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Coronavirus

CMS: Lockdown’s legal issues

We are all getting used to the challenges of the lockdown. As it becomes clear that this situation is going to continue for some time, we need to consider the legal implications of the stress caused to businesses by the double blows of Covid-19 and the oil price fall.

Oil & Gas

Coronavirus threatens Karish development

Energean Oil and Gas has issued a warning of the potential impact of the novel Coronavirus on the construction, and therefore timetable, of the hull for its floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for its Karish field.

Africa

Oil rises as ExxonMobil declares force majeure on shipments of Nigeria’s biggest crude export grade

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.