Sanctions against Russia are moving closer to the country’s big oil companies. In this week’s Oilgram News column Petrodollars, Rosemary Griffin looks at the choices that companies such as Rosneft face.
By Rosemary Griffin | September 15, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (0)
By John Kingston | September 12, 2014 12:50 PM Comments (1)
Another chapter in the never-ending love/hate relationship between New York and fracking. The former has banned the latter, as we’re sure you know.
By Paul Bartholomew | September 12, 2014 11:02 AM Comments (0)
India’s steel sector has been generally positive about new Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first 100 days in office, which he marked on September 3. Formerly the Chief Minister of Gujarat state for more than a dozen years, Modi presided over strong economic growth in that region, an achievement Indians are hoping to see extended across the entire country.
India has been crunching the gears economically for several years while its big rival China, unencumbered by the democratic process, has motored ahead. Steel projects have foundered due to difficulties in gaining land access–most notably Korean giant Posco’s planned 6 million mt/year capacity works in the south of India–while decrepit infrastructure makes transporting raw materials inside the country expensive and challenging.
By Hetain Mistry | September 12, 2014 10:56 AM Comments (1)
(Hetain Mistry is a member of Platts Petrochemical Analysis team. You can see more of their work by going here.)
In recent months Russia has come under global political pressure due to its current geopolitical conflict with the Ukraine. The Platts Petrochemical Analytics team is looking at whether these pressures, in terms of credit and liquidity for project development, will filter down to the development of planned petrochemical projects.
Platts Petrochemical Analytics lists 25 polyethylene projects forecast to come online in Europe over our outlook period, with capacity on those projects totaling around 7.5 million mt. The majority of these projects will come onstream in Russia, but there are other projects planned for Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Czech Republic and potentially Uzbekistan. Out of the 7.5 million mt of additional tonnage expected to come onstream in Eastern Europe, Russian projects will account for 77% of the additional capacity.
By Colin Richardson | September 11, 2014 02:43 PM Comments (1)
UK reinforcing bar is not the world’s most relevant steel market. Perhaps because it’s circa 800,000 mt/year, which is peanuts compared with China’s rebar output in excess of 200 million mt/year. Fair to say, the UK is not a price setter for rebar.
But there’s been an interesting story rumbling on for about a year now over whether imported Chinese material complied with UK certification for the construction industry standards (CARES).
Despite its seemingly trivial nature in relation to the global steel market, those who rely on the UK for their daily bread have gotten quite worked up about the matter.
By Stuart Elliott | September 11, 2014 10:57 AM Comments (0)
The closely watched monthly oil market report from the International Energy Agency confirmed a continued trend of oil demand growth slowdown on Thursday, adding a renewed bearish sentiment to already low oil prices.
There was nothing in the report to suggest prices could rebound from their current 16-month lows. The IEA described the recent slowdown in world oil demand growth as “nothing short of remarkable.”
And it is China — considered the key barometer for world oil demand growth — that the IEA said was one of the main causes of its most recent revisions.
By News Desk | September 10, 2014 02:18 PM Comments (1)
By Nick Coleman | September 10, 2014 09:49 AM Comments (1)
Scotland’s independence vote has received a last-minute jolt of energy as polls show a surge by the Nationalist camp, which has effectively countered a mostly downbeat “No” campaign and picked holes in London’s claims to be a responsible custodian of North Sea oil.
A week ahead of the September 18 referendum and with oil remaining a major issue, pro-Union politicians and the financial community in London have been alarmed by polls showing the Nationalists level-pegging, after months in which the “Better Together” camp had a comfortable lead.
By Elizabeth Bassett | September 9, 2014 05:14 PM Comments (0)
This month in The Oil Big Five, we mulled over the fact that the more things change, the more they stay the same. What hasn’t changed for us on The Barrel is we want to feature comments from our readers around the globe, including your thoughts about what’s most important to you about the oil industry. Here are some of the comments we received from our latest entry, and a huge thanks to those who commented, as well as everyone who read the post.
By Tamsin Carlisle | September 9, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (0)
In the past two weeks, two Middle East states have experienced significant popular unrest sparked by government moves to cut fuel subsidies.
The circumstances were individual but the similar responses underscore common difficulties faced by all governments in the region that seek to phase out what many of their citizens regard as a birthright.