US gasoline inventories jumped an unexpected 3.015 million barrels last week, driven by a rise in production and imports, data released by the US Energy Information Administration showed Wednesday. The data was bearish for NYMEX RBOB futures, with stocks on the Atlantic Coast –- home of the New York-delivery point for RBOB –- rising to their highest level since February 2012. You can read Platts’ analysis here.
By News Desk | May 22, 2013 05:04 PM Comments (0)
By John Kingston | May 22, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (3)
The release of Ohio’s 2012 production figures last week by the state hit the market with a thud, disappointing just about any analyst who checked in with their views. “Bust” was a commonly-heard theme about the Utica, supposedly the next-great US shale play.
So it took a few days, but there’s now an alternative voice, put forth by Sandy Fielden of our friends from RBN Energy. Fielden, in a just-released analysis, makes two points: it’s too early to get too worked up, and the Utica play is going to benefit from preparing for a rush of condensate production.
By Carla Bass | May 21, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (1)
One thing I learned during an eight-year stint in Latin America is that magical realism is not just a literary device popular among writers there.
Sometimes it is a worldview, such as when a government minister of a certain Latin American country assured a group of journalists that vastly increasing its oil production was just a few weeks away as all they had to do was “turn on” some non-producing wells. This was the same minister who gulped down brackish water from a lake to “prove” that an oil spill there had been cleaned up. He said it tasted just fine.
By News Desk | May 20, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (1)
By Katharine Fraser | May 17, 2013 04:21 PM Comments (1)
Alarm bells rang along the US Eastern Seaboard not too long ago that the region would face fuel shortages due to refinery closures in the region, but the dynamics changed with the entrance of some new players as well as domestic crude supply via rail from the Bakken Shale play.
The region is study in contrasts in a matter of a few short years. A couple of years ago, it seemed three major plants might close: the then Sunoco-owned refineries in Marcus Hook and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the then ConocoPhillips-owned Trainer, Pennsylvania, refinery. All that came amid Hess and partner PDVSA initially scaling back operations of the Hovensa refinery on St. Croix, which exported to the US Atlantic Coast, to 350,000 b/d in 2011 before shutting it in January 2012.
By John Kingston | May 16, 2013 04:31 PM Comments (1)
The schizophrenic battles over natural gas in Vermont — a state that was the first to have its governor sign a permanent fracking ban – just keep coming.
At the heart of the latest issue is a plan by Vermont Gas, the state’s natural gas utility, to add a 41-mile extension to its existing 750 miles of natural gas pipelines in the state. The new line would extend service to Middlebury, home of Middlebury College. And that’s where Bill McKibben works.
By News Desk | May 15, 2013 01:43 PM Comments (0)
By Brian Scheid | May 15, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (0)
Billions of dollars in tax breaks for oil and natural gas producers will be eliminated under a proposal US congressional tax writers are floating. But they’re also floating a proposal that would make these tax breaks pretty much permanent.
They are thinking about getting rid of the controversial production tax credit for wind and also thinking about keeping it for a very long time. They might take up a carbon tax, they might not and they might raise the federal gasoline tax, or lower it. It’s really unclear at this point.
By Melanie Wold | May 14, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (0)
Once the darling of hedge funds, commodities are now looking like a poisoned chalice. Last year, hedge funds such as BlueGold, which specialized in crude oil; Centaurus, in natural gas; and Fortress Commodities, across all raw materials, shut down. Several commodities fund of funds also closed last year after clients fled.
Commodities trading, it seems – and in particular oil – is not for the faint of heart. The field is littered with failed ventures and prison sentences.
International sanctions on exporting countries such as Iran can make trading crude an even more dangerous game. On May 9, the US Treasury said it was penalizing Sambouk Shipping for contravening these sanctions. Sambouk is allegedly associated with Dimitris Cambis, who, along with a network of front companies, was executing ship-to-ship transfers of Iranian oil to obscure its origin.
By News Desk | May 13, 2013 03:41 PM Comments (0)