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Oil price, Sundry round up, And finally...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Oil price As one might expect on the day before the August Bank Holiday weekend company news is a bit thin on the ground. I have just come back from a couple of days in Aberdeen (more later) where business is still booming. One interesting point came out whilst I was up there and that was in comments made by oil legend Sir Iain Wood, in an interview with an industry paper he confounded the hopes of the Yes campaign on future potential of 'Scotland's oil'. As mentioned in this blog earlier in the week when I looked at the findings of the N-56 group, Sir Iain also said that there was nothing like the amount of o... Read more

Yet another suspect Keystone 'study' hits the stage

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In the future, honest historians (if such a thing still exists in the future) will look back on the green movement's demonization of the Keystone XL Pipeline as perhaps the single most dishonest advocacy campaign in American history. Never has such a mass quantity of misinformation and outright lies been distributed by activists and parroted by clueless and/or sympathetic media outlets about a single inanimate object as has been directed at this pipeline project. The latest example comes from U.S.-based researchers affiliated with the Stockholm Environment Institute. The report absurdly claim that increased carbon emi... Read more

Deep Water Fields - the end or the end of the beginning?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

For the last 20 years - or much longer if you rightly include the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil - the discovery of Deep Water Fields has been the target of much exploration spend and even more development Capex, and as a result production from them now represents a significant slice of global non-Opec production. But today it's possible to take a gloomy view: Discoveries appear to be drying up, with several high profile dry holes in the South Atlantic for example: perhaps we have simply run out of prime geology? The cost of deep water exploration and appraisal wells has exponentiated: let's face it, economics goes ... Read more

Oil price, Chariot, Sundry + catch up, And finally...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Oil price The Brent/WTI differential you may have noticed, is swinging around a lot at the moment, yesterday it was down to Brent rallying and WTI weaker ahead of the expiry today. Brent actually looked technically very dodgy during the day, traders are watching the $101.40 support very carefully and at one stage it touched $101.07 but bounced off it and at the moment we are at last nights close levels. WTI looks a little better after the API inventory stats showed a draw of 1.4m barrels, slightly higher than forecasts. Underlying of course things do remain bearish as I have been suggesting for some time (see the IG vide... Read more

The Clair Oilfield - distilling facts from fiction

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In an email last week: Recently a number of friends of mine have been telling me that the largest oil field in the world has been discovered encompassing BP Clair Ridge. They further tell me that the UK government has ordered BP to stay quiet about this until after the independence referendum. Now this seems unlikely to me to say the least but I wonder if you have any comment. I agreed to write a short post setting out the facts as I understand them. I do not own any shares in BP, but many years ago I was involved in geochemical and mineralogical characterisation of the reservoir that led to the development of techniques... Read more

Two myths associated with U.S. shale oil

Monday, August 18, 2014

Myth Number 1: The U.S. is approaching energy independence. There is no doubt we are in the midst of a shale oil revolution. But the growth of production has led to reporting that might charitably be described as overly optimistic. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported last week, in an article entitled Democrats Warming to the Energy Industry, “Since March 2008, oil production has increased 58% and natural-gas output has risen 21%, making the U.S. the world’s largest producer of both fuels, according to federal and international agency statistics.” I don’t know which federal statistics tha... Read more

Oil price decline - to what price?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Triple Digit Prices are Not Forever In what is only superficially amazing at a time when Islamic insurgency, including Boko Haram in Nigeria and ISIS in Iraq may be threatening the state, civil society and the oil sector in major exporter countries, oil prices are declining quite rapidly. The “magic three digit” price level for oil - $100 a barrel come rain or shine – has been seriously eroded for US WTI and may soon also be attacked for Brent. The major reason for this decline is sharper than expected and forecast decline in leading economic indicators for many large importer countries, including Japan ... Read more

Oil price, Sundry news items- Rosneft-Genel-Salamander-Fastnet-Apache and finally...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Oil price Its the silly season alright and with lots of people away its not easy finding much to get ones teeth into. The oil price is without doubt under pressure indicated by the Brent contango and by fairly random movements dictated by news such as the Ukraine attack on a Russian convoy on Friday night. Brent had fallen sharply with the new contract on Thursday rallied on Friday and drifted off to below $102 last night. Today it is back at $102.46 but the traders tell me that any strength is mainly bear closing. Libya is without doubt increasing exports quite sharply adding to the Atlantic glut whilst Opec is well over... Read more

Energy and the economy - twelve basic principles

Monday, August 18, 2014

There is a standard view of energy and the economy that can briefly be summarized as follows: Economic growth can continue forever; we will learn to use less energy supplies; energy prices will rise; and the world will adapt. My view of how energy and the economy fit together is very different. It is based on the principle of reaching limits in a finite world. Let me explain the issues as I see them. Twelve Basic Principles of Energy and the Economy 1. Economic models are no longer valid, as we start getting close to limits. We live in a finite world. Because of this, the extraction of energy resources and of resources ... Read more

Using clusters as a regional development strategy for marginal fields in the North Sea

Friday, August 15, 2014

The UK North Sea is a mature basin with an extensive and well-developed network of production infrastructure consisting of platforms, pipelines and onshore processing plants and terminals. The basin has so far produced around 42 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe), and it is estimated that up to 21 billion boe could be further produced[1]. Over the past four decades, this production capacity has been built up using 'daisy chains' of infrastructure that was originally installed to support large offshore projects, but which has since unlocked new opportunities. Each ‘cluster’ of fields typically start... Read more

Oil price, Shell, Caza, sundry and finally...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Oil price There was a small rally in the oil price yesterday ahead of the expiry of the Brent contract today but traders tell me that it was a lot of puff and this morning there is already a 50 cent retreat. The EIA stats gave some hope as like the API numbers, analysts were wrong-footed and the forecast draw of 2m barrels turned into a build of 1.4m barrels. Economic data in the Eurozone is poor this morning with the German economy contracting and France stagnating, not good for oil demand. Internationally there is even more crude around to compete with Brent as in Libya the Ras Lanuf terminal re-opened after a year ou... Read more

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