Posts Tagged ‘Asia’

The Oil Big Five: Looking into the short future of 2014

The end of December is just around the corner, and it’s typical at this time of year for publications to take a grand look backward to sum up the year. What kind of proclamations can we make about the global oil industry in 2014? What sort of lessons are there to be learned, and how will we look back on 2014 years from now?

As tempting as it may be to take that look in the rearview mirror, today we’re going to look ahead with our December version of The Oil Big Five. By now you know the drill: We ask our Platts editors and analysts in offices around the globe what they think are the biggest issues or topics in the oil world for the upcoming month, and then we ask you for your thoughts. Are we right, are we wrong, and what do you want to see covered? Leave us your comments here or with #oilbig5 on Twitter.

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The Oil Big Five: Finding a footing when the crude landscape is shifting

Now that the global crude oil markets are in the middle of a sort of upheaval, it seems increasingly harder to have clear thoughts or emotions about what the future holds. There are so many nuances to the slowly emerging new order that it can be difficult to find underlying issues (something we strive to do every month with this feature) or take a firm stand on how you think things will shake out in the future (see our No. 2 pick).

In the October version of The Oil Big Five, we have some officials trying to establish their region’s role in the future, even as everything is uncertain. We also have price movements and crude movements, and we’re hoping this all moves you to leave us a comment. Leave us your thoughts below. What do you think of these topics, and what did we leave off that’s a big issue to you? Or share your ideas on Twitter with the hashtag #oilbig5. Read what our oil editors and analysts nominated as the top issues for the moment, and we look forward to featuring your comments next week.

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Infographic: Steel raw materials in numbers

Platts steel team tasked our design and production department to take a wealth of steel raw materials data and transform those freshly mined (sic) numbers into something visually engaging. In this post we present you with the very interesting results.

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The Oil Big Five: Is anyone surprised that Iraq tops our list?

Welcome to The Oil Big Five for July 2014, where we list the big issues that are keeping our Platts oil experts busy around the globe. You can find our last posting here, which had the problem of not posting comments for a short time when it first went up. We really appreciate everyone who commented on the blog once it was fixed, though, as well as those who sent us feedback on Twitter. The latest round-up of reader comments can be found here, and be sure to comment again for the follow-up to this post.

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Chinese oil demand: is something missing?

For all the talk about slowing growth, China’s oil demand didn’t fare too dismally last year. It likely remained stable at around 3%, even as the government doggedly pursued reform and rebalancing in favor of accelerated GDP numbers.

Yet the fact remains that analyzing oil demand in China is often a stab in the dark based on scant data. Unlike many other major consumers that release actual consumption data, China’s statistics offer no such transparency.

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The site of the World Energy Congress won’t soon be forgotten, and that’s not necessarily good

Nestled among rolling green hills in southeastern Korea, the city of Daegu is said to have a population of 2.5 million people. But given the lack of decent hotel rooms, restaurants, bars or Big City buzz in general, many of the 7,000 delegates attending the 22nd Word Energy Congress there last week wouldn’t have been surprised to hear it was a town one-tenth that size.

The political and financial whys and wherefores of how cities come to host the triennial WEC make the Olympic city selection process look like a Norwegian election campaign. But suffice to say, Daegu is not an ideal venue for a huge, international conference and trade show.

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Figures on Venezuela’s oil, product exports to China are for the birds

One thing I learned during an eight-year stint in Latin America is that magical realism is not just a literary device popular among writers there.

Sometimes it is a worldview, such as when a government minister of a certain Latin American country assured a group of journalists that vastly increasing its oil production was just a few weeks away as all they had to do was “turn on” some non-producing wells. This was the same minister who gulped down brackish water from a lake to “prove” that an oil spill there had been cleaned up. He said it tasted just fine.

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Shell tipped to take stake in InterOil’s Papua New Guinea LNG project

Of the three oil and gas majors understood to be vying for a share of US-listed junior InterOil’s Gulf LNG project in Papua New Guinea, Shell is being tipped by some industry insiders as the bidder most likely to succeed.

The PNG government approved InterOil’s plans to develop the 3.8 million mt/year Gulf LNG project in November last year but has required that the company bring in a partner with a track record operating similar projects. At the same time the government said state-owned resources company Petromin would take a 50% stake in the onshore Elk and Antelope gas fields that will feed the LNG project.

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Qatar goes offshore to preserves global LNG dominance

Qatar’s LNG development policy has been a matter of considerable international consternation. Why invest tens of billions of dollars to become the world’s leading exporter of the fuel, and then jeopardize that dominant market position by indefinitely extending a moratorium on most upstream gas development?

Research and consulting company Wood Mackenzie thinks it has the answer to that conundrum.

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China’s oil demand rebounds in July

Chinese apparent oil demand rose in July, according to Platts’ analysis, rebounding from June’s decline, which was the first contraction in more than three years. The rise in July demand was driven by a 53% boost in net imports of oil compared to a month earlier. You can read about the decline, and the sharp turnaround from the growth rates of the past, here.