Refining & marketing
London crude trading’s ‘Good Old Days’: Dawn of a new century
3 August 2020
Colin Bryce continues his oil markets story, taking in the last 20 years up to the present day
Environmental due diligence essential for refinery assets
31 July 2020
In transactions involving petroleum refinery assets, thorough and careful due diligence is critical for identifying and quantifying environmental liabilities associated with the target asset
London crude trading’s ‘Good Old Days’: Into the nineties
31 July 2020
Colin Bryce continues his oil markets story, as a new decade ushers in further changes to the trading landscape
London crude trading’s ‘Good Old Days’: The scandals
29 July 2020
Colin Bryce continues his oil markets story, as professionalism grows but deal-making also shows a less salubrious side
London crude trading’s ‘Good Old Days’: The movers and shakers
27 July 2020
Colin Bryce continues his oil markets story, as the cast of actors grows
London crude trading’s ‘Good Old Days’: The rise of London
24 July 2020
Colin Bryce continues his oil markets story, looking at the characters that shaped the UK capital’s prominent role
Saudi Aramco pins its hopes on petchems
23 July 2020
The NOC heavyweight wants to the biggest of beasts in the petrochemicals world too
London crude trading’s ‘Good Old Days’: In the beginning
23 July 2020
Colin Bryce takes a trip back to where it all began for the oil markets
Gulf NOCs bank on chemical cure
21 July 2020
The current oil market slump validates the increasing focus of the Gulf’s main upstream producers on petrochemicals
China faces refinery consolidation challenge
30 June 2020
A new mega-refinery is meant to concentrate rather than expand capacity. But it may not work out that way, and may have other knock-on effects
Going for green
5 June 2020
Heide Refinery has ambitious plans for green hydrogen, starting with replacing grey hydrogen in the production of its fuels and in the local chemicals industry
French refining feels the squeeze
5 June 2020
Tougher economics could spark another rationalisation in the sector
Tough times ahead for US refiners
20 May 2020
Slumping global oil consumption, tightening margins and throttled-back throughput pile on the pressure
US producers scramble for storage
19 May 2020
Companies are looking at creative temporary solutions as capacity fills up
China’s crude appetite: here today, gone tomorrow
1 May 2020
Oil demand is poised to improve as the economy gradually reopens. But full recovery is being constrained by the global effects of Covid-19
Thai petchems await China rebound
28 April 2020
Diversified PTTGC is strong enough to wait for Chinese product demand but others may suffer
Covid-19 compounds European refiners’ challenges
2 April 2020
The demand impact from widespread lockdowns causes an immediate demand headache. But longer-term structural obstacles remain
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
Downstream slumbers as plastics backlash grows
19 December 2019
Recycling will increasingly alter supply fundamentals, while legislation targeting single-use plastics will erode demand
Aramco rethinks downstream priorities
22 November 2019
Riyadh's stuttering attempt to attract international investors to state oil firm Saudi Aramco's chimeric initial public offering (IPO) is forcing a re-evaluation of downstream projects
Plastic recycling threatens oil demand growth
15 November 2019
Technology developments could take a chunk out of demand forecasts, but the impact may be just to moderate growth rather than shrink overall demand