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Wormholes: the modern-day equivalent of the Philosopher’s stone, a concept that has captured the imagination of millions of sci-fi fans and has appeared in multiple films and novels. Alas, all of them are fictional. Yet, wormholes remain theoretically possible, and if they exist, we now have a way of locating them. Sort of. Last month, a researcher from the University at Buffalo made headlines with a paper that detailed a way of detecting a wormhole in our very own Milky Way galaxy. In it, physics professor Dejan Stojkovic explains that since… 11/13/2019 14:30
Economic growth in Central Asia and the South Caucasus will remain lackluster in 2020, slowing slightly in most countries, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest regional outlook, published late last month. Overall, the IMF estimates 4.4 percent economic growth in this region next year, a far cry from the 7.8 percent growth averaged between 2000 and 2015. (Click to enlarge) Growth had been steadily climbing following the sharp slump in 2016, when region-wide growth decelerated to 2.3 percent owing to the slowdown… 11/13/2019 14:00
Last week Saudi Arabia’s national oil company Aramco announced its intention to publicly offer shares on the Riyadh stock exchange. The IPO has been pending for several years, but many questions still abound. One of the most important is “What is Aramco actually worth?” It’s a difficult question, because it really depends on how you measure it. The valuation among 16 banks that offered a valuation ranged from $1.1 trillion up to $2.5 trillion. When you try to compare Aramco to a Western supermajor like ExxonMobil,… 11/13/2019 13:00
What Does Hong Kong Have To Do With Oil Prices? Nothing moves oil up or down right now like the U.S.-China trade war, and what is happening in Hong Kong will likely reverberate on this most economically devastating playing field. The major spike in tensions in Hong Kong this week should be high on the oil investor radar. By mid-Tuesday, police had arrested nearly 300 people in massively intensifying protests, and they spared no-one, whether they were 12 or in their 80s. While this is all going down, Trump is making sure that the Hong Kong Human… 11/13/2019 13:00
Crude oil markets came under pressure this week as Saudi Arabia reported a full production rebound in October and traders grew impatient over progress on a US/China trade deal. Like everyone else, we’re still waiting for a deal to clear the macro skies and set the stage for a risk-on rally. However, recent DOE data has us nervous Trump/Xi cooperation won’t be enough to clear the overhang of crude oil stocks. In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia confirmed October crude production at 10.3m bpd. The mark represented a 1.2m bpd improvement… 11/13/2019 13:00
This week has witnessed a great flurry of news regarding the creation of a new Middle Eastern benchmark from the UAE flagship crude Murban. Intercontinental Exchange stated it will list Murban next year – partnered by Total, Shell, BP, Vitol and others – with the stated aim of creating a transparent, regulated and commercially usable Middle Eastern benchmark. Setting up Murban would be revolutionary, especially for ADNOC as it would provide the first light Middle Eastern benchmark. It would be terrific news for Asian refiners who, at… 11/13/2019 12:30
As the weather turns colder in North America, the refined products market focus turns to distillate products. The fall season typically brings diesel demand, seasonal refinery maintenance, and expectations for how winter heating demand will shape the distillate supply/demand balance. This year, the upcoming implementation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 bunker fuel regulations adds another price-impacting factor to the mix, with the IMO set to lower bunker fuel sulfur specifications for ships globally from 3.5 percent… 11/13/2019 12:00
The U.S. and China will reach a trade deal, and therefore remove the “dark cloud” hanging over the oil market, OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo said on the sidelines of an energy conference on Wednesday. The U.S.-China trade spat has weighed heavily on the pace of global economic growth and, as a result, on global oil demand growth in recent months. Oil market participants have been concerned that the prolonged trade war is undermining economies, trade, and oil demand growth and is capping any significant price gains, even when… 11/13/2019 11:30
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales was overthrown in a military coup on November 10. He is now in Mexico. Before he left office, Morales had been involved in a long project to bring economic and social democracy to his long-exploited country. It is important to recall that Bolivia has suffered a series of coups, often conducted by the military and the oligarchy on behalf of transnational mining companies. Initially, these were tin firms, but tin is no longer the main target in Bolivia. The main target is its massive deposits of… 11/13/2019 11:15
The transportation industry boasts this inglorious claim to fame: It’s responsible for nearly 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Of that, cars and trucks alone are believed to be responsible for nearly one-fifth of all U.S. emissions. But here’s another figure that the transportation industry doesn’t want tossed around: A loss of $87 billion. It’s not profit loss. It’s how much Americans lost on average every year due to traffic congestion. Americans have lost an… 11/13/2019 11:00
Crude oil and natural gas production from the U.S. shale patch will top Russia’s combined oil and gas output by 2025, the International Energy Agency said in the 2019 edition of its World Energy Outlook. Under its Stated Policy Scenario, the IEA said, the U.S. will account for the overwhelming bulk of global oil production growth, at 85 percent, by 2030. It will also account for 30 percent of the global natural gas production growth in that period. With all this happening, it’s no wonder the United States will undermine OPEC’s… 11/13/2019 10:30
Tesla plans to build a gigafactory in Germany, chief executive Elon Musk said, adding the facility will also include a design center. “Everyone knows that German engineering is outstanding, for sure. That’s part of the reason why we are locating our Gigafactory Europe in Germany. We are also going to create an engineering and design center in Berlin, because Berlin has some of the best art in the world,” Musk told media, as quoted by CNBC. This will be Tesla’s fifth manufacturing facility after the factory in California;… 11/13/2019 10:00
Global oil demand will reach its peak in the mid-2020s and plateau around 2030, the International Energy Agency said in its World Energy Outlook for 2019. Until about 2025, the IEA said, global oil demand will expand by about 1 percent annually, exceeding 100 million bpd and reaching 105.4 million bpd. After that growth will shrink substantially and demand will reach a plateau at less than 110 million bpd—106.4 million bpd. The bad news for the oil industry has a silver lining, however. According to IEA, natural depletion will shrink oil… 11/12/2019 20:30
Canada’s energy producers are almost out of patience, Imperial Oil Limited CEO said on Tuesday. “I think the industry has largely gotten to the point where we’ll believe it when we see it,” Rick Kruger, Imperial CEO told Bloomberg in an interview, adding that he was not willing to bet on when the oil pipeline would go into service. Kruger is retiring from serving as Imperial’s CEO at the end of this year. Canada’s federal government approved the much-awaited, much-delayed pipeline in June after purchasing it… 11/12/2019 20:00
Oil trades have not exactly shot the lights out this year, with the bulls getting kicked more times than a pigskin at the Super Bowl in a highly fickle market. After a strong start to the year, oil prices have merely been treading water since late April following a perfect storm of unceasing trade tensions, lackluster demand growth and growing US commercial inventories that have dampened the outlook. The outlook has improved somewhat over the past few weeks after the U.S. and China agreed to an interim trade deal, though niggling uncertainties… 11/12/2019 19:30
PDVSA signed an agreement with an India-based hardware manufacturer to help it with its struggling oil industry, S&P Global Platts said on Tuesday, who saw the document. The Indian firm, Flash Forge Private Limited, supplies the oil and gas industry, as well as the power and marine industries, according to Bloomberg. According to the deal, which was signed in April this year, Flash Forge agreed to provide “materials, equipment, inputs and spare parts” for oilfields in the Orinoco Belt. It will also help PDVSA to restore gas compression… 11/12/2019 19:00
The prevailing wisdom that sees explosive and long-term potential for U.S. shale may rest on some faulty and overly-optimistic assumptions, according to a new report. Forecasts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), along with those from its Paris-based counterpart, the International Energy Agency (IEA), are often cited as the gold standard for energy outlooks. Businesses and governments often refer to these forecasts for long-term investments and policy planning. In that context, it is important to know if the figures are accurate,…

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