index, according to government and analyst estimates.
A US judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a disputed cargo of Iraqi Kurdish crude oil which showed up last year off the shore of Texas. The incident prompted months of legal wrangling as Iraq sought to block the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from directly exporting oil. The case has now been dismissed by US District Court Judge Gray Miller because the vessel which carried the crude had sailed away after the US buyer had balked at taking delivery because of the legal fight.
A veto threat has been issued by the White House over a US House of Representatives bill that would lift a ban on crude oil exports. It said the legislation was "not needed at this time."
A bill to pass the 40-year-old ban on US oil exports has been passed by the Senate Banking Committee. The bill, which was sponsored by Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, passed 13 to 9. The politician was the only person from the Democrats to vote for the measure.
Just as gas export-terminals are preparing to start up along America’s Gulf Coast, the oil-price crash has made it unprofitable to send the U.S. fuel abroad, according to the North America head of power and natural gas supplier Engie. It costs about $2 to liquefy gas and another $3 to take it from the U.S. to Asia, said Zin Smati, president and chief executive officer of Engie’s GDF Suez Energy North America. Engie changed its name from GDF Suez SA in April. Those costs used to leave plenty of profit margin when the gap between LNG prices in Asia and natural gas in the U.S. was more than $14 per million British thermal units. Now, the spread is less than $5, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Repsol has received approval from Canadian regulators to begin exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Canaport import facility. The National Energy Board of Canada granted a 25-year permit to import as much as 312 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year by pipeline from the US and western Canada. It will then be converted to six million metric tons of LNG at a new on-site facility.