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OPEC+ fears oil surplus in 2021 due to COVID-19
Oct. 17, 2020

OPEC+ fears oil surplus in 2021 due to COVID-19

OPEC+ fears the second wave of COVID-19. The cartel is particularly troubled due to the jump in Libyan output. On Thursday, the Joint Technical Committee held a virtual meeting to discuss the issues. "In particular, a resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the world and prospects for partial lockdowns in the coming winter months could compound the risks to economic and oil demand recovery," said the panel.

Russia's Transneft says no plans for changes to oil transportation tariff
June 12, 2020
Source: Reuters

Russia's Transneft says no plans for changes to oil transportation tariff

Russian oil pipeline monopoly, Transneft yesterday reported a 13% jump in the first-quarter net earnings Y/Y to 56.7 billion roubles ($822 million). The firm climbed on the back of higher sales to register a 1.3% jump in net revenue to 263.3 billion roubles. Transneft has also paid oil suppliers a whopping sum of $71 million for the April oil contamination.

Baltic's construction will start soon
May 4, 2020

Baltic's construction will start soon

Polish President Andrzej Duda has informed that the construction of Baltic, a new pipeline, will commence soon. This major gas pipeline from Norway will mark the independence of Poland from Russian gas. Its capacity is said to be 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Italian oilfield services major, Saipem who will take care of pipeline's construction said that the contract is worth $307 million.

Shell abandons Russian Arctic oil joint project
April 14, 2020

Shell abandons Russian Arctic oil joint project

Energy major Shell denied Russian Arctic oil JV with Gazprom, Meretoyakha Neftegaz. This decision has been taken keeping in mind the falling investment in the energy sector projects and fragile crude demand. Shell said, "Due to challenging external environment Shell will not pursue the completion of the deal to create a joint venture on the basis of Meretoyakha Neftegaz".

OPEC+ decides 9.7mn bpd cut, Africa lauds the decision
April 14, 2020

OPEC+ decides 9.7mn bpd cut, Africa lauds the decision

Following Mexico's refusal, OPEC+ on Easter Sunday agreed upon 9.7mn bpd of production cut. “These production adjustments are historic. They are largest in volume and the longest in duration, as they are planned to last for two years", said OPEC's Secretary-General. This decision has brought hope for the African oil producers giving them a financial boost. NJ Ayuk welcomed the decision declaring it a home run by OPEC.

Trump applauds the efforts of OPEC and Russia
April 13, 2020

Trump applauds the efforts of OPEC and Russia

US President Donald Trump has appreciated the efforts of OPEC and its allies to slash the output. "The big Oil Deal with OPEC Plus is done. This will save hundreds of thousands of energy jobs in the United States", tweeted the President. According to Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, if the prices remain $30 a barrel, 40% of US oil and gas producers might face insolvency within the year.

OPEC+ decides 10mn bpd cut, Mexico refuses
April 10, 2020
Source: CNBC

OPEC+ decides 10mn bpd cut, Mexico refuses

After more than nine hours meeting on Thursday, OPEC and its allies have settled for historic agreement with an exception. The group has decided to take 10 million barrels per day off the market to which Mexico hasn't given the consent. The statement by OPEC read "agreed by all the OPEC and non-OPEC oil-producing countries participating in the Declaration of Cooperation, the agreement is conditional on the consent of Mexico".

Oil prices continue to drop due to the coronavirus outbreak
March 13, 2020
Source: Reuters

Oil prices continue to drop due to the coronavirus outbreak

Oil prices plummeted in the international market on Friday, as markets largely remained worried about plunging demand due to the coronavirus outbreak. Brent crude slipped by 2%, to $32.55 a barrel. US WTI crude dropped 2.1%, to $30.84 a barrel. After OPEC+ meeting fell apart last week, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have opened the flood gates of low-priced oil into the market further intensifying the pressure on prices.

Oil prices sink over 25% on potential price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia
March 9, 2020
Source: Reuters

Oil prices sink over 25% on potential price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia

Oil prices toppled in the international market today, slumping over 25% on the looming concerns of a potential price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Brent crude plummeted 25%, to $33.96 a barrel. US WTI crude sunk by 26%, to $30.55 a barrel. Sources say that Saudi Arabia is looking to boost its crude output above 10 million bpd in an attempt to punish Russia for not supporting the production cuts.

OPEC agrees to deepen cuts on production
March 6, 2020

OPEC agrees to deepen cuts on production

The oil cartel, OPEC yesterday agreed to deepen output cuts by an additional 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in the second quarter of 2020 to regulate fuel prices amidst coronavirus outbreak. The cartel has, however, made its action conditional on Russia and others chipping in. The oil demand outlook has tumbled as countries take stringent measures to contain coronavirus spread, pushing OPEC to consider its deepest cut since 2008.

RIL alarmed after US sanctions on Rosneft
Feb. 20, 2020
Source: Energy Voice

RIL alarmed after US sanctions on Rosneft

Washington on Tuesday imposed sanctions on the trading arm of Russia's Rosneft. This has created a difficult situation for Reliance Industries, a key buyer of Venezuelan oil. The Indian refiner said, "Reliance will continue its direct communications with the US Government to ensure that Reliance's purchases of Venezuelan oil after the RTSA sanctions are both compliant with US sanctions and consistent with US policies regarding Venezuelan oil sector".

Oil rises on likely OPEC+ output cuts
Feb. 7, 2020
Source: Reuters

Oil rises on likely OPEC+ output cuts

The international market felt a sign of relief after Russia backed OPEC's recommendation to deepen output cuts. The coronavirus epidemic in China has led to a steep decline in the demand for crude. On Friday, oil prices rose on the back of Russia's support. Brent increased by 0.6% and was traded at $55.27 a barrel. WTI went up by 0.5% and was traded at $51.23 a barrel.

Rosneft keen to bid for BPCL
Feb. 6, 2020

Rosneft keen to bid for BPCL

According to the sources, Rosneft has shown interest to bid for the acquisition of Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL). Under India's biggest privatisation plan, the country is selling all of its 53% stakes in the firm. In a meeting between Rosneft's CEO Sechin and Pradhan, the former was keen to expand in the world's third largest energy market.

Kazakhstan restricts contaminated oil from spreading outside the country
Jan. 30, 2020

Kazakhstan restricts contaminated oil from spreading outside the country

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.

Russia has the vessel to build Nord Stream 2: Putin
Dec. 26, 2019
Source: Reuters

Russia has the vessel to build Nord Stream 2: Putin

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.

Oil prices jump over support for supply cuts
Dec. 24, 2019
Source: Reuters

Oil prices jump over support for supply cuts

Oil prices rose in the international market on Tuesday, pushed up by comments from Russian energy minister towards OPEC-led supply cut. Brent crude LCOc1 climbed to $66.44 a barrel. U.S. WTI CLc1 was traded higher at $60.53 a barrel. Russian energy minister, in an interview on Monday, said that cooperation with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) would continue “until the market requires it”.

Gazprom to shed $2.9 billion for Ukraine dispute settlement
Dec. 23, 2019

Gazprom to shed $2.9 billion for Ukraine dispute settlement

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.

Landmark pipeline kickstarts between Russia and China
Dec. 3, 2019
Source: Reuters

Landmark pipeline kickstarts between Russia and China

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.

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