Trump Said to Ask Cabinet to Draft Possible Trade Deal With China

By Jenny Leonard, Saleha Mohsin and Jennifer Jacobs (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump wants to reach an agreement on trade with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 nations summit in Argentina later this month and has asked key U.S. officials to begin drafting potential terms, according to four people familiar with the matter. The push for a possible deal with … [Read more...]

Replacing Iran’s Lost Oil Supply a Boon for Supertankers

By Alex Longley (Bloomberg) -- Higher OPEC oil production and longer voyages are propelling shipowners back to good times. Just a month ago, hiring a supertanker for the benchmark Middle East Gulf-to-China route cost about $18,000 a day. That almost tripled to $51,000 a day as of Monday, the highest level since at least early 2017. The surge has come as the ships … [Read more...]

Nigeria Heads to Deep Water in Search of Future for Oil Producers

By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo (Bloomberg) -- When it comes to the future of its oil industry, Nigeria is looking miles out to sea. By early next year, the largest offshore production vessel ever delivered to Nigeria will start pumping crude from a deposit deep beneath the seabed, boosting the West African country’s oil output by about 10 percent. The project, viewed as the … [Read more...]

Brazil’s New President Set for Offshore Oil Windfall

By Sabrina Valle (Bloomberg) -- Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is staring at an oil windfall. After a decade of stagnant production, Brazil’s offshore mega-projects are about to deliver a double whammy with exports set to surge and Brent prices comfortably above $70 a barrel. This means more revenue for a country beset with fiscal deficits, and more activity in a … [Read more...]

Opinion: Winners and Losers From a Sea Change in Oil

By Liam Denning (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Despite efforts by the Trump administration to turn it, a supertanker is bearing down on drivers, oil majors, and even Amazon.com Inc. We are 14 months away from a shake-up in the global oil market lacking the drama of, say, Iranian sanctions. It involves a UN-mandated crackdown on air pollution from ships. Still awake? Good, because … [Read more...]