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Apr 13, 2015

Futures prices point to more balanced oil market in second half: Kemp

LONDON, April 13 (Reuters) – Professional commodity traders
watch spreads (differences between the prices for adjacent
futures contracts) rather than spot prices as the best indicator
of the balance between supply and demand.

In crude, the narrowing spreads for both Brent and West
Texas Intermediate (WTI) indicate a closer balance between
supply and demand in the second half of the year than in the
first.

Apr 11, 2015

Oil wells in England’s green and pleasant land

LONDON (Reuters) – There could be up to 100 billion barrels of oil onshore beneath southern England, the chief executive of a small exploration firm told the BBC in an interview on Thursday. To which the correct response is “yes, but”.

Based on an analysis of samples from a single well drilled near London’s Gatwick airport, UK Oil and Gas Investments estimates there could be 158 million barrels per square mile in the local area.

Apr 9, 2015

Oil wells in England’s green and pleasant land: Kemp

LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) – There could be up to 100 billion
barrels of oil onshore beneath southern England, the chief
executive of a small exploration firm told the BBC in an
interview on Thursday. To which the correct response is “yes,
but”.

Based on an analysis of samples from a single well drilled
near London’s Gatwick airport, UK Oil and Gas Investments
estimates there could be 158 million barrels per square mile in
the local area.

Apr 8, 2015

U.S. oil production is probably peaking right now: Kemp

LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) – U.S. crude production will peak
this month, according to revised forecasts published by the
country’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Output will average 9.37 million barrels per day (bpd) in
April and the same in May before falling to 9.33 million bpd in
June and 9.04 million bpd by September, the EIA predicted in the
April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO).

Apr 7, 2015

Iran’s oil exports likely to rise in 2016: Kemp

LONDON, April 7 (Reuters) – Beware diplomats bearing fact
sheets; they rarely reveal the whole truth.

The nuclear negotiations in Lausanne have already produced
three separate fact sheets, issued by the United States, Iran
and France, each highlighting different aspects of the emerging
agreement.

Apr 1, 2015

Million barrels of oil per day riding U.S. rails: Kemp

LONDON, April 1 (Reuters) – More than 1 million barrels of
crude oil move by train across the United States every day,
according to data published for the first time by the government
on Tuesday.

The volume of crude shipped by rail has increased more than
50-fold in five years, from just 630,000 barrels in January 2010
to 33.7 million barrels in January 2015, the Energy Information
Administration (EIA) revealed in its first monthly report on
movements of oil by rail (link.reuters.com/vyt44w).

Mar 31, 2015

Thatcher’s secret weapon in miners’ strike shuts, ending an era: Kemp

LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) – Littlebrook power station,
which towers grimly over the lower Thames near Dartford in Kent,
ceases operations today after almost 35 years, the last of
Britain’s big oil-fired power plants to close.

Littlebrook is an unlikely symbol of modern Britain. But the
power plant played a critical role helping the Conservative
government led by Margaret Thatcher break the miners’ strike of
1984/85.

Mar 27, 2015

California motorists hit the road again: Kemp

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – California’s gasoline sales are
rising at some of the fastest rates for a decade, as an
improving economy and lower fuel prices encourage more driving,
according to state tax records.

Gasoline sales in December were 2.6 percent higher than the
same month a year earlier, according to records published on
Thursday by the California Board of Equalization, the agency
responsible for collecting fuel taxes.

Mar 27, 2015

Yemen fuels short-covering rally in oil

LONDON (Reuters) – Air strikes by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen have sparked a modest rise in oil prices of $3 per barrel, even though Yemen plays a marginal role in the global oil market.

Yemen produces just 130,000 barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), about 0.1 percent of global production and the same as Italy or Kansas.

Mar 26, 2015

Yemen fuels short-covering rally in oil: Kemp

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – Air strikes by Saudi Arabia and
its allies in Yemen have sparked a modest rise in oil prices of
$3 per barrel, even though Yemen plays a marginal role in the
global oil market.

Yemen produces just 130,000 barrels per day, according to
the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), about 0.1
percent of global production and the same as Italy or Kansas.

    • About John

      "John joined Reuters in 2008 as one of its first financial columnists, specialising in commodities and energy. While his main focus is on oil markets, he has written broadly on the emergence of commodities as an asset class, regulatory issues and macroeconomic themes. Before joining Reuters, John spent seven years as a senior analyst for Sempra Commodities (now part of JP Morgan) covering base metals and crude oil. Previously, he worked as an analyst on world trade, banking and financial regulation for consultancy Oxford Analytica."
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