India’s LNG imports rise 4.6% in June 2019

India’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports rose 4.6 per cent year-on-year and 15.6 per cent month-on-month to 91 million metric standard cubic meter per day (mmscmd) in June, according to data from the Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Lower domestic natural gas production in June coupled with higher […]

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ONGC aims to double oil, gas production; to expand refining capacity threefold: Report

State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has set a target to double oil and gas output from its domestic and overseas fields and expand its refining capacity three-fold alongside diversification into renewables in a new vision document for 2040.  ONGC Energy Strategy 2040 envisions the company as “A diversified energy company with a strong […]

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Reports indicate Iran could be China’s oil weapon

Two reports out this week which could greatly impact oil prices indicate that leaders in Tehran are desperately urging China to purchase more Iranian crude:  First, Reuters notes China continued importing Iranian oil in July for the second month since a US sanctions waiver ended, though at greatly diminished levels compared to the year prior, citing numbers from three data firms: According to […]

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Never-ending trade war sinks commodities into a world of trouble: Bloomberg

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The U.S.-China trade war is sparking so much fear over demand that even those parts of the commodity world that aren’t in the direct firing line are getting burned, says a report by Bloomberg Oil had its biggest sell-off in four years after U.S. President Donald Trump brought an abrupt end to a truce forged […]

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India’s trade deficit narrows by 7.98% to $15.28 billion in June, exports falls by 9.71%

India’s merchandise exports contracted for the first time in nine months in June while imports shrank first time in four months. India’s trade deficit for June 2019 narrowed by 7.98 per cent to USD 15.28 billion as against the deficit of USD 16.60 billion in June 2018, government data showed. Data released by the commerce […]

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Chinese construction giant planning to sign up oil pipeline projects in Iraq

China State Construction Engineering Corporation is looking for opportunities in Iraq’s oil industry and believes it could sign at least one contract per year for oil infrastructure in Iraq, Yu Tao, the head of the Middle Eastern division of the Chinese construction giant, told Reuters on Thursday. “We are paying more attention to the oilfields because that […]

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Fitch Ratings updates oil price, lowers gas price assumptions

Increased geo-political tensions and economic uncertainty are likely to contribute to oil price volatility, Fitch Ratings said, but added that its year-average base-case expectations remain unchanged. “We have lowered our natural gas price assumptions, reflecting reduced marginal production costs in the US and increased LNG supplies globally,” it said in a statement. The toughened sanctions […]

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India’s merchandise exports to rise by 2.5% in Q1 FY20: Exim Bank

Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) has forecast that India’s merchandise exports will increase from 81.9 billion dollars to 84 billion dollars with an expected growth rate of 2.5% during the first quarter (April to June) of 2019-20 over the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Of this, non-oil exports are likely to increase from […]

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