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Saudi Arabia takes top position in global recoverable oil ranking

In its annual review of global oil resources, Rystad Energy has found that Saudi Arabia effectively added more recoverable oil resources, thereby retaking its top position ahead of the United States and Russia, with total recoverable oil resources reaching to 276bbo in the country


The annual review report says that the addition of 73bbo of recoverable oil resources since the 2016 review has helped Saudi Arabia to regain the top position among the global competitors.

OGSE investments cross MPRC'S RM650m target

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC) has surpassed its target of RM650 million and brought in RM683.7 million worth of oil and gas services and equipment (OGSE) investments last year.


The governing body said it remained on track in its efforts to strengthen the OGSE industry in order to develop greater resilience and global competitiveness.

Indonesia's upstream projects proposed for strategic project list

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has proposed four projects to be included on the national strategic projects list. 


The ministry’s oil and gas director general, IGN Wiratmaja Puja, said the list comprised the Masela block, the Indonesian Deepwater Development (IDD) and the Jambaran Tiung Biru and Tangguh projects. 

OPEC: TIME TO CALL AN EMERGENCY MEETING?

Brent and WTI are in bear territory, having crashed 22% from the year's highs. You can call crude over-sold, you can put it down to technical and algorithmic trading. But you can't ignore the fact that it is more than just fickle, volatile sentiment this time: the OPEC/non-OPEC cuts may be removing up to 1.7 million b/d from the market, but the growth in US, Libyan and Nigerian output is putting more than 1.5 million b/d back, leaving net reduction at less than 200,000 b/d. OPEC and its non-OPEC collaborators are in a corner, but if the Saudi and Russian energy ministers stand behind their “whatever-it-takes” pledge of last month to rebalance the markets, the time has come to deepen the cuts. It won't be easy, but it is not impossible and a far more suitable option for OPEC than admitting defeat.

The writing is on the wall for OPEC: it needs to cut more.

Of course, the producer group could continue advising patience to the world for the elusive evidence of a decline in global oil inventories, as it has being doing for the past few months. But this week proved that no one is listening any more.

Crude’s clumpy cascade this week into bear market territory could be put down to algorithmic and technical selling, but for the purposes of this discussion, the mechanism behind the latest downward spiral is moot. OPEC needs to respond not to the crude traders’ seeming paranoia, but to the fact that its current quantum of cutbacks have been all but neutralised.

OECD oil stocks rose by an average of around 360,000 b/d over January-April according to International Energy Agency data and are expected to have remained stagnant through May.

US production has climbed by close to 600,000 b/d since the start of 2017 and Libya and Nigeria, OPEC members exempted from production cuts under the November 30 agreement, are boosting supply by a combined 600-700,000 b/d. Together, that more than wipes out the 1.16 million b/d pledged reduction in supply by the 11 OPEC members restraining output since January.

As a matter of principle, OPEC maintains a healthy disdain for short bursts of price volatility, no matter how large, as far as adjusting its supply policies is concerned. While that is understandable especially in the current situation for a group pursuing an inherently slow process of restoring equilibrium to a market that has been out of balance for three years, it is now time to heed the price signals.

OPEC has been written off several times in recent months, and the same body of sceptics now thinks it will fail to rise to the latest challenge. We maintain our view that the bloc has determination and commitment behind its new marketbalancing role under the Saudi leadership, and is unlikely to give up. And that means it has to respond.

The one man who could stop oil market's plunge

If any single person could stop the oil market's plunge, it would be 31-year-old Mohammad bin Salman.


For two years, the new crown price of Saudi Arabia, picked this week to succeed his father to the throne of a country that pumps one in every nine oil barrels consumed around the world, has pushed ambitious reforms aimed at unshackling the Saudi economy from fickle oil prices and furnishing new jobs and industries outside of oil and government for a young and growing population, racing against time as the world's energy mix evolves.

Oil bear market separates strong, weak U.S. shale producers

Crude oil's bear market is highlighting the haves and have nots among U.S. shale producers, with the stronger promising to keep pumping even as prospects dim for some of their financially strapped peers.


Crude prices have dropped more than 20 percent since late February, in part because of rising U.S. shale production that is offsetting OPEC's efforts to tame global stockpiles. On Wednesday, prices fell more than 2 percent to $42.58 after touching a 10-month low during the day.