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U.S. Fuel Storage Decline Depresses Tank Rental Rates
We discuss fuel inventory levels regularly in this publication, but there’s an entire industry that exists behind those inventory numbers that we rarely mention – the storage owners. Rising prices have led suppliers to drain their storage levels, creating oversupply of storage in the market. Backwardated markets, where future prices are lower than current spot prices, have reduced or eliminated the profit to suppliers of storing fuel, putting pressure on storage companies. Click Here to read more from the Financial Times (subscription access may be required).
Oil Sands Pin Hopes on Two Troubled Pipelines After Energy East
The Energy East Pipeline, which would have pumped crude oil from Alberta all the way to the east coast of Canada, has been cancelled, forcing oil sand producers to rely on the construction of two other pipelines – Keystone XL and Trans Mountain. Keystone XL would connect Canadian oil producers to U.S. refining infrastructure, while Trans Mountain will connect product to Vancouver on Canada’s west coast. Currently, Canadian oil production relies heavily on rail transportation, which is notorious for being less safe than pipeline transportation. Click Here to read more from Bloomberg.
U.S. Oil Ports, Refiners and Producers Plan Re-openings after Hurricane Nate
Hurricane Nate blew over the Gulf Coast this weekend, leading producers to shut in over 90% of Gulf Coast production (recall that the Gulf Coast makes up nearly 20% of U.S. crude production). Now that the storm is passed, personnel are heading back to their rigs, and operations are resuming. So far, no significant damage has been reported for any rigs or refineries. After two storms bringing catastrophic damage, the oil industry took no chances, shutting down all major operations and evacuating personnel. Fortunately, the storm did not strength as much as Harvey and Irma, minimizing the damages. Click Here to read more from Business Times.
No More Free Lunch for Oil Producers
Oil producers in the U.S. have enjoyed a long period of easy money – investors were looking to cash in on expanding U.S. production, and flooded to supply cash for expansion. That’s changing now, however, as investors are beginning to demand reduced costs and higher returns. New oil fields will have to be placed on hold until market prices justify more expensive capex projects. Click Here to read more from Bloomberg.