Crude oil prices drop 4% on China-US tensions, energy demand doubts

NEW YORK: Oil prices tumbled about 4 per cent on Friday on rising US-China tensions and doubts about how quickly fuel demand would recover from the coronavirus crisis. Fuel demand plummeted as the coronavirus pandemic caused governments to impose restrictions on movement and businesses closed their doors. Oil has rallied in recent days on as…

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…