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Market
September 24, 2021

Russian oil exports are down for now, but an increase beckons

Matt Smith
Lead Oil Analyst - Americas

With less than a third of the month to go, Russian grade crude exports are hovering around 2.9 mbd, the slowest pace since March.

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Market
September 10, 2021

Southern Louisiana Struggles to Get Back to Normal

Reid I'Anson
Senior Commodity Analyst

The situation in Southern Louisiana continues to show slow improvements following Hurricane Ida, which made landfall just under two weeks ago.

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Market
September 7, 2021

Upstream issues force Petronas to seek buyers’ approval to cut Bintulu winter term deliveries

Camille Klass
Senior Editor

[NEWS] Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas is seeking to exercise its right to reduce contractual deliveries this winter to buyers with offtake from the Malaysia LNG (MLNG) 3 joint venture that comprises the firm’s 29.3 million tonnes a year (mtpa) Bintulu LNG export complex in Sarawak due to gas supply issues.

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Market
August 26, 2021

Shortage of ballasters could prolong high Capesize rates

Matthew Wright
Senior Freight Analyst

Port congestion in China has pushed Capesize rates to a multi-year high creating a shortage of ballasters returning to Brazil. But long term, cooling demand from China, should see levels drop.

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Market
August 20, 2021

Uncertainty over Russian gas flows underpins volatility in Dutch TTF

Laura Page
Senior LNG Analyst

The Dutch TTF front-month contract hit a record high on Aug.16 before collapsing later in the week. This blog explains the reasons behind the rise and fall.

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Market
March 24, 2021

Suez Canal blockage continues, delaying more than 20 liquid/gas tankers

Alex Booth
Head of Research

Overnight on Tuesday, the container Ship Ever Given ran aground in a southern part of the Suez Canal, a rare event in the history of the waterway. The potential for a rapid build-up of liquid and gas tankers in the region is marked with multiple laden vessels now indicating delays for Suez transit. As of Wednesday morning there were seven vessels carrying crude, 15 carrying refined products, five LNG vessels and two LPG carriers either sat waiting or approaching the canal. While attempts to clear the ship from the canal continue, this queue will continue to build. A salvage squad from the Netherlands will attempt to dislodge the ship beginning Thursday.

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Market
February 10, 2021

Anticipating crude oil market trends with the launch of a new grade: Iraq's Basrah Medium case study

Homayoun Falakshahi
Senior Commodity Analyst

The release of a new grade of oil influences supply and demand. Market players and financial players need to plana head of market movements to minimise potential negative impact and maximise profit. In these circumstances there is always a layer of uncertainty with regards to how these events can unfold. Here we will look at Iraq's Basrah Medium as an example and what happened in similar past events and how players can prepare ahead.

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Market
January 15, 2021

Top four iron ore miners’ production flat in Q4 2020

Alex Andlauer
Senior Global Energy Analyst

Iron ore prices have soared to a nine-year high driven by strong government stimulus measures in China and constrained Brazilian supply, but the elevated prices seem to have a limited effect in pushing miners to increase supplies due to many factors. Our data shows that, in 2020, seaborne iron ore exports to all countries increased 3.2% to 1,574 Mt. The top four iron ore producers (Rio Tinto, Vale, BHP and FMG), which account for 69.7% of the global seaborne market share in 2020, had their total exports almost flat in both Q4(288.2 Mt) and the past year(1098 Mt).

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Market
November 10, 2020

Sarroch refinery runs rebounds in Q3, renewed European lockdown poses new threat

Alex Andlauer
Senior Global Energy Analyst

Wholly owned by Saras, the Sarroch refinery is one of the largest in Europe, accounting for over 20% of Italy’s total refining capacity, with maximum throughput of 300 kbd. The refinery delivers much of its output to Italy (25%), Spain (10%) and France (12%), making it a prescient indicator of European oil consumption.

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