“It is a buyer’s market.” This phrase is omnipresent on most oil trader’s lips these days as crude oil prices continue to slide. None typifies this better than the current state of the Nigerian crude oil market. Overhang, glut, oversupply, unsold barrels, are some of the words most associated with Nigerian crude.
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By Eklavya Gupte | December 14, 2015 10:27 AM Comments (3)
By Colin Richardson | November 13, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (1)
So say the lyrics immortalized by Spencer Davis, which to some degree show what is wrong with the global steel market — it keeps on running and hiding from its overcapacity.
For global producers to return to 85% utilization rates, 170 million mt of global capacity has to disappear, according to Macquarie Research. To reach headier rates of 90% utilization rates, at which mills can make decent money, the equivalent of Western European and Japanese production (275 million mt) needs to exit the market.
By Joshua Mann | September 29, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (0)
Pipelines are chasing crude-by-rail shipments out of most US markets, but the Bakken-to-Atlantic-Coast route has managed to keep a hold on its market share, making the spread between domestic and international crudes more important than ever to profitability on the rails.
Rail used to have a key advantage in the midstream market; namely, it was already there. When the US started producing massive quantities of crude oil from shale wells about six years ago, the volumes quickly overwhelmed the market’s ability to move it around with traditional infrastructure. Huge amounts of crude oil were piling up in the Bakken, hundreds or even thousands of miles from the major coastal refining regions, and no one had the space to move it.
By Eklavya Gupte | May 25, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (10)
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.
By Elizabeth Bassett | May 13, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (2)
This month’s version of The Oil Big Five marks its first anniversary and we’re pleased to still be serving up a monthly dose of topics to keep an eye on in the global oil industry.
By Eklavya Gupte | March 26, 2015 04:33 PM Comments (3)
On March 28, Africa’s biggest economy and also the continent’s largest oil producer, Nigeria, will go to the polls to elect its new president.
By Robert Perkins | February 23, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (1)
With spending cutbacks already taking their toll on global upstream activity, oil companies are being forced to rethink their approach to Africa’s vulnerable high-risk, high-reward exploration frontiers.
By Jacinta Moran | January 23, 2015 08:30 AM Comments (2)
West Africa has suffered one of its most difficult years in 2014. and 2015 is shaping up to be an even more difficult year for that region. While the deadly Ebola virus will eventually wind down, the disruptions caused by the outbreak will continue to cripple the economies of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The political landscape across west and east Africa remains delicate as nations across the region continue to grapple with insecurity and terrorist threats. Africa in 2014 faced intensified terrorism in Nigeria, increased attacks by al-Shabab in Kenya and civil war in the Central African Republic and South Sudan.
By Jacinta Moran | December 16, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (0)
Plummeting oil prices coupled with a significant increase in terrorism, and regime instability pose a direct threat to several sub-Saharan African countries the next year.
2015 will ask searching questions for Nigeria’s political climate as the country heads into a crucial election in February. Campaigning comes against a backdrop of sliding crude prices which have crushed an economy which relies on oil for 70% of its income. Opposition in the north to president Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election has deepened because of a deadly insurgency by Boko Haram Islamists in the region.
By John Kingston | October 13, 2014 10:24 AM Comments (6)
Phil Verleger has a long memory.
Phil is a veteran energy economist, and he and I have been emailing each other over the course of the last week, recalling the oil price collapse of the mid 1980’s. As he noted, there are a dwindling number of of people still in the industry who remember that. But I had just joined Platts when the great collapse of 1985-1986 took place. On April 1, 1986, WTI plunged to less than $10 and no, it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. (It remains the only day in the history of the WTI contract, launched in 1983, that the price ever “printed” a number less than double digits. It has never settled at less than $10.)
In his latest weekly report, Phil recalls that fall, as well as the collapse of 1998-1999. While WTI prices didn’t drop below the $10 level in the late 90’s, the levels of that period, after adjusting for inflation, were the lowest in history.