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25 April

Don't Fight the Falih

As oil prices hover close to multi-year highs, Saudi's Oil Minister has hit the wires saying that OPEC 'shouldn't be complacent and listen to some of the noise such as mission accomplished' . Just as we learned earlier in this economic cycle via 'don't fight the Fed', we too should take heed: 'Don't fight the Falih'.

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Tagged OPEC crude exports, US crude imports, Saudi crude exports Leave a comment
09 March

The more things change...

In the latter half of last year, we highlighted how Saudi deliveries to Motiva's Port Arthur refinery had been surpassed by Iraqi barrels for the first time on our records. While this trend has now reversed, when it comes to total OPEC flows, the more things change, the more they stay the same. 

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15 January

A Peek at ClipperView

We are again on the road this month, presenting our six-month proprietary outlook for global oil and products, driven by the trends we see in our ClipperData. We will be covering various commodities, from crude oil to fuel oil, from gasoline to LPG and beyond, as well as emerging trends we see across various geographies, including Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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Tagged US crude imports, Chinese gasoline exports, Chinese gasoline imports, Asia fuel demand Leave a comment
12 January

LNG to add to Russian energy flows to the US

The potential first delivery of Russian LNG to U.S. shores is ruffling some feathers, due to sanctions in place on Novatek, one of the partners in the Yamal LNG terminal - the apparent origin of the LNG heading to the Everett LNG terminal in Boston.  While sanctions may still be in place with certain Russian entities, the U.S. is a regular recipient of Russian oil and products. 

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Tagged US crude imports, US gasoline imports, naphtha, russia lng exports, Yamal LNG terminal 1 Comment
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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Tagged PES Philadelphia refinery, Phillips 66 Bayway refinery, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge refinery, Texas refineries, US gasoline exports, US crude imports, US middle distillate exports 7 Comments
28 September

Elasticated Exports

It is now a little over a month after Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the US Gulf Coast. While some refineries are still in the process of ramping up activities, refining utilization is clambering back higher towards historical norms. This improvement is being reflected through in higher crude and product flows, with product export activity looking particularly elasticated, snapping back...

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Tagged US gasoline exports, us diesel exports, US gulf coast refinery runs, US crude imports 1 Comment
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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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 US crude imports, west african oil exports, North African oil exports, Nigeria oil exports 2 Comments
31 January

The impacts of an import tax

Crude is rallying on this final day of January, as hopes and projections of OPEC production cuts return to the fore once more. Before we charge into a new month tomorrow, amid weekly inventory data to boot, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today.  

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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.

Matt Smith

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