Trade

Liquefied Natural Gas , Imports

Germany’s RWE Widens Global Search for LNG Supplies

Power producer expands talks for LNG beyond US and Qatar.

August 11, 2022

Natural Gas , Trade , International

Germans Must Cut Gas Use Further to Avoid Shortages in Winter, Says Regulator

According to the government’s gas emergency plan, private households will be prioritized in case of a gas supply crunch but Germany’s network regulator head Klaus Mueller said the prioritization doesn’t mean that households can heat excessively in that situation.

August 8, 2022

Crude Oil , Trade , International

Biden Focused on Controlling US Oil Prices after OPEC+ Output Increase

“That is so little as to be meaningless. From a physical standpoint it is a marginal blip. As a political gesture it is almost insulting,” Eurasia Group’s Raad Alkadiri said of OPEC’s decision on Aug. 3 to raise oil output by 100,000 bbl/d.

August 4, 2022

Crude Oil , Trade , International

OPEC+ Agrees Tiny Output Rise in Setback for Biden

The increase of 100,000 bbl/d announced by the producer group on Aug. 3 will be one of the smallest since OPEC quotas were introduced in 1982, OPEC data shows.

August 3, 2022

Crude Oil , Trade , International

Current Oil Prices Are Above Preferable Levels, OPEC+ Member Kazakhstan Says

“The work is ongoing to make [oil] prices more realistic,” said Bolat Akchulakov, energy minister of OPEC+ member Kazakhstan. “We have always said that the corridor of $60-$80 per barrel is a normal one... And today the price is $100.”

August 3, 2022

Crude Oil , Trade , Storage

US Emergency Crude Stockpile Falls to Lowest in 37 Years

The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) held about 618 million barrels last September and its stocks have declined due to sales from congressional mandates and Biden’s price initiative.

August 2, 2022

Trade , International

US Targets Chinese, UAE Firms in New Iran Oil Sanctions

Since taking office in 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden has been loath to sanction Chinese entities engaged in oil trade with Iran due to hopes of securing an agreement to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

August 1, 2022

Markets , Trade , International

New OPEC Secretary-general Says Russia’s Membership in OPEC+ is Vital

Haitham Al-Ghais, Kuwait’s former OPEC governor, will head his first OPEC+ meeting on Aug. 3, in which the group will consider keeping oil output unchanged for September, despite calls from the U.S. for more supply.

August 1, 2022

Trade , International , Tankers

Iranian Tanker to Retrieve Oil Cargo Confiscated by US This Week

The removal of oil from the Lana, formerly Pegas, prompted Iranian forces to seize two Greek tankers in the Middle East Gulf which have not yet been released.

July 27, 2022

Crude Oil , Trade , Storage

DOE to Begin Replacing Sold SPR Barrels in Fall

The U.S. Department of Energy will soon propose a rule to help put oil back into the SPR, where levels have sunk to 475.5 million barrels, the lowest since June 1985

July 26, 2022