The Canadian oil patch is undergoing an existential moment as low oil prices have scared off investors and thrown the future of further oil sands projects into disarray.
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By Ashok Dutta | May 26, 2015 08:08 AM Comments (1)
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By Elizabeth Bassett | October 6, 2014 03:03 PM Comments (4)
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.
By Ashok Dutta | September 8, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (3)
By Elizabeth Bassett | July 1, 2014 04:45 PM Comments (3)
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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By News Desk | February 3, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (1)
By News Desk | November 11, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (1)
Two different projects both have the same aim: take abundant US/Canadian crude oil and move it elsewhere
By John Kingston | November 8, 2013 02:58 PM Comments (0)
By Jeffrey Bair | June 13, 2013 10:07 AM Comments (3)
The newspaper publisher with a plan, now in baby steps, to put a 400,000 b/d refinery in coastal British Columbia and ship its fuel products to China says the market for Canadian crude is demanding — screaming, even — for someone to get it out of the country to Asian markets.
Skeptics have been poking holes for weeks in David Black’s plan to put a refinery at the port in Kitimat, about 875 miles by car from Vancouver (map here), to process crude from the Alberta oil sands. It’s far from the crowds who line up for whale-watching off British Columbia. In fact, it’s nearly as far north as Smithers, the spot picked to film the Liam Neeson sub-Arctic thriller “The Grey.”
Black said he has no firm commitments for supply but added there is interest so far from China parties including the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. He originally was lobbying oil sands producers last year to build their own refinery “with a copy of a feasibility study stuck in my back pocket.”
By Beth Evans | May 1, 2013 11:22 AM Comments (0)
ExxonMobil has gotten its Kearl Canadian oil sands production off the ground, but you can’t say that yet about the other key component of such a project: the price.
Canadian crude, still pretty much a bottleneck despite all the projects in the pipeline, remains heavily discounted to US benchmark West Texas Intermediate. (That fact was driven home today in the Energy Information Administration’s weekly report, which reported record crude oil stocks of about 395.3 million barrels.)