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Trump EPA might scrap methane limits at oil and gas operations
Aug. 30, 2019

Trump EPA might scrap methane limits at oil and gas operations

The previously set limits on oil and gas industry for methane emission might stand null. On Thursday, Trump administration advocated on rescinding Obama-era limits. EPA has informed that easing a 2016 regulation might save energy companies up to $123 million through 2025. EPA Administrator said that the proposal "removes unnecessary and duplicative regulatory burdens from the oil and gas industry".

US-China trade war concerns weigh heavy on oil prices
May 9, 2019
Source: Reuters

US-China trade war concerns weigh heavy on oil prices

Elevating trade tensions between the US and China weighed heavy on the oil prices in the international market on Thursday, counteracting the fall in US crude stocks. Benchmark Brent crude dropped 0.9%, to $69.72 per barrel. US WTI crude fell 1%, to $61.52 per barrel. The US will enforce higher tariffs on Chinese goods from Friday, during the two-day visit of Chinese Vice Premier Liu He to Washington from Thursday.

Oil prices remain mixed on Tuesday
May 7, 2019
Source: Reuters

Oil prices remain mixed on Tuesday

Oil prices held steady in the international market on Tuesday, torn by US sanctions and a renewed US-China trade war. Brent crude oil futures dropped to $71.16 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose to $62.29 per barrel. Tightening sanctions on Iran and Venezuela has left oil exports from the countries in turmoil. Yesterday, the US confirmed about boosting its military presence in the Middle East.

Oil prices plummet amidst renewed tariff threat on Chinese goods
May 6, 2019
Source: Reuters

Oil prices plummet amidst renewed tariff threat on Chinese goods

Oil prices experienced a sharp decline in the international market on Monday, forced down by the threat of a renewed US-China trade war. Brent crude oil futures plunged 2.1%, and were traded at $69.34 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures dipped 2.4%, and were priced at $60.44 per barrel. US President Donald Trump yesterday tweeted that higher tariffs will be imposed on Chinese goods this week.

Trump demands increase in OPEC output, oil prices fall
April 29, 2019
Source: Reuters

Trump demands increase in OPEC output, oil prices fall

Oil prices slipped on Monday after Trump asked OPEC to increase its output. Trump demanded the output surge to moderate the effects of US sanctions against Iran. Brent price went down 0.5% to $71.80 per barrel. WTI decreased 0.6%, to $62.91 per barrel. Trump commented, "Gasoline prices are coming down. I called up OPEC, I said you’ve got to bring them down. You’ve got to bring them down".

Iran warns to close Strat of Homuz
April 23, 2019
Source: World Oil

Iran warns to close Strat of Homuz

Iran has warned to close Strat of Homuz, a narrow waterway carrying a fifth of the world’s traded oil, in response to end of sanctions waiver. A news agency cited head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps navy force saying “If we are prevented from using it, we will close it,”. Iran’s warning to close the waterway isn’t new, and its officials have threatened to do so in the past too.

Oil prices gain ground amidst losses
Feb. 6, 2019
Source: Reuters

Oil prices gain ground amidst losses

Oil prices recovered from last session losses and gained grounds on Wednesday. Benchmark Brent crude oil futures edged to $62.05 per barrel. US WTI crude futures rose to $53.74 per barrel. Traders are now waiting for President Trump to address the US State of the Union today, expecting a showdown on US-China deal.

Chevron’s Utah plant might have received RFS waiver
Nov. 21, 2018
Source: Reuters

Chevron’s Utah plant might have received RFS waiver

Sources have revealed that the US Environmental Protection Agency approved a 2017 hardship waiver from US biofuel laws to Chevron Corp’s Utah refinery earlier this year. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) necessitates refiners to blend biofuels into their fuel pool or instead buy compliance credits from competitors that do. Corn-belt farmers are exasperated because of the waivers which hurt the demand for ethanol and other biofuels.

Oil prices slump over expected rise in crude stock
Nov. 13, 2018
Source: S&P Platts

Oil prices slump over expected rise in crude stock

Crude oil prices dropped in the international market today, amid expected rise in US stocks. Official data is due for release on Wednesday. President Trump’s comments added further to the slump. Brent crude futures were down by 1% from Monday, trading at $69.42 per barrel. NYMEX December light sweet crude contract lowered 1.37%, to $59.11/b.

Trump criticizes Saudi’s plan
Nov. 13, 2018
Source: World Oil

Trump criticizes Saudi’s plan

Saudi Arabia has to deal with Trump’s criticism after announcing its plan to lower oil production on Monday. In a tweet, President Trump said “Hopefully, Saudi Arabia and OPEC will not be cutting oil production. Oil prices should be much lower based on supply!” Energy Minister of Saudi Arabia informed that OPEC and its allies will now reverse half the increase in oil output that was planned initially this year.

New wave of US sanctions hit Iran
Nov. 5, 2018
Source: BBC

New wave of US sanctions hit Iran

A new wave of US sanctions hit Iran’s core parts of the economy yesterday. The US is said to have imposed its "toughest ever" sanctions against the Persian country. The US administration re-imposed sanctions this year after President Trump pulled out of the accord signed in 2015. The Nov 4 wave will target more than 700 individuals, entities, vessels and aircraft.

First wave of US sanctions hits Iran
Aug. 7, 2018
Source: Financial Times

First wave of US sanctions hits Iran

The Trump administration slammed a series of sanctions on Iran yesterday, in the light of US pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Tough economic sanctions were re-imposed on the Hassan Rouhani-led Islamic regime. The sanctions, which take effect today, forbid usage of USD by Iran in any kind of transactions. Iran will no longer have access to buy US and European aircraft.

API disappointed by tariff exclusion ruling
July 17, 2018
Source: World Oil

API disappointed by tariff exclusion ruling

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has shown disappointment from US administration denial to exclude imported steel to be used in certain parts of oil and gas industry, from Section 232 tariffs. API VP believes that the process which decided whether to grant exclusion or not lacks transparency. The association has said that the decision is misguided and will impact American energy production and jobs.

OPEC won’t overdo their bit
July 12, 2018
Source: Oil Price

OPEC won’t overdo their bit

OPEC President has reverted on Trump’s tweet stating that OPEC is doing their best to increase oil supply, but they won’t overdo it. Reportedly, UAE increased its production by almost half a million barrel and Russia by a million barrels daily in their bid to reduce prices. Saudi Arabia is finding it difficult to bring 2 million bpd supply back online, lost due to US sanctions on Iran.

Iran condemns Trump
July 6, 2018
Source: Reuters

Iran condemns Trump

While Trump has blamed OPEC for the rising crude oil prices, Iran, on the other hand, has speculated that oil prices will reach $100 per barrel because of US sanctions on Iran. Iran’s OPEC Governor addressed Trump’s actions and commented that efforts of Saudi Arabia and Russia to help U.S in bringing down the oil prices are in vain

President Trump is engaging in “shenanigans” says Iran Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh
May 13, 2018
Source: World Oil

President Trump is engaging in “shenanigans” says Iran Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh

It’s a rare sight, an OPEC producer accusing the U.S. of driving up oil prices. But that’s exactly what Iran Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on state television Thursday. He went on to say that President Trump is engaging in “shenanigans” in the oil market -- and that he’s cut a deal with some members of the OPEC to keep production down and prices high.

“We are determined to stabilise the global oil supply market, ” says Khalid Al Falih
May 11, 2018

“We are determined to stabilise the global oil supply market, ” says Khalid Al Falih

Following President Trump’s decision to abandon the international nuclear deal with Iran, Khalid Al Falih, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources has stated that the kingdom is prepared to step in and help stabilise the global oil supply market. The statement came out promising at the backdrop of market analysts’ prediction that Iran’s output could drop by around 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) within six months.

Trump says Iran deal ‘defective at its core’
May 9, 2018
Source: World Oil

Trump says Iran deal ‘defective at its core’

The U.S. President has opened up an uncertain new chapter for the Middle East by saying that the U.S. will withdraw from the watershed 2015 accord to curb Iran’s nuclear program and re-institute financial sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Trump’s political opponents have warned that he could lead the U.S. into another Mideast war.

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