Fuel Shortage Eases A Bit In South China

Speculation is in the air, but it’s not on Wall Street or at some commodity trader’s desk at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. It comes from China. Earlier this week, both foreign and domestic media reported that two of China’s national oil companies (NOCs), Sinopec and PetroChina, (the country’s two largest oil exploration companies) could merge.… Keep reading →


Western economic sanctions against Russian oil and energy interests are steadily playing out, this time affecting French oil major Total S.A.’s ability to finance part of the $27 billion Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the Russian Arctic. Reports broke toward the end of last week that Total will seek as much as $15… Keep reading →

China Plans New Energy Strategy

In 2008, as Beijing geared up for the summer Olympics by stockpiling crude oil, the world blamed the Communist government for inflating prices. Now eyes are back on China, wondering if demand from the Asian nation will bolster falling crude prices. With oil prices falling to their lowest level in years, the Chinese are taking… Keep reading →

Beijing  Implements EU IV Emissions Standards Ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games

Understanding China’s domestic oil market is akin to following an opaque and moving target, but a new report by independent price reporting organization Platts highlights the changing dynamics of one area in the Chinese oil market that is most responsive to economic signals: China’s teakettle refiners. Playing Against Monopolies Monopolized by state-owned but publically listed… Keep reading →

Chinese Labourers Work At Lunnan Oilfield In Xinjiang

When China released its 2015 targets of 6.5 billion cubic meters of shale gas a few years back (source, in Chinese), it looked like the goal was out of reach. At the time, the country had zero commercial shale gas production and domestic natural gas extraction was mainly in the hands of state-owned companies. But… Keep reading →

Fuel Shortage Eases A Bit In South China

First, BP dropped plans to invest in a refinery in Qinzhou. Then PetroChina delayed plans for it’s Kunming refinery, part of a larger plan that includes a pipeline linking Southwestern China to the Bay of Benegal through Myanmar (bypassing the Malacca Straits). Now, two of the largest Chinese national oil companies (NOCs) are paring back… Keep reading →

Beijing  Implements EU IV Emissions Standards Ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games

As Chinese citizens demand cleaner air, but put more cars on the road, Beijing is retooling its policies towards fuel standards and pricing, while Chinese refiners adjust company strategy. Watch for these forces to play out in the next few years, with the potential for ripple affects throughout Asia, especially in the gasoline and diesel… Keep reading →

Kuwait Promises To Increase Oil Production In Case  Of War

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and ate far too much yesterday… PetroChina has agreed to buy 25% of the West Qurna oil field in Iraq from ExxonMobil for an undisclosed sum. An analyst at Sanford Bernstein previously estimated the value of ExxonMobil’s 60% interest in the field at $3 billion. [Bloomberg] An easing… Keep reading →

Prices For U.S. Food Staples Rise Steeply

A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed major oil company reserve holdings and how investors should evaluate a company’s reserve quality, quantity and global geographic distribution. It is an interesting story about a very important topic, but a lack of clarity with regard to some of the methodology and terminology leaves many questions unanswered. However,… Keep reading →

With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-E

Oilfield service companies are being told to prepare for a ramp-up in natural gas drilling next year as the outlook for prices continues to improve, according to Barclays Oil Services and Drilling analyst James West. West presented the results of a semiannual survey of more than 300 oil and gas companies’ budgeted global upstream capital… Keep reading →

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