Oil demand faces long, slow climb out of doldrums

Despite some oil industry analysts and observers looking at the glass as half full, there still seems to be ample reasons for gloom

Oil demand faces long, slow climb out of doldrumsForecasting crude oil markets remains a matter of perspective. Global oil demand growth is expected to taper off, journalist and analyst Julianne Geiger says, referencing the latest report from energy consultancy IHS Markit. Crude oil demand sits at 89 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, IHS Markit says. It’s expected to rise, then level off at…

Will petrochemicals be the last gasp for big oil?

The pandemic has caused some major producers to pause and defer investments in the petrochemical sector

Will petrochemicals be the last gasp for big oil?With the crude oil landscape changing rapidly, the refining industry is faced with major adjustments. Several oil refiners have announced permanent closures in the United States and Asia, while some high-cost refineries in Europe could also be shut down over the next few years. Margins for processing crude into fuels are expected to remain depressed,…

Oil industry facing (c)rude awakening

The game is up: Oil and gas companies can no longer mask their financial frailty

Oil industry facing (c)rude awakeningThe decline in oil demand accelerated by Covid-19 may be a sign of the future. Forty publicly-traded U.S. oil producers wrote down a collective $48 billion worth of the value of their assets in the first quarter of 2020, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. Quoting Deloitte, Oilprice.com points out that the collapse in crude…

Baby steps toward restarting our economy

Austria, Denmark and Germany have begun to unfreeze sectors. And Saskatchewan has laid out a cautious four-phase approach

Baby steps toward restarting our economyBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of British Columbia The Great Suppression, the widespread shutdown of most non-essential economic and social activity across much of the world, is both a lived experience and experiment like few others in human history. There have been three other worldwide pandemics in the 20th century – 1918…

Oil production cut numbers don’t add up

As the cost of pumping crude exceeds the selling price in most cases, production in many oil-producing countries is already taking a hit

Oil production cut numbers don’t add upThe math is fuzzy. When the agreement to cut crude oil output by 9.7 million barrels per day (bpd) was announced, U.S President Donald Trump, who played a dominant role in getting the agreement, went further. “Having been involved in the negotiations, to put it mildly, the number that OPEC-plus is looking to cut is…

The sky’s the limit for helium industry

The sky’s the limit for helium industryNecessity was the mother of invention for Marlon McDougall. After 35 years in the oil and gas industry, McDougall was frustrated with the pressures of regulations, environmentalism, pipeline restrictions and the need for expensive technologies as more easily accessible reserves were depleted. Then, in 2019, he was approached to work with what’s been called “the…

Natural resources GDP on the decline in Canada

Oil sands extraction declined largely because of shutdowns and maintenance of some production facilities. Crude oil extraction also falls

Natural resources GDP on the decline in CanadaThe natural resources sector in Canada continues to be challenged. A new report released Friday by Statistics Canada said real gross domestic product (GDP) of the natural resources sector fell 2.2 per cent in the third quarter, following a 2.8 per cent rise in the second quarter.  The federal agency said the decline was largely…

Low commodity prices weight on Prairie entrepreneurs

Limited cash flow also a concern for business owners when it comes to investing in their companies these days, according to BDC survey

Low commodity prices weight on Prairie entrepreneursMany Canadian entrepreneurs will continue investing in their companies in 2020 despite growing uncertainty about world economies. But business owners in the Prairies are the most pessimistic, mostly because of low commodity prices and limited cash flow, says the latest annual survey by BDC. The study on investment intentions found that entrepreneurs in the manufacturing…

Energy production in Canada declining, says StatsCan

Alberta produced 18.3 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in October, down 4.9 per cent

Energy production in Canada declining, says StatsCanEnergy production in Canada declined in several sectors in October 2019, compared with the same month in 2018, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency said production of crude oil and equivalent products (-1.7 per cent), natural gas (-1.3 per cent), and coal (-9.3 per cent), as well as electricity generation (-3.3 per cent) declined…
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