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Sunday, December 16, 2018

State Oil News

Eastern Libyan Oil Export Ports Reopen - NOC

Eastern Libyan oil export ports have reopened after bad weather forced their shutdown, Libyan state oil company NOC said on Friday.NOC's statement said storage tanks at the port of Es Sider could accommodate three days of production. One vessel is being loaded now and another is on its way to the port, NOC said.The Ras Lanuf storage tanks have another four days of storage capacity, while Hariga port’s storage capacity is 5 days, with a vessel due to arrive on Saturday to load, NOC said.(Reporting by Ayman al warfalli and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Jane Merriman)

Bad Weather Shutters Eastern Libyan Oil Ports

The eastern Libyan oil ports of Es Sider, Ras Lanuf, Brega and Zueitina were still closed on Thursday because of bad weather, port and shipping sources said.Libyan state oil company NOC had said on Wednesday that all the country's oil export terminals were closed by bad weather.Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli

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Zhenhua Buys First LNG Cargo from Chevron

China's state-run Zhenhua Oil purchased its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from Chevron Corp to supply a South China-receiving terminal that it won access to in a recent auction, according to Zhenhua officials on Thursday.The 100-million-cubic-meter cargo was purchased at about $0.30 per million British thermal unit discount to Japan Korea Marker (JKM) quotes on a delivered basis, the officials added.The cargo, discharged at CNOOC's Yuedong terminal in Shenzhen, was sourced from the Australian Gorgon project operated by Chevron.Zhenhua and its local partner Longkou agreed in September

The terminal consists of a tank farm and offshore facilities to receive, store, and load Arabian Light and Arabian Super Light crude oil. (Photo: Saudi Aramco)

Yanbu Oil Terminal Boosts Export Capacity

State oil giant Saudi Aramco said on Wednesday that the Yanbu South Terminal has added 3 million barrels per day of crude oil to the company's west coast export capacity after a rehabilitation and upgrade programme."The terminal, located south of Yanbu along the west coast of Saudi Arabia, consists of a tank farm and offshore facilities to receive, store, and load Arabian Light and Arabian Super Light crude oil," Aramco said on its website.(Writing by Rania El Gamal; Editing by Dale Hudson)

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Sinopec Adds LNG Tank at Tianjin Terminal

China's Sinopec Corp completed adding a third tank to store liquefied natural gas at its receiving terminal in Tianjin, marking the completion of construction of the first phase of the import facility, the state oil and gas group said on Tuesday.The terminal, in the northern port city Tianjin, near Beijing, began operations last February. It has an annual receiving capacity of 3 million tonnes and an annual supply capacity of 4 billion cubic meters (bcm).The terminal has so far this year received 22 shipments of LNG that totaled 1.46 million tonnes in volume.

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Sinopec, Zhejiang to Build LNG Terminal in China

China's Sinopec Corp has teamed with Zhejiang Energy Group Co Ltd on a 3 million tonne-per-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in east China, with the first phase set for operation at end-2021, the state oil giant said on Wednesday.The project, to be built in Wenzhou of Zhejiang province, includes four tanks each able to store 200,000 cubic meters of LNG, a berth to dock tankers of 30,000 cubic meters to 266,000 cubic meters, as well as a 26-km (16-mile) pipeline.The two…

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China Shifts to Iranian Tankers to Keep Oil Flowing Amid US Sanctions

Chinese buyers of Iranian oil are starting to shift their cargoes to vessels owned by National Iranian Tanker Co (NITC) for nearly all of their imports to keep supply flowing amid the re-imposition of economic sanctions by the United States.The shift demonstrates that China, Iran's biggest oil customer, wants to keep buying Iranian crude despite the sanctions, which were put back after the United States withdrew in May from a 2015 agreement to halt Iran's nuclear program.The United…

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Unipec Suspends US Oil Imports as Trade Spat Intensifies

China's Unipec, the trading arm of state oil major Sinopec, has suspended crude oil imports from the United States due to a growing trade spat between Washington and Beijing, three sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.The sources declined to be identified as they are not authorised to speak to the media.It is not clear how long the temporary halt will last, but one of the sources said Unipec has no new bookings of U.S. crude until at least October.Unipec and Sinopec, Asia's largest refiner and biggest buyer of U.S.

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Middle East Oil & Gas Shipping Routes are at Risk

Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was suspending oil shipments through the Red Sea after Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two crude tankers, underscoring risks caused by the conflict in the world's top oil exporting region.Iran, in its row with the United States over sanctions, has also threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, the other major strategic shipping route for oil from the region and the main route for Iranian crude exports.Below are facts about region's shipping routes:Bab al-MandebAny move to block the Bab al-Mandeb…

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Oil Prices Dip as Markets Eye Potential Supply Increases

Oil prices fell on Monday as concerns about supply disruptions eased and Libyan ports resumed export activities, while traders eyed potential supply increases by Russia and other oil producers.Brent crude futures were down 26 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $75.07 a barrel at 0057 GMT.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 27 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $70.74 a barrel.Supply outages in Libya and strike action in Norway and Iraq pushed oil prices higher late last week, although prices still ended down for a second straight week."Crude oil prices fell as fears of supply disruptions eased.

From left: MOL Executive Officer Hiroyuki Nakano, Akastor CEO Karl Erik Kjelstad, General Manager of Third Projects Development Division, Infrastructure Projects Business Unit, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Koichi Wakana and AKOFS Chairman Paal E. Johnsen. Photo: MOL

MOL Acquires Stake in AKOFS of Norway

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)  announced that MOL and Mitsui & Co have entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire shares in AKOFS Offshore AS, which is owned by Akastor ASA, Norway. After in-kind contribution of the company of owner and leasing the subsea support vessel, Skandi Santos, which MOL, Mitsui & Co., and AKOFS are jointly operating since November 2016, MOL's acquisition amount will be about JPY 8 billion. MOL's acquisition of shares in AKOFS means MOL will become more deeply involved in the operation and ship management of subsea support vessels…

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China's Tariffs on US Oil Would Disrupt $1 Bln Monthly Business

China's threat to impose duties on U.S. oil imports will hit a business that has soared in the last two years, and which is now worth almost $1 billion per month.In an escalating spat over the United States' trade deficit with most of its major trading partners, including China, U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he was pushing ahead with hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports, starting on July 6.China said Friday it would retaliate by slapping duties on several American commodities, including oil.Investors expect the spat to come at the expense of U.S.

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Concordia Maritime Charters Three Suezmax with Stena Bulk

As a further step in fleet positioning ahead of the gradually stronger market that is expected, Concordia Maritime has decided to participate in three suezmax tankers chartered in by Stena Bulk. The 158,000 dwt vessels were built in Korea in the period 2012-2014. The contracts are for 12 months, with an option to extend until the end of 2019. After delivery in May and July, the vessels will be employed on the spot market through the successful Stena Sonangol Suezmax Pool. Concordia Maritime's share in the vessel charters is 50%.

Concordia Boosts Tanker Biz

To prepare for a gradually strenghthening tanker market, Concordia Maritime decided to participate in three suezmax tankers chartered in by Stena Bulk. The 158,000 dwt vessels were built in Korea between 2012-2014. The contracts are for 12 months, with an option to extend until the end of 2019. After delivery in May and July, the vessels will be employed on the spot market through the Stena Sonangol Suezmax Pool. Concordia Maritime’s share in the vessel charters is 50%. The contracts also include a profit-sharing clause with the contractual partner.

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East China LNG Terminal Records 93% Sales Increase

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in east China operated by China National Offshore Oil Company, or CNOOC, recorded an increase of 93 percent in gas sales in the first five months of this year, the state oil company said on Monday,CNOOC's LNG sales from the Ningbo terminal in Zhejiang province hit 2 million tonnes by the end of May, nearly doubling the amount from a year ago, according to a statement posted on CNOOC's website.The gas sales are expected to head higher in the coming few months as demand for the fuel rises with hotter summer temperatures.The report did not give a brea

PDVSA Says Oil Shipments Unaffected by Port Spill

Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA said on Wednesday a spill at its main exporting port Jose had been halted without any impact on crude shipments from the terminal. "Operations of production and shipment of crudes from the Hugo Chavez Orinoco Belt were not compromised and continue with absolute normality," it said in a statement.   (Reporting by Deisy Buitrago; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne)

Iraq's Oil Exports Fall in April Amid Port Work, OPEC Cut

Oil shipments from Iraq's southern terminals have fallen so far in April, according to loading data and an industry source, reflecting a temporary drop in export capacity and Iraqi efforts to comply with OPEC production cuts. OPEC's second-largest producer has curbed output this year as part of an OPEC-led supply reduction deal, although OPEC figures show that until March Iraq had delivered a smaller cut than other members such as top exporter Saudi Arabia. Exports from southern…

Azerbaijan's Oil Shipments via Russia on the Rise

Azerbaijan's oil shipments via Russia jumped to 818,664 tonnes in January-July this year from 559,065 tonnes in the same period last year, state oil company SOCAR said on Tuesday. The increase was partly because SOCAR shipped no oil via the Baku-Novorossiisk pipeline in January and February last year, before resuming exports the following month after signing an agreement with Russian pipeline monopoly AK Transneft . SOCAR aims to increase its shipments via Russia to 1.5 million tonnes this year. Last year it shipped 1.2 million tonnes, down 4.8 percent from 2015.

Pemex Appoints New Director for Commercial Arm

Mexico's state oil company Pemex said on Tuesday it had named Isaac Volin Bolok as head of its commercial arm, PMI Comercio Internacional.   Volin Bolok will replace Jorge Sanchez and start the post on June 27. He previously served as the director of BlackRock in Mexico and corporate commercial director of now bankrupt airline Mexicana, according to his LinkedIn profile. (Reporting by Ana Isabel Martinez and Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Vitol Signs Deal with Angola LNG

Angola LNG (ALNG) and Vitol, the world’s largest independent energy dealer, have entered into a multi-year LNG sales agreement. Under the agreement, ALNG cargoes will be delivered to Vitol at destinations around the world. Commenting on the sales agreement, Artur Pereira, CEO, Angola LNG Marketing Ltd, said: “This sales agreement is an important step for Angola LNG and demonstrates our ability to respond to the needs of our customers and the market. Pablo Galante Escobar, Head of LNG, Vitol, said; “We are delighted to have entered into this agreement with Angola LNG.

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MOL Signs Long-Term Charter with Uruguayan JV for FSRU

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Lakler S.A., agreed to conclude a charter contract with Gas Sayago, for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project in Montevideo, Uruguay. Gas Sayago is a joint venture (JV) owned by UTE – the Uruguayan state power company – and ANCAP – the state oil company. The contract will take effect upon governmental approval which is expected to be granted by the end of 2016. The FSRU will be equipped with the largest LNG storage tank (263…

Vopak Launches Concurrent Bunkering Services in Singapore

Vopak, the world's largest independent storage tank operator, has launched a new service that allows tankers docking at its Singapore Sebarok oil terminal to refuel while simultaneously loading or discharging cargoes. "The new concurrent bunkering service is in line with Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's directive to improve port efficiency," Vopak said in a statement on Tuesday. The service eliminates the time needed to move tankers calling at the Sebarok terminal to designated anchorages in Singapore's congested waters for refuelling, also known as bunkering.

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NITC Signs 200 Tanker Charter Deals

The National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) has signed over 200 leasing contracts for its vessels since the lifting of the Western-imposed economic sanctions two years ago, Financial Tribune reported on Thursday. The report quoted Iran Tanker Company's Chief Executive Officer Sirous Kianersi saying that from the easing of the sanctions (in January 2016) until the end of last month, foreign companies signed 215 time-charter and single-voyage deals for NITC tankers. NITC signed agreements with France's Total…

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Four Japanese Companies Join Modec in Sepia FPSO Deal

Four Japanese companies will invest in a new company established by compatriot Modec with an aim to provide a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for the Petrobras-operated Sepia field offshore Brazil. "MODEC, Mitsui, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Marubeni Corporation and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co have agreed to jointly invest in a long-term charter business currently promoted by MODEC, for providing a FPSO in the Sepia Area, off the coast of Brazil," said a press release. These companies have entered into related agreements for the FPSO project on January 9, 2018.

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TEN Gets Charter Extension for Seven Panamaxes

Greece-based Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) has announced the charter extension for seven panamax tankers, for an average of 24 months, to a state oil concern. The charters which all incorporate profit sharing provisions are expected to generate minimum gross revenues of over $70 million. “These charters, in terms of duration, security, flexibility and quality, enhance the industrial nature of our business, further solidify our fleet’s cash generating ability, strengthen our balance sheet and provide visibility of earnings and dividends,” George Saroglou, COO of TEN commented.

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Arctic: ExxonMobil Exits, Rosneft Goes Ahead

Russian state oil company Rosneft will continue geological explorations in the Arctic offshore zone after ExxonMobil quits the joint projects, reports TASS. The report qouted Natural Resources Minister Sergey Donskoy saying that the Arctic licenses will remain with Rosneft and the company "plans to continue to operate there". Exxon Mobil  decided to withdraw from the joint projects with Rosneft in late 2017 after Washington issued a legal act expanding against Russia. According to the document, in 2013 and 2014 Exxon Mobil and Rosneft created various entities for operations in oil exploration.