Saudi Arabia Hints At Further Oil Production Cuts

All options are on the table for the next summit of the OPEC+ coalition in March, including further cuts in oil production, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, said on Thursday, Al Arabiya television reports. At the OPEC+ meeting in December, OPEC and its Russia-led partners decided to deepen the current cuts by 500,000 bpd in the first quarter of 2020, when demand is expected at its weakest for 2020. This brings total production reductions at 1.7 million bpd—that is if rogue members fall in line with their quotas. Considering the pledge from OPEC’s…

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Brazil Breaks Oil Production Record

Brazil produced more than 1 billion barrels last year, the first time it has breached the 1-billion-barrel mark, Reuters reports, citing the country’s oil regulator, ANP. The daily average stood at 3.106 million bpd, up 7.78 percent on 2018, ANP also said. More than half of the total oil production Brazil recorded in 2019 came from the prolific presalt zone off its coast. The contribution of the presalt zone stood at 633.98 million barrels, which was an annual improvement of 21.56 percent. Brazil’s crude oil production topped 3 million barrels per day for…

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Oil Falls Further On Rising Crude, Product Inventories

The American Petroleum Institute (API) estimated on Wednesday a surprise crude oil inventory build of 1.57 million barrels for the week ending January 17, compared to analyst expectations of a 1.009-million-barrel draw in inventory. Last week saw a build in crude oil inventories of 1.1 million barrels, according to API data. The EIA’s estimates, however, were of a draw of 2.5 million barrels for that week. Oil prices were down earlier in the day prior to the afternoon data release, despite continued unrest in oil-rich Iraq and a near-complete oil production disruption in Libya, as…

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Oil Prices Head Lower Despite Small Crude Draw

Crude oil prices were stubbornly down following the Energy Information Administration reported a modest crude oil inventory draw of 400,000 barrels for the week to January 17 This compared with analyst expectations of a 1.117-million-barrel inventory decline and a draw of 2.5 million barrels reported a week earlier. Last week, however, oil prices were pressured by the EIA’s reporting of hefty builds in both gasoline and distillate fuel. For last week, the authority reported a build in gasoline, of 1.7 million barrels, and a 1.2-million-barrel decline in distillate fuel inventories. This compared with a…

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PM’s adviser asks corporate sector to become partners in PM’s Green, Clean Pakistan initiative

Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has urged the Pakistani companies showing excellence in corporate philanthropy to join hands with the government as partners in the Prime Minister’s Clean and Green Pakistan initiative. He stated this while speaking as being the guest of honour at the 12th Annual CSR Summit and Awards-2020 organized by National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH). On the occasion, over 60 companies were conferred awards for showing outstanding performance in the arena of Corporate Social Responsibility. The PM’s adviser said on…

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Coal-based power generation jumps 95pc in 2019

KARACHI: Coal-based electricity generation jumped 94.5 percent to 2,030 GWh in the year to November 2019, taking its share in country’s energy mix to 27 percent, data issued by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) showed on Tuesday. Analysts said induction of China Power Hub Generation and Engro Powergen Thar in the system was the key reason behind a massive surge in coal-based power generation. China Power Hub Generation Company (CPHGC) set up a 1,320-megawatt plant at a cost of $2 billion at Hub, Balochistan, under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor…

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Goldman: China Coronavirus Could Push Oil Down By $3

The outbreak of a coronavirus in China that is now an international threat could cut oil demand by 260,000 bpd, which would translate into a price drop of almost $3 per barrel, Goldman Sachs has said.close [x]PauseUnmuteLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%Remaining Time -0:21Fullscreen Most of the demand loss will come from jet fuel as the risk of disease discourages travelers from getting on a plane, according to the investment bank, whose analysts qualified the outbreak’s effect on oil prices as modest, Bloomberg reports. Coronaviruses are common among animals but some of them can jump…

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Libya’s NOC Confirms It Virtually Lost All Of Its Oil Production

Libya’s National Oil Company has confirmed that is has lost virtually all of its oil production, at 1.2 million barrels per day of oil production, and $77 million in daily financial loss, according to the Libya Herald. NOC has confirmed that the ports of Hariga, Brega, Sidra, and Ras Lanuf ports are closed and under force majeure. The US Embassy in Libya today announced that the NOC should be allowed to immediately resume oil operations that have been offline since this weekend, after groups loyal to General Khalifa Haftar blocked all major oil ports.…

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Guyana Officially Becomes Oil Exporter

The world’s newest oil frontier, Guyana, has officially shipped its very first batch of crude oil on Monday, according to TankerTrackers.com—a major oil-first for the South American country. The first batch of oil—a million barrels of Liza sweet crude oil—is currently on a Suezmax tanker Yannis P headed for the United States, Tanker Trackers said. The Liza field is co-owned by Hess Corp (NYSE: HES), China’s CNOOC, and operator ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM)—who is the envy of all oil companies at the moment for 15 mouthwatering finds offshore Guyana. The project…

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IMF Cuts Saudi Arabia’s Growth Outlook Due To OPEC+ Oil Cuts

Saudi Arabia’s economy is expected to grow by 1.9 percent this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday, revising down its forecast of 2.2-percent growth from just three months ago, due to expected lower Saudi oil production as the Kingdom has pledged to overcomply with the OPEC+ oil production cuts. In its January update of the World Economic Outlook (WEO) from October, the IMF cut on Monday its economic growth projections for the global economy and that in the Middle East and Central Asia region. Economic growth in the Middle…

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