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November 30, 2021

Saudi Aramco’s January OSP jump to factor in OPEC+, omicron

Saudi Aramco and other Middle East producers are expected to raise official selling prices for crude loading in January on the back of a higher Dubai structure. But traders said that OPEC+ output, a resurgence of COVID-19 infection and the new Omicron variant could lead to moderate price increases on the back of cooling demand cues. Sources said that Saudi Aramco and other Middle East producers could raise prices by between 50 cents/b and $1.20/b across all Asia-bound grades. The discovery of Omicron has stalled an increase in crude oil prices, and the release of strategic petroleum reserves by the US and other economies such as India and Japan has put importance on the next meeting of the OPEC+ alliance to discuss output. That meeting will take place on December 2nd to discuss January production levels.

November 29, 2021

UAE’s ADNOC to supply full crude volumes to Asia buyers in Feb – sources

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) will supply full volumes of all crude grades to term customers in Asia in February for a third consecutive month. This comes ahead of an OPEC+ meeting on December 2nd to discuss 2022 output policy. The United Arab Emirates producer has restored full supplies to Asia since December after OPEC+ agreed to raise output by 400,000 barrels per day a month from August.

November 29, 2021

Saudi Aramco expects about 2 bcf/day in gas from Jafurah field, CEO says

The CEO of Saudi Aramco said that he expects its Jafurah gas field to produce approximately 2 billion cubic feet of gas per day by 2030. Saudi Arabia is working to develop its unconventional gas reserves, unconventional because they require advanced extraction methods such as shale gas. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV quoted the energy minister as saying that the cost of developing Jafoura field will be $24 billion, adding that Aramco signed agreements worth $10 billion for the development of the field. Jafurah is the kingdom’s largest unconventional non-oil associated gas field, with reserves estimated at 200 trillion cubic feet of raw gas.

November 28, 2021

Iran plans to boost oil output capacity to pre-sanctions levels by March 2022

Iran is ready to boost its crude oil capacity to 4 million b/d by March 2022, levels not seen since before the US withdrew from the nuclear deal and re-imposed sanctions on the country’s crude sales in 2018. “Our plan is to raise the oil production capacity to what it was before the sanctions by the end of the current [Iranian] year,” Mohsen Khojastehmehr, managing director of the state-owned National Iranian Oil Co. said. The Iranian year ends on March 20th, 2022. Natural gas is also part of the expansion, with one train in phase 14 of South Pars offshore gas field set to go on stream within two months. Also, phase 11 of the shared field with Qatar will become operational in the next Iranian year. Khojastehmehr said that oil and condensate exports have increased recently, without giving further details. The announcement came just as the next round of Iran nuclear talks, which could swing global oil supply by 1.5 million b/d next year, is set for Nov. 29 in Vienna after a five-month pause.

November 28, 2021

Aramco-backed SABIC to rely more on renewables amid 2050 net zero pledge

The CEO of Saudi Basic Industries Corp. said they plan to rely more on renewables in power generation for its operations as it seeks to meet a 2050 net zero carbon emissions pledge. Saudi Basic Industries Corp. is the Middle East’s biggest petrochemical maker and is 70% owned by Saudi Aramco. In late November SABIC signed a memorandum of understanding with the Saudi energy ministry in the field of developing renewable energy projects, providing a platform for SABIC to reach its net zero goal. Saudi Arabia plans to generate half of its power from renewables and the other half from natural gas by 2030. The kingdom also wants to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2060 while boosting its oil production.

November 25, 2021

Reliance, Aramco call off $15 bln deal amid valuation differences, sources say

Sources close to the matter say Reliance Industries and Saudi Aramco have called off a deal for the state oil giant to buy a stake in the oil-to-chemicals business of the Indian conglomerate due to valuation concerns. Aramco signed a non-binding agreement to buy a 20% stake in Reliance’s O2C business for $15 billion in 2019. Talks broke down over how much Reliance’s oil-to-chemicals (O2C) business should be valued as the world seeks to move away from fossil fuels and reduce emissions. Reliance will instead focus on signing multiple deals with companies to produce specialty chemicals for higher margins. The collapse of the deal reflects the changing global energy landscape as oil and gas companies shift away from fossil fuel to renewables.

November 22, 2021

Oman’s OQ, Kogas Tech ink agreement to explore green hydrogen opportunities

Oman’s state-owned energy company OQ signed on November 21 a memorandum of understanding with South Korea’s Kogas Tech to explore opportunities in the green hydrogen industry as Oman is looking to attract foreign investment to its clean energy projects. Oman is in talks with investors to build green ammonia and hydrogen projects in three free zones, a government official said in August. Oman is accelerating efforts to develop clean energy products as it seeks to supplement its energy industry as well as cater to the global demand for green ammonia and hydrogen. The authority has already signed a land reservation agreement with India’s renewables company ACME Solar Holding Private Limited to develop a green hydrogen and ammonia project in Duqm free zone and German energy company Uniper will join Oman’s Hyport Duqm renewable hydrogen project to provide engineering services and negotiate an exclusive offtake agreement for green ammonia from the facility.

November 22, 2021

Platts launches Middle East hydrogen prices as mega-projects underline region’s ambitions

S&P Global Platts has launched new low-carbon hydrogen assessments in the Middle East as the region strives to become a major exporter of the energy carrier and initial prices showed the Middle East amongst the cheapest producers of renewable hydrogen in the world, behind only Australia. The assessments track three production pathways in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE. Announced projects in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Oman are set to produce 3 million mt/year of hydrogen in the 2030s, with Oman’s 14-GW Al Wusta and Saudi’s 4-GW NEOM projects among the world’s most ambitious to date.

November 21, 2021

Iraq’s Lukoil-operated West Qurna 2 oil field to reach peak output in 2027

Iraq’s southern oil field of West Qurna 2, which is operated by Lukoil, is expected to reach peak production of 800,000 b/d by 2027, the country’s oil minister said. In May 2018, Lukoil signed a new development plan that provides for an oil production plateau of 800,000 b/d, according to the company’s website. The website also says that West Qurna 2 is one of the world’s largest oil fields with around 14 billion barrels of initial recoverable reserves and the field pumps about 9% of total Iraqi oil production. Lukoil also has submitted to Iraq’s oil ministry a preliminary development proposal for Eridu field, which may yield 250,000 b/d at peak output.

November 21, 2021

Iran, Azerbaijan eye joint development of oil and gas fields in Caspian Sea

Iranian oil minister Javad Owji said that Iran and Azerbaijan are looking at finalizing “soon” a number of energy deals, including joint development of an oil field in the Caspian Sea. Owji said, “Initial talks were held regarding [a] gas deal with Azerbaijan, gas swap from neighboring countries with Azerbaijan, the contract for transfer of gas to Nakhichevan and development of oil fields in the Caspian Sea”, and that “some agreements were made”. Azerbaijan’s Nakhichevan enclave, located between Armenia, Iran and Turkey, receives gas from Iran under a swap arrangement agreed to in 2004, with Baku supplying gas to the Iranian city of Astara. The two states have been developing oil and gas cooperation over the past years and they signed a memorandum of cooperation in 2018 for joint work in an oil field located in the waters of the Caspian Sea.

November 18, 2021

Saudi Arabia’s crude oil exports hit eight-month high in September

Saudi Arabia’s crude oil exports in September rose for a fifth month in a row to their highest level since January. Its crude oil exports rose to 6.516 million b/d in September, up from 6.450 million b/d in August. The world’s largest oil exporter’s crude output rose by 100,000 b/d month over month to 9.662 million b/d in September, its highest since April 2020. OPEC+ is also raising output 400,000 bpd per month, gradually unwinding record output cuts made in 2020.

November 15, 2021

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait say other OPEC+ members’ struggles won’t push them to bust quotas

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait indicated that they will not increase their crude oil productions above their quotas to make up for other OPEC members’ shortfalls or to ease the upward pressure on prices. Prince Abdulaziz said he wanted to be “very respectful” to OPEC+, while Kuwaiti counterpart Mohammed al-Fares said infringing on quotas could disrupt the coalition’s harmony and risk ending the supply pact entirely. The recent gas and electricity crunch in Europe and Asia has been pulling up crude prices with some power plants switching fuels to oil, but there is no shortage of oil in the market, the Saudi energy minister said. OPEC, Russia and nine other partners reaffirmed their plans for a small 400,000 b/d production hike for December, rejecting complaints from the US, India and Japan.

November 10, 2021

China’s Iran oil purchases rebound on lower prices, fresh quotas

China’s imports of Iranian oil have held above 500,000 b/d on average for the last three months. The Biden administration has so far chosen not to enforce sanctions against Chinese individuals and companies amid negotiations that could revive a 2015 nuclear deal that would allow Iran to sell its oil openly again. Officially, China has not imported any oil from Iran since the start of 2021, according to its customs data, as state-owned refiners remain sidelined by the US. sanctions. China’s foreign ministry is urging the United States “to lift the illegitimate unilateral sanctions as soon as possible”.

November 9, 2021

Iraq to initiate talks with Chevron to develop energy projects: oil ministry

The country’s oil ministry has said that Iraq has allowed state-run Iraqi National Oil Co. to start negotiations with Chevron to develop fields in the southern province of Dhi Qar. Development could include four exploration blocks and other potential projects such as gas development and solar power plants. The Nasiriyah fields in Dhi Qar could initially produce 600,000 b/d of crude over a seven-year period, the ministry said.

November 8, 2021

Higher energy prices lift Qatar budget surplus – finance ministry

Qatar’s government budget recorded a surplus of 0.9 billion riyals ($247 million) in the third quarter, boosting the nine-month surplus in 2021 to 4.9 billion riyals. This comes as higher energy prices increased the nation’s revenue. Expenditures reached 46.1 billion riyals in Q3, of which 16.3 billion riyals went towards major projects.

November 8, 2021

OPEC+ hikes October output by 480,000 b/d but many members underperform

OPEC and its allies boosted crude oil production by 480,000 b/d in October, according to the latest S&P Global Platts survey. Only half of the group’s members actually increased output last month though, as many coalitions are struggling to pump as many barrels as promised. Many of the members have been beset by significant disruptions due to a combination of factors ranging from damaged infrastructure, operational issues and technical problems. The monthly rise was attributed mainly to the group’s largest oil producers such as Saudi Arabia, Russia, the UAE and Kuwait as well as Kazakhstan, which completed heavy maintenance on a key field.

November 7, 2021

Qatar orders six LNG ships from Korean shipyards amid expansion plans

QatarEnergy has ordered six LNG ships from two South Korean shipyards, the first batch under a 2020 agreement, as the Gulf state seeks to meet requirements for its North Field expansion plans. Four vessels were ordered from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and two ships from Samsung Heavy Industries. The cost of the order and timeline of delivery has not been disclosed. Qatar’s North Field is the world’s largest offshore gas field and the expansion project will boost its LNG production capacity to 126 million mt/year by 2027 from 77 million mt/year now.

November 4, 2021

UAE targets 25% of global hydrogen fuel market by 2030

The United Arab Emirates aims to capture 25% of the global hydrogen fuel market by 2030. The country also said that it was implementing more than seven ambitious hydrogen projects, targeting main export markets including Japan, South Korea, Germany and India, in addition to other markets in Europe and East Asia.

October 25, 2021

Middle East Green Initiative to invest $10 bln, Saudi crown prince says

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince launched a Middle East Green Initiative on Monday which he said aimed to secure 39 billion riyals ($10.4 billion) for an investment fund and clean energy project as part of efforts to reduce regional carbon emissions. The Crown Prince said that the kingdom would contribute 15% of the funds and would work with other states and development funds on funding initiatives. When this Green Initiative plan was first announced in March, the Prince said it aimed to reduce carbon emissions in the region’s hydrocarbon industry by 60% and reverse desertification in one of the world’s most water-stressed regions by planting billions of trees. Prince Mohammed bin Salman also pledged that Saudi Arabia would reach “net zero” emissions by 2060.

October 25, 2021

OIL FUTURES: Crude bounces past $86/b mark as supply outlooks hold firm

Crude oil hit $86.14/b as supply sentiment remains firm while OPEC+ holds steady on crude oil production rises. Demand recovery from impacts of COVID-19 coupled with a conservative approach from the OPEC+ alliance to raise its crude oil production has been providing support to the complex lately. Supply tightness has also been exacerbated by the inability of some OPEC+ countries to raise production quickly to match monthly increments in quotas. An analyst from ING said “Comments from the Saudi energy minister which suggest that OPEC+ will continue to take a cautious approach in increasing output is likely providing some support to the market, particularly with other members of OPEC+ echoing the Saudi view”.

October 24, 2021

Saudi Arabia wants to be top supplier of hydrogen – energy minister

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman al-Saud has said that the country wants to be the biggest supplier of hydrogen. He added that the country intends to produce and export somewhere around 4 million tonnes of hydrogen by 2030. There are growing international calls for reductions in fossil-fuel investment and for the focus to shift towards renewable energy sources. Earlier this year, the chief executive of Aramco, said that the company is looking for off-take agreements for hydrogen in its key markets to expand its output and sees strong potential for growth.

October 24, 2021

QatarEnergy enters deal with ExxonMobil to explore offshore Canada’s Atlantic coast

QatarEnergy has entered an agreement with ExxonMobil Canada to explore offshore from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The agreement will have QatarEnergy holding 40% and ExxonMobil Canada owning the rest. The exploration site “represents our first entry into offshore Canada in an established producing basin with the leading producer in the area,” Qatar energy minister Saad al-Kaabi said in a statement. The block covered by the agreement is approximately 450km east of the city of St. Johns, at a depth of 1,100 meters. QatarEnergy has increasingly looked abroad for upstream assets in a global diversification push.

October 23, 2021

Oil giant Saudi Arabia pledges to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced that Saudi Arabia aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2060, with more than 60 initiatives planned at an initial cost of almost $190 billion. The goal refers to emissions produced domestically and does not apply to hydrocarbons exported and combusted elsewhere. Renewables, carbon capture, utilization and storage, direct air capture and hydrogen are some of the projects that the country will develop to meet this goal. The Saudi energy minister said 2060 was the chosen year to reach net zero because most technologies needed for the energy transformation won’t be “mature” until 2040. Saudi Arabia is currently the world’s largest crude oil exporter.

October 22, 2021

Biden blames OPEC for high oil prices, sees US fuel costs easing in 2022

President Joe Biden blamed the current high oil prices on OPEC withholding supply, while ultimately dismissing the idea that he might try to persuade the producer group to increase production. Biden suggested he had few near-term options for moderating high fuel prices while Saudi Arabia did have the ability to cool off the market. “A lot of Middle Eastern folks want to talk to me,” he said. “I’m not sure I’m going to talk to them. But the point is, it’s about gas production”. He did not mention US oil production, which remains nearly 2 million b/d under its 13 million b/d peak in November 2019.

October 22, 2021

Kuwait says drilling, facilities work underway to reverse declining oil production capacity

Kuwait will be able to unlock some 500,000 b/d of potential output capacity in the next two years, the head of its state oil company said. This announcement was made seeking to allay concerns over the firm’s own admission that the ability to pump crude has declined in the past three years. Earlier this month, a report said that Kuwait Oil Co.’s maximum sustainable production capacity had fallen to 2.579 million b/d as of March 31, down 572,000 b/d from 2018. To achieve the 500,000 b/d, a drilling program of 500 wells annually, construction of two gathering facilities and water injection facilities, and other infrastructure projects are currently underway. In September, Kuwait announced plans to invest $6.1 billion on exploration over the next five years, but analysts have cast doubts on this figure due to the oil sector being hampered by political instability.  Kuwait hopes to have capacity up to 4 million b/d by 2035 – 2040. 

October 14, 2021

Russian deputy PM, Saudi energy minister discuss oil, hydrogen and nuclear energy

The Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister discussed oil markets, hydrogen and nuclear energy, according to a statement on the Russian government website. The Deputy Prime Minister, Alexander Novak said the two countries are also working on a project for the full production of solar installations and power generators. Novak also met with the UAE’s Energy Minister to discuss hydrogen and bilateral cooperation, as well as the Russian-UAE conference on oil, petrochemical and gas cooperation due to take place on the sidelines of ADIPEC.

October 11, 2021

Saudi Aramco taps banks for $12-14 bln gas pipeline loan – sources

Saudi Aramco has asked banks to arrange a loan expected to be in the $12 billion to $14 billion range that it plans to offer to buyers of its gas pipeline network. Potential buyers are expected to submit bids at the end of October, said one of the sources. Sources have also previously said Aramco could raise at least $17 billion from the sale of a significant minority stake in its gas pipelines. And a previous deal, which included all of Aramco’s existing and future stabilized crude pipelines, was backed by $10.5 billion financing from a large group of banks including Citi, HSBC and JPMorgan.

October 11, 2021

Iraq’s oil sector progress, IOC deals hinge on outcome of parliamentary elections

The outcome of the October 10th parliamentary elections will influence the progress of Iraq’s oil sector and the finalization of numerous key deals with international oil companies signed during the one-and-a-half year tenure of Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s government. Oil Minister Ihsan Ismaael has managed to sign several deals with international oil, gas and power companies, but most of these agreements are not final and their implementation will depend on the next government. The most high profile deal is a $27 billion agreement with TotalEnergies that includes four projects. Help from international oil companies is needed if Iraq is to fulfill its plans to boost its oil production capacity beyond the estimated 5 million b/d.

October 11, 2021

Qatar Petroleum changes name to Qatar Energy – newspaper

Qatar Petroleum has changed its name to Qatar Energy, reported the Qatari newspaper, The Peninsula. A press conference in Doha has been planned to discuss the name change.

October 11, 2021

Saudi to supply additional crude to some Asian refiners in Nov -sources

Saudi Aramco has agreed to supply additional crude to at least three Asian buyers in November, while meeting full contractual volumes for four others. Aramco has been supplying full crude volumes to Asia despite limiting output to comply with a pact between OPEC+. Besides Saudi Arabia, Kuwait is also able to supply incremental light and heavy crude cargoes above contractual volumes in November, two other sources said.

October 11, 2021

Saudi Arabia’s biggest IPO since Aramco surges in debut

ACWA Power International raised more than $1.2 billion in the biggest Saudi listing since Aramco. The stock jumped by the 30% daily limit to 72.80 riyals and ACWA is now valued at $14.2 billion, making it one of the biggest listed companies in Riyadh. ACWA aims to play a major role in the transition to greener energy by producing renewable electricity and hydrogen, as the government has said ACWA will help develop 70% of Saudi renewable energy projects. It is also a part of a consortium developing a $5 billion plant for exporting green energy and using solar and wind powered fuel in the new city of Neom.

October 8, 2021

Iraq signs deal with consortium led by Norway’s Scatec for 525 MW solar plants

Iraq signed an agreement with a consortium led by Norway’s Scatec Solar to build two solar power plants with a total capacity of 525 MW. The other companies in the consortium are Egypt’s Orascom Construction and Iraq’s Bilal. The project is part of a plan to develop 7.5 GW of renewable power before 2023 and follows the signing of an agreement with UAE’s Masdar to develop 1 GW of renewable power from five plants in an initial phase. Iraq is under increasing pressure from the US to wean itself off electricity and gas imports from Iran, which has been subject to US sanctions since 2018, and it has been striking a number of renewable agreements to help lower its dependence on oil and gas as feedstock for power generation.

October 7, 2021

Iraq seeks 7.5 GW of renewable power as it inks 2 GW deal with UAE’s Masdar

Iraq is seeking to develop 7.5 GW of renewable power as it inks a 2 GW agreement with UAE’s clean energy firm Masdar. In the initial phase of the Masdar deal, 1 GW will be developed in Iraq and the UAE Energy Minister said the Masdar deal will be a “long-term investment”. Iraq has been striking a number of renewable agreements to help lower its dependence on oil and gas as feedstock for power generation including $27 billion deals with TotalEnergies and initial agreements with PowerChina.

October 6, 2021

Iraq in advanced talks with IOCs over boosting oil capacity to 8 mil b/d by 2027

Iraq, OPEC’s second-biggest producer, is in advanced talks with international oil companies over boosting the country’s production capacity to 8 million b/d by end of 2027. Several oil companies operate the country’s biggest oil field in the south, including BP’s Rumaila, Lukoil’s West Qurna 2 and Eni’s Zubair. But ExxonMobil has filed an arbitration case against state-owned Basra Oil Co. over its stalled attempt to sell its stake in the giant West Qurna 1 oil field.

October 4, 2021

Oman ‘almost back to normal’ as Sohar port reopens after cyclone

Oman is “almost back to normal” said Oil Minister Mohammed al-Rumhi. This is a day after Cyclone Shaheen hit the country, temporarily disrupting LNG and crude oil loadings. Oman is the Middle East’s largest crude oil producer outside of OPEC, and one of the few LNG exporters in the region along with Qatar. Sohar Port and Freezone resumed marine operations on Oct. 4 after closing as a precaution the day before. There have been no reports of infrastructural damage or injuries.

October 4, 2021

OPEC+ agrees to stick to existing oil output plan, sources say

OPEC and its allies agreed to stick to their existing agreement to add 400,000 b/d of oil to the market in November. This is despite pressure from consumers as the price of benchmark Brent crude has surged above $80. That price is more than 50% higher than at the start of the year, which has been pushed up due to supply disruptions, and surging demand amidst an economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 3, 2021

ADNOC Drilling jumps over 30% in debut for Abu Dhabi’s largest IPO

ADNOC Drilling shares, a unit of the Abu Dhabi oil giant ADNOC, jumped 30% as trading started on Sunday, October 3rd. The initial public offering was $1.1 billion, the largest ever on the Abu Dhabi stock market. ADNOC Drilling, whose share offering attracted more than $34 billion in demand, is expected to be among the 10 largest companies on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. ADNOC increased the size of the IPO to 11% of share capital because of oversubscription. It had previously targeted selling a minimum stake of 7.5%. 

October 3, 2021

Qatar orders four LNG carriers from China, its first shipyard deal with Beijing

State-owned Qatar Petroleum has ordered four new LNG carriers from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group Co. (Hudong), a unit of China State Shipbuilding Corp. This is its first LNG vessel deal with a shipyard from China. The cost of the order exceeds Qatari Riyals 2.8 billion ($770 million), Saad al-Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs and QP CEO, said in the statement. Qatar Petroleum signed an agreement to reserve LNG ship construction capacity in China to support its North Field, which is the world’s largest offshore gas field, located in the Persian Gulf and shared with Iran.

October 2, 2021

Reliance sets up a subsidiary in UAE for trading oil

Reliance Industries has said that it’s setup a wholly owned subsidiary in the UAE for trading in crude oil, petroleum, petrochemical products, and agricultural commodities. The new subsidiary is called Reliance Industries Ltd. It has yet to commence operations, but $1 million has been invested into the new business. Reliance Industries operates the world’s biggest refining complex at Jamnagar in western India. The company did not say why they decided to set up a new unit located in the UAE, but it is in line with it becoming more internationally focused.

September 30, 2021

Saudi Arabia may trim November crude prices for Asia

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia may just trim November crude prices for customers in Asia even though Middle East benchmarks posted wider declines this month, industry sources said. Saudi Aramco typically sets prices based on the monthly change in benchmark Dubai’s market structure. They’re expected to deviate from this pricing formula as it already slashed October prices.

September 29, 2021

Qatar signs 15-year deal to sell China 3.5 mil mt/yr LNG

Qatar Petroleum said Sept. 29 that it had reached an agreement to supply 3.5 million mt/year of LNG to China over 15 years, starting January 2022. The long-term sale and purchase agreement is with CNOOC Gas and Power Trading & Marketing Ltd., a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp. This comes at a time when buyers are hesitant to commit to new long-term investments in LNG supply, in part due to price volatility. Qatar made its first LNG shipment to CNOOC in September 2009 and as of August 2021, Qatar has delivered 715 LNG cargoes to China.

September 29, 2021

Iraq reconfigures Gulf terminal to boost exports of Basrah Medium crude: sources

Iraq has converted nearly half of its export capacity at its southern terminal on the Gulf coast to load its Basrah Medium crude, sources at the country’s State Oil Marketing Organization and Basrah Oil Company said. This enables the country to boost shipments to nearly 1.8 million b/d of Basrah Medium from its fixed jetties at the Al-Basrah Oil Terminal. SOMO introduced the Basrah Medium grade in January to address quality issues with the country’s biggest crude stream, Basrah Light. Basrah Medium is now SOMO’s most popular export grade, especially in Asia, outpacing shipments of Basrah Light and Basrah Heavy.

September 28, 2021

Dana Gas says tribunal awards it $607.5 million in Iran deal dispute

UAE energy firm Dana Gas said on Tuesday an international arbitration tribunal had awarded it $607.5 million in a gas supply dispute with National Iranian Oil Co. The dispute concerns a 25 year gas sales and purchase contract between Dana Gas affiliate Crescent Petroleum and NIOC. Dana Gas says the gas was never delivered. The damages awarded are for the first eight and a half years of the 25 year agreement that had been due to start in 2005. A final hearing on a “much larger claim” for the remaining 16.5 years has been set for October next year in Paris with a decision on that award due in 2023, Dana Gas said in a statement.

September 28, 2021

OPEC forecasts oil demand rebound before post-2035 plateau

OPEC forecasts that oil demand will grow sharply in the next few years as economies recover from the pandemic. They also added that the world needs to keep investing in production to avert a crunch despite an energy transition. But OPEC’s view contrasts with that of the International Energy Agency, which said that investors should not fund new oil projects if the world wants to reach net zero emissions. Oil use will rise by 1.7 million barrels per day in 2023 to 101.6 million bpd, OPEC said. This is in addition to robust growth already predicted for 2021 and 2022.

September 27, 2021

Iranian condensate cargo begins discharging in Venezuela – sources

A 2.1-million barrel cargo of condensate supplied by Iranian National Oil Company to Venezuela’s PDVSA began discharging this week, according to two sources and tanker tracking data. This is the first of a swap deal between the state-run firms, who have agreed to a medium-term contract to exchange Venezuelan heavy crude for Iranian condensate. U.S. sanctioned Venezuela and Iran have since last year strengthened their cooperation. Both their state-run oil companies are barred by the U.S. Treasury Department. A second 2.1 million-barrel condensate cargo, contracted under the same swap agreement, is expected to arrive in Venezuelan waters in the coming weeks, the sources said.

September 27, 2021

APPEC: Qatar could surpass Australia in hydrogen, energy transition, says Woodside ex-CEO

Peter Coleman, former CEO of Australia’s largest oil and gas independent company, said that Qatar can utilize being a planned economy to gain the first-mover advantage over Australia in the emerging market for hydrogen and hydrogen-derived energy products. He said, “The Qataris can work on a government-to-government level to establish the infrastructure at both ends, supply and demand”. Coleman also stated that, “rather than be a competitive threat, the Qataris can be seen as the pioneers forging through, and there will be a great industry that comes from behind it”.

September 27, 2021

Bahrain abolishes NOGA, oil ministry to take over functions

Bahrain’s king issued a royal decree abolishing the National Oil and Gas Authority, with all its functions to be undertaken by the oil ministry, the state-run Bahrain News Agency said. NOGA has raised funds in the debt capital markets several times over the past few years, including a $600 million issuance of sukuk, or Islamic bonds, in April. It has $2.25 billion in outstanding conventional bonds, according to Refinitiv data.

September 27, 2021

Germany’s Uniper looks to Middle East for more hydrogen supplies

German energy company Uniper is in talks with more Middle East hydrogen producers to acquire supply for the European market. This is part of Uniper’s plan to supply customers with decarbonized hydrogen and to turn its European operations carbon neutral by 2035, company officials said. They want to use their natural gas, LNG shipping, and storage network in Europe to support its hydrogen ambitions. In July they held negotiations with Oman for an exclusive offtake agreement for green ammonia. Germany has a subsidy mechanism that could benefit Middle East sales if offering prices are competitive with other suppliers such as Australia and Chile.

September 27, 2021

ACWA to finance renewable energy projects with green bonds – CEO

ACWA Power, partly owned by Saudi Arabia’s PIF sovereign wealth fund, will look at issuing green bonds starting next year to finance some of its renewable energy projects, its chief executive said. ACWA Power already has five projects certified for green finance which together will require just under $10 billion to fund. In August, ACWA and a consortium secured financing for Sudair Solar PV, a 1.5-gigawatt plant that is the first under the Public Investment Fund’s renewables program.

September 25, 2021

Exclusive: Under U.S. sanctions, Iran and Venezuela strike oil export deal

State-run firms Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) have agreed to a key contract to swap Venezuelan heavy oil for Iranian condensate that it can use to improve the quality of its tar-like crude, five people close to the deal said. Venezuela seeks to boost its flagging oil exports in the face of U.S. sanctions. This deepens the cooperation between two of Washington’s foes. PDVSA plans to mix the Iranian condensate with extra heavy oil to produce diluted crude oil, a grade demanded by Asian refiners that it has struggled to export since late 2019 when suppliers halted diluent shipments due to sanctions, three sources said.

September 20, 2021

Iran appoints Iraq energy envoy amid reduced gas, electricity exports

The Iranian oil minister has appointed a special energy envoy to help bolster Tehran’s ties with neighboring Iraq. Javad Owji has appointed Abbas Beheshti to follow up on the settlement of gas export dues and identify other common interests between the two countries around oil product trading and private sector investments in the oil industry. There will also be a follow up on data surrounding shared oil fields, which Iran shares 12 with Iraq. This all comes at a time when Iraq is being pressured by the US to wean itself off Iranian energy imports. Iraq also owes Iran billions of dollars in unpaid energy bills due to its inability to settle without the threat of US sanctions.

September 19, 2021

Kuwait starts 100,000 b/d oil gathering center amid expansion plans

State-owned Kuwait Oil Co. has started operations at a new gathering center that can handle 100,000 b/d of crude oil as the OPEC producer forges ahead with plans to expand its production capacity.  GC-31 was built by Dodsal, and it is one of three gathering centers that have been constructed, each of which will be able to produce 100,000 b/d of crude oil. It will also process 62.5 MMcf/d of associated gas and 240,000 b/d of treated water. Petrofac has also won a $1.3 billion project to construct GC-32 at Burgan, the country’s largest oil field. It is the first sour crude gathering center to be developed at Burgan and will process 120,000 b/d of crude and associated gas. Work on GC-32 was supposed to end in mid-2020.

September 19, 2021

OPEC to stick to oil production deal in October, Iraq oil minister says

OPEC and its allies will try to keep oil prices at $70 per barrel in the first quarter of 2022, Iraq’s oil minister said. He also added that the group is expected to stick to its current production accord when it meets in October “if prices remain stable”. Iraq’s total oil exports, including those of the Kurdistan region in the north of the country, should stand at an average of 3.4 million barrels per day in September.

September 19, 2021

Saudi retains top spot in oil supplies to China with volumes up 53% y/y

Saudi Arabia kept its ranking as China’s top crude supplier for a ninth straight month in August as major producers relaxed production cuts. Saudi oil arrivals surged 53% from a year earlier to 8.06 million tonnes, or 1.96 million b/d. That compares with 1.58 million b/d in July and 1.24 million b/d in August last year. OPEC and its allies decided in July to ease production cuts and increase supply by a further 2 million b/d.

September 17, 2021

Iran’s petrochemical, fuel sales boom as sanctions hit crude exports

Iranian fuel and petrochemical exports have boomed in recent years despite stringent U.S. sanctions. This leaves Iran well placed to expand sales swiftly in Asia and Europe if Washington lifts its curbs. The United States imposed sanctions in 2018 on Iran’s oil and gas industry to choke off its main source of revenue in a dispute with Tehran over its nuclear work. The sanctions crippled crude exports but not sales of fuel and petrochemicals, which are harder to trace. Iran exported petrochemicals and petroleum products worth almost $20 billion in 2020, which were its main sources of revenue and twice the value of its crude exports. If the sanctions are lifted Iran is positioned well, as Iranian gasoline exports rose 600% year over year in 2020 to 180,000 b/d.

September 16, 2021

Abu Dhabi inks agreements with BP to develop clean energy projects

Three agreements between Abu Dhabi and BP were announced on September 16th, 2021 for investments in hydrogen, sustainable aviation, and carbon capture, among other technologies.  The development will be billions of dollars in clean-energy projects located in both the UAE and the UK. The UAE has aspirational clean energy goals of its own, even as it ramps up its crude production capacity, holding the eighth largest oil reserves. The deals are the latest efforts by the hydrocarbon-rich emirate to scale up its alternative energy sector and diversify its economy by partnering with international oil companies. Officials in the emirate have outlined plans to generate half of its energy from clean and renewable sources, including nuclear power, by 2050.

September 13, 2021

OPEC now predicts 2022 return to pre-pandemic oil demand, in bullish case for output hikes

OPEC is now projecting world oil demand to exceed pre-pandemic levels in 2022, while the bloc and its allies plan to continue to gradually raise crude output. The projected forecast raised global demand growth in 2022 to 4.15 million b/d, up from last month’s 3.28 million b/d. This higher estimate is driven by a stronger than anticipated recovery in various fuels, and a steady economic outlook in all regions. The 2021 demand forecast has been kept largely unchanged and the non-OPEC supply for 2021 has been expected to increase less than predicted due to Hurricane Ida and a fire in Mexico disrupting production.

September 13, 2021

Lebanon’s Hezbollah says Iranian fuel oil to arrive Thursday

Hezbollah says that a ship carrying Iranian fuel oil has docked in Syria to help Lebanon through its financial crisis. Fuel has dried up during Lebanon’s economic crisis, leading businesses and households to rely on private generators that run on fuel oil. The vessel arrived in Syria instead of Lebanon to prevent U.S. economic sanctions, though Hezbollah’s opponents say the purchase and future purchases still risks sanctions. Three more ships carrying gasoline and fuel oil are expected in the coming days, while the United States is backing an effort to address the financial crisis by bringing in Egyptian gas via Jordan and Syria.

September 12, 2021

UAE’s Brooge starts 600,000 cu m fuel oil, crude storage facility at Fujairah

UAE based Brooge Petroleum and Gas Investment Co. has started operations at its 600,000 cu m second phase storage facility at the Port of Fujairah. This brings the storage facility to 1,000,000 cu m (6.3 million barrels) which can store fuel oil, clean products and crude. Fujairah is one of the seven emirates in the UAE federation that is located outside the key chokepoint of the Strait of Hormuz and The Port of Fujairah is the world’s third-biggest bunkering hub. It expects its oil storage capacity to triple to 12 million cu m by 2024, with Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. and Ecomar looking to expand their storage facilities and Brooge already working on a third storage facility.

September 10, 2021

UAE’s Barakah nuclear power starts second reactor, government says

The Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates began operating its second reactor, the Abu Dhabi government media office said on Friday. Once completed Barakah, which is being built by Korea Electric Power Corp, will have four reactors with a total capacity of 5,600 megawatts, which is equivalent to about 25% of the UAE’s peak demand. This second reactor comes after the first reactor started commercial operations in April.

September 8, 2021

Aramco oil pipelines investors to sell at least $4 bln in bonds in Q4 – sources

A consortium led by EIG Global Energy Partners that took a stake in Saudi Aramco’s oil pipelines is preparing to issue at least $4 billion in the fourth quarter. This is to refinance a loan that largely funded the $12.4 million deal. The deal gave the consortium a 49% stake in a new entity, Aramco Oil Pipelines Company, and rights to 25 years of tariff payments for oil transported through Aramco’s oil pipeline network. The bonds will be refinanced across two to three deals and the pipeline investors will likely come to market with the first bonds and accelerate a previous timeline to the fourth quarter of this year. It was previously said in April 2021 that the first bond sale would likely be in the first quarter of 2022.

September 8, 2021

UAE’s Dana Gas secures U.S. agency funding for Iraqi Kurdistan project

The UAE’s Dana Gas has secured $250 million in financing from the U.S. development agency to fund the expansion of gas production at the Khor Mor plant in Iraqi Kurdistan. This is the biggest ever financing in Iraq by the U.S. development agency. Pearl Petroleum, a consortium that is co-led with UAE’s Crescent Petroleum, secured the 7-year financing from the International Development Finance Corp. Developing gas fields in Kurdistan to power local industries would cut carbon emissions as well as help save on fuel costs. Expansion of the Khor Mor plant was halted last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to be completed in April 2023.

September 5, 2021

Saudi Arabia foils missile, drone attacks near Aramco HQ, refinery

Saudi Arabia foiled ballistic missile and booby-trapped drone attacks in the eastern province near Aramco’s headquarters and the cities of Najran and Jazan on September 4th. Yemen’s Houthis claimed responsibility for the attacks, in which ten drones and 6 ballistic missiles targeted the Aramco facilities and Jeddah, Jazan and Najran. Saudi air defenses intercepted and destroyed the missiles which led to a scattering of debris that slightly damaged 14 houses in the al-Dammam neighborhood. This is not the first time the Houthis have launched attacks against Aramco. While most have failed, the September 2019 attack on Aramco’s Abqaiq crude processing plant and Khurais oil field temporarily knocked out 5.7 million b/d and upset the markets.

September 2, 2021

Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power launches $1 billion IPO

Saudi Arabian utility developer ACWA Power announced its intention to float on the Riyadh bourse in an initial public offering which sources have said could raise more than $1 billion. 85.3 million shares are planned to be issued, representing 11.67% of the capital after a capital increase. 11.1% of the company, or 81.2 million shares will be offered to the public and around 4.14 million shares will be allocated to certain employees of the company and its subsidiaries. About 70% of the IPO proceeds will go towards financing the company’s equity contribution to upcoming projects and the remaining 30% will be used for general corporate purposes. The IPO was originally planned for 2018 but was delayed due to problems with a power plant in Turkey.

August 25, 2021

Iraq, PowerChina ink agreement to develop up to 2 GW of solar power

Iraq and state-owned PowerChina have signed an initial agreement to develop 2 GW of solar power plants. In the first phase, PowerChina will develop 750 MW, and Iraqi officials say the agreement would help further the country’s goal of generating 20%-25% of its energy from renewables by 2030. Iraq is under increasing pressure to wean itself off Iranian electricity and gas imports which have been subject to US sanctions since 2018. Waivers have been granted to Iraq since 2018 to continue importing energy from Iran. A number of difficulties are occurring with Iraqi energy though, such as intermittent supply of gas and electricity from Iran, difficulty paying back the billions of dollars worth of dues to Tehran, and the slowness of capturing its own associated gases.

August 16, 2021

India’s Petronet aims to extend long-term LNG buy deal with Qatar

India’s top gas importer Petronet LNG hopes to extend its long-term deal to purchase LNG from Qatar beyond 2028 with India’s gas demand set to rise. Petronet’s long-term deal to buy 7.5 million tonnes per year of LNG from Qatar expires in 2028. The company’s head of finance, V.K. Mishra, said negotiations for the extension of the contract under new terms and conditions will begin in 2023.

August 16, 2021

Aramco in advanced talks on up to $25 billion Reliance deal

Saudi Aramco is in advanced talks to acquire roughly 20% stake in Reliance Industries Ltd’s oil refining and chemicals business, worth about $20 billion to $25 billion in Aramco’s shares. An agreement could be reached as soon as the coming weeks, however, Aramco and Reliance declined to comment on the matter.

August 15, 2021

Saudi Aramco joins local 1.5 GW solar project with a 30% stake

Saudi Aramco, alongside the country’s sovereign wealth fund and Riyadh-based ACWA Power, is investing in its largest solar project with a capacity of 1.5 GW. The $907 million Sudair solar PV plant is the first project under PIF’s renewable energy program that aims to support Saudi Arabia’s energy transition and contribute 70% of the country’s renewable energy under the National Renewable Energy Program. The project will be able to power 185,000 homes, while offsetting nearly 2.9 million mt/year of emissions.

August 13, 2021

Iran Oil Output Falls To 40-year Low In 2020

According to an analysis by the U.S. EIA, Iran’s crude oil production fell to its lowest in 40 years. Before the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the snap-back of sanctions, Iran was pumping around 2.6 million bpd and exporting some 2.5 million bpd. Now Iran’s oil output stands at less than 2 million bpd due to the pandemic and U.S. sanctions specifically targeting Iran’s oil industry.

August 11, 2021

U.S. calls on OPEC and its allies to boost oil output

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration urged OPEC and its allies to boost oil output to tackle rising gasoline prices that they see as a threat to the global economic recovery. The request reflects the White House’s willingness to engage major world oil producers for more supply to help industry and consumers, even as it seeks the mantle of global leadership in the fight against climate change and discourages drilling at home.

August 11, 2021

Iraq wants to boost its oil output to 8 million bpd by 2027

Iraq wants to boost its oil production to 8 million bpd by 2027 according to the country’s oil minister Ihsan Ismaael, with a current oil production capacity of around 5 million bpd. Iraq was one of the five countries that negotiated a higher baseline for its OPEC+ quota, which will rise from 4.653 million bpd through April 2022 to 4.803 million b/d in May 2022 onwards.

August 10, 2021

Baghdad Says Iran Halted Electricity Exports To Iraq

According to Iraq’s Electricity Minister Adil Kareem, quoted by Iranian Mehr News Agency, reduction in hydropower output in Iran amid a water scarcity has prompted Tehran to suspend electricity exports to neighboring Iraq, which relies on Iranian power and gas supply. Major Iraqi power plants are dependent on Iranian natural gas supply, and Iraq also imports electricity from Iran, as Baghdad’s power generation is not enough to ensure domestic supply.

August 9, 2021

Iraq, Kurdistan Region Look To Resolve Long-Standing Oil Dispute

The federal government of Iraq and the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan pledged on Sunday to cooperate and resolve their differences in energy issues when the Iraqi Minister of Oil Ihsan Abdul Jabbar Ismaael met with Kamal Atroushi, Minister of Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in Baghdad. The ministers agreed to put national interest above other considerations and said transparency was important in the energy sector across Iraq.

August 8, 2021

Saudi Arabia’s first wind farm starts power generation

Saudi Arabia’s first wind farm, with a capacity of 400 MW, has started power generation. Dumat al-Jandal, which is being developed by UAE clean energy firm Masdar and France’s EDF Renewables in the northern part of the kingdom, will power up to 70,000 Saudi households when it’s complete.

August 6, 2021

OPEC+ hikes crude output 750,000 bpd in July

OPEC+ added 750,000 bpd of crude production in July, slightly shy of what it had planned, as only eight of the coalition’s 22 producers boosted output last month despite looser quotas. The group’s compliance to its July quotas, however, fell to 106%, its lowest compliance rate since January. This was because Saudi Arabia unwound almost all of its voluntary cut, producing 9.48 million bpd, near its July quota of 9.50 million bpd and its highest level since April 2020. The OPEC+ alliance has now added 1.72 million bpd of production in the past three months as the oil demand recovery gathers pace this summer.

August 6, 2021

G7 says Iran behind tanker attack

Foreign ministers from G7 said Iran was threatening international peace and security and that all available evidence showed it was behind an attack on the Mercer Street tanker last week. In a separate statement, the U.S. military said recovered pieces of the drone were nearly identical to previously-collected samples of Iranian attack drones and that the distance to the locations of the attacks was within the range of documented Iranian one-way attack drones. Tehran has denied any involvement in the suspected drone attack in which two crew members – a Briton and a Romanian – were killed.

August 5, 2021

US gives Iraq another 120-day waiver to import Iranian power supplies

The US State Department has granted another sanctions waiver allowing Iraq to import Iranian electricity until December as it grapples with frequent power outages and lack of domestic capacity. Baghdad has sought the waivers since 2018 but has been hard-pressed to deliver on promises to curb its dependence on Iranian energy imports. A lack of infrastructure to capture flared gas from oil production has contributed to the problem. The situation has led to frequent and widespread power outages, especially during the hot summer months, which often sparks protests.

August 4, 2021

Oman confirms Asphalt Princess tanker had been hijacked in Arabian Sea

Oman officially confirmed that the Asphalt Princess tanker was involved in a hijacking in the Arabian Sea. Three maritime security forces told Reuters a day before that the Asphalt Princess tanker had been seized by suspected Iranian-backed forces, which Iran denied. 


August 4, 2021

FUJAIRAH DATA: Oil product stocks fall to four-month low as fuel oil exports rise

Oil product stockpiles at the UAE’s port of Fujairah fell to a four-month low, led by a decline in fuel for power generation and marine bunkers, with total inventories at 18.747 million barrels on August 2, down 10.5% from a week earlier and the lowest since March 22. Recent tanker incidents near Fujairah may lead shippers to be more cautious about traveling to the area for a few days but are unlikely to stay away for long if vessels are no longer attacked. 


August 4, 2021

Oman considers implementing target of zero emissions by 2050

Oman’s upstream oil and gas sector is evaluating a target of zero emissions by 2050, with interim targets set by Oman including the deployment of renewable energy and the deepening of energy efficiency actions, which would enable Oman to slow GHG emission growth and reduce them by 7% in 2030. Additionally, the country’s National Energy Strategy set a target to derive 20% of electricity from renewables by 2027, with the current majority of electricity in Oman generated by burning crude oil and natural gas. 


August 3, 2021

OPEC+ leaves Iran behind as it starts hiking crude oil production

Further delay in obtaining sanctions relief finds Iran facing an increasingly competitive oil market, with OPEC, Russia and several other allies planning to increase crude production by 400,000 bpd every month through the end of 2022. If Iran reaches an agreement with the U.S. to relax sanctions restricting its oil sales, it may have to bargain hard with its previous buyers or attract new customers with price discounts. Under the OPEC+ agreement, Iran is exempted from production quotas, but the country has been hard hit due to sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump. 


August 3, 2021

Saudi Aramco, UAE’s ADNOC Plan New Asset Sales

The biggest state-held oil firms in the Middle East, including Saudi Aramco and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), consider selling more assets to investors to monetize stakes in their various downstream and upstream businesses as prices rise. Aramco has already made one major asset sale deal this year, selling a 49% stake in its pipeline business for $12.4 billion, while ADNOC is getting ready for an IPO of its drilling business and aims to attract foreign investors to it. ADNOC has already raised billions of U.S. dollars from energy asset deals, including a sale of a 49% stake in its gas pipelines in 2020 for $10 billion. 


August 1, 2021

Iraq’s Federal oil exports rose 0.9% in July amid higher quota

Iraq’s federal oil exports rose 0.9% in July from a month earlier to an average of 2.918 million bpd in July, up from an average of 2.892 million bdp in June, as Iraq enjoyed a higher OPEC+ quota level. Iraq struggled at the beginning of 2021 and for most of 2020 to adhere to its quota amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the oil price rout and the financial crisis gripping the country, and was one of the five countries that negotiated a higher baseline for its quota.

August 1, 2021

UK says ‘highly likely’ Iran attacked tanker off Oman

Britain believes Iran carried out an attack on an Israeli-managed petroleum product tanker off the coast of Oman on July 29 that killed a Briton and a Romanian, and said it was working with partners on a joint response. According to British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab it was highly likely that Iran attacked the tanker using one or more drones.

July 30, 2021

OPEC July oil output hits 15-month high as demand recovers

OPEC oil output rose in July to its highest since April 2020 as the group further eased production curbs under an OPEC+ pact. Saudi Arabia delivered the biggest increase in July of 460,000 bpd, as it further unwound its voluntary cut and raised output while OPEC has pumped 26.72 million bpd, up 610,000 bpd from June’s revised estimate. OPEC+ have been unwinding record output cuts agreed in April 2020, as demand and the economy recover.

July 29, 2021

International oil companies withdrawal from Iraq threatens plans for oil capacity boost

International oil companies (IOCs) that are attempting to exit their operations in Iraq will make it harder for the country to maintain its output in some fields, which will make it difficult for Iraq to achieve its target of 7 million bpd by 2025. According to Iraq’s oil minister Ihsaan Ismaael, the country’s inappropriate investment climate dissuades IOCs from staying, while IOC’s has complained about financial terms offered at the largest southern fields and the slow bureaucratic pace of approving capacity additions and infrastructure upgrades.

July 28, 2021

Saudi Arabia’s oil exports climb 147% to $16 billion in May

The value of Saudi Arabia’s oil exports in May increased 147% to just over $16 billion from a year earlier, while non-oil exports rose by 70%. China remained Saudi Arabia’s main trading partner in May, with Saudi exports there corresponding to 21.4% of total exports.

July 27, 2021

Iraq wants American firm to replace Exxon

Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said that he wants another American company to replace Exxon Mobil Corp when it exits Iraq. Exxon, which in 2019 had looked poised to move ahead with a $53 billion project to boost Iraq’s oil output, has been seeking to sell its 32.7% stake in one of Iraq’s biggest oil fields, West Qurna 1. According to Kadhimi, Exxon Mobil is considering exiting Iraq for reasons that are to do with its internal management practices, decisions and not because of the particular situation in Iraq.

July 27, 2021

Most Gulf markets firm on higher oil prices

Most stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Tuesday, following a rise in oil prices, with the Abu Dhabi index settling at a record high. According to a market analyst, the GCC markets have recovered as oil prices stabilized, following clearer expectations on global demand. Still, the spread of the delta Covid-19 variant remains an ongoing concern.

July 26, 2021

ExxonMobil seeks arbitration against Iraq’s BOC over stalled West Qurna 1 stake sale

After ExxonMobil’s stalled attempt to sell its stake in Iraq’s West Qurna 1 oil field, the U.S. oil giant has filed an arbitration case against Iraq’s state-owned Basra Oil Co. ExxonMobil, the main operator of the field, had in January entered into an agreement with third parties to sell its 32.7% share, but Iraq’s oil minister Ihsan Ismaael had said at the beginning of May that Iraq was seeking to take over the stake itself, after having previously said that it was in talks with unnamed U.S. energy companies to acquire ExxonMobil’s share.

July 26, 2021

Oil prices fall due to worries about Covid-19 variants and changes to China’s import rules

Oil prices fell on Monday due to concerns over fuel demand caused by the spread of Covid-19 variants and changes to import rules in China, which offset expectations of tight supplies through the rest of the year. Covid-19 cases continued to rise over the weekend, with record daily increases and lockdown extensions in some countries. Simultaneously, China’s crackdown on the misuse of import quotas combined with the impact of high crude prices could see China’s growth in oil imports sink to its slowest in two decades this year, despite an expected rise in refining rates in the second half.

July 26, 2021

Saudi Arabia suspends privatisation of desalination and power plant

Saudi Arabia has suspended the privatisation of the Ras Al Khair desalination and power plant, one of several state assets that the government aimed to sell to reduce pressure on capital spending and diversify revenues away from oil. The Privatization Supervisory Committee for the Environment, Water and Agriculture sectors said that the decision was made to capitalise on knowledge and capacity built in the Kingdom as a result of many years of experience in water desalination but that it will continue to engage investors in future public-private partnerships and privatisations in the water sector.

July 25, 2021

UAE’s Dana Gas to continue operating onshore Egypt assets after winning arbitration case

Dana Gas, a UAE-based energy company, said on July 25 it will continue to operate its onshore Egyptian fields after winning an arbitration case filed by IPR Wastani Petroleum. Dana Gas had wanted to sell its onshore assets in Egypt to focus on its production in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region. For now, Dana Gas will also focus its attention on exploring Block 6 in Egypt.

July 23, 2021

Energy Industry Should Thank Saudi Arabia For Oil Price Recovery

According to Robert Yawger, executive director at Energy Futures at Mizuho securities, OPEC and the entire energy industry should thank Saudi Arabia for the way the Kingdom managed their oil production during the Covid-19 pandemic – giving up some market share and cutting more oil products than they had agreed to – while adding that the entire market would be best left in Saudi’s hands to manage. Yawger did, however, not mention the Kingdom’s role in the oil price war at the beginning of the pandemic, when Saudi Arabia and Russia deliberately increased production and exports, flooding the world with oil and crashing prices.

July 23, 2021

U.S. considers crackdown on Chinese imports of Iranian oil

The U.S. is considering cracking down on Iranian oil sales to China as it prepares for the possibility that Tehran may either not return to nuclear talks or adopt a tougher stance if they do since the incoming President-elect Ebrahim Raisi raises uncertainties about Iran’s future position regarding the talks. Chinese refiners are the biggest importers of Iranian oil and have averaged between 400,000 and 650,000 barrels per day this year on a monthly basis.

July 22, 2021

Iran opens oil terminal in Gulf of Oman to bypass Strait of Hormuz

Iran has opened its first oil terminal in the Gulf of Oman to allow the country to avoid using the Strait of Hormuz shipping route that has been a focus of regional tension for decades. According to President Hassan Rouhani, it “is a strategic move and an important step for Iran. It will secure the continuation of our oil exports.”

July 22, 2021

Saudi Aramco facing $50 million cyber extortion over leaked data

Saudi Aramco acknowledged that leaked data from the company likely came from one of its contractors. The data is now being used in a cyber-extortion attempt involving a $50 million ransom demand. The oil firm did not say which contractor found itself affected nor whether that contractor had been hacked or if the information leaked out another way.

July 19, 2021

OPEC+ agrees oil supply boost after UAE and Saudi Arabia reach compromise

OPEC+ ministers agreed on Sunday to boost oil supply from August, agreeing to new production allocations from May 2022 after Saudi Arabia and others agreed to a request from the UAE that had threatened the plan. The UAE will see its baseline production, from which cuts are being calculated, increase to 3.5 million bpd from May 2022 from today’s 3.168 million.

July 19, 2021

Saudi Arabian crude oil exports hit four-month high in May

Saudi Arabia’s crude oil exports rose in May to 5.649 million bpd, their highest level in four months. Saudi crude stocks rose 1.690 million barrels to 135.775 million barrels in May.

July 19, 2021

Oil falls 5% after OPEC+ producers agree to raise output

Oil prices fell over $3 in their largest daily decline since late March after OPEC+ overcame internal divisions and agreed to boost output, causing concern about a crude surplus as COVID-19 infections rise in many countries. OPEC+ producers have gradually eased their output curbs, which now stand at around 5.8 million bpd.

July 18, 2021

Iran set to start first oil export terminal on the Gulf of Oman

Iran is set to start loading crude oil at the Jask oil terminal on the Gulf Oman as early as July 19, adding its first export terminal outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz leading to the Persian Gulf. Iran considers the terminal important to diversify its export sources, to supply feedstock for domestic petrochemical products to be exported.

July 14, 2021

Saudi and the UAE reach compromise to unlock more oil supply

According to an OPEC+ source, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have reached a compromise over OPEC+ policy that should unlock a deal to supply more crude to a tight oil market and cool soaring prices. The source said Riyadh had agreed to Abu Dhabi’s request to have the UAE’s baseline – the level from which cuts under the OPEC+ agreement on supply curbs are calculated – set at 3.65 million bpd from April 2022, up from 3.168 million now.

July 13, 2021

UAE’s Masdar to develop 440 MW solar projects in Uzbekistan

The UAE’s clean energy firm Masdar plans to develop 440 MW of photovoltaic solar projects in Uzbekistan, where it has the country’s first 100 MW PPP solar project. Masdar has renewables projects capable of generating more than 11 GW in more than 30 countries, with a total value of $20 billion and plans to double its renewable energy capacity from the current 11 GW in two to three years through global expansion.

July 12, 2021

South Korea signs 20-year LNG deal with Qatar

South Korea’s energy ministry has signed a 20-year LNG supply agreement with Qatar for the next 20 years starting in 2025. South Korea’s state-run Korea Gas Corp will buy 2 million tonnes of LNG annually from Qatar Petroleum.

July 5, 2021

Oman state energy firm OQ may sell drilling business

Oman state energy company OQ is considering selling its drilling unit Abraj Energy Services, as the Gulf nation seeks to shore up its finances that have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic and last year’s oil price plunge. State-controlled energy companies in the Gulf have embarked on a flurry of privatisations to extract value from their assets amid an accelerating global shift away from fossil fuels.

July 5, 2021

Oman’s state energy company seeks $1.5 bln in financing

According to two sources, Energy Development Oman is in talks with banks to raise $1.5 billion in debt financing. The company is working with JPMorgan on its financing plan, and there is strong interest from lenders in the UAE to be part of the deal.

July 4, 2021

Qatar Petroleum to join France’s TotalEnergies in three South African exploration blocks

Qatar Petroleum signed an agreement with France’s TotalEnergies to acquire an interest in three South African offshore exploration blocks. QP is the world’s biggest LNG producer and has moved in the past few years to expand its overseas footprint and recently stepped up its activity to grow a gas-focused worldwide upstream portfolio.

July 4, 2021

Saudi Arabia is looking to develop its hydrogen industry

With recent investor pressure to adopt greener practices, Saudi Arabia is looking to develop its hydrogen industry, focusing on hydrogen projects relying on fossil fuels and carbon capture technology, creating so-called blue hydrogen. The country has already invested in carbon capture technology to ensure its oil production has a low carbon intensity. The same technology is used for the production of blue hydrogen.

July 3, 2021

Iraqi minister says BP considers withdrawing from Iraq, Lukoil wants to sell up

Iraqi Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar said that BP was considering withdrawing from Iraq, and that Russia’s Lukoil had sent a formal notification saying it wanted to sell its stake in the West Qurna-2 field to Chinese companies.

July 2, 2021

OPEC+ seeks oil policy consensus as UAE demands changes

An OPEC+ deal to release more oil to the market and extend its supply management policy to the end of 2022 hinges on agreement from the UAE, which effectively blocked a deal agreed by top producers Saudi Arabia and Russia to ease oil cuts by 2 million bpd by the end of 2021 and extend the remaining cuts to December 2022 from April 2022. The UAE is arguing that the new deal needs to acknowledge that the UAE has higher production from which cuts are being made.

June 30, 2021

QP to spend $200 million on emissions reduction technology for LNG expansion project

Qatar Petroleum is set to spend $200 million on emissions reduction technology for its North Field LNG expansion project. According to the company’s bond prospectus, the new technology is expected to achieve approximately a 30% reduction in GHG emissions compared to similar existing LNG facilities.

June 30, 2021

Saudi regulator approves ACWA Power IPO

Saudi Arabia’s Capital Market Authority has approved an initial public offering of an 11.1% stake in ACWA Power, a listing that has been expected for years. ACWA Power leads a consortium that will build and operate renewable power-based utilities at Saudi Arabia’s flagship Red Sea tourism project.

June 30, 2021

UAE’s Nawah and French Framatome sign maintenance agreement

The United Arab Emirates’ based Nawah Energy Company responsible for operating and maintaining UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plants and French company Framatome have signed a maintenance and engineering services agreement. Framatome will provide needed maintenance, engineering, training, technical and operational support and fuel services to the Barakah plants.

June 29, 2021

Basrah Gas signs loan agreement with IFC for project to limit gas flaring

Iraq’s Basrah Gas Co. signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation for a loan to fund a project to limit the flaring of natural gas, which is a source of nearly $2.5 billion in lost revenue for the government, according to the World Bank.

June 29, 2021

Iraq to receive $360 mil World Bank loan to help expand gas flaring reduction from south

Iraq ‘s Basrah Gas Co. will receive $360 million from the World’s Bank’s private sector financing arm to help the world’s second worst gas flaring nation in 2020 to reduce gas flaring from its southern oil fields. The International Finance Corp. and BGC signed the 5-year loan agreement in order to boost the latter’s current capacity to treat and process associated gas by 40%, or 400 MMcf/d.

June 29, 2021

Iraq’s Minister of Electricity resigns

Iraq’s Minister of Electricity, Majed Mahdi Hantoosh, submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, following an escalation of protests over the repeated power outages in the country. The resignation comes two days after the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, called for Hantoosh to be sacked.

June 22, 2021

Iraq is in talks with Saudi and UAE firms to deliver clean energy

According to Iraq’s oil minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar, the country is in talks with Masdar to implement solar energy projects targeting an electricity capacity of up to 2 gigawatts. The Minister added that there are also discussions with Saudi ACWA Power to implement renewable energy projects, expecting to sign contracts for renewable energy until 2025, targeting the production of between 10 and 12 gigawatts, which represents about 25% of Iraq’s electricity needs.

June 21, 2021

Iran stores more oil on tankers as it prepares for an eventual restart

Iran has been moving oil into place to prepare for an eventual restart, given the U.S. lifting sanctions if a nuclear deal is reached. According to energy consultancy and monitoring firms, the country could quickly export millions of oil barrels, as the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) is expected to export from onshore and offshore storage that contains as much as 200 million barrels.

June 21, 2021

Gulf states will take at least 10 years to end oil dependence

Gulf states will remain heavily dependent on hydrocarbon production for at least the next ten years as efforts to diversify economies have made limited progress since the 2014-2015 oil price shock. Oil and gas account for over 20% of gross domestic product and at least 50% of state revenues in most Gulf countries, and according to the rating agency Moody’s, reliance on the energy sector will be the “key credit constraint” for the countries forming the Gulf Cooperation Council.

June 18, 2021

Chevron, consortium of Total and Qatar Petroleum win Suriname oil bids

Suriname’s state oil company Staatsolie said that Chevron Corp and a consortium of France’s TotalEnergies SE and Qatar Petroleum submitted the most favorable bids to develop offshore oil blocks, after it invited companies to bid for exploration rights in eight offshore shallow water blocks in November. The winning companies are now in the process of negotiating production-sharing contracts.

June 17, 2021

Iraq to boost production capacity of West Qurna 1 by 40% in five years

Iraq’s state-run Basrah Oil Co. signed a contract with ExxonMobil and Schlumberger to boost West Qurna 1 field’s production capacity by 200,000 b/d by drilling 96 wells, as the country plans to boost the production capacity of the field by 40% to more than 700,000 b/d over the next five years. Iraq is in talks with ExxonMobil to take over its 32.7% stake in West Qurna 1, which currently produces 380,000 b/d.

June 17, 2021

Oman’s OQ aims to replace 40% of its 3 GW of power consumption with renewables

Salim al-Huthali, CEO of Alternative Energy at Oman’s OQ, told S&P Global Platts that the sultanate-owned company is looking to replace 40% of its 3 GW power consumption with renewable energy projects, in order to free up gas volumes to be deployed elsewhere. OQ is also developing green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol and green steel projects, as well as blue hydrogen and ammonia.

June 17, 2021

Saudi Arabia’s April crude exports slip to 10-month low

Official data from Riyadh showed that Saudi Arabia’s April crude oil exports fell to their lowest level since June 2020, with crude exports from the world’s top exporter slipping to 5.408 million bpd from 5.427 million bpd in March, while crude output edged lower to 8.134 million bpd in April from 8.138 million bpd the previous month.

June 16, 2021

SABIC integration into Saudi Aramco will not entail asset disposals

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation’s CEO Yousef Al-Benyan said the company’s integration into Saudi Aramco will not entail asset disposals, as the chemicals producer is looking to expand its production volumes. In addition to investments in Saudi Arabia, SABIC is looking to expand its footprint in the United States, Asia, and Africa, Benyan said, as the company expects to update its long-term strategy by Q3.

June 15, 2021

ADNOC awards $510 mil contract to Saipem to expand Shah sour gas plant capacity

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. has awarded a $510 million contract to Italy’s Saipem to expand the capacity of Shah sour gas plant. The contract will increase the capacity of the Shah gas plant by 13%, as the UAE’s biggest energy producer seeks gas self-sufficiency.

June 15, 2021

Oil steadies after hitting 2-year high

After oil prices hitting their highest levels in more than two years, they ended mostly unchanged on Monday. Growing U.S. crude production and Britain’s delayed COVID-19 reopening damped expectations for fuel demand growth and tighter supplies. OPEC+ has been restraining production to support prices after the pandemic significantly reduced demand in 2020.

June 15, 2021

Saudi Arabia To Boost Oil Production To 10 Million Bpd

Goldman Sachs expects Saudi Arabia to hike its crude oil production to 10 million barrels per day (bpd) by the end of 2021, up by 1.5 million bpd from May. The forecasted increase stems from the global demand rebound and the strong domestic recovery in oil demand, which also prompted the investment bank to raise the expected percentage growth of the Saudi economy by 4.5 percent in 2021, compared to an earlier forecast of 2.5 percent growth.

June 14, 2021

Energy majors bid for Qatar LNG project despite lower returns

Six top western energy firms – Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, TotalEnergies, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Italy’s Eni – are vying to partner in the vast expansion of Qatar’s LNG output. This comes despite Qatar Petroleum offering international bidders returns of around 8% to 10% on their investment, down from around 15% to 20% returns Exxon, Total, Shell and Conoco have seen from earlier LNG facilities.


June 11, 2021

Oil prices hits multi-year high

Oil prices reached multi-year highs on Friday, settling at $72.69 a barrel, rising 17 cents after reaching their highest since May 2019. According to the IEA, OPEC+ “needs to open the taps to keep the world oil market adequately supplied,” amidst an improved outlook for worldwide demand as rising COVID-19 vaccination rates help lift pandemic curbs.

June 11, 2021

Saudi Arabia to supply full July crude oil volumes to buyers in Asia

Saudi Arabia will supply full volumes of July-loading crude to its Asian customers, five sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. OPEC+ agreed in April to gradually ease oil output cuts from May to July and confirmed the decision at a meeting on June 1.

June 11, 2021

Saudi Aramco raises $6 billion with debut sukuk

Saudi Aramco raised $6 billion as it returned to the international debt markets with its first U.S. dollar-denominated sukuk sale. The debt issuance will help fund a $75 billion dividend commitment that will mostly go to the government. Aramco last year maintained its promised $75 billion annual dividend to shareholders despite lower oil prices. 

June 10, 2021

OPEC Raised Oil Production By 400,000 Bpd In May

OPEC’s crude oil production rose by 390,000 bpd to 25.46 million bpd in May 2021. According to OPEC’s secondary sources, the largest monthly increases in oil production came from Saudi Arabia, which boosted its production by 345,000 bpd to 8.466 million bpd. However, Saudi Arabia self-reported higher production and told OPEC that its crude oil production rose by 410,000 bdp from April to an average of 8.544 million bpd in May. 

June 8, 2021

Oman LNG signs deal with Shell to ship Middle East’s first carbon-neutral LNG

Oman LNG announced a deal signed with Shell to deliver the country’s first carbon-neutral LNG cargo. According to the company, “the cargo is the first carbon-neutral LNG from the Middle East using nature-based carbon credits to offset full lifecycle CO2 emissions generated across the LNG value chain.” Oman LNG did not provide details on which company is responsible for offsetting the carbon by planting trees or where this project would be located.

June 8, 2021

Saudi Arabia and Russia will continue to invest in oil and gas

The leaders of the OPEC+ group, Saudi Arabia and Russia, said they will continue to invest in oil and gas because the world will still need those resources for decades, following the IEA’s report suggesting no new investment in oil and gas would be required if the world is to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

June 2, 2021

Aramco is planning a bond sale to fund $75bn dividend

Saudi Aramco has picked around 15 banks to manage a bond sale worth $5 billion to fund its $75 billion dividend commitment. Although Aramco’s profits soared in the first quarter, free cash flow remained too low to fully cover its dividend for the period.

June 1, 2021

Saudi Arabia Launches First Large Scale Desalination Plant To Be 100% Powered By Renewable Energy

The Red Sea Development Company launched the first desalination plant powered entirely by renewable energy in Saudi Arabia, with a planned capacity to produce two million bottles of water a year. It will be the largest of its kind in the world.

May 20, 2021

Oil falls for a third day on possible return of Iranian supply

Oil prices fell for a third day in a row after the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed that sanctions on oil, shipping and petrochemicals had been dealt with in talks. The demand outlook in Asia and the call from IEA to stop oil, gas, and coal financing contributed to the drop in oil prices.

May 18, 2021

InterContinental Energy launches a 25-GW project in Oman

InterContinental Energy has launched a 25-GW project in Oman, focusing on green ammonia exports. Once at full capacity, reached around 2038, the project will produce 1.75 million mt/year of hydrogen, which could make 9.9 million mt/year of green ammonia.

May 18, 2021

Saudi Aramco to co-lead report on cyber resilience in oil industry

Together with the World Economic Forum and Siemens Energy, Saudi Aramco is co-leading a report on cyber resilience in the oil and gas industry. The report is a collaboration involving 40 major industry players aiming to shape the oil and gas industry’s future cyber security.

May 17, 2021

UAE expects 20% of power generation to come from clean energy in three years

Amid plans to diversify its energy mix and lower its carbon footprint, the UAE will have 11 out of 50 GW from renewable and nuclear energy sources in three years. UAE’s energy ministry’s assistant undersecretary for electricity, water and future energy affairs Yousif al-Ali states that working on efficiency is vital for carbon reduction.

May 17, 2021

Oman’s OQ to develop green fuels project with consortium

A consortium including Oman’s state-owned oil firm OQ aims to develop the so-called fuel of the future – green hydrogen. Besides increased access to clean energy, the initiative will transform Oman’s skills base and technical expertise in renewable energy.

May 16, 2021

Iran’s Petropars to develop Farzad B gas field

Iran has signed a $1.78 billion contract with Petropars Group to develop the country’s Farzad B gas field. The development comes after failure of talks with Indian companies.

May 10, 2021

Iraq formally asks to buy $350 mln Exxon oilfield share

Iraq has formally asked to buy ExxonMobil’s $350 million share in one of Iraq’s biggest oil fields, West Qurna 1. The oil and finance ministries will now follow up with procedures to secure finance and plans on increasing light production.

May 6, 2021

UAE’s Masdar to develop 65 MW solar PV plant in Greece

UAE’s clean energy firm Masdar aims to make its first investment in Greece and double its renewable energy capacity of 11 GW in two to three years. The PV plant is expected to be completed in 2023 and help Greece reach its 35% renewable energy goal by 2030.

May 6, 2021

India places orders to lift regular supplies from Saudi Aramco in June

After India reduced oil purchases from Saudi Aramco in May, India placed regular supply orders from Aramco in June, mainly drawn by lower prices. India has urged refiners to diversify its crude sources to cut its dependence on oil from the Middle East, mainly Saudi Arabia.

May 6, 2021

Siemens energy and UAE’s Masdar aims to build pilot hydrogen plant by 2022

Siemens Energy and UAE based Masdar aims to build a demonstrator hydrogen plant with a focus on showcasing sustainable aviation fuel. The hydrogen production will be powered by a PV and if successful be scaled-up commercially in the future.

May 4, 2021

Saudi Aramco beats quarterly profit forecast

Saudi Aramco’s net income rose by 30% to $21.7 billion for Q1 2021 from $16.7 billion a year earlier and maintained its dividend payout. Aramco prefers to keep dividends stable and more shares could be sold in the upcoming years.

April 29, 2021

Saudi Arabia’s SABIC expands petrochemical portfolio

SABIC is to take over the sales and marketing of about 5.4 million mt/year of Saudi Aramco’s chemicals and polymer products, ending up with about 900,000 mt/y of new products available for sale. Saudi Aramco has since 2020 worked to integrate SABIC into its downstream business.

April 29, 2021

French energy group Total not considering return to Iran

According to Chief Financial Officer Jean-Pierre Sbrarie, the French energy group Total is not considering a return to Iran for now due to uncertainty regarding sanctions on the country.

April 28, 2021

Saudi Arabia in talks to sell 1% of Aramco

In televised remarks, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said the kingdom was in discussions to sell 1% of Saudi Aramco to a leading energy company. The crown prince announced in 2016 to list a 5% stake in Aramco, but due to lack of interest beyond the Gulf, ended up selling a 1.7% stake in 2019.

April 28, 2021

Oman’s National Oil Firm To Sell Off Assets To Fund $7.9 Billion In Spending

Oman’s national oil firm OQ aims to sell assets and tap the international debt market to fund its $US7.9 billion expenditures over the next years. Due to the pandemic, OQ suffered losses in 2020 and does not expect to receive funding from the state anymore.

April 28, 2021

Major Chinese investors in talks to take Aramco stake

Major Chinese investors, among them Sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation, are in talks to buy a stake in Saudi Aramco. In a televised remark, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Saudi Arabia was in discussions to sell 1% of Aramco to a leading global energy company and could sell further shares within the next year or two.

April 26, 2021

Saudi Arabia solar target raised

With seven solar projects planned, Saudi Arabia is closer to developing 3.3GW of solar capacity up from its current 300 MW. S&P Global Platts Analytics forecast that 7.7GW will be built by 2026.

April 26, 2021

UAE’s Mubadala in talks to buy $1.1 bln stake in Israeli gas field

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Petroleum is in talks to buy a $1.1 billion stake in the Israeli gas field in the eastern Mediterranean natural gas field, Tamar. If the deal is finalised, it would be among the most significant developments since Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalise ties last year.

April 25, 2021

Qatar Petroleum plans debut dollar public bond sale

Qatar Petroleum (QP) plans its first-ever U.S. dollar-denominated public international bond sale, tapping into debt markets with lingering low oil prices. QP did not respond to comment, but sources claim the deal will likely raise billions of dollars.

April 24, 2021

Saudi Arabia could save over $200 Billion from energy reforms plan

According to Saudi Arabia’s finance minister, the kingdom could save over $200 billion over the next decade by replacing liquid fuel used for domestic consumption with gas and renewable energy sources.

April 22, 2021

Saudi Aramco to refinance $10 billion revolving loans

According to two banking sources, Saudi Aramco is expected to make its third major foray into the loan market by refinancing a $10 billion debt facility. In addition, Aramco is arranging a $10.5 billion loan for investors who buy a stake in its oil pipeline business.

April 21, 2021

Kuwait’s Equate Petrochemical sells $700 million in 7-year bonds

After receiving over $3.6 billion in orders for debt sale, Kuwait’s Equate Petrochemical Company sold $700 million in seven-year bonds. The bonds were launched at 140 basis over U.S. Treasuries, smaller than the initial 170 basis points.

April 20, 2021

China’s Crude Oil imports From Saudi Arabia Up 8.8% y/y In March

Due to a high demand and delayed shipments, China’s crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia rose 8.8% in March compared to a year earlier, retaining its position as China’s top crude supplier for a seventh consecutive month. Shipments from UAE rose with 86% and Oman rose with 60%, on a yearly basis.

April 20, 2021

Abu Dhabi’s TAQA sells $1.5 billion in bonds

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) sold $1.5 billion in dual tranche bonds comprising seven-year tranche and 30-year Formosa notes.

April 15, 2021

Iraq In Talks With U.S. Firms Over Buying Of Exxon Shares In West Qurna 1 Oilfield

Iraq affirmed in a statement that the country is in talks with U.S. oil companies over the possibility of acquiring ExxonMobil’s shares in the southern West Qurna 1 oilfield. No further details, including the names of the companies involved in the potential acquisition, were revealed.

April 10, 2021

Aramco Agrees $12.4 Billion Deal To Sell Stake In Pipelines

Saudi oil producer Aramco has finalised the selling of 49% of stakes in its pipelines to a consortium led by U.S.-based EIG Global Energy Partners. The $12.4 billion deal is the company’s largest since its $29.4 billion initial public offering in 2019. Aramco will retain a 51% stake in the new company, as well as operational control of the pipeline, while assuming operational risk and capital expense risk in their entirety.

April 9, 2021

Iran Could Soon Officially Return 2 Million Bpd of Oil To Global Markets

Iran started negotiations with the five powers that, along the U.S., signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2015. The talks were held in Vienna and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said they were a success and that they opened a new chapter in efforts to save the so-called Iran nuclear deal. If an agreement is reached on Iran’ nuclear plans thanks to the negotiations, around 2 million bpd of Iranian crude could be added to OPEC’s total.

April 8, 2021

Oman’s State-Owned Company Considers IPO

To reduce its budget deficit, Oman’ government is considering selling a stake in fully state-owned energy company OQ, formulating an IPO, or ditching some of the company’s subsidiaries. OQ is a global integrated energy group that posted total revenues of nearly $20 billion in 2019. Its consolidated assets at the end of 2019 were almost $30 billion.

April 8, 2021

Saudi Arabia signs agreements for seven new solar projects

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stated that Saudi Arabia has signed power purchase agreements with seven new solar projects that will provide electricity to more than 600,000 households. The plan is to produce half the kingdom’s electricity with gas and half with renewables by 2030, the Crown Prince said, also thanks to the newly announced Sakaka solar and Dumat al-Jandal wind projects.

April 8, 2021

Bahrain Due To Start Drilling Wells In New Shale Oilfield At End 2022

Bahrain’s Oil Minister Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa declared in a statement dated March 2021 that drillings for the first offshore production wells in Bahrain’s Khaleej al-Bahrain field are expected to start at the end of 2022. The discovery of the field was announced by the country in 2018, its largest oil and gas find since 1932.

April 6, 2021

Indian refiners deepen cuts to Saudi oil purchases in May

Indian state refiners will buy 36% less oil from Saudi Arabia in May than normal in a sign of escalating tensions with Riyadh. State-run refiners have placed orders to buy 9.5 million barrels of Saudi oil in May, compared with the previously planned 10.8 million barrels. The tensions stem from the Saudi and other oil producers’ cuts driving crude prices up, as India is recovering from the pandemic.

April 6, 2021

UAE’s First Nuclear Power Plant Begins Commercial Operations

The United Arab Emirates’ leaders announced on Twitter that Barakah nuclear power plant, the country’s first nuclear power station, started commercial operations. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan said it was a historic milestone for the country.

April 5, 2021

Easing OPEC+ output cuts may unshackle Saudi-Kuwaiti Neutral Zone oil production

The reduction of OPEC+ quotas in May will probably have consequences on the Saudi-Kuwaiti shared Neutral Zone oil production, as it is ready to provide a significant source of the two countries’ additional allowed output. Starting from May, Saudi Arabia’s cap will rise by 376,000 b/d, while Kuwait will see its quota increase 96,000 b/d.

April 5, 2021

Oil Down 5% as OPEC+ and Iran boost supply

Oil prices fell down to 3$ per barrel, as Iran and OPEC+ are both boosting supply. OPEC+ has agreed over monthly increments in supply of oil from May to July.

April 1, 2021

U.S. Energy Secretary calls Saudi Energy Minister: Reiterates importance of cooperation

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Twitter that she held a phone call with Saudi energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, to reiterate the importance of international cooperation in the energy field.

March 31, 2021

OPEC+ lowered oil demand growth prospects cause concerns

OPEC+ lowered its oil demand growth prospects for this year by 300,000 barrels per day (bpd), causing concerns over the market’s recovery, which were the root of a fall in oil prices.

March 30, 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 1.3$ trillion private sector push led by Aramco and SABIC

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced that oil firm Aramco and petrochemical firm SABIC will lead investments of 5 trillion riyals ($1.3 trillion) by the local private sector by 2030, under the new Shareek programme aimed at economic diversification in the country.

March 29, 2021

Iran signs agreement with Total for four energy projects

Iraq’s oil minister Ihsan Abul Jabbar said the country signed an agreement with French firm Total over collaboration in four projects involving natural gas, solar energy and seawater reprocessing. Total will design a multi-billion dollar investment for the four projects which will be submitted to the country’s cabinet for approval.

March 27, 2021

Iran seeks to boost oil exports to China with bilateral agreement

According to Iran semi-official news agency Tansim, Iran and China signed a sweeping 25-year trade and security cooperation pact. The agreement signed by the two foreign ministers  provides for China’s assistance and investment in Tehran’s energy sector, including fossil fuels, clean energy and nuclear, in exchange for greater access to Iranian oil.

March 26, 2021

Yemen’s Houthis Attack Facilities of Saudi Arabia’s Aramco

Houthi rebels’ forces have claimed several attacks on Saudi Aramco: a total of 12 drones and eight ballistic missiles hit installations in Ras Tanura, Rabigh, Yanbu and Jazan as well as a military base in Dammam near the company’s headquarters. Aramco issued no immediate comment.

March 25, 2021

Saudi storage tank catches fire near Yemeni border

A missile strike on a Saudi Aramco site near Yemen set a storage tank on fire, the latest in a series of attacks lobbed at Saudi Arabia this month by Yemen’s Houthi group. The Saudi Press Agency condemned the attack for its impact on the kingdom and beyond, threatening the stability of global energy supplies.

March 25, 2021

Suez Canal closure will significantly delay oil trade

Approximately 40 oil and LNG tankers are held up by the blockage of the Suez Canal, including vessels from Saudi Arabia and UAE. Reopening could take days or even weeks, while a detour around the Horn of Africa would take about two weeks.

March 23, 2021

OPEC+ wil reach oil inventory goal later this year

OPEC+ will reach 2019-levels of global oil inventories later this year. The Asia head of Vitol, the world’s largest independent oil trader, stated that demand is recovering in China, and the U.S. has lagged in production growth.

March 21, 2021

Aramco profit falls 44% in 2020; maintains $75 billion dividend

Though it maintained a $75 billion dollar dividend payout, CEO Amin Nasser of Saudi Aramco reported a 44% slump in full-year 2020 results and called it one of the most “challenging years” in recent history. Net income fell from $88.19 billion in 2019 to $49 billion in 2020.

March 21, 2021

Saudi Aramco will prioritize energy supply to China for 50 years

Saudi Aramco’s CEO said at the China Development Forum that the oil giant will ensure that Chinese energy security is its highest priority for the next 50 years. It has held firm onto its status as China’s top supplier of oil so far this year.


March 21, 2021

Saudi Public Investment Fund hires senior Goldman Sachs banker

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund hired a senior Goldman Sachs banker to work on investments. Bloomberg reported the move, though neither PIF nor the alleged banker responded to requests for comments.

March 17, 2021

OPEC supply growth will be outpaced by rise in oil demand

According to the International Energy Agency, OPEC will have to pump oil at near-maximum capacity in the coming years due to rising demand for oil and lackluster upstream investment. OPEC will need to boost crude procession by more than 20% once oil demand rebounds, and the market will be more vulnerable to supply squeezes and disruptions.


March 16, 2021

International Renewable Energy Agency claims oil demand may have peaked in 2019

The director general of International Renewable Energy Agency said that global oil demand may have peaked in 2019, with natural gas following suit around 2025. IRENA’s prediction echoes BP’s projection last year that the pandemic may mark a permanent departure from the demand level of about 100 million barrels per day.

March 16, 2021

Saudi Arabia aims for 1 million barrel per day reduction in domestic oil consumption

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister stated the country’s intention to repurpose domestic consumption of liquid hydrocarbons by 1 million barrels per day. At the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, he discussed the launching of a sustainability program to explore further opportunities for innovation and collaboration.

March 14, 2021

Iraq says Kurdistan has not yet delivered crude barrels to Baghdad, continuing budget stalemate

Iraq continues to wait for barrels of crude from the Kurdistan Regional Government, continuing a budget stalemate regarding crude production and federal revenue. Baghdad has often blamed the KRG for non-compliance with OPEC+ cuts.

March 10, 2021

Iraqi oil production, output rises, breaching OPEC+ quota

Iraq’s oil production in February rose 1.6% from January in a breach of OPEC+’s quota. Both federal and Kurdish production and exports rose, continuing its pattern of failing to comply with OPEC+ agreements.

March 9, 2021

Abu Dhabi seeks new carbon capture and hydrogen partnerships

As oil’s recovery has resparked conversations about climate change mitigation, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is exploring partnerships on carbon capture and storage technology. It recently partnered with France’s oil giant Total, and is openly exploring hydrogen’s potential as “close to zero-carbon fuel.”

March 8, 2021

Qatar exports condensate to UAE, a first since end of blockade

In the first commercial energy trade since the end of the Gulf blockade, Qatar Petroleum shipped 712,000 barrels of condensate to UAE.

March 8, 2021

Saudi Arabia leads OPEC+ push to 4-month low crude output

With OPEC+ group quota compliance at 113.5%, the coalition has successfully driven output to a four-month low. The crude output for February is estimated to be 37.83 million b/d, the lowest OPEC+ has seen since October. Saudi Arabia’s voluntary additional cuts have played a crucial role in the coalition’s balancing act. OPEC+ is likely to carry on cautiously with supply throughout April, with COVID-19 clouding the prospects for a full market recovery. 

March 8, 2021

In first commercial energy trade since end of blockade, Qatar ships condensate to UAE

According to data analytics from Kepler, Qatar officially conducted its first commercial energy trade since the end of the Gulf blockade in January on March 3. Qatar Petroleum shipped about 712,000 barrels of condensate from Ras Laffan to be received at the ENOC condensate refinery in Dubai on March 5.

March 8, 2021

Crude price surges after Saudi energy facilities attacked

A drone attack on the Ras Tanura port in Saudi Arabia helped launch a rapid rise in prices for crude. An analyst noted that the surge in value could be exaggerated by tight production quotas and an inability on the part of US shale producers to rapidly increase production.

March 7, 2021

Oil Prices Retreat from Earlier Gains after Missile Attacks target Aramco

According to the Brent Crude Oil charts, oil prices have retreated from earlier gains, closing the session in the red. The drop in oil prices comes after the missile attacks that targeted Saudi Aramco facilities. While the attack caused no damage, such acts destabilize the global economy through affecting energy supplies.

March 7, 2021

Saudi Arabia says no damage sustained at Ras Tanura by Houthi attack

Ras Tanura’s three terminals emerged unscathed from the Houthi drone attack, according to the Saudi energy ministry. This includes no injuries, deaths, or property damage.

March 4, 2021

OPEC+ keeps steep oil cuts in place for April

Going into April, OPEC+ is set to maintain current supply levels, with most members and allies agreeing to extend their production cuts into the next month, including Saudi Arabia’s voluntary additional cuts. Russia and Kazakhstan have been allowed to increase their production by  130,000 b/d and 20,000 b/d respectively. With uneven vaccine rollouts and strict lockdown measures, oil demand continues to be precarious, prompting the produced group to maintain its production cuts.

March 4, 2021

Production Levels to Remain Unchanged through April as Saudi Extends Voluntary Additional Cuts

In a showcase of the country’s commitment to the full market recovery of the oil sector, Saudi Arabia extends its one million barrels per day voluntary production cut into April. Current production levels are expected to remain unchanged for most oil producers, except for Russia and Kazakhstan who will be allowed to expand production by 130,000 (Russia) and 20,000 (Kazakhstan) barrels per day. 

March 4, 2021

Houthis take credit for missiles fired at Aramco facilities in Jeddah

The Royal Saudi Air Force intercepted and destroyed ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi militia toward Saudi Aramco facilities in Jeddah, the southern city of Jazan, and the town of Khamis Mushait. 

March 3, 2021

Bullish OPEC+ expectations lead to 2% rise in Crude prices

After a key advisory committee for OPEC+ issued no recommendation on April output levels, oil futures soared at the expected quota increase. Saudi Arabia has continued to urge a conservative approach, while Russia leads several other OPEC+ members in their desire to loosen quotas.

March 2, 2021

Saudi Arabia and Russia yet to Reach a Compromise regarding April Supply Levels

An upcoming OPEC+ meeting will determine oil supply levels for April. Saudi Arabia has been cautioning oil producers against increasing output in an attempt to preserve the market’s fragile recovery. Russia on the other hand has indicated a desire to expand oil production going into April in light of the market’s recent recovery.

February 23, 2021

Oil prices rise after U.S. output shrinks due to Texas winter storm

With the rare winter storm in Texas causing a drop in U.S. crude oil production by more than 10%, oil prices have reached 13-month highs, settling at $67.30 a barrel.

February 22, 2021

Saudi Aramco predicts hydrogen market growth after 2030

Looking to diversify their portfolio to include zero-carbon products, Saudi Aramco said that it expects the hydrogen market to grow once infrastructure and policies are in place in 2030. Their vice president of marketing, sales, and supply planning also asserted their intention to be the “last man standing” among hydrocarbon producers, due to their cost-efficiency and minimally energy-intensive operations.

February 22, 2021

Iraq’s SOMO won’t cut oil exports to India unless forced

Providing 70% of Asia’s crude export market, Iraq will not cut its oil supply to India in order to maintain said control. The deputy director general of Iraq’s SOMO said it would not cut supply unless forced to.

February 16, 2021

Saudi Aramco will sell shares for a second time

Saudi Arabia is expected to sell more shares of Saudi Aramco in order to finance projects aimed at diversifying its portfolio. No timeline or details have yet to be provided, but proceeds would be directed to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

February 10, 2021

Saudi Aramco intends to loan $10 billion to pipeline business buyers

Following the lead of ADNOC’s infrastructure leasing deals, Aramco is also seeking to generate value from its assets. The Saudi oil giant is preparing a $10 billion financing package, potentially to offer to pipeline buyers like BlackRock, KKR and Brookfield Asset Management.

February 9, 2021

Neom forecasts hydrogen-based ecosystem

Neon’s head of energy, Peter Terium, stated that the city will be powered predominantly by hydrogen, providing the basis for clean production of fertilizers, chemicals and oil derivatives. 1.2 million mt of ammonia is expected to be produced from hydrogen, slating high export potential in Asia, the U.S. and parts of Europe, according to Terium.

February 8, 2021

OPEC+ lifts output by 440,000 barrels per day in January

For the seventh straight month, OPEC boosted its crude oil production, rising over 270,000 barrels per day from December to 25.70 million b/d in January. The nine additional members from OPEC+ rose 170,000 b/d to 12.91 million b/d.

February 8, 2021

Qatar awards Japanese company with North Field LNG expansion contract

Qatar announced that the phase 1 contract of its North Field LNG expansion was won by Japan’s Chiyoda Corp. and Technip. The expansion will cost $28.75 billion, boosting production from 77 to 110 mt/year by Q4 2025.

February 7, 2021

Iran’s natural gas output reaches record high despite US sanctions

Iran’s natural gas production reached a record high of 1.04 Bcm/d according to Iran’s oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, in spite of U.S. sanctions. 

February 5, 2021

Saudi Aramco makes no changes to Asia-bound crude OSPs

Saudi Aramco made no changes to its March prices for Asia-bound crude oil grades from February for its Arab Light, Arab Medium, Arab Heavy, Super Light, and Extra Light crude from February, staying steady against Platts Dubai and DME Oman.

February 3, 2021

Oil Prices Climb with Output Cuts and Falling Inventories

Oil prices are rising as a result of ongoing OPEC+ output cuts, falling inventories, and a drop in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits. However, the strengthening of the U.S. dollar is likely to stall the momentum of oil prices and drive a decline in prices. 

February 1, 2021

Iraq’s total oil exports rise to 2.868 million barrels per day

The Iraqi oil ministry reported the rise in total oil exports from 2.846 million barrels per day in December to 2.868 million barrels per day in January.

February 1, 2021

BP sells 20% stake of Oman gas development to Thailand state-owned energy firm

Multinational oil and gas company BP plc agreed to sell a 20% stake in Oman’s Block 61 to Thailand’s national petroleum exploration and production company (PTTEP) for $2.6 billion. The purchase aligns with BP’s goal to reduce debt and shift towards renewables through large asset sales, and agrees with PTTEP’s strategy to increase their gas portfolio.

February 1, 2021

Goldman Sachs predicts tight oil market could push crude to $65

According to Goldman Sachs, with OPEC+ production cuts tightening the oil market and a slow rebound in demand, oil prices could rise to $65 a barrel by July. 

January 29, 2021

OPEC’s Oil Production Rises In January As Cartel Eases Output Cuts

As the OPEC+alliance eases its output cuts in Q1, crude oil production by OPEC has risen by 160k barrels per day in January. Of the 500,000 agreed to be added in January by the collective, OPEC’s share comes out approximately to 300,000 bpd. The three biggest increases, in order, came from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran.

January 28, 2021

Russian Oil Company Litasco will Finance Iray’s Nassirya oilfield, doubling output

In a 28-month project, Litasco, an oil trading arm of the Russian oil company Lukoil, will finance the doubling of Iraq’s Nassiriya oil production capacity to 200,000 barrels per day. The Iraqi cabinet announced that part of the deal includes building a 100,000 bpd oil production facility and a 42 km oil pipeline by a joint venture between Iraq’s State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP) and Italy’s Progetti Europa & Global.

January 28, 2021

MBS announces Aramco selling more shares

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that Saudi Aramco will sell more shares as part of plans to bolster the country’s main sovereign wealth fund. The company is the world’s biggest oil company and completed its first public offering in 2019. Valued at $25.6 billion, it was the world’s largest initial public offering.

January 27, 2021

Iraq and French oil company Total sign memorandum of understanding for large projects

Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding with Total, a French oil and gas company, for collaborations on natural gas and clean energy projects. The Iraqi oil ministry calls the plans “large and promising.”

January 27, 2021

Russian SWF credits Saudi output cut for oil market stabilization

The head of Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF said that Saudi Arabia’s output cut significantly stabilized the market. President Putin’s speech at the Davos forum also commended the productivity of energy cooperation among Saudi Arabia and the U.S. despite “different and sometimes even opposite views on other global issues.”

January 26, 2021

Oil prices rise alongside European shares amid reports of Riyadh blast

Oil prices creeped up alongside rising European shares, trading near 11-month high, amid reports of a blast in Riyadh. Oil prices are also being supported by geopolitical tensions after two supertankers, including Iranian crew members, were seized on Indonesian waters for suspected illegal oil transfers.

January 26, 2021

Iranian oil exports rise despite sanctions

In a signal that the international market anticipates a more conciliatory Biden administration regarding JCPOA resumption and easing of sanctions, Iran’s oil exports have risen in Q4 and January, according to three firms that derive their estimate from tracking tankers. SVB International estimated that Iranian crude exports increased from 490,000 barrels per day in October to 710,000 in December. Shipments and productions are moving up in January. 

January 26, 2021

Iran asks Indonesia for explanation regarding seizure of tanker accused of illegal oil transfer

Iran has asked Indonesia for details regarding the seizure of an Iranian-flagged vessel off the waters of the West Kalimantan province. Indonesia said its coast guard suspected illegal oil transfers, and that they will be escorted to Riau Island Province for further investigation. 

January 26, 2021

IMF projects stronger-than-expected global recovery, 21% rebound in crude oil prices to ~ $50/b

The International Monetary Fund expects the global economy to post a stronger-than-expected recovery from the pandemic, with oil prices averaging just above $50 per barrel in 2021. Still, it says that “Oil exporters and tourism-based economies face particularly difficult prospects given the subdued outlook for oil prices and expected slow normalization of cross-border travel.”


January 24, 2021

Dubai oil crude futures trading on TOCOM more than doubled in 2020

Dubai crude oil futures traded on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange rose 124% in 2020, a record high. Volume rose to 6.01 million, a significant increase from 2.68 million in 2019. Each futures contract is 50,000 liters, equivalent to approximately 314.5 barrels.

January 22, 2021

Iran confident in return to pre-sanction oil market share once US sanctions lifted

So long as US sanctions are lifted, Iranian oil minister Zanganeh is confident that a “more powerful and capable” Iranian oil sector in terms of “marketing, transfer of money,” and market access will help the country regain its pre-sanctions share of the oil market. He asserted that the market itself will approach Iran in pursuit of diversifying its suppliers, and that Asian and European companies have already begun reaching out should sanctions be lifted.

January 21, 2021

Iraq’s dominance over Indian crude market will be tested by Iranian resurgence

The resurgence of Iranian crude, propelled by President Biden potentially lifting sanctions, may challenge Iraq’s double-digit growth of crude exports to India. Its market share rose as high as 25% as Iranian crude inflows zeroed out. A refiner said that, since Indian refiners are used to Iranian crude, they will likely be happy to get back to business if the opportunity presents itself.

January 20, 2021

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. anticipates all four nuclear reactors operational in four years

The UAE’s Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp., which in 2020 started one of the four nuclear units, expects all reactors to be operational in four years as OPEC’s third largest producer seeks to diversify its energy mix. The CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. expects all four of its nuclear reactors to be operational by 2024, asserting that 25% of UAE’s electricity will be generated by nuclear and clean energy. Its first 1.4 GW nuclear power reactor reached 100% capacity in December. The CEO said that green hydrogen may also be a product of the nuclear reactors one day.

January 20, 2021

Rising Saudi Crude Exports lead to 17-year low domestic stockpile

Saudi Arabia’s crude exports rose to a seven-month high in November, leaving its domestic stockpile at a 17-year low. Exports have increased every month since June when it reached a historic low of 4.98 million barrels per day.

January 20, 2021

OPEC chief pledges deepened ties, productive relationship with Biden administration

OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo pledged to nurture the relationship between the oil group and the U.S. energy industry under President Biden. Despite not yet being in touch with the President, and some of OPEC’s member countries’ tenuous relationship with the incoming administration, Barkindo expressed his desire to maintain and improve the mutually beneficial productivity of the partnership.

January 20, 2021

Saudi Arabia to generate 50% of power needs from clean energy by 2030

Dr. Khalid Bin Saleh Al-Sultan, the Chairman of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, says that 50% of Saudi Arabia’s electric energy needs will be met by sustainable clean energy sources by 2030. The Saudi Ministry of Energy approved policies encouraging private sector participation. 

January 20, 2021

OPEC Secretary General Affirms the Coalition’s Intention to Deepen Ties with Biden’s Administration

OPEC’s secretary general Mohammed Barkindo affirmed the coalition’s intention to continue to deepen the relationship with the U.S. energy industry under the administration of president Joe Biden. The election of Biden has triggered some anxiety within OPEC, particularly when it comes to his position on climate change and push for a clean energy transition, as well as his potential return to the Iran nuclear deal.

January 19, 2021

UAE energy minister sees diminished threat from US shale oil rivals

UAE energy minister Suhail al-Mazrouei predicted that US crude production is unlikely to pose a threat to OPEC’s market share in the near-term. The International Energy Agency agreed, saying in its monthly oil market report that many US shale officials could focus on paying down debt and boosting investor returns rather than ramping up production.

January 19, 2021

UAE plans hydrogen capacity building and CCUS projects to fight climate change

At the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week summit, the CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. discussed its aim to be one of the “lowest cost and highest producers” of blue hydrogen in the world, with CCUS (carbon, capture, utilization, and storage) projects in the works. 

January 14, 2021

Oman plans to raise oil output post-OPEC+, but still in search of investment

At the expiration of the OPEC+ supply accord, Oman plans to raise its crude production up to 1.1 million barrels per day. The level of investment needed to meet this capacity is unidentified thus far.

January 14, 2021

Saudi Foreign Minister: Saudi-Russian cooperation in OPEC+ helped stabilize oil markets

The Saudi Foreign Minister stated that cooperation with Russia stabilized oil markets and even “protected the global economic system that the dangerous effects that could have happened from instability in these markets.” Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister said that Saudi Arabia’s surprise cuts were a “New Year’s gift” to the oil market

January 14, 2021

The COVID-19 Pandemic Continues to Color Prospects for Oil Recovery

While earlier on, OPEC 2021 forecasts foresaw a healthy recovery in economic activities and a growth in oil demand by 5.9 million barrels per day year on year, OPEC has steadily lowered its demand growth forecasts since. The fluctuation in the forecasts for 2021 is driven by the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, with the virus spread rate continuing to grow despite the vaccine rollout, and the implementation of new lockdown measures across the world.

January 13, 2021

UAE Warns US Shale Companies Against Pumping More Oil

Any attempt by U.S. shale and other oil producers to boost output this year will probably backfire and lead to lower prices, according to the energy minister of the United Arab Emirates. With demand still fragile, they “are wise not to jump the gun and overproduce during the recovery year” Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei said speaking exclusively to Bloomberg’s Manus Cranny at the forum for Gulf Intelligence.

January 13, 2021

UAE cautions U.S. shale oil companies against output increase

UAE’s energy minister warned U.S. shale producers not to upset the oil market’s rebalancing by rushing to increase production in the wake of rising oil prices. “If every country is looking at market share, we will not balance the market.”

January 11, 2021

Iran signs 8 more oil projects, plans to boost output by 355,000 b/d

The National Iranian Oil Co. signed eight additional oil projects as an extension of a $6.2 billion national program started in January 2019 to increase oil production by 355,000 barrels per day. The eight projects are worth $1.2 billion and could boost production by 95,000 bpd.

January 11, 2021

Kuwait Petroleum Corp. raises Feb crude OSPs to Asia, lowers U.S. and Europe prices

Kuwait Petroleum Corp. raised its February official selling prices for crude bound for Asia, and lowered prices of crude headed to the U.S. and Europe. It also increased its differential for the Asia-bound Super Light and Khafji oilfield crude.

January 11, 2021

Qatar raises February crude OSP differentials

Qatar Petroleum raised the February OSP differentials for its Land and Marine crude by 40 cents per barrel and 50 cents/b. It has used a prospective, rather than retrospective, basis for OSPS since March 2020.

January 10, 2021

Saudi cut to preserve oil market deficit as demand falters

Saudi Arabia’s voluntary oil production cut will bring the oil market into deficit for most of 2021 despite demand being battered by the spread of COVID-19. The announcement boosted oil prices to an 11-month high.

January 7, 2021

Iraq December oil production up 4.7%, breaching OPEC+ quota

Iraq’s December oil production, including from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, rose 4.7% month on month to 3.857 million b/d, to be above the country’s OPEC+ quota, data from the State Oil Marketing Organization showed Jan. 7.

January 6, 2021

Iraq still waiting for Iranian gas supply to resume after 90-day US waiver granted

Though the US granted Baghdad a 90-day waiver permitting Iranian gas supply for power generation, Iraq is still waiting for Iran to resume supplying. Iraq owes Iran billions of dollars in unpaid gas imports, which has led to Iran lowering its supply from 50 million cu m/day to 5 million. 

January 6, 2021

Saudis raise Asia, U.S. oil prices after shock output cut

After Saudi Arabia’s shock announcement at an OPEC+ meeting that it would unilaterally cut its oil output, the Kingdom elected to raise oil prices for all grades shipped to Asia and the U.S. in February.


January 5, 2021

Saudi Arabia surprises market — 1 million b/d ‘preemptive’ output cut

Saudi energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman shocked the oil market by holding its crude output 1 million barrels below its quota of 9.119 million barrels per day in order to help bring down the bloated oil inventories due to the pandemic. 

January 5, 2021

Qatari energy trade seen little changed with easing of Gulf rift

Despite the end of the detente between Qatar and three Gulf countries, Qatari energy exports are not expected to get a boost. Qatar is seen as unlikely to rejoin OPEC, as its participation has remained relatively unchanged through OPEC+, and its plans to expand LNG capacity will likely proceed as planned.

January 5, 2021

Saudi Arabia promises extra cuts as OPEC+ agrees to slight increase in output

While most OPEC+ producers have agreed to hold outputs steady for the months of February and March, Saudi Arabia has agreed to extend its voluntary additional cuts over the next two months in support of a strong oil market recovery. The only two producers to increase production are Russia and Kazakhstan, who have been allowed to increase output by a combined 75,000 bpd in February and a further 75,000 bpd in March.

January 5, 2021

OPEC+ to Mostly Hold Output Steady for February

After raising output by 500,000 bpd for the month of January, OPEC+ is likely to hold output steady for the month of February. Having failed to reach a compromise in their most recent meeting, the coalition is likely to commit to steadying supplies in an upcoming meeting. Despite an overall optimistic market environment, Saudi Arabia had advised OPEC+ member to practice caution given the market’s vulnerability to the uncertainty of COVID. While most OPEC+ members favor steadying outputs, Russia and Kazakhstan are pushing for an increase in production.

January 4, 2021

IRGC seizes South Korean chemical tanker

Citing oil pollution, Iran seized a South-Korean-flagged chemical tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, pulling it into an Iranian port. Iran seeks to get South Korea to release almost $7 billion of oil revenues owed to OPEC. Prior to US sanctions, South Korea was one of Iran’s top five crude and condensate buyers.

January 4, 2021

Iran increases uranium enrichment to 20%, defying JCPOA

Iran has resumed 20% uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, notifying the International Atomic Energy Agency. The level far exceeds the 3.67% that was allowed by the JCPOA. 

January 4, 2021

OPEC+ fails to reach deal on February oil quotas

Caught between “two proposals 180 degrees opposite each other,” OPEC+ could not come to a resolution on whether to increase oil quotas. Some members were concerned predominantly about their market share, while others were wary of ongoing weakened demand.


January 3, 2021

Iraq awards unnamed Chinese company with $2 billion oil deal

An unnamed Chinese company won a $2 billion dollar, five-year oil supply contract without destination restrictions from Iraq’s SOMO. The deal includes one-year prepayment, as Baghdad seeks to raise capital, and includes a supply of 4 million barrels per month of Basrah crude starting July 1, 2021.

December 29, 2020

Saudi, Dubai stocks lead broader regional gains on stronger oil prospects

With prospects that the stimulus of a US relief package could increase demand and growth, UAE and Saudi Arabia both saw their stocks rise, in line with the global market, Bahrain, and Oman, and in contrast to Qatar.

December 23, 2020

Google partners with Saudi Aramco to access $10 billion cloud market

In a joint venture with the state-owned oil producer Aramco, Google will open a “cloud region,” to deliver high performance, low latency cloud services to meet rising demand in Saudi Arabia, which is forecast to reach a market opportunity up to $10 billion by 2030.  

December 22, 2020

UAE-based Fujairah to get fourth refinery in 2021

With its third refinery started in April, Fujairah, a UAE-based entity, expects a fourth to be running by 2021. Fujairah’s oil stockpile jumped 6.7% the week of December 14th, its highest since August.

December 14, 2020

Facing liquidity crunch, Kuwait names new oil and finance ministers

Mired in a dire economic crisis and following the resignation of the government, Kuwait’s emir on Monday approved a new cabinet that included new ministers of oil and finance. The supreme petroleum council sets oil policy, so it is yet to be seen how influential these new additions will be.

December 6, 2020

Aluminum Bahrain signs memo of understanding with Chinese alumina supplier

Aluminum Bahrain (Alba) signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with a Chinese company that will supply the Gulf state aluminum producer with raw material alumina. Hangzhou Jinjiang Group Co. has an annual nameplate capacity of 10 million mt., and Alba hopes to increase its 2019 total of 1.35 million mt. to 1.54 million by the end of 2020.

December 6, 2020

Oman sets up new energy company to raise capital

In an effort to offset the impact of lower oil prices, Oman sets up a new state energy company that can raise debt. Energy Development Oman will have a shareholding in Petroleum Development Oman, a state-owned oil and gas exploration and production company, and Block 6, Oman’s largest gas and oil operation.

December 1, 2020

Saudi-UAE standoff leaves OPEC deal hanging in the balance

After heated disagreements about quota management and enforcement led to a several-day delay in OPEC+ meetings, members hope that diplomacy can bring UAE and Saudi Arabia back to the negotiating table. UAE expressed frustration that other members have not been held to their obligations, while Iraq asked for unique consideration based on its economic realities rather than a “one size fits all” approach.

November 16, 2020

Saudi Aramco plans debt market comeback with multi-tranche bond deal

Seeking cash, Saudi Aramco hired banks for a multi-trance U.S. dollar-denominated bond issuance.

November 1, 2020

Head of Vitol Asia says Europe lockdowns could reduce oil demand by hundreds of thousands b/d

Resultant of new lockdowns in Western Europe, the head of Vitol Asia stated that the drop in demand may equal hundreds of thousands of barrels per day. After the first round of lockdowns in April, OPEC+ reigned in oil output by almost 10%.

November 1, 2020

Sudan and UAE sign memo of understanding on construction of solar energy plants

Sudan and UAE sign a memorandum of understanding regarding the construction of solar energy plants with a capacity of 500 megawatts (MW). UAE, represented by one of its private companies, will supply, build, install and operate an undisclosed number of plants for 20 years, while training and employing Sudanese workers.

October 29, 2020

OPEC+ 2021 supply decision garners varying reactions from Gulf states

With Russia and Saudi Arabia in favor of maintaining output cuts and other members of OPEC+ against them, the Kuwaiti Oil Minister expressed his support of whatever was best for the OPEC+ framework.

October 27, 2020

Oil prices drop by more than 5% to three-week low as COVID-19 cases surge

Renewed lockdowns in the U.S. and Europe are sparking concern that the economic recovery will deteriorate, leading oil prices to fall 5% in a three-week low. The drop was compounded by an increase in U.S. and Libyan oil output, and the dwindling hopes of a timely U.S. stimulus package.

October 20, 2020

Qatari stocks rise as most major Gulf markets fall

In a contrast to UAE and Saudi markets and indexes taking a hit, Qatari stocks rose on Tuesday, including the index .QSI, its largest lender Qatar National Bank, and Qatar Gas Transport Company.

October 20, 2020

Israeli pipeline company EAPC to transport UAE oil

Israel’s Europe-Asia Pipeline Co. (EAPC) signed an agreement with a UAE-based company to transport oil from the Gulf state and Eastern markets to the West and back. According to EAPC, the agreement “offers oil producers and refiners the shortest most efficient and cost-effective route to transport oil and oil products from the Arabian Gulf to the consumption centers in the West, and provides access for consumers in the Far East to oil produced in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions.”

October 19, 2020

IMF lowers 2021 outlook for Middle East economic recovery

In its latest regional outlook report (Oct. 2020) the International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its outlook for the region’s economic recovery, predicting a 4.1% contraction. The (IMF) also expects oil prices to remain under pressure, predicting prices in the $40 to $50 range in 2021.

October 19, 2020

Oil exporters to hurt most due to COVID-19

Lower oil prices and decreased demand have set up oil exporters to be among the hardest hit Middle Eastern states economically, according to the International Monetary Fund.

October 19, 2020

Saudi Arabia expects $20 billion investment in renewable energy through 2030

The CEO of the Saudi National Grid expects investments of $20 billion and more over the next decade. The company also anticipates record low prices for its renewable projects.

October 8, 2020

OPEC cuts long-term forecast for oil demand growth

In its annual World Oil Outlook, OPEC extended its forecast period from 2040 through 2045, projecting worldwide oil demand to increase by nearly 10 million barrels per day (b/d) over the long term, rising to 109.3 million b/d in 2040, and to 109.1 million b/d in 2045.  

October 6, 2020

Saudi Aramco doubles down on oil production to outlast rivals

Mindful that a shift to clean energy will make crude much less valuable, Saudi Aramco plans to increase its oil production capacity so that it can capitalize on demand picking up.


October 5, 2020

Boosted by Kurdish output, Total oil exports in Iraq edge 1.3% higher in Sept

After August saw the lowest Iraqi exports of oil since 2015, Iraq’s output went up 1.3% to 3.063 million barrels per day, boosted by semi-autonomous Kurdish output.

October 2, 2020

US, Israel and UAE to cooperate in several sectors of energy

In the wake of the Abraham Accords, the US, Israel, and UAE agree to cooperate in several sectors of energy, including oil, gas, and renewable energy. UAE and Israel may also work together on water desalination and solar power.

September 30, 2020

Saudi Economy experiences 7% contraction in Q2 caused by COVID-19 demand destruction

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Statistics reported a 7% contraction YoY in the second quarter. The drop is a consequence of the pandemic’s oil demand destruction and reflects the Kingdom’s challenges in diversifying its economy beyond the oil industry. 

September 29, 2020

Saudi Aramco and Russian Oil Company unlikely to bid for stake in Indian Oil Refining Corporation

With low oil prices and weak demand curbing investment plans, sources from Russian oil company and Saudi Aramco report that the two heavyweights are unlikely to bid for a stake in Indian refiner Bharat Petroleum Corporation. After initially showing interest, Aramco has not submitted a formal expression of interest, though the deadline was extended by two months to September 30th.

September 27, 2020

Singapore receives the first oil shipment from Aramco’s Jizan refinery

According to data analytics firm Kepler, Aramco’s Jizan refinery has sent 475,000 barrels of gas oil to Singapore. In a statement made in August, Aramco CEO Amin Nasser had indicated that processing at the Jizan refinery, which has been the target of several Houthi missile attacks intercepted by Saudi, will begin by the first quarter of 2021.


September 25, 2020

Oil Tracking Company Projects September Iranian exports at “levels we haven’t seen” in 18 months

Defying U.S. sanctions, TankerTrackers projected Iranian oil exports in September have jumped to twice that of August, and “levels we haven’t seen in a year and a half.” 


September 24, 2020

U.S. grants 60-day waiver for Iraq to import Iranian Energy

The U.S. gave Baghdad 60 days to take “meaningful action” to reduce energy reliance on Iran, notably shorter than the usual 90 or 120 day waiver. Analysts believe that the shortened timespan reflects evolving relations between the U.S. and Iran, as American troops stationed in Iraq have come under Iranian-backed militia fire multiple times this year.


September 23, 2020

UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant boosts electricity production to half of capacity

The UAE’s  first nuclear power plant, Barakah, started one of its four units back in August, and has recently boosted its electricity production to half of its capacity. The boost comes after the UAE has linked the plant to its electricity grid as part of its plan to meet up to 25% of the country’s power needs from nuclear energy.

September 22, 2020

Iraq’s Kurdish Region responsible for OPEC quota breach and possible smuggling, claims deputy PM Allawi

In a recent statement, Iraq’s deputy prime minister Ali Allawi attributed the country’s OPEC quota breach to the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, which produces between 450,000 and 470,000 b/d of crude. Moreover, the deputy minister indicated that the region might be a possible source of smuggling.  

September 18, 2020

Saudi Defense Ministry Places blame on Iran for Drone and Missile Strike

After a drone and missile attack forced Saudi Arabia to shut down half of the country’s oil production, the Saudi defense ministry asserted that debris found at the Aramco attack site proved Iranian culpability. “The attack could not have originated from Yemen,” Col. Turki al-Maliki said, because the Houthi rebel fighters did not have the needed range of capability.


September 17, 2020

Oil jumps more than 10% following OPEC meeting and decline in US inventory

After Saudi Arabia pressed OPEC members to hold firm on production quotas, Hurricane Sally cut U.S. production, and a Libyan commander announced the removal of a blockade on oil exports, oil prices were mixed. However, a decline in U.S. inventory and the resultant supply deficit contributed to a 10% rise in oil prices.

September 17, 2020

Iraq to raise its refining capacity to 850,000 b/d by the first quarter of 2022

According to Iraqi deputy oil minister Hamed al-Zobai, the country plans to raise its refining capacity from 640,000 b/d to 850,000 b/d by the first quarter of 2022. The main purpose behind Iraq’s push for an increased refining capacity is to reduce dependence on imports of gasoline and gas oil. Iraq’s reliance on imports of gasoline and gas oil is a consequence of the 2013-2017 war with the Islamic State, which caused damage to many of Iraq’s refineries. In order to boost refining capacity, Iraq plans to rehabilitate and develop the Baiji complex north of Baghdad, finance new refining projects in Karbala and Qayara, and introduce

September 17, 2020

Oil jumps 10+% after OPEC meeting and decline in U.S. inventory

Resultant of an OPEC meeting where Saudi Arabia pressed allies for better compliance with output cuts, Hurricane Sandy cut U.S. production, and major banks projected a supply deficit, oil futures rose by more than 10%. Eastern Libya commander Khalid Haftar also announced he would lift his oil output blockade for one month, though it is yet to be seen how quickly Libya can ramp up production.

September 17, 2020

OPEC+ Meeting Addresses Need for ‘full conformity’ to production cuts

Though OPEC+ did not commit to any changes in oil output, the international group urged flexibility in the face of uncertain Covid futures around the world. Members have thus far adapted to output constraints to varying degrees of compliance, with Iraq compensating for overproduction earlier in the year and Saudi Arabia and Russia urging stricter adherence.

September 15, 2020

SABIC issues two $500 million dollar bonds to purchase long-term debt

In a hotter debt market post-summer, Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) sold $500 million dollars worth of 10-year bonds and $500 million worth of 30-year Formosa bonds. This June, Aramco completed its $69.1 million dollar purchase of a 70% stake in SABIC. As long-term investments are more insulated to oil volatility, fund managers and bankers expect the regional debt supply to continue over the coming months.

September 15, 2020

The International Energy Agency cuts oil demand outlook in light of Coronavirus

In light of concerns around COVID-19, the International Energy Agency decreased its oil demand outlook by 300,000 b/d for 2020. While oil production for OPEC+ members has seen a recovery since production cuts have eased in August, the Paris-based agency expects non-OPEC supply to drop by 2.6 million b/d in 2020. Overall, the IEA foresees stock draws in the second half of the year at about 3.4 mb/d. 

September 14, 2020

International Atomic Energy Agency discusses tougher nuclear checks with Saudi Arabia

Though Saudi Arabia has stated it will only pursue nuclear weapons if Iran acquires them, the International Atomic Energy Agency has discussed revising its arrangements with Saudi Arabia as it expands its nuclear program. An extra agreement, known as the Additional Protocol, would provide tougher checks such as snap inspections at undisclosed locations

September 14, 2020

As supply recovers, OPEC revises down projections of global oil demand

In its latest oil market forecast, issued on September 14, OPEC slashed its projection of global demand by 400,000 b/d for 2020 and by 770,000 b/d for 2021. The supply side continues to increase above OPEC’s previous forecasts, since coordinated production cuts of OPEC+ members have relaxed in August.

September 13, 2020

Abu Dhabi plans to generate a 1/3 of its power from clean energy by 2024

In a statement made by a government official to S&P Global Platts, Abu Dhabi is looking to produce a third of its power from clean energy in four years. The UAE has been undertaking various projects targeting clean and renewable energy, including nuclear power, in an attempt to generate 50% of its power from clean energy by 2050.

September 9, 2020

With production cuts relaxing, OPEC+ oil outputs increase in August

According to a recent S&P survey, OPEC+ oil outputs have increased in August, as production cuts ease to 7.7 million b/d for the rest of the year from August on. The rise in oil output has been led by an increase in production by Saudi Arabia, Russia and the UAE. While Saudi Arabia remained under its quota, Russia and the UAE went over their cap. To make up the difference, UAE’s ADNOC said it will lower its October term allocations by 30% to make up for the excess output. 

September 8, 2020

Saudi Arabia cuts October Official Selling Prices as refinery margins weaken

In response to weakening refining margins, Saudi Arabia cut its October Official Selling Price to Asia in order to incentivize more crude buying from refiners, where Russia remains a primary competitor. Saudi Arabia also cut its Official Selling Price to U.S.  (60 cents/b less) and European (20 cents/b less) buyers, however price cuts to European buyers were by far the smallest.

September 2, 2020

UAE’s ADNOC signs $5.5 billion dollar real estate investment partnership

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company announced a $5.5 billion dollar real estate investment partnership with a consortium led by Apollo Global Management Inc. ADNOC will retain a 51% stake, maintaining full ownership and control over the select real estate and social infrastructure assets.

September 1, 2020

Iraq’s August oil export down by 6%

According to a statement made on Sept. 1st by the Iraqi oil ministry, oil exports have fallen to 2.597 million b/d in August from 2.763 million b/d in July, a 6% decrease. The drop in exports comes after Iraq has pledged to cut an extra 400,000 b/d in the month of August and in September to make up for overproduction in May through July.

August 31, 2020

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company slashes oil exports by 30% for all crude grades

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company informed its term customer that it would slash the quantity of volumes available for export over October by 30% for its Murban, Um lulu, Upper Zakum and Das Blend grades. This comes after the UAE joined other OPEC+ members in enacting voluntary additional cuts to their output quotas.

August 30, 2020

Saudi Energy Minister announces discovery of two new oil and gas fields

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister announced that the state oil company Saudi Aramco discovered two new oil and gas fields in the northern region. The Abraq al-Toloul field flows with a daily rate of 3,189 barrels per day of Arab light crude oil, in addition to 3.5 million cubic feet of natural gas; the Hadabat al Hajara gas field yields 1944 bpd of oil condensate, and produces 16 million cubic feet of natural gas daily.

August 22, 2020

Iraqi deputy PM alludes to lower reliance on Iranian power next year

Iraq’s dependence on Iranian gas and electricity  import may significantly subside if the country successfully implements its $8 billion deals with US companies and attracts Saudi investment. Iraq hopes to advance the Ar Ratawi gas project to meet the domestic energy demand as well as link its power grid to the Gulf’s grid through Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

August 20, 2020

Saudi June crude output hits 17-year low

According to data released in August 2020 by the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI), Saudi Arabia’s June crude oil export dropped to the lowest on record since data collection started in January 2020, coming to a total of 4.98 million b/d. The drop in exports reflects the country’s leading role in the production cuts enacted by the OPEC+ coalition to prevent an oil price collapse.

August 20, 2020

General Electric signs $1.2 billion power agreement with Iraq

General Electric Company has signed two new agreements with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity to bolster transmission networks and conduct maintenance programs across key Iraqi power plants, valued at $1.2 billion USD. GE is also working with multiple export credit agencies to facilitate $1 billion USD of financing for the projects.


August 20, 2020

OPEC+ to Offset Oversupply in May and June

On August 20, an internal OPEC+ report showed that countries that overproduced oil in May and June will have to slash output by over a million barrels per day for two months to compensate for the oversupply.

August 19, 2020

UAE nuclear power plants connects to national grid, a regional milestone

The culmination of a 12-year plan by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has given UAE’s Barakah plant, the Arab world’s first nuclear energy plant, its first unit connected to the national power grid. The milestone enables ENEC to provide cleaner electricity to millions of residents and will reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

August 18, 2020

Saudi Cabinet Approved Neutral Zone Agreement with Chevron

On August 18, Saudi Arabia approved amending and extending an agreement with Saudi Arabia Chevron on the Neutral Zone, a previously disputed border area between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, where an agreement last year restarted production in the area’s jointly-run Wafra and Khafagi oil fields. The Neutral Zone produces up to 0.5% of the world’s oil supply.

August 17, 2020

Iran Signs Deals to Boost Oil Production Capacity

On August 17, Iran signed 13 oil contracts with 14 domestic firms which will raise Iran’s oil production capacity to 185,000 barrels per day. The contracts are worth a total of $1.78 billion USD.

August 17, 2020

Chevron and Iraqi Government Pursue Exploration Deal

On August 17, reports surfaced that Chevron and the Iraqi government are discussing an exploration deal for Iraq’s southern Nassiriya oilfield which is one of Iraq’s largest oil fields and holds an estimated 4.4 billion barrels of crude. 

August 14, 2020

US seizes multimillion-dollar Iranian fuel shipment bound for Venezuela — DOJ says largest ever

With the assistance of foreign partners, the U.S. Justice Department announced it had seized 1.1 million barrels of Iranian petroleum from four foreign-flagged oil tankers bound for Venezuela. The two states have helped each other circumnavigate U.S. sanctions in the past, and in June, five Iranian oil tankers brought almost 1.5 million barrels per day to Venezuela, whose 1.3 million bpd refining network has almost completely broken down.

August 13, 2020

International Energy Agency forecasts lower oil demand due to surging COVID-19 cases and stalling mobility

After the world’s largest oil and gas firms reported historic Q2 losses, the International Energy Agency lowered its global oil demand forecasts to 91.1 million barrels per day, an 8.1 million bpd year-on-year decrease. The revision is 140,000 bpd lower than its most recent projection, and 2021 global estimates were revised down by 240,000 bpd to 97.1 million bpd.

August 13, 2020

Japan offers $330 million for a mega solar power plant in Qatar

On August 13, Japan confirmed that the state-backed Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Mizuho Bank will offer $330 million USD for a mega solar power plant in western Qatar. The solar power plant is expected to be operational in April, 2022.

August 12, 2020

Qatar Petroleum acquires stake in Angola drilling operation

Qatar Petroleum acquired a 30% stake in Angola’s Block 48, with drilling scheduled for 2020-2021. This marks Qatar’s first oil venture in Angola, aided by Angola’s oil ministry’s revision of the fiscal terms of its contracts to incentivize international oil companies to revive the country’s oil industry.

August 10, 2020

OPEC+ compliance with oil cuts dips in July

OPEC+ members’ production cuts compliance dropped by 10% in July, as the coalition gears up to hike up quotas this month in anticipation of higher global oil demand. However, some countries that overproduced their quotas such as Iraq, have pledged to compensation cuts to offset the imbalance.

August 9, 2020

Saudi Aramco reduces capital expenditure in response to plummeting profits

Due to the challenging conditions of the global market, Saudi Aramco has reduced its capital expenditure to $6.2 billion in its second quarter- less than half of its first quarter capex ($13.6 billion). This course of action comes at the heel of a slump in demand caused by the pandemic, which plummeted profits by 73% in the second quarter.

August 9, 2020

Saudi Aramco profits drop 50% for first half of year

Saudi Aramco reported a 50% decrease in net income for the first half of its financial year, dropping from $46.9 billion in the first half of 2019 to $23.2 billion through June 2020. CEO Amin Nasser reported on an earnings call — the first earning press conference held by the oil company since going public in December — that “The worst is likely behind us. We remain fairly positive about the long term demand for oil.”

August 9, 2020

Iraq Oil Output Cut Further

On August 9, oil prices rose in response to Iraq announcing it would cut its oil output by 400,000 more barrels per day in August and September, coming into compliance with cuts agreed upon by OPEC+. The U.S. Congress also sent signals a stimulus deal is on the horizon, raising hopes further of economic recovery.


August 7, 2020

Saudi and Iraqi ministers discuss OPEC+ compliance

In a joint statement, Saudi Energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman and Iraqi oil minister Ihsan Ismaael reaffirmed their commitment towards meeting production cuts and the extra cuts under the compensation regime. Iraq has pledged to make additional cuts of 400,000 b/d of its August and September quotas to compensate for its overproduction in May, June and July, bringing its effective quota to  3.404 million b/d.

August 6, 2020

CEO of Saudi Aramco offshoot warns about oil demand after weak Q2

Saudi Petrochemical giant SABIC, partly owned by Aramco, posted its third quarterly loss as prices dropped by 27% YoY in the second quarter. CEO Yousef al-Benyan said improvement will depend on how the uncertainty of a second or third wave of COVID-19 will drive demand.

August 6, 2020

Iraq Will Further Cut Oil Output To Compensate For Overproduction

On August 6, Iraq announced it will cut its oil output by an extra 400,000 barrels per day to compensate for its overproduction over the past three months. The decision will bring Iraq closer to compliance with collective production cuts agreed upon by OPEC+.

August 6, 2020

U.S. Exports Crude Oil To Saudi Arabia For First Time In Over A Decade

In June, U.S. Census Bureau data showed the U.S. shipped an unusually small amount of crude oil, about 550,000 barrels, to Saudi Arabia for the first time since a 1,000-barrel shipment in 2002. The U.S. Energy Information Administration has no record of any U.S. crude oil exports to Saudi Arabia.

August 3, 2020

Russia Raising Oil Output As OPEC+ Agreement Loosens

On August 1 and 2, Russia raised oil and gas condensate output to 9.8 million barrels per day, up from 9.37 million bpd in July, as production cuts under the OPEC+ deal eased. From August 1, OPEC+ agreed to lower output cuts from 9.7 million barrels per day (bpd) from 7.7 million bpd thus allowing for more production.

August 1, 2020

UAE announces success of first nuclear reactor

UAE announced the successful start of its first nuclear reactor at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, the region’s first such plant. Though the plant was due to go online in late 2017, a number of safety and regulatory requirements saw the country first start loading fuel rods into the reactor in February. Saudi Arabia says it plans to build up to 16 nuclear reactors, but the project has not yet materialized.

July 30, 2020

CNPC Possibly To Purchase $1.5 Billion Stake In Oman Gas Field

On July 30, the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation was in advance talks to purchase a 10% stake in the giant Khazzan natural gas field in Oman from BP, which owns 60% of the field. The deal could be worth $1.5 billion USD.

July 29, 2020

UAE ADNOC Will Cut Volume For All Crude Grades

On July 29, UAE’s biggest energy producer Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. told customers it would cut all four of its crude oil grades by 5% in September, following similar 5% cuts made in July and August.

July 27, 2020

China’s Crude Imports From Saudi Arabia Reach New Heights

On July 26, customs data showed that China’s June crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia reached an all time high of 2.17 million barrels per day (bpd). Oil exports to China from Russia and Brazil also peaked in June, with China’s crude oil imports increasing by 34.4% year on year to a record high of 12.99 million bpd.

July 21, 2020

Saudi Arabia Will Burn Excess Crude Oil To Produce Electricity

On July 21, Saudi Arabia was on track to burn record amounts of crude oil to produce electricity this summer as more Saudis stay inside with air conditioning to combat the harsh summer heat.

July 21, 2020

Iraq Struggling With Kurdistan Region On Energy Policy

On July 21, S&P Global reported the Iraqi government and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region will further complicate Iraqi energy policy as Iraq already lags behind in implementing oil cuts agreed upon by OPEC+. Baghdad has blamed Kurdistan for its lack of compliance to the OPEC+ deal.

July 16, 2020

Saudi Crude Oil in May Reached 9-Year Low

On July 16, the Joint Organisations Data Initiative released data showing Saudi crude oil exports dropped to 6.02 million barrels per day (bpd) when the OPEC+ production cuts began in May, reaching a nine year low. Saudi Arabia exported a record 10.237 million bpd in April before the cuts.

July 15, 2020

Saudi Arabia Entering Next Phase In OPEC+ Agreement

On July 15, the Saudi energy minister said the OPEC+ agreement was moving into its next phase of reduced production cuts as oil demand was expected to recover. He reported Saudi oil exports will not increase in August and excess production will be consumed locally.

July 12, 2020

Iran Signs $300 Million Deal To Develop Yaran Oil Field

On July 12, the Iranian Oil Minister announced Iran signed a $300 million deal to develop the Yaran oil field, which aims to produce 39.5 million barrels of crude within 10 years. The project is expected to produce $2 billion of income for Iran and will continue despite the limitations of existing U.S. sanctions.

July 7, 2020

UAE ADNOC To Increase Oil Exports in August

On July 7, UAE’s Abu Dhabi National Oil Company announced plans to increase its crude oil exports by as much as 300,000 barrels per day in August as OPEC+ begins easing oil output cuts.

July 6, 2020

Saudi Arabia Raises Crude Prices

On July 6, Aramco increased official selling prices (OSPs) for its crude to Asia by $1 a barrel. Industry analysts say the increase in price could discourage demand for Saudi oil, but it could also encourage the use of crude from inventories, which would provide support for oil prices.

July 3, 2020

Crude Exports In June Show OPEC+ Compliance

On July 3, Iraq is making progress towards the production cuts implemented by OPEC+ by dropping crude oil exports in the month of june by 497,000 b/d with crude exports totaling 2.81 million b/d. The last time exports were this low was in October 2015, when exports totaled 2.7 million b/d.

July 1, 2020

Iraqi Oil Exports Fell 12% In June

On July 1, Iraq’s oil exports for the month of June fell 12%, improving compliance with OPEC’s output cut agreements. Exports fell to 2.8 million b/d, lower than May when Iraq exported an average 3.2 million b/d.

July 1, 2020

OPEC Production At Three Decade Low

OPEC’s oil production in June reached the lowest level since the 1991 Gulf War, with production being cut to 22.69 million bpd. Despite these drastic cuts, inventory levels are still high as demand for oil is increasing at a slower than normal rate.

June 30, 2020

Saudi Aramco, ADNOC May Raise OSP

On June 30, Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company will likely raise the official selling price (OSP) differentials of their crude oil due to an increase in the Gulf’s crude structure. Aramco is expected to raise the OSP differential from 80 cents/b to $3/b in August.

June 29, 2020

In June, OPEC Cut Oil Output By 1.45 Million Barrels Per Day

On June 29, OPEC cut oil output in June by 1.25 million barrels per day (bpd) as part of its supply restraint agreement. OPEC had agreed from May to cut oil supply by more than 6 million bpd, with their current supply remaining 1.55 million bpd away from compliance.

June 25, 2020

Iran Begins Building Pipeline To Avoid Strait of Hormuz

On June 25, Iran officially began building a 1,000km pipeline that seeks to avoid the Strait of Hormuz for exporting oil. The Goureh-Jask route will allow Iran to export 1 million barrels per day (bpd) by March 2021 as current sanctions by the United States has dramatically decreased Iran’s oil exports to 100,00-200,000 bpd.

June 23, 2020

UAE’S ADNOC Sells 49% Stake In Gas Pipelines

On June 23, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) secured a $10 billion deal with a consortium of investors to sell a 49% stake in its gas pipelines. The consortium group will invest in ADNOC assets valued at a total of $20.7 billion, this includes leasing rights to 28 pipelines that span an area of 982.8 km.

June 8, 2020

Saudi Arabian Oil Exports Falls To $11 Billion

On June 8, data reports show that in the first quarter of the year, the value of Saudi Arabia’s oil exports fell 21.9%, an approximate loss of $11 billion. Oil revenue fell nearly 24% to $34 billion, creating a $9 million budget deficit for Saudi Arabia. 

June 2, 2020

Iraq To Further Cut Oil Production

On June 2, the acting oil minister of Iraq, Ali Abdul Ameer Allawi, announced that Iraq will further cut its oil output, in consensus with OPEC+ provisions.

June 2, 2020

First Solar Project To Begin In Oman

Sterling and Wilson Solar (SWSL) became the first Indian company to commission a 125-MW solar energy project in the Gulf region. This will be Oman’s first renewable-based power project and will hold the biggest single-unit solar park in the world that uses bifacial modules. 

June 1, 2020

Qatar Petroleum Signs $19 Billion Agreement with South Korea

On June 1, Qatar Petroleum signed shipbuilding agreements with South Korean companies Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Hyundai Heavy Industries, and Samsung Heavy Industries. These agreements will provide Qatar Petroleum with more than 100 ships at the cost of $19.23 billion. 

May 31, 2020

Russia Not Opposed To Earlier OPEC+ Meeting

On May 31, Algeria, which currently holds the presidency of OPEC, proposed that the meeting planned for June 9th be brought forward to June 4th. This received no opposition from member states, including Russia. The proposed meeting would reconvene member states in order to propose further policies regarding oil output.

May 27, 2020

Oil Rig Operations In Iraq Drastically Declining

On May 27, after international oil companies (IOC) were ordered to cut spending, oil rig operations in Iraq declined by nearly two-thirds. Iraq is now operating 31 rigs, down from 76 in December with IOCs operating around 32, down from 88. This drastic decline decreased Iraq’s oil revenue from $6.16 billion in January to $1.4 billion now.

May 26, 2020

Oil Prices Climb as Supply Cuts Grow and Demand Increases

On May 26, oil prices started rising as producers are following through on commitments to cut supplies and as demand increases with coronavirus restrictions easing. Brent reached $35.55 while WTI was traded at $33.77 per barrel. According to the Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, the increase in demand should help cut an oil surplus of 7 to 12 million barrels per day by June.

May 25, 2020

Russia Overthrows Saudi As China’s Top Crude Oil Supplier in April

Russia became China’s top crude oil supplier, overtopping Saudi Arabia’s spot. In April, Russia exported on average more than 1.75 million barrels per day (bpd) to China, compared to Saudi Arabia, which only exported 1.26 million bpd.

May 23, 2020

Iranian fuel starts arriving in Venezuelan waters despite U.S. warning

On May 23, one of five Iranian fuel tankers arrived in Venezuela to deliver more than 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and alkylate. The Venezuelan military escorted the tanker to the port due to threats made by the United States against the deal, given that both Iran and Venezuela are both under sanctions by the U.S.

May 22, 2020

Abu Dhabi, Qatar Offer Most Competitively Priced Crude in Middle East

On May 22, smaller crude oil producers Abu Dhabi and Qatar began to emerge as competitive suppliers to oil giant Saudi Arabia’s Aramco. The competitive pricing has attracted the attention of the Asian market, which is beginning to demand more oil imports as countries start to reopen.

May 20, 2020

Saudi Arabia Become Top Oil Supplier To India

On May 20, Saudi Arabia replaced Iraq as the top importer of oil to India. Iraq had been India’s No. 1 oil supplier since 2017. The shift from Iraq to Saudi Arabia was caused partly by the large cuts in oil prices by ARAMCO, which enticed India to purchase more from them instead of Iraq.

May 18, 2020

Oil Jumps to a Two-Month high on Easing Lockdowns, Positive Vaccine Results

On May 18, oil prices increased to the highest in over two months as a result of positive early results on a potential coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine results have increased optimism about the resumption of economic activity.

May 17, 2020

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia To Shut Down Al-Khafji Field Months After Reopening

On May 17, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait announced that they will be shutting down production at the Al-Khafji crude oil field, which they share in the Neutral Zone. The field was reopened in December 2019 after five years of being shut down, but due to a low number of buyers, sources say this led to the current shut down.

May 14, 2020

Saudi Arabia To Reduce Oil Exports Per OPEC+ Agreement

Saudi Aramco reported they will reduce oil shipments in June to at least a dozen customers in Asia and make even deeper reductions to Europe and the U.S. in order to comply with OPEC+ oil production cuts. The voluntary production reduction aims to drain a glut that has caused low oil prices this year.

May 13, 2020

OPEC Predicts Large Hit To Oil Coming

On May 13, OPEC+ predicted the current quarter would see the steepest decline for global oil demand despite some countries easing coronavirus lockdowns. The new prediction expects global oil demand to decrease by 9.07 million barrels per day, or 9.1%, in 2020.

May 12, 2020

Qatar At LNG Dilemma

On May 12, Qatar, being the world’s largest exporter of liquified natural gas, has arrived at a conjecture that will pose significant loss and challenges. Qatar has to either cut production, which would hurt the government’s main source of revenue, or slash oil prices which would push oil prices into the negatives.

May 5, 2020

Oil Climbs As Outputs Are Cut

On May 5, futures in New York rose for a fifth day as OPEC+ producers drastically decreased oil outputs per the commitment to remove 9.7 million barrels per day. The impact of production cuts is indicating that the oil surplus is beginning to ease.

April 30, 2020

OPEC April Output At 13-Month High

On April 30, oil outputs from OPEC countries in the month of April averaged 30.25 million barrels per day, making it the highest output by the 13-member organization since March 2019. Saudi Arabia had the biggest increase in supply, with 11.3 million barrels per day, along with the UAE and Kuwait who also increased outputs.

April 29, 2020

Oil Prices Rise As Production Cuts Near

On April 29, as outputs are slashed across major oil producers, oil prices are beginning to rise slowly again. In New York, crude oil futures rose to $14 a barrel and Russian oil companies will further cut production by 19%.

April 28, 2020

OPEC Oil Exports Increase

On April 28, crude oil production from OPEC members increased by more than 2 million barrels per day in the month of April. This is the highest level of production for OPEC since December 2018 and comes just a few days before the implementation of the agreement on oil production cuts set to begin in May.

April 20, 2020

U.S. Considers Blocking Saudi Shipments

On April 20, as demand for oil has severely plummeted due to coronavirus shutdowns, President Trump is seeking to add more than 75 million barrels of oil to the United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Trump further said he will look into a proposal to block oil shipments from Saudi Arabia.

April 18, 2020

Saudi Arabia Set To Export 600,000 Barrels Per Day To The U.S.

On April 18, Saudi Arabia will begin selling around 600,000 barrels a day of crude oil to the United States as Saudi refineries increased production to a record 12.3 million barrels per day. This comes at the same time that Saudi Arabian Oil Company stated it will cut output to 8.5 million barrels per day as part of the OPEC+ agreement.

April 16, 2020

Demand for OPEC Oil Reaches 30-Year Low

OPEC crude demand for Q2 is expected to be 19.73 million bpd, a sharp drop by 9.6 million bdp from Q2 2019. This will be the lowest demand for OPEC crude since 1989.

April 12, 2020

Mexico And Saudi Arabia At Oil Standoff

On April 12, negotiators are working to mediate a standoff between Mexico and Saudi Arabia regarding oil production after a tentative OPEC+ deal, which calls for a cut of 10 million barrels per day, was suggested to the oil producing countries. A compromise being offered to Mexico and Saudi Arabia is measuring exports rather than general output, allowing Mexico to keep producing on track but not exporting. 

April 9, 2020

OPEC+ Members To Decide On Historic Oil Production Cut

On April 9, OPEC+ members convened an emergency virtual meeting to discuss the scale of production cuts after President Donald Trump suggested a cut of 10 to 15 million barrels of crude oil. Energy ministers from G-20 countries will convene for their own meeting on Friday.

April 6, 2020

Russia, Saudi Arabia Meeting Delayed; Oil Prices Fall

Today, the price of oil continued to drop over the announcement that Russia and Saudi Arabia had delayed their meeting over future oil production cuts. The meeting originally was scheduled to take place today but has now been moved to Thursday. OPEC+ is working on a deal to cut production by 10 million barrels per day, or 10% of the world’s supply.

April 5, 2020

Moscow and Riyadh Close to an Oil Deal

On April 5, the chief executive of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF stated that Russia and Saudi Arabia are “very, very close” to a deal regarding oil production cuts. As the OPEC+ virtual meeting is expected to take place on Thursday, discussions are expected to be centered around reducing oil output. 

April 2, 2020

Oil Rises More Than 13%

On April 2, Brent crude oil futures increased 13.9%, raising a barrel by $4.17 and settling at $34.11. The rebound is attributed to reports that Russia and Saudi Arabia will be negotiating to end a price war that slashed oil prices in the previous month.

March 30, 2020

Global Oil Prices Drops Again Today to Lowest Levels since 2002

Today, the price of oil fell by 8% as fears of an extended shutdown from the coronavirus could last for months. The price of oil is at its lowest since 2002, as Brent has fallen to $22.5 a barrel, which is now down 65% for the year.

March 30, 2020

Saudi Arabia to Increase LPG Supplies to India

Yesterday, India’s Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that India will increase imports of LPG from Saudi Arabia to sustain the countries domestic demand.

India is the world’s second-largest importer of LPG and the country is expected to see an increase in natural gas demand as the coronavirus lockdown starts to take effect.

March 30, 2020

Saudi Arabia to Increase Exports to 10.6 Million bpd in May

On Monday, a Saudi energy official announced that the kingdom would increase its oil exports to 10.6 million barrels per day since the country is burning less oil for power generation and a lack of demand from domestic use due to the lockdown from the coronavirus outbreak.

March 27, 2020

Saudi Arabia Struggles to Increase Oil Sales for April As Demands Drop

According to Reuters, Riyadh has been finding difficulty in marketing its oil as demands dropped while the kingdom increased its oil supply after failing to agree with Moscow on the extension of OPEC+ agreement.

Royal Dutch Shell, Finland’s Neste, and U.S. Polish and Indian refiners were taking less or not taking any oil for April.

March 24, 2020

In Low Oil and Gas Market, Oman Reevaluates Energy Portfolio

On Tuesday, an official in the Omani Finance Ministry announced that his country would be reviewing their oil and natural gas projects with a breakeven cost of more than $30/b, and that they are optimistic that global energy markets will improve in the second half of the year. The official said Oman was looking to raise $6 billion and that they would introduce a 5% budget cut in 2020 to balance the budget.

March 23, 2020

As Virus Shutdowns Expand, Oil Price and Demand Fall

On Monday, as fears of the virus spread and as more countries are instituting shutdowns, demand for travel and industry activity contracted leading to falls in Brent crude. Also, demand destruction is being effected as the oil market deals with a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.

March 20, 2020

US Energy Officials Push for an Energy Alliance with Saudi Arabia

In Washington, some members of the Energy Department are urging the Trump administration to push for an oil alliance with Saudi Arabia, which would create a partnership between the world’s two largest oil-producing nations. The move could lead to Saudi Arabia leaving OPEC and would help stabilize the global crude market; which is in a fall from the price war occurring between Saudi Arabia and Russia, and the fall in demand due to coronavirus shutdowns.

March 19, 2020

Price of Oil Up After Three Day Plunge; Still Curbed by Virus Fears

Today, the price of U.S. oil rose 10% after the past three days had reduced oil prices to their lowest in twenty years. Rising fears from coronavirus and the battle over market share between Saudi Arabia and Russia are still continuing to curb the price of oil from stabilizing.

March 18, 2020

Saudi Arabia to Raise its Oil Supply to 12.3 mln bpd in the Coming Months

Today, Saudi Energy Ministry said that it has ordered Aramco to continue oil supplies at a record of 12.3 million bpd over the coming months. The ministry added that oil exports are set to top 10 million bpd as of May.

March 17, 2020

Developing Countries Could Lose Up to 80% of Oil & Gas Income in 2020; Warns OPEC & IAE

The IAE and OPEC have released a joint statement warning that if the current market conditions continue the income of developing countries could fall to their lowest levels in more than two decades. IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol and OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo both have serious concerns that the coronavirus pandemic will have “far-reaching economic and social consequences” for developing countries. They have estimated that these countries could see their oil income fall by 50% to 80% this year alone.

March 17, 2020

Oman to Increase Oil Production to Maximum Levels

Sources have announced that when OPEC+ quotes expire at the end of March, Oman will be allying itself with their fellow neighbors, increasing their oil output levels to the maximum 1 million bpd. Oman has also announced that it will have a 5% cut to the budget due to the virus.

March 17, 2020

As Market Plummets Amongst Coronavirus and Price War; Price of Oil Could Drop into the Teens

Analysts have announced that oil could fall below $20 a barrel and some estimates have the stock market losing 30-40% of their value. The biggest hits to the market will occur after April, as the previous OPEC+ deal expires, which could plunge the price of oil into the teens.

March 16, 2020

Saudi Aramco CFO: Aramco is ‘very comfortable’ with $30 a Barrel Oil

Saudi Aramco’s CFO Khalid al-Dabbagh said yesterday that his company is “very comfortable” with the current oil price at $30 a barrel and that Aramco can meet its dividends commitments and shareholders expectations at this price.

March 16, 2020

Brent Oil Price Drops 8.5%

Today Brent price dropped $2.89  (or 8.5%) to reach $30.96, while U.S. crude oil West Texas Intermediate dropped $1.79 (5.6%) to reach $29.94.

Two days ago, U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington will take advantage of the drop in oil prices and fill the nation’s emergency crude oil reserve.

March 11, 2020

Mexico Hopes to Mend Relationship between Saudi Arabia and Russia Over Oil Price War

As the oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia escalates, Mexico and other nations are seeking a plan that will mend the relationship between the two oil rich nations. Mexico’s Finance Minister Arturo Hurrea hopes that as a third-party Mexico can help bridge the gap and mediate the two countries from flooding the market with supply.

March 10, 2020

Aramco to Increase Oil Production in April to 12.3 Million Barrel Per Day

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia announced that they would increase oil supplies to a record high, a direct blow to the Kremlin’s suggestion for new talks. The CEO of Saudi Aramco announced that supply would increase to 12.3 million barrels per day in April. OPEC had previously been cutting production by 2.1 million bpd, until the breakdown in talks in Vienna last week. Russia rejected OPEC’s call for deeper cuts due to the coronavirus which led to the global price of crude plummeting Monday morning.

March 6, 2020

Kuwait Offers First Oil Cargo from Neutral Zone Oilfields

According to Reuters, Kuwait has offered the first cargo of crude oil from the Neutral Zone’s Khafji oilfield after a recent agreement between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to resume the zone’s production. The agreement ended a five year production halt. Production is expected to reach 500,000 bpd by the end of the year.

March 5, 2020

Bahrain considering state-run fund for oil and gas assets; encouraged by Aramco IPO

Bahrain is considering creating a state-run fund upon which it could sell shares to public investors like what Saudi Aramco did last year. The Gulf’s smallest country will transfer its oil and gas assets into the fund to help Bahrain achieve a balanced budget. Oil Minister Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa announced that the government is working on the project, and that they are still deciding which assets to be put forth and how they will be valued.

March 5, 2020

OPEC Agrees to Major Cuts, Conditional on Russian Approval

On Thursday, OPEC agreed to a further 1.5 million bpd cut for the second quarter of 2020. The decision is still pending, awaiting on approval by the Russian government and others within OPEC+. Extra supply cuts were necessary as demand was hurt by the effects of the coronavirus and the need to support the global price in the marketplace. The new cuts will be the deepest cuts implemented since the 2008 financial crisis.

March 5, 2020

Iran is Exempt from the New Production Cuts

Following OPEC’s approval of additional production cuts, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said his country was still exempt from the reduction. The minister also announced that OPEC wanted non-OPEC countries to contribute 500,000 bpd, out of the total 1.5 million. The deal is still awaiting approval from the Russian government.

March 4, 2020

Saudi Plan to Deepen Oil Cuts Meets Opposition from the Russian Government

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the Russian government will oppose Saudi Arabia’s plan to deepen oil cuts by a further 1.2 million barrels per day. The Kremlin has said they may be in support of extending current cuts, which expire in March, but are apprehensive of signing on to any deeper cuts.

March 4, 2020

Iran’s Oil and Gas Production Not Affected by Coronavirus

The Deputy Head of the National Iranian Oil Company announced on Wednesday that the coronavirus did not have any effect on oil or gas production within Iran. Since President Trump had instituted sanctions on Iran, crude exports have been diminished by 80 percent. The Iranian oil minister will be attending the OPEC meeting in Vienna at the end of this week.

March 3, 2020

Substantial Oil Output Cuts Being Discussed

On March 3, sitting OPEC President and Algerian Oil Minister Mohamed Arkab, said that discussions in Vienna will be over substantial cuts to oil production due to the outbreak.

Mr. Arkab stated that the cuts are a continuation of the policies that were agreed upon by OPEC and non-OPEC members last December

March 3, 2020

Iraqi Crude Exports up 5.6% in February

According to data obtained by S&P Global Platts, Iraq’s oil exports rose by 5.6% for the month of February, up from the previous month. The Kurdish region’s exports rose by more than a third, the highest levels since October 2017. The total export from Iraq for February was 3.873 million barrels per day.

March 3, 2020

OPEC Members Arrive in Vienna; Further Oil Output Cuts being Discussed

On March 3, OPEC members began arriving in Vienna for the scheduled March 5-6 meeting. The lead discussion among the members is the debate over further production cuts as fears of the coronavirus continue to lower global demand.

OPEC+ collectively agreed to a 1.7 million bpd cut late last year, while Saudi Arabia has cut an additional 400,000 bpd, putting the total current cuts at 2.1 million. As fears of the virus continue, ministers will discuss the possibility of another cut of 1 million bpd to support oil prices.

March 2, 2020

Geopolitical Issues Cause Drop in OPEC’s February Oil Output

According to a Reuters survey, this past February OPEC’s oil output dropped two its lowest levels since the height of 2009’s Global Financial Crisis. The drop is credited to geopolitical risks such as coronavirus’ impact on global crude demand, in addition to a drop in Libyan oil production which has caused the price of crude to drop below $50/barrel.

February 25, 2020

GCC Nations Plan on Investing in the Global Renewables Market

The power companies within the Gulf Cooperation Council are planning to invest in the global renewable energy market. The International Energy Agency projects the renewable marketplace will reach $10 trillion in value by 2040.

The Gulf countries plan on diversifying their holdings and expanding into natural gas and renewable energies sources so they can free up crude oil for export. According to a study published by the International Renewable Energy Agency; if the Gulf countries adapt to renewable resources by 2030, they could save 354 million barrels of oil equivalent.

February 25, 2020

OPEC+: Confident in Our Response to the Coronavirus

On Tuesday, the Saudi energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, announced that OPEC+ would responsibly react to the spread of the virus, ensuring that all its serious ramifications were being attended to.

The minister also reiterated that Saudi Arabia and Russia would continue discussions over oil policy. At the same meeting UAE’s Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei said that members would discuss and address the issue at the upcoming meeting.

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser described the issue as ‘short term’ and suspected that a change in demand from China would materialize in the second part of the year.

February 25, 2020

Oman Plans to Build Wind Farms n the Arabian Sea

Sources announced that Oman is planning to build offshore wind farms in the Arabian Sea. Oman’s undersecretary in the Ministry of Oil & Gas Salim Aufi confirmed that Oman has been in the planning stages of this development and that the announcement is going to be released sometime this year. Oman is aiming to use renewables to achieve 30 percent of its energy needs by 2030.

February 24, 2020

Saudi Aramco Begins Development of the Largest Shale Field outside of the U.S.

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser announced on Monday that Aramco would begin the development of the largest shale gas development outside of the United States. Aramco hopes the plan will help boost domestic gas supply and end the burning of oil at its power generation plants.

Saudi Aramco has been competing with the U.S. shale market for the past few years, ever since the U.S. revolutionized fracking techniques that allowed companies to pump oil from formations previously thought of as too costly.

Aramco also announced that they had perfected a process that uses seawater instead of freshwater while fracking, an impediment that had eluded Saudi Arabia due to its lack of the latter.

February 24, 2020

Saudi Arabia to Develop Jafurah Gas Field

Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman says the development of Jafurah, the largest gas field in the Kingdom, will help curtail the burning of some 688,000 bpd of oil that could otherwise be exported. Saudi Arabia plans to produce 90% of its power from gas and renewable energy in the future. Riyadh is planning to invest $110 billion in the development of Jafurah, which is estimated to hold 200 trillion cubic feet of gas.

February 23, 2020

Coronavirus Fears Lead to 4% Drop in Global Oil Prices

On Monday, oil prices dropped 4% due to the increase in the number of reported coronavirus cases. This has primarily occurred to investor worries, resulting in decreased demand. The virus has now spread to countries outside of China, including many of the Gulf countries, Italy, and South Korea.

February 20, 2020

OPEC+ Gathering in March will Not Be Made Sooner

OPEC, Russia, and other oil producers will not move their March 6th to take place at an earlier date. The organization had contemplated moving the date to late February due to fears of the coronavirus and its impact on global oil market demand.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak announced that no change in scheduling would occur and that any talks about deeper cuts would need to be discussed at the meeting in March.

February 19, 2020

French and Thai Companies Awarded Omani Oil Contracts

The Omani government has awarded two contracts to explore and develop gas deposits within Oman. Mohammed al-Rumhy, Oman’s oil minister, announced that the French Company Total and Thailand’s PTTEP had been granted the rights for Block 12 which covers about 9,546 square Kilometers inside Oman.

The discovery of the Mubrouk oil field in 2018 has led to an increase in exploration and undertaking multi-billion dollar projects to monetize gas from the field.

February 19, 2020

Price of Oils Goes Up 2% Due to Lessening Fears of Coronavirus

On Wednesday, the price of oil increased 2% as the spread of the coronavirus showed signs of a slowdown within China. New coronavirus cases fell for a second day according to official data. The World Health Organization still says that there is not enough data to show whether the virus was being contained. Brent crude settled at $59.12 a barrel, rising $1.37, or 2.4%.

February 18, 2020

Kuwait Petroleum Corp Secures Deal with Aramco Trading Co.

Trade sources have announced that Aramco Trading Co. (ATC) has signed a deal for a long-term contract with the state-based company Kuwait Petroleum Corp. The contract allows supplies of crude to be processed by Aramco-owned refineries located in Asia.

Aramco Trading has signed multiple deals with other countries starting late last year. ATC is trying to diversify its holding in refinery production and petrochemicals after a drone attack last September crippled Aramco’s output capacity.

February 18, 2020

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Signs Deal with Petrofac Worth Billions

On Tuesday, the Abu Dhabi Natural Oil Company announced a deal with oilfield service provider Petrofac worth about $1.65 billion USD. The deal is now one of the biggest gas projects inside the Emirates.

Petrofac will provide engineering and construction on three major gas projects within the country – Hail, Ghasha, and Dalma and once done could produce more than 120,000 bpd.

The announcement raised shares of Petrofac up 1.5%. The move will also help bolster the UAE’s goal of gas self- efficiency.

February 17, 2020

Arab World’s First Nuclear Plant Granted License in UAE

A senior nuclear official announced Monday that the UAE had granted a license of operation for the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world. The plant is being built by Korea Electric Power Corporation and should begin production later this year. The plant was supposed to go online in 2017 but has been setback by delays.

The UAE wants to produce nuclear power to help diversify their rising energy needs and their reliance on oil, while also freeing up more crude for export in the future. Abu Dhabi plans to provide 6% of its total energy from nuclear power needs by 2050

February 17, 2020

Coronavirus fears lead to nearly 10% drop in oil markets

On Tuesday, the price of oil dropped almost 1% due to a decreased in demand from China and the lack of action taken by OPEC+ to stabilize the market.

OPEC has been in talks with Russia over the worsening situation on whether to extend further cuts. So far, however, no efforts by any nation have materialized. The price of oil was trading at 57 dollars as of 11 am on Feb. 11.

February 16, 2020

Kuwaiti Oil Minister Announces the Beginning of Joint Oil pumping venture with Saudi Arabia

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia agreed late last year to settle their dispute over the Neutral Zone oil fields of Wafra and Khafji. The two countries have begun a joint production operation that estimated to reach as high as 550,000 barrels per day by the end of 2020.

Kuwait also announced it was revising the country’s oil strategy and hoped to boost its production capacity to 4 million bpd by 2040.

February 16, 2020

Partnership between Qatar and Energy Firms delayed due to global price collapse.

Expansion plans for LNG production between Qatar and Western energy firms have been delayed by several months. The delays come as the global oil industry is reeling from the effects of the Coronavirus and the oversupply of the U.S. gas market.

Qatar sits on the largest reserve of natural gas in the world and had announced that they planned to expand production by 60 percent by 2027, instead of the originally planned 40% increase.

Qatar expected to announce the names of the Western firms at the beginning of 2020, but they are delaying the announcement until at least the middle of 2020 to shore up potential valuations and equity in the investment.

February 16, 2020

Saudi Arabia to become exporter of gas, petrochemicals; says minister

The Saudi Energy Minister plans to extend his country’s exports beyond crude, to include petrochemicals and natural gas. The petrochemical production announcement comes on the heels of its takeover of SABIC, and the discovery of new oil fields in the Red Sea.

Saudi Arabia is planning to diversify some its power generation by moving away from crude for electricity generation. The current plan is to transition the kingdom so that power production will be 70%  natural gas and 30% renewable energy.

February 10, 2020

U.S. Approves Waiver Extensions for Iraq to Continue Imports of Iranian Energy Products

Iraqi government officials have confirmed that the United States has extended waivers for Iraq to continue its importation of Iranian energy supplies. The United States has extended the oil waivers in the past, but last month, warned that they were considering ending the waivers.

The officials have stated that the U.S. was comfortable with another extension because Iraq had shown proactive steps in becoming less reliant on Iranian energy. The new waivers are good for a further 120 days.

February 9, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak Cause of Global Oil Price Drop

The price of oil has dropped to the lowest level since December 2018. The Coronavirus has brought China’s transportation and manufacturing to a standstill and led to fears in the oil market.

Fueling concerns about Chinese demand and an already excessive oversupply in the market, has led to a 25 percent drop in global oil prices, while OPEC and Russia deliberate whether further cuts are needed to help stabilize the market.

February 9, 2020

Iranian Company Awarded Contract for Oil Recovery

A domestic company based in Iran was awarded an oil recovery contract worth 1.3 billion dollars in a statement released by Bijan Zanganeh, Iran’s Oil Minister. The 10-year contract was awarded to the National Iranian South Oil Company to increase oil production from 52,000 b/d to 85,000 b/d; with an estimate of 121 million barrels over the coming decade.

February 8, 2020

OPEC President Recommends Supply Cuts

Algerian Oil Minister and OPEC President Mohamed Arkab announced that a technical panel has given its recommendation that OPEC countries need to extend oil supply cuts until the end of 2020 due to Coronavirus.

Sectors such as tourism, transportation, and logistics have all seen a slump within China and amongst other Asian countries as well.

February 3, 2020

UAE Discovered a New Natural Gas Field with 80 Trillion Cubic Feet of Gas

Today, the United Arab Emirates announced the discovery of a natural gas field in Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The new field contains about 80 trillion standard cubic feet of gas and according to authorities, it would help the country become more energy independent as it is still importing gas from Qatar to generate electricity.

February 3, 2020

OPEC+ Ready to Meet to Discuss Oil Price Drop Caused by Coronavirus

The Kremlin announced that President Vladimir Putin and King Salman bin Abdulaziz had a thorough discussion on current oil market conditions. Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, the price of crude oil has plunged more than 20% over the past three weeks.

OPEC and its allies have extensive exposure to any possible downturns in the market as they relate to China. China purchases almost 70% of its crude oil from OPEC and any large fall in demand would have a cascading effect on the world market.

Members of the coalition plan to meet in Vienna this week to discuss what technical demands must be carried out to combat the impact the Coronavirus will have on the global market.

February 3, 2020

Coronavirus has Impacted Oil Demand: Iranian Oil Minister

Iran’s official news agency reported that the Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh has stated that the Coronavirus has impacted oil demands and that Iran was calling for a meeting of OPEC to help figure out how to stabilize prices.

The minister also stated that they would agree to a meeting if the other OPEC+ members would agree to production cuts. Zanganeh also stated that since “prices have dropped below $60 a barrel, that there must be an effort to stabilize prices”.

February 3, 2020

More Oil Cuts Being Considered by OPEC+

According to three industry sources, OPEC+ and its allies are considering cutting a further 500,000 barrels per day due to the impacts of Coronavirus. The price of oil has fallen to $56, which is lower than the level many OPEC countries need to balance their budgets.

February 2, 2020

Saudi Oil Output Tops 9 million b/d in January

A Saudi oil industry source announced that Saudi Arabia had produced 9.744 million b/d of crude oil this past month, 400,000 bpd below its quota according to the OPEC+ agreement.

As prices have dropped due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Saudi Arabia has urged OPEC+ members to move up the date of the ministerial meeting to discuss fears of a global dip in crude markets.

Estimates show that the worst-case scenario for oil demand could fall to 900,000 b/d in February and 650,000 b/d in March.

January 27, 2020

Regulators for the European Union to Rule on Aramco-SABIC Deal

Aramco announced in March 2019 that it planned to invest in a 70% stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corp. Anti-trust regulators from the European Union will have to decide by February 27th on whether the $69 billion deal can move forward without any conditions.

Other countries, such as India, have approved the acquisition without demanding any concessions.

January 27, 2020

Coronavirus will have Little Impact on Market; Says OPEC President

OPEC’s President Mohamed Arkab expects the virus to have little influence on the global oil market. Speaking to Algeria state news agency Arkab, who is also Algeria’s Energy Minister, states that they are monitoring any developments that could interact with the global energy market.

January 27, 2020

Qatar Tells India No to Re-Negotiation Over Existing LNG Deals

Pharamendra Pradhan, India’s Oil Minister, wants Qatar to re-negotiate their deals over imported gas and its price link to crude oil.

India and Qatar signed a deal for long term natural gas supplies in 1999. The price of gas was tied to the price of crude at the time because of the more well-developed oil markets. However, in 2015, both parties modified the deal which led to a 50% price reduction for India.

India believes that the current formula linking natural gas with crude oil is not correct and that there needs to be an independent formula for pricing.

Qatar’s energy minister, Saad Shenda al-Kaabi says that they will not negotiate any existing contracts, but that they are open to supplying more natural gas for India’s rising demand.

January 13, 2020

OPEC Secretary General says OPEC+ Agreement will Endure

As a result of the greater demand from participants during the initial offering, Saudi Aramco allowed companies to issue more shares in the public offering.

The company said that it has exercised its “greenshoe option” to sell an additional 450 million shares, raising the size of its initial public offering to a record of $29.4 billion.

January 13, 2020

US Officials Coordinate with China to Stem Flow of Iranian Oil Imports

Working behind the scenes U.S officials are making in-roads with members of the Chinese government to stop roughly 200,000 b/d of crude from reaching independent refiners within China. US treasury experts warn China of impending sanctions unless they can curtail Iranian oil imports.

January 12, 2020

Saudi Aramco Raises Record IPO Offering

As a result of the greater demand from participants during the initial offering, Saudi Aramco allowed companies to issue more shares in the public offering.

The company said that it has exercised its “greenshoe option” to sell an additional 450 million shares, raising the size of its initial public offering to a record of $29.4 billion.

January 11, 2020

UAE Energy Minister Expects Higher Oil Demand in 2020

UAE’s Energy Minister Suhail Al-Mazrouei expected oil demand to be better in 2020 and the U.S. shale production to be flat or to decline by 2021. Al-Mazrouei is not worried about Russian reluctance to OPEC+ commitments and that they are confident that Russia will stay in the agreement. Al-Mazrouei continued; referencing that supply would not be an issue, as US producers had overestimated production and they could face some financial challenges in 2020.

January 8, 2020

Amid Escalations With Iran, Saudi Aramco Shares Drop

The crisis with Iran precipitated a 12 % drop in Saudi Aramco shares, this is the largest drop in share price since the company debuted onto the market on December 11. Shares were trading at 34 Riyals ($9.06) down from their peak of 38.70 Riyals. The market value of Saudi Aramco has fallen almost 200 million dollars since its peak at the end of 2019.

January 8, 2020

$100 Barrels of Oil Possible if Iran Cuts Off Passage to Vital Trade Route

Rising geopolitical tensions in the Gulf region are creating worry among investment analysts. Energy experts predict that if Iran were to cut access to the Strait of Hormuz, crude futures could push towards triple digits. The Strait is positioned between Iran and Oman and only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point. Over 21 million barrels flow through the Strait each day, and the Energy Information Agency calculates that 76% of this is headed to the Asian market.

December 31, 2019

UAE’s First Nuclear Power Plant to be Operational in Q1 2020

A local Emirati newspaper says the UAE’s first nuclear power plant will start operations in the first quarter of 2020 when one of its four reactors becomes operational.

Once the license for the first reactor is issued, fuel loading will begin, and energy production will gradually be increased until full commercial operation is achieved in a few months.

December 17, 2019

Oman Oil Company Revenues Estimated at $20 billion

An Oman Oil Company official said the revenues of the company in 2019 are estimated at $20 billion with profits of $556 million.

He added that the group aims to increase its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product from $10 billion in 2018 to $20 billion by 2030, with a plan to invest $28 billion in future development projects.

December 17, 2019

Saudi Aramco Completes Acquisition of 17% in South Korea Hyundai Oilbank

Saudi Aramco has become the second-largest shareholder in Hyundai Oilbank following its purchase of 17 percent of the company for $1.2 billion. The completion of this deal will increase Aramco’s oil refining capabilities by 650,000 b/d and is an important step in the company’s aim to double its refining capacity from 5 million b/d to 10 million over the long-term.

December 16, 2019

Sanctions Block Pending Oil Payments for Iran from South Korea

Iranian authorities have demanded payment of $6 billion from South Korea for oil sold to the country in recent years. According to unnamed sources, the South Korean government deposited the funds into two South Korean banks, but has since been unable to transfer the money to Iran because of US sanctions.

December 15, 2019

Aramco Shares Increase by 1.6%

Shares of Saudi Aramco rose for the third straight day as demand from passive investors has continued to increase. Listed on December 11 at an initial price of 32 Saudi riyals ($8.53) per share, following Sunday’s gains Aramco shares are now trading at 37.4 riyals ($9.97) on the Saudi Stock Exchange. These gains also mean that for the first time Aramco is valued at more than $2 trillion.

December 12, 2019

IEA Expects Oil Market to Remain Oversupplied

On December 12, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced its expectation of a sharp increase in global oil inventories despite the increase of oil production cuts.

The IEA said in its monthly report, “Despite the additional curbs… and a reduction in our forecast of 2020 non-OPEC supply growth to 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd), global oil inventories could build by 700,000 bpd in Q1 2020,”

December 11, 2019

Aramco’s IPO Begins Trading, Shares Surge 10%

On December 11, 2019, Saudi Aramco shares rose 10% (from 32 to 35.2 Saudi Riyals) in early deals in Riyadh. It surpassed its earlier valuation of $1.7 trillion as the new price gives the company a valuation of $1.88 trillion, the world’s largest on record.

According to Samba Capital (one of Aramco’s advisors), 10.5% of the offers came from foreign investors, while most were from Saudi funds and companies.

December 3, 2019

Kuwait Confirms $1Billion Investment in Saudi Aramco’s IPO

On Monday December 2, 2019, the Kuwait Investment Authority communicated its decision to invest in the Saudi Aramco IPO following government advisement that a stake was in the country’s strategic interest.

Kuwait’s move follows the UAE’s decision to invest $1.5 billion in Aramco. A second major investor from the Gulf region will be a relief for Saudi Arabia after plans to market the IPO globally were abandoned.

November 27, 2019

Kuwait and UAE Considering Investing in Saudi Aramco IPO

Aramco officials have held investment talks with Kuwait and UAE, each of which have large sovereign funds totaling about $1.3 trillion in assets. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is considering investing at least $1 billion, with a final decision on the amount yet to be approved. The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) also has plans to invest in the IPO, although the size of their commitment is also unclear.

Saudi Arabia aims to sell a 1.5% stake in Aramco, valuing the company at $1.6 trillion to $1.7 trillion, a lower valuation than the $2 trillion target initially sought. These investments from its Gulf neighbors would help Riyadh as it strives to raise $25.6 billion from a domestic listing of the state-owned oil giant.

November 26, 2019

Increasing Demand Raises Saudi Crude Imports in China to 76.3% in October

Saudi Arabian oil exports to China rose 76.3% in October, boosted by demand from new refiners. Saudi shipments grew to 1.98 million bpd in October compared to 1.74 million bpd in September and 1.12 million over the same period last year.

With this rise in exports to China, Saudi Arabia retains its position as the top supplier to the world’s biggest oil importer.

November 25, 2019

Qatar LNG Expansion Project to Boost Production to 126 Million tons by 2027

On November 25, 2019, Qatar Petroleum (QP) CEO Saad al-Kaabi, confirmed that the productive layers of the North Field extend well into Ras Laffan, with gas reserves in the field now exceeding 1,760 trillion cubic feet.

Al-Kaabi also said, “This will raise Qatar’s LNG production from currently 77 million tons to 126 million tons per annum by 2027, representing an increase of about 64%.”

November 20, 2019

Putin: Russia to Continue Cooperation with OPEC for a Balanced & Predictable Oil Market

On November 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia’s “common goal with OPEC is for the market to be balanced, acceptable for producers and consumers, and most importantly, predictable.”

Meanwhile, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak declined to disclose Russia’s position for the upcoming OPEC+ meeting, but said that Russia will aim to stick to its commitments under the deal in November.

However, sources told Reuters that Russia is unlikely to agree to deepen oil cuts during the meeting but could commit to extending existing curbs to support Saudi Arabia. OPEC will be meeting on December 5th in Vienna, followed by talks with a group of other affiliated exporters, including Russia, known as OPEC+.

November 18, 2019

Iraq Protesters Block Access to Oilfields in Basra

Protests in Basra are threatening Iraq’s largest oil fields as anti-government demonstrations in the south of the country have blocked access to the oil fields located west of Basra.

While Iraqi oil exports have remained steady there is a concern that escalation of protests could threaten oil production and exports.

November 18, 2019

India’s Oil Imports from OPEC Hit Lowest since 2011

India’s imports of OPEC oil have fallen to their lowest level since 2011 as refiners purchased more fuel from the U.S. and other non-OPEC producers. Also, a combination of refinery maintenance and India’s desire to diversify sources of oil have also contributed to this decline.

OPEC’s share fell to 73% of India’s total oil imports in October, down eight percent from September.

November 13, 2019

Bahrain’s First LNG Portal to Become Operational by Year’s End

Teekay LNG Partners, one of the companies behind Bahrain’s long-awaited LNG regasification terminal has announced that the facility will be operational by the end of 2019.

The startup of the terminal has been delayed twice without mentioning the reasons for the delay.

October 26, 2019

U.S.-Saudi discussions for nuclear possession are in progress

As the world’s top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia talks about plans to use nuclear power to enhance its energy supply. However, conversations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have been difficult. Saudi Arabia does not want to be forced into a deal that would prevent them the possibility of enriching uranium or reprocessing spent fuel – both potential risks for a bomb.

October 24, 2019

U.S. Businesses Licensed To Continue Work In North Sea Field Partly Owned By Iran

On October 24, 2019, the U.S. Treasury extended energy producer Serica’s license to continue operations at the Rhum field in the North Sea, until February 28, 2021. The waiver by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) allows U.S. businesses such as oilfield service providers to work on the field while the National Iranian Oil Company is targeted by U.S. sanctions.
According to Serica CEO Mitch Flegg, Rhum was the third-largest gas producing field in the British North Sea in the second quarter of 2019. Serica owns 50% of the Rhum field, which it acquired from BP last year, and Iran’s national oil company owns the remaining 50%. Iran’s share of the revenues from the field goes into an escrow account.

October 23, 2019

Japan and Saudi Arabia will renew crude oil storage deal

Japan and Saudi Arabia have acceded to extend their joint crude oil storage deal as it approaches expiration. This move will give the Middle East oil exporter quick and easy access to its essential customers in the Far East.

Currently, Aramco leases 8.18 million barrels of crude oil storage capacity at Okinawa for commercial usages in return for prioritizing supply to Japan in case of unexpected events occurring.

For Japan, storing oil domestically from its prudent suppliers such as Saudi Arabia has become paramount following the September 14th attacks on Aramco, where Japan counts on 90% of its crude import requirements.

October 22, 2019

Masdar receives an offer to work on Uzbekistan solar project

Masdar, a branch of Mubadala Investment Company in the UAE, has confirmed it has earned a bid to develop Uzbekistan’s first public-private partnership (PPP) solar project.

As one of the world’s main renewable energy companies, Masdar will develop the 100-megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar plant, under the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Scaling Solar program.

October 21, 2019

Omani oil production predicts 1.1 million bpd by 2022

Oman anticipates growing its oil production quantity to 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2022, from this year’s total of 970,000 bpd.

According to reports, “We also assume that gas production will expand, with new production coming on stream from the Khazzan II field in 2021 and the Mabrouk field in the medium term, beyond our forecast horizon. Higher gas production will in turn support the expansion of petrochemicals, power generation, and enhanced oil recovery projects.”

Despite these plans for expansion, negative effects will also be present in the process. These effects will include extrinsic debt and excessive funding costs between 2019-22.

October 20, 2019

Secondary Circuit of Iran’s Arak Nuclear Reactor To Be Operational

On Sunday October 20, 2019, Ali Asghar Zarean, a special assistant to the chief of Iran’s Energy Organization, said that the secondary circuit of the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor would be ready within two weeks. This would not be in violation of the restrictions placed on Iran’s nuclear power under the JCPOA.

Iran has the capacity to produce up to 25 tons of heavy water per year, which can be employed in reactors to produce plutonium, a fuel used in nuclear warheads. Despite having nuclear technology, Iran has never pursued building or using nuclear weapons as it is forbidden by its religion, the country’s highest political authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in early October.

October 16, 2019

Yemen’s Safer Oil Company Resumes Production

Safer oil company, owned by the internationally recognized government of Yemen, resumed oil production from their fields in Shabwa to a terminal on the Arabian sea for international export.

Currently, Safer is pumping 5,000 barrels per day (bpd) and anticipates that oil production of the  pipeline will reach up to 15,000 bpd.

Prior to the collapse of Yemen’s oil output, Yemen produced an average of 127,000 bpd of crude in 2014. Last year, only 50,000 bpd was produced with limited quantities for oil distribution abroad.

October 16, 2019

US permits Iraq a waiver for Iranian energy resources

The US has authorized Iraq their fifth 120-day waiver that will allow them to continue with the imports of Iranian electricity and natural gas despite US sanctions.

According to a State Department spokesman, “”The waiver ensures that Iraq is able to meet its short-term energy needs while it takes steps to reduce its dependence on Iranian energy imports. We engage regularly with the Iraqi government to support measures that improve Iraq’s energy independence.”

October 15, 2019

New Energy Deals between the UAE and Russia

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has confirmed to sell a portion in the Ghasha gas project to Lukoil, a Russian oil company, as well as agreed to a strategic deal with Gazprom Neft in terms of technological cooperation.

The two countries had previously talked about increasing bilateral energy sources, including their cooperation in the OPEC+ crude oil production cut deal. Also, both countries are members of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.

ADNOC will grant Lukoil a 5% share in the Ghasha concession, which includes other sour gas fields offshore in Abu Dhabi.

October 14, 2019

Iraq and Turkey Consider Rebuilding Oil Pipeline

As of October 14, 2019, Iraq and Turkey have announced that they were looking into constructing a second pipeline that could more than double existing export capacity. Due to the reestablishment of control by Iraqi militias and the Central Government over areas liberated from ISIS, Ankara is turning towards Baghdad for new energy deals.

The new pipeline would create an alternative route for Iraqi oil exports and would also connect to infrastructure in Central and Southern Iraq. This would improve the country’s energy security as oil exports can be diverted towards the north in case the Strait of Hormuz is choked off.

October 14, 2019

Saudi Oil Output To Reach Pre-Attack Levels In October And November

On October 14, 2019, Saudi energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia’s oil production will recover in October and November to levels seen before the attacks on its oil fields in September and expected to reach 9.86 million bpd in October and November. According to the energy minister, production capacity would reach 12 million bpd by the end of November.

October 14, 2019

Attacks On Saudi Oil Facilities Result in OPEC+ Production Cuts In September Leading To Compliance Rate Of More Than 200% of Cut Deal

On October 14 2019, sources reported that OPEC and its non-OPEC allies in the production cut deal achieved a compliance rate of more than 200% with their cuts in September, primarily due to the September attacks on vital oil facilities in OPEC’s largest producer Saudi Arabia. According to OPEC secondary sources, Saudi oil production plunged by 1.28 million bpd to 8.564 million bpd in September.

Other members with lower production include non-compliant Iraq and Nigeria who cut some of their overproduction but were still off target. In Iran production declined by 34,000 bpd to 2.159 million bpd. In Venezuela production plunged by 82,000 bpd to average just 644,000 bpd in September.

Russia, largest non-OPEC producer part of the pact, saw oil production inch down in September, to 11.25 million bpd from 11.29 million bpd in August, but still above Moscow’s cap under the deal.

Due to the attacks on Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s total production slumped by 1.318 million bpd from August to 28.491 million bpd in September. Additionally, it was found that OPEC pumped 28.45 million bpd of crude oil last month, down by 1.48 million bpd from August – the steepest monthly drop in nearly 17 years.

October 13, 2019

Iran Discovers Natural Gas In Fars Province

On October 13, 2019, Reza Dehghan, director of development and engineering affairs at the National Iranian Oil Company, told reporters that the country had discovered a natural gas deposit in the Eram reservoir in the southern province of Fars.

The development of the Eram gas field will start in two or three years and the gas is set to be used for domestic consumption as well as for Eram itself to prevent a decline in pressure.

Eram also holds as much as 385 million barrels of condensates, whose value could be as much as $40 billion.

October 13, 2019

Russia Takes Interest In Saudi Aramco IPO

On October 13, 2019, Kiril Dmitriev, chief executive officer of Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF, said that Russian investors are interested in a planned IPO of Saudi Aramco.

Dmitriev was speaking ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Saudi Arabia, where a global oil output deal between members of OPEC and non-OPEC countries would be discussed.

October 8, 2019

Qatar Invites International Oil Firms to Participate in the Expansion of North Field

The Qatari Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad Al-Kaabi said his country has recently invited international oil and gas companies (ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, and Total) to submit offers for the expansion of production and export capacity of the Qatari share of the North Field (the world’s largest gas field).

Qatar aims to increase its LNG production capacity by 43%, from the current annual amount of 77 million tons to 110 million tons. The plan is set to be completed by 2024.

October 2, 2019

Saudi Oil Prices for Asia Are Expected to Increase in November

Saudi Arabia is expected to increase crude oil prices for the Asian market as a result of the attack on two Saudi oil facilities and the subsequent reduction in oil output. While the official selling price for Arab Light Crude is expected to jump more than 50 cents per barrel, experts say that prices for November are difficult to forecast due to additional supplies provided to Asian customers by Saudi Arabia, as well as a rapid return to pre-attack production levels.

September 26, 2019

Saudi Oil Exports to China Increase While Iranian Exports Drop

Saudi Arabia held on to its place as China’s largest producer of oil in August, despite the recent oil facility attacks. According to the General Administration of Customs, Saudi Arabia exported 7.79 million tons of oil to China last month. In July, the total of exports was 6.99 million tons.

Meanwhile, Iranian oil exports to China in August dropped to 787,657 tons from 926,119 tons in July.

September 24, 2019

Drop of Saudi Oil Exports After Abqaiq Attack

Saudi Arabia’s oil supply has slipped by approximately 1.5 million bpd since the September 14th attacks on Abqaiq. Nearly 5.7 million barrels per day have been lost as a result of the attack on the refining facilities.

Aramco and the Saudi officials have said that the company is currently working to restore the lost production capacity. According to Reid I’Anson , a global economist at Kpler said, “They have just over 55 million barrels left. They could go another four or five weeks realistically from the rates we’re seeing. That could change based on the internal situation, if they are able to get some of this back online.”

September 17, 2019

Despite Anticipated Setbacks to Aramco Offering, Saudi IPO Planning Goes Forward

According to Reuters, an Aramco pre-IPO meeting with analysts will still go ahead as planned despite last weekend’s attack on oil facilities.

The attack on the Saudi oil facilities might highlight the potential vulnerability of its key infrastructure and raises questions over the appropriate level of risk to be factored in the valuation.

The state-owed company continues to prepare for a local IPO, which the sources said may happen as early as November.

September 17, 2019

Oil Drops to 5% as the Saudis Indicate a Return to Normal Output

Saudi Energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, said in a press conference today that oil output will be back to pre-attack levels by the end of September.

The largest oil processing facility and the nearby oil field were attacked on Saturday knocking out 5.7 million barrels of daily oil production from Saudi Arabia.

September 14, 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Oil Facility in Abqaiq Is Attacked

Saudi Arabia’s main oil facilities have been targeted at their core, causing an interference to their oil output this past weekend. The drone attacks targeted one of Saudi Arabia’s main oil industries, Abqaiq, as well as the nearby oilfields. The origin of these attacks remains unknown. The attack took off the market nearly 5.7 million barrel of Saudi production, which is more than 5% of the global oil supply.

September 9, 2019

Qatar Shortlisted Oil Firms for a Stake in North Field Expansion

Qatar Petroleum CEO and Minister of State for Energy Saad al-Kaabi told Reuters that Doha has shortlisted international oil companies for a stake in the megaproject, North Field expansion.

Total, Exxon Mobil, Shell, and Italy’s Eni have all offered Qatar Petroleum stakes in prize assets abroad in a bid to win a stake in the multibillion project.

The minister said that his country might still choose to go alone in the project unless partnership offers Doha a significant value.

Qatar Petroleum plans to increase its LNG production from 77 to 110 million tons per year over the next five years by building four new production facilities.

September 9, 2019

New Energy Minister in Saudi Arabia Reiterates Commitment to OPEC+

The newly appointed Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman reiterated the importance of OPEC+ alliance for the market’s balance and the alliance is “staying for the long term”. The new minister told reporters that there will be no radical changes in the oil production policy of Saudi Arabia.

The new minister was appointed on Saturday replacing Khalid Al-Falih, the second change in the position in three years.

September 9, 2019

Saudi Arabia Wants to Enrich Uranium

The newly appointed Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman said today that his country wants to enrich uranium. The new minister told reporters “we are proceeding with it cautiously … we are experimenting with two nuclear reactors.”

The tender is expected in 2020 while firms from the U.S., Russia, South Korea, China, and France are involved in preliminary talks about the multi-billion-dollar project.

September 6, 2019

Iraq’s Oil Production Hits a Record of $4.88 Million bpd

According to S&P Global Platts, OPEC’s second largest producer Iraq, has reached record oil production of 4.88 million bpd in August.

Iraq’s August production was a 370,000-bpd excess of its 4.51 million bpd cap set in  the OPEC+ production cut policy.

September 6, 2019

Kuwait’s Oil Production Up by 35,000 bpd

According to data released by the Kuwait Oil Company Kuwait’s oil production increased in August by 35.000 bpd to reach 2.69 million bpd. Despite this increase, the production remained below the cap set by OPEC+.

August 29, 2019

Aramco Proposes Two-Stage IPO, Shunning London, Hong Kong

Aramco is considering launching its IPO in two stages. First, on the Saudi stock exchange, Tadawul, then internationally. Initially, the United Kingdom, United States, and China were considered for the second stage, but the unstable political situations in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong begged reconsideration. Aramco also fears facing lawsuits in the United States due to the 2016 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which allows the families of victims of terrorism to sue foreign countries.

August 28, 2019

Crimea Offers Iran Help in Oil Shipping

The Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea, Georgy Muradov, suggested that “Iran can use our shipping capabilities, river-sea canals in such situation and carry oil over the Volga-Don canal, via Crimea, to the Black Sea.” This would allow Iran to bypass the Suez Canal and avoid potential confrontations with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United States. Muradov’s statement comes weeks after Iran’s Grace 1 oil tanker was seized by British Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar.

August 26, 2019

Iran Says It Sold Oil on Released Gibraltar Tanker

An Iranian government spokesperson said today that his country sold the oil from the tanker released in Gibraltar without identifying the recipient of the oil nor the destination.

The vessel carries 2 million barrels of oil, and a U.S. federal court has recently ordered the seizure of the tanker. Tehran threatened that a U.S. move to seize the tanker would have heavy consequences.

August 21, 2019

U.S. Says Iran’s Oil Exports Fell to Below 100,000 bpd in July

US Department of State’s special representative for Iran Brian Hook said that US sanctions on Iran’s oil sector have caused a drop in Iranian oil exports to below 100,000 bpd, adding that the sanctions have disrupted nearly $50 billion in annual revenue for the Iranian government.

August 20, 2019

Unit 3 in the UAE’s Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant was successfully Energized

On August 20th, The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) announced that it has safely and successfully energized Unit 3’s main power transformer and gas insulated bus. The agency said that the unit’s auxiliary power transformers and excitation transformer were energized in normal operating configuration.

The construction of the UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant is moving ahead with Unit 1 complete, Unit 2 stands at 95%, Unit 3 at 91%, and Unit 4 at 82%.

August 20, 2019

Aramco’s Motiva to Buy Flint Hills Port Arthur, Texas Chemical Plant

Aramco’s refinery branch in the United States, Motiva, signed an agreement to purchase the Flint Hills Resources chemical plant near its Port Arthur operations in Texas. The details of the agreement have yet to be released. Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery is the largest in the United States.

August 19, 2019

Saudi Aramco Opens Bids for IPO

Saudi Arabia asked several banks to submit proposals for potential roles in the expected initial public offering. It is currently unknown which banks have received requests from Aramco, but Saudi energy minister, Khalid Al-Falih, said Aramco would go public by 2021.

August 18, 2019

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority Awards $380 Million Contract for Hatta Dam

The contract was awarded to Strabag Dubai, Strabag AG, Andritz Hydro and Ozkar, to be commissioned by 2024. The dam is expected to generate 250MW of power. The project is part of a 2016 ten-year plan to transform the Hatta region.

August 12, 2019

Oil Prices Stabilize as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait Are Expected to Reduce Output

Today oil price continued to stabilize despite fear of slowing oil demand as a result of the U.S.-China trade war. Oil price steadiness was motivated by statements from Kuwait’s oil minister who evidenced his country’s commitment to the production cut accord as Kuwait has lowered its oil production by more than required by the OPEC+ agreement.

Also, about Saudi Aramco’s IPO, an analyst at Price Futures Group said “The Saudis will need a higher price for oil for its IPO, and this confirms they’ll do whatever it takes to get oil prices up”

August 5, 2019

Russian and Saudi Energy Ministers Meet in Moscow

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih met his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak in Moscow alongside the heads of several Russian energy companies involved in cooperation with Saudi Arabia.

The Russian president Vladimir Putin is set to visit Riyadh in October. Additionally, Saudi Aramco is among the contenders to join Russia’s Arctic LNG-2 project.

July 29, 2019

Yemen Calls Oil on Companies to Resume Production

Ministry of Oil and Minerals Abdullah al-Awd urged national and international oil companies to resume production.

Yemen’s oil production has collapsed since the start of the war in 2015. Currently, Hadi’s government controls Yemen’s oil and gas fields in the south, while the Houthis control the oil terminal of Ras Issa on the western coast.

Last February al-Awad said Yemen has plans to increase production to 110,000 bpd. The country’s main oil streams are light and sweet Marib and medium-gravity and more sulfur-rich Masila.

July 29, 2019

Oman to Increase its LNG Production by 10% in Two Years

Mohammed al-Naseeb, Chief Marketing Officer of Oman LNG told S&P Global Platts that his country is planning to increase its LNG production by 10% from 10.5 to 11.5 million mt/year through debottlenecking.

The sultanate is also investing in the exploration and development of several oil and gas fields.

July 26, 2019

Saudi Arabia to Expand Export Capacity from East-West Pipeline

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said his country is planning to increase oil exports by 40% through the east-west pipeline via the Yanbu port city on the Red Sea to avoid passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Currently, the pipeline capacity is at 5 million bpd and the Saudi government is planning to increase it to 7 million bpd within two years.

July 26, 2019

Oman Expects More Oil and Gas Discoveries in the Northwest

Omani Oil and Gas Minister Mohammed al-Rumhi said his country is expecting to discover more oil and gas in the northwest part of the sultanate near Mabrouk field which holds four trillion cubic feet of gas and 112 million barrels of condensate.

Oman is the biggest non-OPEC oil producer in the Middle East with production in June 2019 at one million bpd of oil and condensate. Muscat also produces 3 billion cubic feet of gas per day with plans to increase investment on gas production and exploration.

July 23, 2019

New Agreement Between UAE’s ADNOC and China’s CNOOC

On the sides of MBZ’s visit to China, UAE’s ADNOC signed an agreement with China National Offshore Oil Co (CNOOC) to explore and develop oil and LNG fields.

CNOOC Group’s statement said the companies will share the latest technologies to develop ultra-acidic natural gas fields. The agreement also includes enlisting other Chinese companies to design, construct and provide services for ADNOC oilfields.

July 22, 2019

Morgan Stanley Doesn’t See Gulf Tension Leading to a Sustained Jump in Oil Prices

As oil price went up by 2% today after Iranian seizure of a UK oil tanker, Morgan Stanley said that it does not expect the tension near the Strait of Hormuz to lead to a sustained increase in oil prices.

Morgan Stanley’s global oil strategist Martijn Rats told CNBC “There is a difference in the oil market this time around because non-OPEC is simply growing so fast. That is the real game changer and that’s why the price action is relatively benign,”

July 22, 2019

Saudi Arabia to Start its First Wind Power Plant

Saudi Arabia plans to build its first wind power plant with French Electricite de France and Emirati Mubadala Investment Co.
The project is set to start generating power in three years while the Saudi government has pre-qualified 60 companies to bid for 12 renewable projects in 2019.
Riyadh has plans to increase its reliance on LNG and renewables to generate power instead of oil, of which it now uses 600,000 bpd.

July 19, 2019

U.S. to Become the World’s Largest LNG Exporter by 2024

An official at the International Energy Agency expected that by 2024 the U.S. will become the world’s largest LNG exporter by exporting over 100 billion cubic meters, exceeding current top exporters Qatar and Australia.

The source also said China’s imports of LNG are expected to rise to over 100 billion cubic meters by 2024, exceeding those of Japan.

July 17, 2019

UAE’s ADNOC State-Run Oil Company Plans Overhaul

Reuters report said UAE’s state-run oil company is planning an overhaul of its trading operations by launching regional oil benchmarks and hiring the former employees of private-sector peers. The company also plans to start full in-house trading for refined oil products.

UAE is OPEC’s third-largest oil producer and has plans to boost its oil production to 4 million bpd by 2020.

July 15, 2019

IEA Forecasts an Oversupplied Oil Market in 2020

In a report released last Friday, The International Energy Agency revealed it expected an over-supply of oil for 2020. The IEA also expects oil demand from OPEC’s 14 members to drop to 28 million bpd during Q1 of 2020, the lowest in 16 years.

The Paris-based organization linked the oil glut to the stock buildup that has resulted from the market’s oversupply in 2018, 2019 and the growing production by the United States and other non-OPEC members.

July 12, 2019

OPEC Forecasts Lower Demand in 2020

In its monthly report, OPEC expected lower oil demands in 2020 with a 1.34 million bpd drop from this year to be at 29.27 million bpd from the 14 member-states.

The drop of oil demands from OPEC members was linked to the increase of oil supply from non-OPEC oil producers, mainly the U.S.

This forecast will probably give the U.S. more room to keep sanctions on OPEC members, Iran and Venezuela.

July 10, 2019

Saudi Arabia to Expand Marjan and Berri Oilfields

Saudi Aramco awarded an $18 billion contract to various companies for the expansion of Marjan and Berri oilfields with expectations to add 550,000 bpd of Arabian Crude to its production.

Amin Nasser, Armaco’s president and CEO said “These two programs will significantly enhance Saudi Aramco’s oil production and gas processing capabilities.”

July 10, 2019

Oman’s Petrogas and HitecVision to Buy Total’s British North Sea Oilfields

HitecVision and Oman’s Petrogas have teamed up to buy a portfolio of Total’s British North Sea oilfields for $635 million.

The oilfields currently produce 25,000 bpd but the two companies have plans to expand the production to 100,000 bpd within 2-3 years.

July 9, 2019

Saudi Arabia Pumped 9.7 Million bpd in June

According to a source at OPEC, Saudi Arabia pumped 9.78 million bpd in June, a slight increase from the 9.67 million bpd produced in May.

The production level remained below the 10.3 million bpd, Riyadh’s production quota in OPEC’s oil reduction pact.

July 2, 2019

OPEC+ Agree to Extend Production Cut till March 2020

One day after OPEC members reached a deal to extend oil production cuts till March 2020, Russia and nine other non-OPEC oil producers joined the extension of the cuts.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters that “it is right not to make any sudden movements now and maintain the situation as it is,” meanwhile, OPEC+ will monitor the situation and make necessary changes when needed.

July 2, 2019
June 28, 2019

Saudi Arabia and Russia are Discussing the Extension of Supply Cuts

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said today that his country and Saudi Arabia are still discussing the extension of the production cut policy.

An OPEC+ meeting is set for Tuesday, July 2 in Vienna, meanwhile, OPEC’s top producers, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, UAE and Kuwait have supported the extension of the deal.

June 28, 2019

UAE Became Japan’s Largest Oil Supplier in May

Last May the UAE became Japan’s largest oil supplier as it increased oil exports to Japan by 42.8% from April to average 1.03 million b/d.
Japan is Asia’s third-largest energy consumer and the spike of oil imports from the UAE was to make up for the loss of Iranian oil as US waivers ended at the beginning of May.

June 26, 2019

Oil Price Rose 2.4% As U.S. Oil Inventories Fell by 12.8 Million Barrels

Today oil price of West Texas Intermediate and Brent surged 3.3% and 2.4% respectively after the Energy Information Administration report said that the U.S. oil inventory fell by 12.8 million barrels last week, the largest decrease since September 2016.

June 26, 2019

Saudi Aramco Signs 12 Agreements with South Korean Companies

During a visit of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to South Korea, Aramco signed 12 new agreements with Korean companies on refining, oil sales, petrochemicals, and other industrial projects.

June 25, 2019

Iran’s Oil Exports in June Drop to 300,000 bpd

Industry sources and tanker data show that Iran’s oil exports in June 2019 have dropped to 300,000 bpd from 400,000-500,000 bpd in May 2019, a fraction of Iran’s 2.5 million bpd of oil exports from May 2018 prior to U.S. sanctions.

June 25, 2019

Platts Analytics: LNG Prices Could Double if Hormuz Strait is Disrupted

In its latest Global LNG Monthly Forecast, S&P Global Platts Analytics projected a 100% increase of LNG prices if Qatar LNG exports through Hormuz Strait is blocked.

The report said the closure of the Strait, Qatar’s only route to export LNG, will remove Qatar’s 280 million cu m/d, which makes 22% of the world’s demand.

June 19, 2019

OPEC and OPEC+ to Meet in July 1 & 2

OPEC has announced on its website that its June meeting was pushed to July 1st, and the following day will be for the OPEC+ meeting in which oil producers are expected to discuss the extension of the production cut policy.

June 14, 2019

ExxonMobil and Saudi SABIC to Build Petrochemical Project in Texas

Saudi Arabia’s petrochemical company SABIC and U.S. oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil agreed to proceed with the construction of a chemical facility and a 1.8 million metric ton ethane steam cracker in San Patricio County, Texas.

The project will create 6,000 jobs during construction and 600 permanent jobs. The economic output will exceed $50 billion during first six years.

June 12, 2019

Brent Drops 3.7% to Reach $59.96 As U.S. Inventories Rose by 2.2 Million Barrels

Today Brent dropped by 3.7% to reach $59.96. The sharp drop was linked to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration which showed U.S. oil inventories increased by 2.2 million barrels in the week through June 7.

This price is 20% lower than the highest price reached in April and comes at a time when there are concerns that the ongoing U.S.-China trade war is weakening oil demands.

June 12, 2019

BP Raises Estimates of Saudi Arabia’s Oil Reserves by 30 Billion Barrels

In a recent annual statistic report, BP raised oil reserve estimates for Saudi Arabia by 11% (30 billion barrels) to reach 297.7 billion barrels from 266.2 billion a year earlier. The new figure puts Saudi Arabia 6 billion barrels behind Venezuela which has the world’s largest oil reserve estimates.

The estimation increase happened as Saudi Arabia separated the estimations of oil, gas and natural gas reporting.


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