U.S. shale bust slams rural economies as oil checks shrivel

Texas: Royalties from oil pumped on Paul Ruckman’s land allowed the South Texas retiree to build a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom vacation home. He had plenty left over, and donated some of it to Helena, Texas, an 1800s ghost town that draws hundreds to historic buildings and gunfight re-enactments. The worst oil bust in decades has slashed…

Russian state holding gives up control of Rosneft after Venezuela exit

MOSCOW, Russia’s state holding company Rosneftegaz has relinquished its controlling stake in the country’s largest oil producer, Rosneft, Rosneft said on Friday, after Rosneft’s exit from Venezuela. Rosneft disposed of its assets in Venezuela two months ago as the United States stepped up sanctions against the firm. Analysts have said that the renunciation of state…

Trafigura takes a bet with North Sea oil on post-lockdown revival

LONDON, Commodities trader Trafigura has seized the moment and taken a rare dominant position in the North Sea crude market over the past two weeks as oil demand jumped, trading sources said. A combination of OPEC-led global production cuts, cheap freight rates and oil stuck in floating storage sent crude markets into overdrive starting at…

Spot LNG price crash set to make life harder for Indian suppliers of long-term gas

New Delhi: Spot prices of liquefied natural gas (LNG) have fallen sharply to $1.3 per unit, which has serious implications for India because it will be difficult to sell the fuel to factories as supplies under long-term contracts have a much higher rate of $5-7. Industry fears a flood of disputes and litigation as factories…

GAIL steel pipe tenders worth Rs 1,000 cr in process under going-local plan

In an effort to boost Make in India initiatives and further the goal of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, state-run GAIL India is processing line pipe tenders of more than Rs 1,000 crore for around 100,000 tonne steel procurement by September 2020. This would translate to progressive supply of 800 kilometre of line pipe from domestic bidders. This…

Brent at highest since March on U.S. stock draw, recovering demand

NEW YORK, Global benchmark Brent rose more than 1% on Thursday to its highest since March, supported by lower U.S. crude inventories, OPEC-led supply cuts and recovering demand as governments ease coronavirus restrictions on people’s movements. Oil has slumped in 2020, with Brent hitting a 21-year low below $16 a barrel in April as demand…

Oil at highest since March on lower US inventories, recovering demand

NEW YORK: Global benchmark Brent rose on Thursday to its highest since March, supported by lower US crude inventories, OPEC-led supply cuts and recovering demand as governments ease restrictions on people’s movements imposed due to the coronavirus crisis. Crude prices have slumped in 2020, with Brent hitting a 21-year low below $16 a barrel in…