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Cal on May 28th, 2017

The world’s largest oil producers agreed this week to continue to hold back oil production for another nine months in a bid to raise sluggish world crude oil prices. The deal was agreed between members OPEC and non-OPEC producers including Russia. The participants said they would continue to make cuts of 1.8 million barrels of crude oil a day until March […]

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Cal on April 19th, 2017

    China continues to increase its electricity generation from coal, which was up 7% year over year in the first quarter. As domestic coal production only increased by 4% during this quarter, the result is a surge in demand for imported coal which is expected to be 30 million tons higher this year than last year. […]

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Cal on April 15th, 2017

The US has shut down 39 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired electrical generation capacity since 2012 while the UK has closed 8.4 GW in the five years through 2015. (1 GW is the size of a typical nuclear power plant.) Construction on new coal plants fell by nearly two-thirds globally in 2016. US carbon emissions dropped 3% last year as cheap abundant natural […]

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Cal on April 11th, 2017

Fitch Ratings Agency is forecasting that global crude oil prices will average $52.50 this year, up from $45.10 in 2016. This figure is still believed to be below the breakeven point for most Middle Eastern oil exporters. Only Kuwait, which is said to have a breakeven point of $45 a barrel is well below the […]

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Cal on April 8th, 2017

On a global level, 2015 and 2016 marked the lowest level of new conventional crude oil discoveries since 1952. In 2016, only 3.7 billion barrels of conventional oil were discovered, roughly 45 days of global crude consumption or 0.2% of global proved reserves. Globally, exploratory drilling fell by almost 20% in 2015 and fell even […]

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Cal on March 30th, 2017

OPEC’s crude oil supply cuts are providing to be beneficial for producers of heavy crude oil from Western Canada and the Gulf of Mexico. Prices for Western Canadian grades have increased relative to the benchmark West Texas Intermediate since OPEC began implementing its reductions earlier this year. In Southeast Asia, nearly a decade in the making, […]

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Cal on March 26th, 2017

The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) forecasts US shale oil production will rise by some 300,000 barrels per day this year and another 500,000 b/d in 2018. Industry sources talk about increased efficiency and production gains, suggesting to many that the EIA’s forecast is conservative and that the US shale oil production increase may be higher. […]

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Cal on January 23rd, 2017

NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp. said they had begun operations at a US$1 billion carbon capture facility at a Texas coal-fired power plant and were using the emissions to extract crude from a nearby oilfield. The facility, the largest of its kind in the world, is the latest in efforts […]

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