06 December

No holiday cheer for US from OPEC

After the dust has settled on last week's OPEC meeting, the cartel's impact on U.S. oil inventories is set to linger on. Stocks are at their lowest level since January 2016, and are down over 80 million barrels from their peak in March - in spite of a 30 million barrel injection from the SPR.

As we head into the holiday season, the U.S. should expect little in the way of holiday cheer from...

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01 December

Lower Flows Highlight Venezuelan Plight

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said this week that PdVSA is willing to retaliate against financial sanctions from the U.S. by suspending oil exports to the country, sending crude to Asia instead.

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01 December

ClipperClip: Much Ado About Nothing

Last night's appearance on CNBC Asia addressed the developments - or lack thereof - from yesterday's OPEC meeting, and what could happen next year. Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to the clip:

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30 November

OPEC #winning?

The mood in Vienna this week is considerably more chipper than it was in June. This is because the cartel appears - in the words of Charlie Sheen - to be #winning.   

But it hasn't all been plain sailing. In fact, it's been decidedly choppy. From an export perspective, certain cartel members have made a concerted effort to keep crude off the market,  while others have blatantly not. Saudi...

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29 November

ClipperClip: All about Saudi

This morning's appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box addressed the impending OPEC meeting, and how Saudi continues to lead the charge in the production cut, and will dictate the shots going forward. Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to part of the clip:

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17 November

Changing Trends in Iraqi Crude and Fuel Oil Exports

Since the Kurdish referendum in late September, when Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted for independence from Iraq, there has been a drop in crude flows through the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, as tension has ratcheted up in the region.

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09 November

Booming US product exports

The U.S. export boom continues apace. And not only from crude exports, which clambered above 2 million barrels per day in recent weeks, but from the product piece of the pie too. Joining rising gasoline and distillate exports from the U.S. has been LPG. And not just propane or butane, but ethane as well - as our ClipperData illustrate below. 

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07 November

Contrasting crude flows from Saudi and Iraq

We've been harping on in recent weeks about how Saudi has been slashing crude flows to North America, but as we can see in  our ClipperData below, it has been cutting flows to other key markets too.
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03 November

Changing crude grades to US shores

Last week we discussed how flows from Saudi Arabia into the U.S. were about to be surpassed by Iraq for the first time since 1985 (teeing up Back to the Future / Carly Simon / Tears for Fears references). With October closing out, this has now become fact. Such a reversal highlights Saudi Arabia's ongoing willingness to give up market share...even if other cartel members are not.

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30 October

On the road

I've been on the road - on walkabout as the Australians would say - for the last four weeks, doing a number of speaking engagements and trips across America. As we all know, all paths lead back to energy,  hence, on my travels I have seen a bunch of energy infrastructure that I normally just study on a screen. Hark, here are some of those places, and some corresponding insights via our...

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Matt Smith deciphers and distills what is most relevant across the energy complex into cohesive and pithy knowledge you can use. The belly laugh is a bonus.

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