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According to the sources, Saudi Arabia has planned to cut crude supplies to China by at least 500,000 bpd. This decision has been taking keeping in the slower refinery demand after the coronavirus outbreak. China is the world's largest crude importer and takes 1.8 million bpd to 2 million bpd of Saudi crude. Due to slower demand, the refineries in China have also cut their crude processing rate in February.
According to the sources, Petronet LNG and Tellurian Inc, US, are planning to sign a $2.5 billion deal. The deal will be finalized during US President Trump's maiden visit to New Delhi later this month. Petronet will invest for five years in the Driftwood LNG export project in Louisiana. A preliminary non-binding deal was signed by the two companies in September last year.
South Korean coast guard and the refiner S-Oil, yesterday, informed about containing a crude oil spill from the refiner's offshore buoy off the southeastern coast of the country. The leak which occurred early Wednesday was attributed to the buoy's broken pressure gauge, however, the leak source was later sealed, the Ulsan Coast Guard said in a statement. S-Oil is investigating the case, a spokesman for the company said.
Energy Ministry of Kazakhstan, KazTransOil has informed that it has reduced its exports to China and is changing the supply schedules to domestic refineries. Organic chloride contamination was found earlier this month in crude supplied by a Kazakh. This step has been taken to restrict the spread of contaminated oil. According to sources, oil transit via Russia has also been brought down by 100,000 tonnes for February.
Libyan state-run National Oil Corporation yesterday informed that the country's oil production fell by almost 80% ever since the Libyan National Army blocked its five key ports on January 18. The blockade has pushed the oil major to enact force majeure on exports from the terminals. NOC took to Twitter to inform that Libya's oil output tumbled to 284,153 b/d on January 24, from over 1.2 million b/d.
The Trump Administration, on Thursday, sanctioned petrochemical and petroleum companies based in Hong Kong, Dubai and Shanghai for allegedly aiding Iran's NIOC to trade hundreds of millions of dollars in crude oil, petrochemical and refined products. The sanctions were imposed on Hong Kong's Triliance Petrochemical, Sage Energy, Shanghai-based Peakview, and Dubai-based Beneathco DMCC. In a related move, the US also sanctioned China's Shandong Qiwangda Petrochemical Co., and Hong Kong's Jiaxiang Industry Hong Kong Limited.
Midstream giant, Kinder Morgan yesterday recorded a 26% jump in the quarterly profit, climbing on the back of higher gas carryout from Permian Basin through its Gulf Coast Express pipeline. The Houston-based company filed a net income of $610 million in the fourth quarter, rising from $483 million, a year earlier. The Gulf Coast Express pipeline, which came into service in September 2019, can transport 2 billion cfd.
Downstream giant, IOCL has planned to monetise its pipelines and storage infrastructure. The state-run oil guzzler has aimed to maximize the asset utilisation and lock future revenue using special purpose vehicles (SPVs). According to sources, many PE and VC funds have agreed to invest in IOC assets because of the assurance of elevated returns given by the refining major. IOC has expected this investment to raise its profitability and dividend payout.
Energy ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Israel are expected to sign EastMed subsea pipeline agreement in Athens on Thursday. The collaboration has aimed to reach a final investment decision in 2022 and completion by 2025. The 1900 km long pipeline will be transporting natural gas from eastern Mediterranean’s developing gas industries to Europe. The pipeline project is owned by IGI Poseidon, a joint venture between Greek gas firm DEPA and Italian energy group Edison.
Iraq’s oil ministry, yesterday, informed about Iraqi oil exports dropping to 3.428 million barrels per day (bpd) in December. Oil exports from the country averaged 3.5 million bpd in November. The spokesman for the oil ministry, Asim Jihad informed that exports from Iraq’s southern Basra terminals reached 3.326 million bpd, down from 3.4 million bpd in November.
State-owned PDVSA has restarted supplying gasoline to fuel-deprived Venezuela on Tuesday. The company has announced delivery to six different regions from country’s large crude producing state Anzoategui. Costly and complicated fuel exports and refinery underinvestments had caused fuel shortages in many regions including country's capital Caracas. Shortages increased after there was a sharp decline in fuel exports from 210,000 BOPD in October to 135,000 BOPD in November.
While addressing a gathering of Russia's top businessmen on Wednesday, Putin said that Russia has a “pipe-laying vessel” to complete the construction of the Nord Stream 2. Russian President also informed that the construction of the pipeline will be delayed due to the sanctions. Pipe-laying vessel, Academic Cherskiy was bought by Gazprom to use if European companies denied service for Nord Stream 2.
Chinese state-run CNPC has informed about kickstarting operations at its 371-kilometer-long Ethane pipeline. A statement on CNPC’s website read that the Xinjiang oilfield unit has delivered 500,000 cubic meters of ethane after commencing operations a week ago. The pipeline connects CNPC's gas field in Junggar Basin to Dushanzi petrochemical complex. The gas field in Junggar Basin has an annual ethane capacity at 38.5 million cubic meters.
A fuel spill in the Galapagos Islands set off emergency protocols across South American country, Ecuador on Sunday. The spill came after a barge transporting 600 gallons of diesel fuel sank, officials said. The accident, which took place at a port on San Cristobal Island, happened when a crane buckled while stacking a container onto the barge. The falling container destabilized the ship, causing it to sink.
Russian news agencies reported on Saturday that Gazprom will pay $2.9 billion to Ukrainian energy firm, Naftogaz to put an end to a long-running dispute over transit fees for gas transferred to Europe. CEO, Gazprom said that in return for the payment Naftogaz had agreed to drop all other legal action. The existing transit contract between the two ex-Soviet nations elapses at the end of the year.
Puma Energy has informed that it will sell its Australian commercial and retail fuels business to Chevron Australia for A$425 million. Puma is the retail and midstream arm of Trafigura. The company has taken this decision amidst pressure to rebalance its books after a decade-long buying spree. "The acquisition will provide Chevron with a stable market for production volumes from our refining joint ventures in Asia", said Chevron.
American pipeline operator, Tallgrass Energy yesterday informed about accepting Blackstone’s new buyout deal that values the company at approximately $6.3 billion. The fresh sweetened deal came after a dispute emerged over the original offer which gave Tallgrass executives a higher price for their shares than other holders. Tallgrass said that the transaction will come via $3 billion in equity and the remainder with debt.
Russia and China, yesterday, kickstarted the 3,000-km-long Power of Siberia pipeline for the transportation of gas from Siberia to northeast China. The launch was overseen by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The pipeline is being seen as an attempt to boost economic and political ties between Moscow and Beijing. The move will fortify China’s spot as Russia’s top export market.