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NYT: Venezuela protests:
A test for Maduro's regime


By Nicholas Casey and Susan Joan Archer
| Apr. 21, 2017 | 2:12

Demonstrations continued in Caracas after President Nicolás Maduro defied international calls to allow peaceful assemblies and ordered his forces into the streets. Hit with tear gas, some protesters fought back with firebombs.




Opinion


Dave Forest: Argentina the “next big thing” in shale


ExxonMobil is about to enter the production phase
in the promising Vaca Muerta shale, Argentina.

 



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Kevin Ramnarine: TT Prime Minister's parliamentary
statement on natural gas supply is historical revisionism


Statement by Kevin Ramnarine

 


 

TOP NEWS

Venezuela on Knife-Edge as dictator Maduro Protesters continue demostrations

Bloomberg

Venezuelan opposition urges supporters to stay on the streets. Protesters make barriers; TV channels are silenced. See QuickTake: Venezuela's Oil-Based Economic Woes (Video).

CARACAS
Petroleumworld 04 21 2017

Caracas faced another tense day after massive protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, with barricades of trash and debris in the streets, shuttered businesses and sporadic blossoms of tear gas.

Oil sounding a warning for financial markets, brent physical crude weakens despite OPEC

Bloomberg

OPEC supply management yet to work as producer group intended. Brent is benchmark for more than half the world's crude oil.

LONDON
Petroleumworld 04 21 2017

The Brent physical oil market is flashing signs of weakness again as dwindling Asian purchases, an influx of American crude to Europe, and supplies flowing out of storage all combine to recreate a glut in the North Sea.

 



 

 


WEEK'S TOP NEWS

Venezuelans march against dictator Maduro, protests leave three dead


Demonstrators clash with riot police during the so-called 'mother of all marches' against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela April 19, 2017.

CARACAS
Petroleumworld 04 20 2017

PDVSA Citgo's $500K inaugural gift surfaces amid national security concern


As Venezuela starves, a U.S. subsidiary of a Venezuelan state-owned oil company Citgo Gave $500,000 to Trump Inauguration.- Latin American Herald Tribune.

WASHINGTON
Petroleumworld 04 20 2017

France's presidencial race 1st round up for grabs

Bloomberg Graphics

Melenchon 19% - Hamon 7.5% - Macron 23.5% -Fillon 19.5 % - Le Pen 22.5%
Source: The Bloomberg , April 19, 2017 / The Latest on France's Presidential Election


PARIS
Petroleumworld 04 19 2017

Russian shipper Sovcomflot holds PDVSA oil cargo hostage over debts


Oil Terminal and storage, at the north end of tiny St. Eustatius, Island in the Caribbean.

ST. EUSTATIUS/HOUSTON
Petroleumworld 04 19 2017

Oil shows over supply losing momentum -Citi


OPEC cuts will help offset surge in U.S. production: Citigroup U.S. stockpiles seen dropping; Drill rig count up for 13 weeks


HONG KONG
Petroleumworld 04 18 2017

PDVSA's crude-stained oil tankers banned at sea, maritime operations in shambles

Reuters

The oil tanker Caspian Galaxy sits anchored near Amuay beach, in Punto Fijo, Venezuela March 30, 2017.


HOUSTON/PUNTO FIJO, VENEZUELA
Petroleumworld 04 18 2017

Still too much oil for OPEC, not for IEA -Julian Lee

Swelling Stockpile
Over-supply has boosted global oil inventories by around 1 billion barrels in 3 years

OPEC sees a world that still has too much oil

LONDON
Petroleumworld 04 17 2017

Odebrecht paid $3.3 billion in bribes over a decade -Brasil's media


Odebrecht paid as much as $730 million annually in both 2012 and 2013


RIO DE JANEIRO
Petroleumworld 04 14 2017

Near-month futures price / Long-range average

Source: Bloomberg
Note: Nymex crude oil futures prices. "Long-range average" represents average price for futures covering 2018 through 2020.


NEW YORK
Petroleumworld 04 14 2017

Brazil's President calls $40 million Odebrecht bribe accusation 'a lie'

Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

Brazil's president Michel Temer gestures during a meeting of the Pension Reform Commission at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, April 11, 2017.

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO
Petroleumworld 04 14 2017

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OIL PRICES:

Updated: April 22, 2017 05:57 GMT / closing oil prices

 

04/20

OPEC Basket
$50.48
-1.40

04/21

Mexico Basket
$42.73
-0.90
04/21
Venezuela Basket *
$44.81
-1.04

04/21

ICE Brent
$51.96
-1.03
04/21
NYMEX WTI
$49.62
-1.09
04/21
NYMEX Natural Gas
$3.10
-0.05
04/21
USD/MXN Mexican peso
18.81
04/21

Euro/USD

1.07
04/21 USD/VBO
4.711
Parallel Market

* Venezuela average weekly price


NEWS HEADLINES

Friday, April 21, 2017

Oil slides below $50 Friday on supply fears; euro and stocks slip before French election

Petrobras to raise prices of its refinery fuels, diesel and gasoline

Pemex have plans to partner in its hydrogen units at Madero, Cadereyta refineries

OPEC confidence by hedge funds starts to fray: Kemp

Court orders Shell-Exxon NAM gas joint venture criminal probe over Dutch gas quakes

U.S. shale production could set a course for down Oil prices -Total CEO

Iraq supports extension of OPEC oil cuts, but looking at exemption from it -Hakim

ConocoPhillips takes the long path, a slow, steady route to satisfy investors returns

Philippines wind turbines farm generates power, jobs and curious tourists

CNOOC's fuel exports nearly double in Q1

Oil dives Friday, U.S. crude below $50 for first time in 2 weeks

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dominican Republic court ratifies plea deal terms of Odebrecht's $184 mln fine

Bolivia rescinds contracts with Isolux Corsan subsidiary on building a roads and a dam

Exxon wants to renew JV in Russia, seeks waiver from U.S. sanctions -WSJ

U.S. EPA to reconsider oil and gas emissions rule

U.S. crude stocks down last week, but gasoline inventories rise - EIA

Brazil lawmakers lobbying for Cemig hydropower dams' license renewal -sources

UK to take action on rising energy bills -energy minister

E. Coast refiner Philadelphia Energy shuns Bakken rail delivery as Dakota Access Pipeline starts

China's Nio electric car to sell mass-production car next year

U.S. reviewing sanctions on Iran - Tillerson

Oil prices regain some ground Thursday, but oversupply weighs

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Shell opens treatment plant in Argentina Vaca Muerta shale play

U.S.-Mexico natural gas pipeline exports fall due to maintenance, LNG deliveries on the rise

Peru to issue up to $3 bln in bonds to finance state-run PetroPeru

Trump's top advisers meeting on Paris climate deal postponed -official

CNOOC in reshuffle, CEO resigns after less than a year

Volkswagen plans to launch electric car in China next year

South Korea's S-Oil expects stronger U.S. gasoline demand to support margins in Q2

Output at Chevron Australia's LNG Gorgon Train Two restarting

Japan nominates Commissioner Fuketa to take over at atomic regulator

Oil steadies Wednesday as OPEC boost offsets dent from U.S. supply

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cuban gas shortage open opportunites to sell electric cars - Miami electric car dealer

U.S. shale oil output seen rising most in over two years

U.S. climate advisors to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris agreement

Saudis push ahead with renewable drive to diversify energy mix

Financiers pour billions into U.S. shale, undaunted by oil bust

China's natural gas output up 10.5 pct in March, highest in years - stats bureau

PDVSA reactivates El Palito refinery alkylation unit

BP's leaking Alaska well stop leaking oil but still spraying natural gas

Oil prices fall Tuesday on expected surge in U.S. shale output

French Presidential election's first round “anyone might win” -Gartman

Monday, April 17, 2017

Oil market rebalancing, demand expected to rise - Saudi Aramco CEO

Most of Opec & non-Opec oil producers want extension of output cuts - Iran

U.S., allies weigh all options after North Korea's missile test -H.R. McMaster

Saudi to re-think unfinished projects, with oil prices harder to fund projects

North Korea missile test provocative -U.S. national security adviser

South Korea's March crude imports from Iran hit record high

Argentina, Indonesia biodiesel imports to be investigated by U.S.

Dakota Access Pipeline to start interstate oil delivery service May 14

China to create 10 "mega" coal companies with 100 million tonnes capacity

Oil down slightly in subdued trade Monday after failed North Korean missile test

Friday, April 14, 2017

bpTT and Atlantic LNG to start Trinidad onshore Compression (TROC) project

Upstream investment in Trinidad & Tobago dried up before 2010 -Ramnarine

Shell wants Dutch government to quadruple offshore wind target by 2030

New U.S. pipelines could drive U.S. as world's top natural gas exporter

Cutting off North Korea oil supplies would be for NK devastating

U.S. Gulf of Mexico crude oil production, already at annual high, expected to keep increasing

Crude oil imports by U.S. up in 2016

China crude oil imports top U.S. intake, shatter record

U.S. VP Pence visits Indonesia next week show tension signals

Oil close near flat Thursday in strong week for crude


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