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Japan’s crude oil storage leases with producers: scope to do more with strategic stocks

Japan’s recent deal with Abu Dhabi to lease out more crude storage capacity to the emirate under a renewal agreement is deemed mutually beneficial. Not only will it enhance Tokyo’s supply security, but it also wiill give the Middle Eastern producer greater access to the Asia-Pacific market.

Under the agreement, similar to one Japan has with Saudi Arabia, the Japanese government will pay for storage to be used by Abu Dhabi for commercial purposes, in exchange for assigning priority to supplying the crude to Japan in an emergency.

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Australian junior chases Rocky Mountain oil and natural gas high

A small Australian upstream company, with the appropriate name of American Patriot Oil and Gas, is hoping to achieve what several of its peers have been unable to do: turn a little into a lot in the US market.

American Patriot’s business model is simple, yet crucially different from that pursued by some other small Australian companies that have burned through their own capital trying to make a go of it in US conventional and unconventional oil and gas, according to the company’s CEO Alexis Clark.

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A strong frac sand market faces lower oil and natural gas prices

Not every price in the energy complex is dropping.

According to an index created by Cowen & Co., the producer price index for frac sand rose 1% in October, following a 1% gain in September. At the end of October, it was at its highest level since the end of 2012.

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Rhetoric hardens in North Sea oil tax battle

Falling oil prices have injected new urgency into warnings that the UK oil industry is becoming uncompetitive, with the sector ratcheting up demands for a major tax cut at an upcoming budget statement.

A series of industry leaders have come out in the last week calling for urgent action to ensure the survival of a sector burdened by high costs, high taxation and dwindling levels of production from its mature fields.

In the firing line is a 12 percentage point tax hike introduced in 2011 by the new Conservative-led government, which took the top rate of tax for some fields to 81%, higher even than in neighboring Norway.

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Regulation & Environment: Alaska mining battle and its impact on oil and gas

Regulations between mining and oil and gas often spill over. That’s what the industry is worried about in Alaska, as Tim Bradner discusses in this week’s Oilgram News column, Regulation & Environment.

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New Frontiers: Cutting back natural gas flaring in North Dakota hits a bump

North Dakota has aggressively sought to cut the amount of natural gas flaring going on in the state. It’s made strides, but it has a new hurdle, as Brian Scheid discusses in this week’s Oilgram News column, New Frontiers.

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Mexican LNG exports will not come soon

Recent reports say Japan wants to import LNG from Mexico after 2020. While Mexico could add liquefaction facilities at one or more of its three LNG import terminals, it would need to overcome some hurdles before it could export LNG.

Sempra’s Energia Costa Azul terminal on the Pacific Coast of northern Baja California rarely imports cargoes, but the hurdle for exports from Costa Azul would be access to gas. This import terminal would not have been built 15 miles north of Ensenada if there had been enough gas production nearby to meet demand.

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Peace agreement in gas-rich Mozambique sets the stage for elections

After two years of sporadic clashes, Mozambique’s Frelimo government and Renamo, the main opposition party signed a peace agreement in August, improving prospects for the October elections in the gas-rich southern African nation.

The presidential and parliamentary elections on October 15 will mark the end of president Armando Guebuza’s second and final term in office.

The election takes place as Mozambique becomes an attractive investment destination following huge gas discoveries by Italy’s Eni and US’ Anadarko. The discoveries, estimated at 100 trillion cubic feet have the potential to transform Mozambique into one of the world’s leading LNG exporters.

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Regulation & Environment: Reading into the big BP Macondo decision

Gary Gentile, in this week’s Oilgram News Column Regulation & Environment, looked at the lengthy decision by a federal judge in the big civil action surrounding the Deepwater Horizon blowout.

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The great new oil and gas frontier of Myanmar, warts and all

Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country still called Burma by many people, is rapidly emerging from almost 50 years of military rule and related economic isolation.

The country, which is slightly smaller than Texas and home to more than 50 million people of many ethnicities, religions and language groups, has great potential. Apart from known and hoped-for oil and gas resources the country also has substantial tin, zinc, copper, tungsten, lead and coal resources, as well as jade, other gemstones and hardwoods.

A few days spent in the former capital Yangon earlier this month proved a real eye opener. Those five decades of isolation have led to a many idiosyncrasies and problems, making it a struggle for most foreign investors to do business there.

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