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U.S. oil poses threat to Mideast sellers with Asia trading debut

The rivalry between U.S. and Middle Eastern oil producers has jumped up a notch as American crude makes its way right to the heart of Asia, the world’s most-prized energy market.

Oil refiners preparing to gain on IMO 2020 vessel fuel rules

Profits from turning crude into diesel in the second half of 2019 are forecast to be about 31% higher than the first six months, according to Goldman Sachs. Margins have expanded around 40% since late April as International Maritime Organization rules that prohibit ships from using dirty fuel from Jan. 1 are set to bolster diesel demand, while cutting fuel oil use.

U.S. oil export race accelerates as Enterprise makes leap ahead

The race to develop oil terminals that can fully load supertankers on the U.S. Gulf Coast remains congested, even as one of North America’s largest pipeline operators decided to push its project ahead.

Frac companies get fresh hope UK government will loosen rules

A change of British government has given the much-maligned fracing industry another opportunity to make out its case for stimulating the controversial technique to tap unconventional natural gas reserves.

API: Total U.S. petroleum demand in July highest since 2005

Total U.S. petroleum demand averaged 20.8 MMbpd in July 2019, which represented a 0.9% year-over-year increase and the highest demand for the month since 2005, per the American Petroleum Institute.

China’s biggest energy company shuns Venezuela oil on tighter U.S. sanctions

China’s biggest energy company is backing away from direct purchases of Venezuelan crude as the Trump administration tightens sanctions against the South American nation.

OPEC sees ‘somewhat bearish’ oil outlook even as market tightens

Global oil markets face a “somewhat bearish” outlook for the rest of the year amid slowing economic growth and the long-running trade war, even though supplies will be tighter than previously thought, OPEC said.

U.S. threatens sanctions over Iran tanker after court ruling

The U.S. is disappointed with the UK after a Gibraltar court allowed the release of an Iranian tanker, and threatened sanctions against ports, banks and anyone else who does business with the ship or its crew, two administration officials said.

U.S. oil sanctions leave Russian exporters $1 billion richer

U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela have inadvertently increased demand for a Russian brand of crude oil, boosting revenues for the nation’s exporters.

Iran oil tanker released by Gibraltar, setting up race with the U.S.

Iran is racing to return an oil supertanker to international waters after a Gibraltar judge said he couldn’t wait for the U.S. to take action that would prolong the six-week seizure of the vessel for allegedly violating trade sanctions.

Canadian energy stocks ‘decoupling’ from oil price movements

The days when energy stocks and the price of oil moved in lockstep are now few and far between. Oil may go up but stocks still fall, and in Canada it’s the worst divergence on record.

Saudis defending coveted India oil market with Reliance deal

Saudi Aramco’s proposed purchase of part of India’s Reliance Industries Ltd. will allow it to regain its grip on the world’s fastest-growing oil market where suppliers including the U.S. and Russia are making inroads.

World’s largest tanker starts 12,400-mile journey to meet IMO regulations

The world’s biggest oil tanker has begun a 12,400-mile voyage to a fuel-storage zone in Asia, the latest movement of a vessel that’s intrigued the shipping market and fuel traders for months.

Idling LNG tankers hint at increasing appeal of floating storage

Liquefied natural gas tankers are taking longer-than-usual journeys to deliver cargoes and spending more time idling at sea in a sign some traders are starting to use vessels for storage.

Iran expects tanker held by UK to be released soon

Iran expects an oil tanker seized by the UK in the Strait of Gibraltar in July will be released soon, the semi-official Fars News agency reported Tuesday, a move that could help to ease concerns about the safety of shipping routes in the Middle East.

Guyana may not be ready for its pending oil riches, but ExxonMobil is

This tiny nation on the north coast of South America is about to become the world’s newest petrostate—and potentially the richest.

New Permian pipeline makes first delivery at Corpus Christi export terminal

Trafigura and Buckeye announced today that Trafigura has received its first delivery of Permian crude oil from Plains All American’s Cactus II pipeline at the Buckeye Texas Partners terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Saipem taps DNV GL for digital twin system

Saipem, the energy and infrastructure solution provider, is implementing DNV GL’s hull planned maintenance system, ShipManager Hull, on five vessels of the Saipem fleet.

Oil declines as trade tensions continue to stoke demand fears

Oil dropped as U.S. President Donald Trump said planned trade talks with China next month could be called off, stoking concerns the deepening dispute will damage global growth.

Oil power shifts as Russia’s wealth strengthens its OPEC leverage

the Bank of Russia’s total stockpile of cash, gold and other securities is about to surpass Saudi Arabia’s, highlighting the Kremlin’s leverage in talks between major oil producers about how much to reduce production.