China the big winner in world oil price calamity

The Chinese have stockpiled huge reserves of low-priced oil, giving them significant geopolitical leverage over Russia and Saudi Arabia

China the big winner in world oil price calamityWith the major stakeholders – Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States – emerging badly bruised from the last round of the crude oil price war, a new world order is set to emerge. The cost of the battle has been immense to all three. In April, as the battle erupted, the value of Saudi…

Brakes applied to worldwide oil, gas exploration

The long-term view is frightening. With long gestation periods, new oil and gas projects may not get online when needed

Brakes applied to worldwide oil, gas explorationInternational oil and gas exploration and production are in the doldrums and won’t likely rebound any time soon. Canada has curtailed its crude output by one million barrels per day (bpd). The country’s active oil and gas rig count had fallen to an all-time low of 17 in early June, Baker Hughes reported. That was…

Oil-rich Saudis squeezed by Trump

Current oil production cuts can’t continue for long or the Saudis, and others, won’t balance their budgets

Oil-rich Saudis squeezed by TrumpThe U.S. is putting extreme pressure on the major oil producers, Saudi Arabia in particular, to cut output, firm up crude markets and ensure the continuity of the U.S. shale revolution. But on the other hand, the administration of United States President Donald Trump doesn’t want oil prices to go much higher. In an election…

Oil market finally showing signs of life again

President Donald Trump’s efforts at salvaging the United States shale oil sector seem to be paying off

Oil market finally showing signs of life againSaudi Arabia, Russia and their allies have opted to roll over crude oil output cuts for another month – until the end of July. Markets have somewhat firmed up. Oil prices have inched up. And President Donald Trump’s efforts at salvaging the United States shale oil sector seem to be paying off. The U.S. president…

Energy industry investment cools dramatically

The oil price crash of recent weeks has triggered a wave of huge exploration and production capital expenditure cuts

Energy industry investment cools dramaticallyLack of appetite to invest in the energy sector is leading the world into a supply crunch, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its recently unveiled World Energy Investment (WEI) 2020 report. The COVID-19 pandemic is having widespread and often dramatic effects on investments in the energy sector. At the start of the year,…

Oil market resurgence sustained by hope

Will producers be tempted by a rise in crude oil prices to disregard quotas and voluntary production cuts?

Oil market resurgence sustained by hopeOil markets have taken some respite. But is this rally sustainable? Prices were surging until reports that Russia might back off on oil production cuts spooked the market. But even with that uncertainty, we’ve seen a complete turnaround in the markets. Just a month ago, crude oil markets faced a bloodbath. Since then, demand has…

Politics helped drive latest Saudi oil production cut

The need to generate cash, along with political pressure, compelled the Saudis to make some bitter decisions

Politics helped drive latest Saudi oil production cutSaudi Arabia has capitulated. A few moves here and there, in Washington and elsewhere, made the trick work. Saudi Arabia made a surprise announcement last week that it would cut its crude oil output by a further one million barrels per day (bpd) from planned June levels, “voluntarily.” This takes the total Saudi production cuts…

Trump picking a fight with Iran won’t save oil prices

He needs to do something to boost his electoral fortunes, with the presidential election looming in November

Trump picking a fight with Iran won’t save oil pricesIs American President Donald Trump beating war drums in the Middle East to prop up the ailing crude oil industry? After having failed to turn around the oil markets by engineering an unprecedented output cut deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia, Trump seems to be looking desperately at other options. The crude oil industry is…