Archive for the ‘oil’ Category

US airlines are taking the hedge off on jet fuel

An old investing adage is to buy on the dips, a philosophy generally followed by US airlines in the hedging market over the years. This year? Not so much.

Jet fuel prices have declined in price and volatility so far in 2014. So has jet fuel hedging, at least in the US. What is essentially insurance on any airline’s single-largest cost has become seen as less than necessary.

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Regulation & Environment: Tax changes facing Russia’s oil sector

Russia’s refineries are facing a change in domestic taxation that is expected to have a significant impact. Platts’ Moscow bureau chief Nadia Rodova looks at the shifts in this week’s Oilgram News column, Regulation & Environment.

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The north of Australia is getting some oil and gas exploration attention

Australia’s ongoing offshore exploration success — Santos last week announced another gas discovery in the prolific Browse basin — has seen the vast country’s largely-untapped onshore resources overlooked by many.

Some of the country’s unconventional resources — notably Queensland’s coal seam gas fields in the east of the country — have been known about and developed for years, while others such as the Cooper Basin, in east-central Australia, have attracted significant investor attention of late, notably from US major Chevron.

But delegates at the 20th South East Asia Australia Offshore & Onshore Conference last week, held in the booming northern port city of Darwin, heard about less well known, but equally promising, onshore basins such as South Bonaparte, MacArthur and Carolina.

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EIA weekly oil analysis: a drop in crude inventories

You can see our analysis of this week’s Energy Information Administration oil report at this link. 

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Chinese oil demand drops in July from a year earlier

The global world oil market certainly isn’t getting any bullish boost from China. The Platts analysis for July showed the country’s apparent demand down from the corresponding month a year earlier. You can see our analysis here.

At the Wellhead: Colombia takes a sobering look at its oil industry

The looming changes in Mexico’s oil patch have the potential to negatively impact what has been a Latin American success story: Colombia. In this week’s Oilgram News column At the Wellhead, Chris Kraul looks at the issue with an experienced Colombia oil hand.

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Home (and oil) on the range

A few miles east of Texas State Highway 19, a conspicuous circle of valves, gauges and metal tanks sits in the middle of lush, green farm land. This property, owned by one family for almost two centuries, has become one of the latest stakes claimed by an industry that has already found great success with similar sites across Texas.

Behind the wheel of a bright red truck, on the way to town to see her grandchildren, Susan, the landowner, smiles and shakes her head.

“They say we live on an oil field,” she says. “I say we live on a ranch.”

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EIA analysis: Gulf Coast refineries are cranking it out

US Gulf Coast refineries operated at a record rate last week, according to the Energy Information Administration. You can see our analysis of the latest numbers here.

You know what blows up besides oil? Just about everything

Since I’m based in California and work the last US shift of the day with the Platts Central Editing Desk, it falls to me to watch for possible news items as the sun rolls out of the American sky and into Asia.

So nearly every evening, unless I’m so flat out with other work that I can’t, I troll Google to see if something wild has happened in the commodities world that I ought to cover for us.

This has me regularly searching for words such as “spill” and “explosion” and “fire.”

(And yes, I am absolutely expecting Homeland Security to come to my place any day now. It will be interesting to see how my company’s bean counters respond when they see the bail bond charge on my expense bill.)

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Petrodollars: China builds up its oil tanker fleet

Everyone talks about Chinese demand for oil. But the Chinese are also increasing their demand for the ships that move that oil around. James Bourne looks at the trend in this week’s Oilgram News column, Petrodollars.

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