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Will Iran's crude find homes in a much changed oil landscape?

July 29, 2015 (10:20)

As Iran looks to a post-sanctions world in which it is once again free to sell its crude, Platts editors ask whether, in the face of up to 3 million b/d of oil oversupply, they'll be a place for Iranian product.

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Singapore 500 ppm gasoil swap spread edges up from all-time low but remains in contango
Singapore (Platts)--30 Jul 2015 332 am EDT/732 GMT
The FOB Singapore 500 ppm sulfur gasoil swap spread has edged up slightly from an all-time record low reached Tuesday, though demand-supply fundamentals remained largely bearish with the contango structure still firmly in place.
US, East Coast ULSD stocks set record highs: EIA data
Houston (Platts)--29 Jul 2015 403 pm EDT/2003 GMT
US ULSD stocks rose to a record high for the fourth straight week, as East Coast stocks also hit a record for the fifth straight week, according to Energy Information Administration data released Wednesday.
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The Barrel Blog

July 30, 2015
Mexico's debut bidding event in Round One of its energy reform is now history, and resulted in what was widely agreed was a poor showing.
July 28, 2015
Russian giant Rosneft's recent deals in Asia suggest it is potentially shifting the balance of its crude oil sales in the region, Daniel Colover observes.
July 27, 2015
If at first you don’t produce, frac, frac again.
July 24, 2015
About 700 million barrels of crude oil stored in four sites along the US Gulf coast seems to have recently inspired the imagination of a cash-strapped Congress.
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News Feature: African Energy Outlook

June 18, 2015
Cameroon's oil industry has been on something of a road to recovery in recent years, with the country seeing crude production rise to its highest level in more than a decade earlier this year.
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Nigeria should sell stakes in JVs with foreign partners
The Nigerian government should start selling off its stakes in oil joint ventures with foreign partners to ease funding issues.
Angola courts China to secure oil exports
The visit of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to China comes at a critical stage for Angola.

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Price Focus

US investment bank Goldman Sachs cut sharply Monday its forecasts for average oil prices in 2015 but said sliding US shale production could see the global oil market rebalance by the end of the year. Goldman said it expects Brent crude to average $50.40/b a barrel from $83.80/b, as global oil price continue to their rapid descent into near six-year lows. WTI is expected to average $47.15 a barrel, down from a previous forecast of $73.75/b, the bank said.

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Looking forward to the next year of US crude oil news
July 27, 2015 - On the 50th episode of Capitol Crude, Brian Scheid and Herman Wang look back at their year in podcasting and revisit some of the hottest oil topics to see what's changed and what's new.
Nigerian tanker ban sparks anger in shipping, oil sectors
July 23, 2015 - Platts editors discuss the recent decision by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ban 113 crude tankers from loading at Nigerian oil terminals.
What's next for Iran and the world's oil supply, prices and politics
July 20, 2015 - Platts looks at how much Iranian crude could hit the market and when, which markets it could go to, what could happen to prices, and what it means for policy.
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