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Oil tariff hits just as six tankers head to China with U.S. crude

Six ships, carrying about 12 MMbbl of U.S. crude, are headed to China just as Beijing prepares to impose its first ever levy on American oil next month.

New U.S. LNG export plans threatened as trade war drags on

Liquefied natural gas may have dodged the latest round of Chinese tariffs on U.S. goods, but plans for new American terminals to ship the fuel abroad are under threat as the trade war escalates.

China places first-time tariff on U.S. crude

Crude plunged to a two-week low after China announced tariffs on U.S. crude oil for the first time as the trade war between the world’s biggest economies escalated.

EIA: 2018 OPEC net export revenues highest since 2013, but likely to decline

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that OPEC members earned almost $711 billion in net oil export revenues in 2018. The estimate is up 29% from 2017, but about 40% lower than the record high of almost $1,200 billion in 2012.

Storage tanks in Europe are brimming with cheap LNG

“Northwest Europe has had most of the gains in LNG deliveries this year owing to the ability to sell cargoes into highly liquid markets,” said Leyra Fernandez Diaz, a gas analyst at Energy Aspects Ltd.

Future in doubt for Eurpoe’s biggest gas export hub

The GasTerra venture, handling more than a fifth of all the gas produced in Europe, had already been faced constraints after tremors damaged nearby buildings. But shutting down is a step further — raising questions about import dependency for Europe.

Future Energy Professionals program offers STEM experience at LAGCOE 2019

LAGCOE’s Future Energy Professionals program provides industry education to students to ensure a constant and qualified workforce pipeline for generations to come.

Pembina to buy Kinder Morgan’s oil assets for $3.3 billion

Pembina Pipeline Corp. increased its bet on the future of Canada’s turbulent oil-sands industry, agreeing to buy Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Canadian unit and the U.S. portion of a key pipeline for about C$4.35 billion ($3.3 billion).

Saudi oil fields are in the firing line as Gulf conflicts continue

Flaring tensions in the Persian Gulf have seen some of the world’s biggest crude deposits, along with processing and transport infrastructure and vessels, targeted by explosives-laden drones and bombings.

EIA: U.S. leads global oil and production, with record growth in 2018

The Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. petroleum and natural gas production increased by 16% and by 12%, respectively, in 2018, and these totals combined established a new production record.

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.