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Shipping ahoy: Mending broken hearts and noses in Tehran

‘There is no place like Iran in the world,
Iran is the heart of the world,
And we are people of heart’.

So went the poem quoted by the master of ceremonies at the conference held by the National Iranian Tanker Company in Tehran, the day after nuclear sanctions were lifted. Iran the heart of the world? That may be stretching the point a little but there’s no doubt something significant has happened here over the last couple of days.

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Don’t lose your head over bad times — the oil markets will sort everything out

Back in the day six weeks ago, I used to tell this joke when I was explaining how Platts was sending me on the road for the rest of the year to get the pulse of the oil markets.

I hate to travel, and I don’t like people, so this is perfect for me.

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Politics, geology and money collide for Russia’s Arctic bids: At the Wellhead

In this week’s Oilgram News column, At the Wellhead, Nastassia Astrasheuskaya looks at Russia’s moves to lay claim to oil resources in the Arctic.

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Oil price slump upturns old European petrochemicals assumptions

When Saudi Arabia’s oil minister Ali Al-Naimi turned the screw on US shale and Russian oil producers last November by arguing against a cut in OPEC crude production amid slumping oil prices, European petrochemical producers were rubbing their hands.

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North American oil production flush with increasing efficiencies: New Frontier

The US and Canada aren’t slowing oil production, as many predicted when it appeared oil prices were settling into a lower pattern for an extended time period. Efficiencies, which fostered the growth of tight oil production, have continued to protect margins, as Benjamin Morse and Starr Spencer explain in this week’s Oilgram News column, New Frontier.

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Colonial Pipeline is turning some in US gasoline market into history buffs

A new oil commodity with a clunky name began grabbing headlines this spring: Colonial Pipeline shipper history. Here’s the history of this so-called history, and why it’s likely to stick around after this summer’s tan lines are long faded.

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How could a ‘Brexit’ affect the European energy market?

The UK’s premier business lobbying organization, the CBI, has called on the business world to “turn up the volume” in the debate about the country’s relationship with Europe. A referendum is expected by 2017 to decide whether or not there should be a British exit (or “Brexit”) from the European Union. But how could this impact the electricity and gas market?

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Offshore revenue sharing debate stalls before it starts

For years, legislative efforts to give coastal states a larger share of offshore drilling revenue have brought the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee “to a standstill,” Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, the committee’s top Democrat said at a hearing last week.

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A tale of two crudes: Nigeria and Angola

Nigeria and Angola,  both situated on the west side of Africa, are two of biggest producers in the region, but the crudes from these two countries have treaded divergent paths in the past year, despite a lot of similarities.

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Holy Carbon: Does the Pope’s view matter in the fight against climate change?

Pope Francis is set to weigh in on the climate change debate in what has already caused a considerable buzz in the media, by equal measure prompting cheers from the green lobby and irritation among climate skeptics, even before the message has been released.

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