Iran nuclear deal a critical piece of oil market’s future

U.S. President Joe Biden desperately needs lower prices at American gas stations, especially in a mid-term election year

Iran nuclear deal a critical piece of oil market’s futureSpeculation is growing about a deal between the United States and Iran reviving the stalled nuclear agreement, letting additional Iranian crude oil enter the markets. But efforts to sabotage the agreement are apparent. The return of Iranian crude is important to the United States for various reasons. U.S. President Joe Biden needs lower prices at…

Trudeau is wrong about the viability of LNG

Growing LNG exports is in Canada’s and our allies' best interest

Trudeau is wrong about the viability of LNGPrime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t optimistic about liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Europe because he says there’s no business case. Even though the chancellor of Germany just came to Canada asking for LNG to help fill the five new import terminals it’s building. And even though companies are ready to invest, if given the…

Crude oil prices dampening but market uncertainty remains

Weaker-than-expected demand growth means the oil market is likely to remain in surplus into early next year, say analysts

Crude oil prices dampening but market uncertainty remainsOil markets were under considerable pressure last week. Both Brent and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices fell, with Brent futures settling at US$96.72 and WTI ending at US$90.77 per barrel. Both benchmarks fell about 1.5 per cent on the week, as future contract values dropped to their lowest level in seven months…

OPEC, IEA offer different projections on crude consumption

Two contrasting scenarios are emerging

OPEC, IEA offer different projections on crude consumptionCrude pundits are divided – literally on geopolitical lines, depicting the fault lines within the industry. Two contrasting scenarios are emerging. On one end is the demand gloom, while on the other is the possibility of a rise in global crude consumption. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is saying a fall in global…

Oil Sands Divestment campaign won’t reduce global emissions

Activists like to trumpet the narrative that the world is rapidly transitioning away from fossil fuels, but the reality is different

Oil Sands Divestment campaign won’t reduce global emissionsAn activist group called Oil Sands Divestment is trying to convince the British Columbia Investment Management Corp. (BCI) to get out of fossil fuels by the end of this year. The campaign says oil and gas is not a sound investment and that projects are increasingly “stranded assets.” Neither is true. Amid what the International…

Saudis turn their backs on Biden’s request for more oil

The prospects of a global economic slowdown are beginning to hit oil demand

Saudis turn their backs on Biden’s request for more oilThe much-awaited ministerial meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, including Russia, in the expanded OPEC+, opted to increase its September output by just 100,000 barrels per day (bpd). Despite the urgings of U.S. President Joe Biden to open Saudi Arabia’s crude oil taps during his visit there, the announced output…

Europe is counting on natural gas from Canada

But building LNG infrastructure like long-haul pipelines in Canada is "challenging"

Europe is counting on natural gas from CanadaCanada’s potential to supply natural gas to Europe as liquefied natural gas (LNG) has gone from an afterthought to a critical part of the discussion on how to replace gas from Russia, according to analysts with Norway-based Rystad Energy. European countries are facing emergency measures to reduce energy use to ensure enough natural gas is…

Saudis talk to suitors from all sides as oil market uncertainty grows

Saudi Arabia isn’t ready to ditch Russia

Saudis talk to suitors from all sides as oil market uncertainty growsAfter a brief lull and a price drop, crude oil markets are heating up again, surging by more than US$2 a barrel last week. The Aug. 3 expanded OPEC+ ministerial meeting, which includes Russia, is just around the corner. And signals from producing countries aren’t helping to stabilize the markets. In addition, the threat of…

Oil and gas benefits threatened by too-fast emissions reduction plan

Federal discussion paper outlines industry's value to Canadians

Oil and gas benefits threatened by too-fast emissions reduction planThe federal government’s plan to cap and cut emissions from the oil and gas sector comes with big risks. Reducing the industry’s emissions by a massive 42 per cent in less than 10 years is seen as unrealistic without cutting production – while Canada’s allies and people around the world are in a growing crisis without enough oil…

Saudi Arabia still not ready to ditch Russia

An intense tug of war is being waged on the global crude horizon

Saudi Arabia still not ready to ditch RussiaStakeholders continue to make interesting moves across the global energy chess board. Six days after U.S. President Joe Biden flew out of Saudi Arabia – without any public commitment from Riyadh to increase crude output significantly – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman spoke by phone, underlining the importance of…