Midstream & Downstream

European refiners lag on IMO 2020
29 March 2020
The continent’s crude processors are playing catch-up following the introduction of IMO 2020 regulations on sulphur content in marine fuel
Nigeria puts money into gas drive
19 March 2020
A state guarantee for the bulk of the financing needed for a big pipeline project suggests Nigeria is serious about boosting domestic gas supplies
Canadian LNG faces finance fight
17 March 2020
The exodus of international partners and the global gas glut raise doubts about the economic viability of an already challenged sector
Mol prioritises petchems
16 March 2020
CEE’s leading integrated oil and gas firm is putting petrochemicals at the centre of its near-term growth strategy
Debt cliff looms for Tellurian
13 March 2020
Question marks over Driftwood LNG project as would-be LNG exporter scrambles to service creditors
Russia beating US in LNG price war
25 February 2020
Aggressive pricing is giving Russia a strong position in Europe’s competitive LNG import market, according to Platts
European refiners lag on IMO 2020
29 March 2020
The continent’s crude processors are playing catch-up following the introduction of IMO 2020 regulations on sulphur content in marine fuel
Mol prioritises petchems
16 March 2020
CEE’s leading integrated oil and gas firm is putting petrochemicals at the centre of its near-term growth strategy
US-China deal to drive HK bunkering role
21 January 2020
The phase one trade agreement signed between the US and China can revive Hong Kong’s standing as an international trading port, and points to its potential re-emergence as a supplier of bunker fuel
China targets Singapore bunkering
14 January 2020
Chinese tax reform will trigger a gradual shift in the bunker fuel market away from Asia’s dominant hub
Refiners over a barrel?
6 January 2020
Challenges and costs increase as ageing oil fields reach the ‘babushka’ stage
Operating models are the key to gas success
2 January 2020
Global gas demand is certain to increase but exact predictions are impossible—so an end-to-end operating approach is required
Nigeria puts money into gas drive
19 March 2020
A state guarantee for the bulk of the financing needed for a big pipeline project suggests Nigeria is serious about boosting domestic gas supplies
Electricity production is on a sustained charge
13 January 2020
Renewable cost reductions and increasing storage availability will fuel exponential electricity growth
Powerful new players enter the utilities sector
2 January 2020
Oil and gas companies are entering the utilities market—aiming to take advantage of rapid market transformation
Is South Africa heading to a gas-powered future?
13 December 2019
The ambitious Integrated Resource Plan may struggle to convince investors and overcome vested interests. The reality could include a far greater dependence on gas than envisaged
South Africa eyes industrial boost through IRP
14 November 2019
Energy minister Gwede Mantashe outlines the benefits expected from the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019 beyond energy security
Backsolving the residential puzzle
1 November 2019
Existing housing stock offers big efficiency wins but also presents the hardest challenges
Canadian LNG faces finance fight
17 March 2020
The exodus of international partners and the global gas glut raise doubts about the economic viability of an already challenged sector
Debt cliff looms for Tellurian
13 March 2020
Question marks over Driftwood LNG project as would-be LNG exporter scrambles to service creditors
Russia beating US in LNG price war
25 February 2020
Aggressive pricing is giving Russia a strong position in Europe’s competitive LNG import market, according to Platts
Bright outlook for Middle East LNG bunkering
25 February 2020
Oman and the UAE are leading the way as the region catches up to a shipping industry revolution spurred by low gas prices and tighter marine fuel regulations
Energy demand: Three drivers
25 February 2020
Energy use will be increasingly efficient and less carbon intensive than it is today
Covid-19 to slash China’s 2020 gas demand
25 February 2020
LNG will bear the brunt of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on China’s demand for natural gas in 2020. But the effects are likely to be short-lived unless there is a major escalation of mainland infections
Infrastrata buys Titanic builder
9 October 2019
Gas storage developer takes the unusual step of purchasing a heavy engineering firm to work on its proposed UK project
Vopak looks to gas
24 September 2019
Vopak will continue with its oil business but it sees growth in LNG and chemicals
Singapore braced for looming fuel oil deadline
27 August 2019
Market backwardation and IMO 2020 adjustments balance storage trends
Permian crude driving storage expansion
16 August 2019
North American crude output is exceeding storage capacity and driving a storage construction boom
European storage adjusts to IMO 2020
15 August 2019
There are signs that European operators and refiners are getting comfortable with inventory levels ahead of the IMO 2020 switch
Continental storage divide
30 October 2018
European oil storage struggles as new facilities aid further growth in Asia
Permian pipelines bring relief—and challenges
23 August 2019
Two major new crude pipelines out of the Permian Basin entered service this month, but while this provides some relief to producers, it shifts the congestion to the Gulf Coast
IMO 2020: The calm before the storm
23 July 2019
Prices of bunker fuels and the spreads between them are expected to change rapidly over the next 12 months
Low sulphur, high price
19 July 2019
European refiners anticipate increased margins and improved utilisation due to the IMO 2020 cap
Shorter queues at the pump, more tax
4 June 2019
US states are rolling out fresh gasoline taxes at a time when US road fuel demand has already gone flat
IMO 2020 effect disrupts fuel oil contract renewals
23 April 2019
A traded market trying to price in uncertain IMO 2020 implications is wreaking havoc with term contract negotiations
Tankers steered back from the brink
8 March 2019
A recent spike in rates has rescued tanker owners, but the reprieve could be short-lived
Nigeria secures $2.5bn gas pipeline finance
24 January 2020
Stakeholders will sign an agreement with Chinese lenders by Q2 2020 to fund the country’s biggest pipeline project
Russia’s gas plans still mired in politics
9 January 2020
The Kremlin will be focused on pipeline negotiations with the EU and the sanctions threats from Washington
Brazil-Bolivia gas talks suspended
3 December 2019
Pipeline contract deadline looms as Brazil increasingly turns to LNG
Permian gas seeks exits
19 November 2019
The glut of associated gas production in the Permian Basin has led to a scramble to build new takeaway capacity, although significant relief will not come before 2021
New Canadian regulator faces immediate test
2 September 2019
A flurry of responses to a proposed change in pipeline capacity allocations has compelled the new authority straight into action
Mexican lawsuit risks Permian route to market
2 August 2019
Prolonged evacuation bottleneck has delayed cross-border flows from the key US basin
IMO 2020 promises widespread disruption
14 January 2020
Large-scale changes in refinery operations will be just one of the major changes the new regulations will bring to the energy landscape
Marine fuel regulation change to create African winners and losers
8 January 2020
The African upstream may be well placed to benefit from IMO 2020, but it poses significant wider risks to the region
IMO 2020 to beckon in a new reality
3 January 2020
The new regulations are poised to change shipping markets forever. Some participants may handle the new regulatory environment better than others
Shipping must start planning for zero CO2
10 September 2019
Industry warned it must begin developing technology now to comply with IMO 2050 zero carbon emissions target
Tankers improvise to avoid Gulf tensions
2 August 2019
Tankers are crossing sea-lanes and hugging the coasts to avoid high-risk areas in the Strait of Hormuz
Shipping’s surge and splurge
7 March 2019
Spot rates should stay below 2018 peaks as more newbuilds come into service
Alberta suffers loss on crude-by-rail contracts
14 February 2020
Canadian province reverses policy after financial burden begins to mount
US crude by rail shipments tumble as oil-price spread narrows
16 August 2016
Prices, pipelines and declining production will push volumes even lower
China chases new energy ‘superhighway’
21 April 2015
The superhighway will alter trade flows and should link the two ends of the country together
Rail plugs the gaps in North America’s oil network
2 December 2013
Oil deliveries have been pushed onto flexible forms of transport, like rail and barges, which are able to cater for changing dynamics of production
Riding the shale rail
4 April 2011
Bakken producers take to the tracks; pipeline capacity also on the rise