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In the LOOP: US crude exports to Europe driven higher by spreads, tanker rates

Favorable freight economics have helped drive up demand for light, sweet US crude oil in Europe and an expanding list of countries, including Germany, are looking to import barrels from the US Gulf Coast. USGC-to-Europe crude flows have been on the ...

Shell pops the hood on its energy transition strategy: Fuel for Thought

The internal combustion engine faces an expiry date as the transportation sector moves decidedly towards electrification. Plastics and heavy transportation will not sustain high oil demand on their own. The question is whether the inevitable energy ...

Aramco’s IPO looks believable again after Saudi speaks up about reserves

Saudi Arabia has finally silenced its peak oil critics and simultaneously revived interest in its stalled $2 trillion plan to IPO state-owned producer Aramco. The kingdom revealed last week it has enough crude to pump at current rates for at least a...

EU carbon price volatility in January a sign of things to come

EU carbon market analysts in December 2018 predicted that sharp price volatility seen in the second half of the year would continue into 2019. As of early January, they’ve been proved right. After surging close to 10-year highs of over Eur25.00/mt...

Trump steel tariffs persist in 2019, but quotas could provide wiggle room

US President Donald Trump’s administration rocked the global steel market in 2018, with the introduction of a 25% tariff on steel imports that changed trade flows and set off a chain reaction of retaliatory tariffs and additional safeguard measure...