Are we seeing a partial recovery in the energy market?

Supported by all these bullish factors, Brent crude spot prices rose. Yet oil markets also face bearish pressures

Are we seeing a partial recovery in the energy market?Faced with gloom and some good news at the same time, crude oil markets continue to be in a quandary. Retrenchment and lack of capital investment could eventually lead to crude shortages, argued David Messler in a piece in Oilprice.com in June. The shortage could result in firming up of oil prices. Messler also points…

Trump’s oil industry optimism is misplaced

The pain is only just beginning to ripple through the U.S. industry in the form of bankruptcies and layoffs

Trump’s oil industry optimism is misplacedIn love and war, everything is fair. And U.S. President Donald Trump knows that well. After all, to him, the re-election bid is nothing but war. While campaigning in Midland, a region deep in the heart of the west Texas oil patch, Trump underlined: “And now we're back,” proclaiming euphorically, “and now we're just going…

Oil industry facing (c)rude awakening

The game is up: Oil and gas companies can no longer mask their financial frailty

Oil industry facing (c)rude awakeningThe decline in oil demand accelerated by Covid-19 may be a sign of the future. Forty publicly-traded U.S. oil producers wrote down a collective $48 billion worth of the value of their assets in the first quarter of 2020, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. Quoting Deloitte, Oilprice.com points out that the collapse in crude…

Middle East oil exporters facing tough economic times

Despite the recent unprecedented output cuts by oil-producing countries, crude continues to trade around $40 a barrel

Middle East oil exporters facing tough economic timesGlobal economies are in distress. In the United States, the world’s largest economy, jobless claims rose last week for the first time since March. With measures to contain the COVID-19 virus keeping drivers off the road, recent data shows gasoline demand edging even lower. In South Korea, a large crude oil consumer, the economy is…

Crude oil marketplace bubble can’t last

Iran, Venezuela and Libya have virtually been forced out of production. But that hasn’t made the lives of other producers easier

Crude oil marketplace bubble can’t lastAn uneven playing field exists in the crude oil marketplace. Two major producers, Iran and Venezuela, face sanctions on their oil sales from the United States. Meanwhile, Libya is in the midst of civil strife. These circumstances mean a considerable volume of oil isn’t available to the markets. Yet the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries…

Crude oil crystal ball shows cloudy future

Crude oil crystal ball shows cloudy futureOpinion remains divided but, to be fair, the crude oil market is not out of woods. Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency, is endeavouring to take a positive posture. Politically, he needs to stay positive. Global oil demand is likely to recover to above pre-pandemic levels, Birol said on July 6.…

China the big winner in world oil price calamity

The Chinese have stockpiled huge reserves of low-priced oil, giving them significant geopolitical leverage over Russia and Saudi Arabia

China the big winner in world oil price calamityWith the major stakeholders – Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States – emerging badly bruised from the last round of the crude oil price war, a new world order is set to emerge. The cost of the battle has been immense to all three. In April, as the battle erupted, the value of Saudi…

Brakes applied to worldwide oil, gas exploration

The long-term view is frightening. With long gestation periods, new oil and gas projects may not get online when needed

Brakes applied to worldwide oil, gas explorationInternational oil and gas exploration and production are in the doldrums and won’t likely rebound any time soon. Canada has curtailed its crude output by one million barrels per day (bpd). The country’s active oil and gas rig count had fallen to an all-time low of 17 in early June, Baker Hughes reported. That was…

Oil-rich Saudis squeezed by Trump

Current oil production cuts can’t continue for long or the Saudis, and others, won’t balance their budgets

Oil-rich Saudis squeezed by TrumpThe U.S. is putting extreme pressure on the major oil producers, Saudi Arabia in particular, to cut output, firm up crude markets and ensure the continuity of the U.S. shale revolution. But on the other hand, the administration of United States President Donald Trump doesn’t want oil prices to go much higher. In an election…

Oil market finally showing signs of life again

President Donald Trump’s efforts at salvaging the United States shale oil sector seem to be paying off

Oil market finally showing signs of life againSaudi Arabia, Russia and their allies have opted to roll over crude oil output cuts for another month – until the end of July. Markets have somewhat firmed up. Oil prices have inched up. And President Donald Trump’s efforts at salvaging the United States shale oil sector seem to be paying off. The U.S. president…