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28 July

Saudi walkin' the walk

Back in late May, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih said that 'exports to the U.S. will drop measurably', as the OPEC Kingpin adjusted its focus to reducing exports to the world's most transparent energy hub.

Exports from Saudi to the U.S. take approximately seven weeks to arrive - hence, as we swiftly approach the end of July, we can see from Saudi deliveries this month that they are not...

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Tagged Saudi crude exports, Venezuela sanctions 4 Comments
26 July

Come on in, the water is fine!

It's good to see Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih jumping on the tanker-tracking train (well, you know what I mean), highlighting that participants in the OPEC / NOPEC production cut deal need to reconcile production with exports, and that oil exports are now the key metric to monitor. (Come on in, the water is fine!).

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Tagged Saudi crude exports, pdvsa, citgo, chevron, china crude imports 3 Comments
14 July

A crude cornucopia

We've had more energy-related newsflow than we can shake a stick at this week, with the triumvirate of monthly reports from the EIA, IEA and OPEC. The crude complex looks to finish the week with a solid gain, as positivity relating to demand distracts us from ongoing strong supply - at least for now. As we head into the weekend, hark, here is a cornucopia of crude and energy-related tidbits to...

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13 July

ClipperClip: Mo exports, mo problems

In last night's appearance on CNBC Asia, we discussed how exports need to drop for this market to really start to tighten (you may have heard us mention this before...). Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to the clip:

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Tagged Nigeria oil exports, Libya oil exports, OPEC oil production Leave a comment
07 July

Reality bites

Six months after the implementation of the OPEC production cut deal to reduce output by 1.2 million barrels per day, and we should be well on our way towards rebalancing - yet prices have just reached a new low for the year.

OPEC actually exported more crude in June than it did in October (the production cut deal reference level), while total global crude exports are over 10 percent higher...

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28 June

Still playing whack-a-mole

Earlier in the week we discussed how lower Saudi export loadings in April are translating into lower arrivals on U.S. shores this month. This has prompted some to ask whether Iraq has stepped up to fill this supply gap.

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Tagged US crude imports, US oil imports, global floating storage Leave a comment
26 June

Saudi export cuts kicking in

We discussed back in early May how Saudi Arabian crude export loadings in April had dropped materially. Given the journey time to US shores (hark, seven-ish weeks), the expectation was that we would start to see lower volumes reflected in the June data. And sure enough, as we prepare to exit June stage right, arrivals are on the decline.

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Tagged Saudi Arabia oil exports, US imports of Saudi crude 2 Comments
12 June

Leaving the light on

As domestic production continues to roar back, the U.S. is importing light crude at an increasingly stronger pace. After light crude imports dipped to around 1 million barrels per day in early 2015 - as U.S. production peaked at 9.6mn bpd - imports have rebounded steadily since, while production waned through the latter half of 2015 and the first half of 2016.

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Tagged Nigeria oil exports, US crude imports, North African oil exports, west african oil exports 2 Comments
08 June

ClipperClip: Narrowing spreads

In this morning's appearance on CNBC Squawk Box, we discussed the potential for the Brent-WTI spread to move closer to parity given increasing production and exports from Nigeria and Libya, and how this could close the door on US exports. Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to the clip:

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Tagged Nigeria oil exports, OPEC, Libya oil exports, US oil exports 5 Comments
06 June

Not shaken, nor stirred

As pockets of geopolitical tension leave the crude market neither shaken nor stirred, hark, today we dig into some of these hotspots to see what their energy flows look like, and how they could be impacted: 

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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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