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Mar 06 2020
2020 Petroleum Demand Precipice
CORONAVIRUS TRIGGERS HISTORIC COLLAPSE
Demand

COVID-19


Today's ongoing world petroleum demand crash brought on by the outbreak of coronavirus disease may be far from its bottom, and the resulting petroleum price crash may need many months before it effects a demand reversal. This report shows what the crisis may do to 2020 demand, price, and GDP.
Dec 24 2019
Three Country Exhibits
THE CHALLENGE OF REDUCING PRICE SUBSIDIES
Retail Prices




Few countries of the world subsidize consumer gasoline prices, and among them are cases where governments have struggled to remove or reduce subsidy. The cases of Ecuador, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are examined herein.
Sep 26 2019
The Rising and Falling Producers Behind
THE GLOBAL OIL OUTPUT BOOM
Production/Supply/Demand




World oil production climbed impressively last year and is expected to resume growth after 2019's pause, likely soon exceeding 100-million barrels per day. Improvements in some producing countries have more than offset deteriorated output levels in several others. Individual country cases, and the elemental influences of oil prices and oil policies upon them all, are featured herein.
Jun 16 2019
Gyrations and Tribulations
WORLD GASOLINE PRICE HIKES ARRESTED
Retail Prices

Taxes


The world average gasoline price marched $0.46 per gallon higher between January and May. This trend was arrested in June thanks to a reversal in crude oil prices. Behind this average is a wide range of prices including nations heavily subsidizing motorists such as Venezuela, as well as oil producer Norway where extreme fuel taxes result in motorists paying $7.46 gal.
Mar 27 2019
New Regime for Refiners, Shippers
THE IMPENDING U.N. BUNKER FUEL DIKTAT
Regulations




On January 1, 2020, sulfur content in ships' fuel must be slashed and the costs will affect commerce and consumers globally. While far higher prices for bunker are a given, the U.N. reg is also spawning fears of higher on-road diesel prices. This report probes some of the many unknowns about supply, compliance, and impact upon refineries.
Dec 17 2018
The Gilets Jaunes Revolt
FRANCE CANCELS GLOBAL WARMING FUEL TAX HIKE
Regulations

Taxes


Among the world's highest fuel prices and taxes, France has met with a sudden swell of public protest against another diesel tax hike -- since cancelled by chastened government. This report examines the domestic petroleum market scene of the world's first major backlash against the use of fuel price as climate control tool.
Sep 14 2018
Recovery Mode
PROSPECTS BRIGHTEN FOR MAJORS
Revenue

Income


Crude oil's price hike last year allowed for a robust recovery in major oil company profits and 2018 is shaping up even better. Gas, on the other hand, remains stuck on a low price plateau which is punishing those majors who bet big on it. The preeminent prize remains liquid petroleum -- black gold. The world's six largest private major oil companies are featured herein.
Jun 13 2018
No Peak In Sight
VIGOROUS WORLD OIL DEMAND PREVAILING
Consumption/Supply/Demand




Since recession-hit 2007, world oil demand has been climbing each year and by 2019 is likely to exceed 100-million barrels per day. Even OECD member nations' demand, manifesting growth during past three years, is poised for continued expansion. This report tracks world oil demand history, reveals factors defining future demand, and compares projections of same.
Mar 28 2018
Why High Margin Prevails
U.S. REFINERS STILL THRIVING
Consumption/Supply/Demand

Capacity


U.S. refining margin bounced up slightly in 2017 over the prior year, thanks to ongoing advantages including abundant domestic supply of shale oil. This report examines underpinnings of the U.S. industry's superior performance that marked last year as the seventh in a row of elevated margin
Dec 22 2017
Sustainable Versus Recent Highs, Lows
HOW THE WORLD GASOLINE PRICE HAS MODERATED
Retail Prices

Demand


In the past two years, global motorists are paying higher retail gasoline prices largely because of crude oil price recovery. This report tracks oil and gasoline prices, factors moving them, and spotlights price subsidization. Notable: Saudi Arabia is taking dramatic action that will bring it much closer to non-subsidy status while in Venezuela a single U.S. penny is now worth hundreds of gallons.
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