CHINA & KUWAIT: $ 120 BLN 300,000 BPD OIL
Kuwait has concluded a new 10-year deal with a China's Sinopec Corp to nearly double its supplies by offering to ship the oil and sell on a more competitive cost-and-freight basis, according to a KPC official and a trading source on Monday.
State-run Kuwait Petroleum Corp will export 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil under the agreement, which would amount to 15 percent of Kuwaiti petroleum exports and estimated to be worth $120 billion, said Nasser al-Mudaf, KPC's head of international marketing told Reuters.
Mudaf said the contract replaces a previous one for between 160,000 bpd 170,000 bpd that had expired.
A senior trading source with direct knowledge of the contract said KPC managed to increase the supplies to Sinopec because it offered "a good deal", under which KPC will use its own oil fleet and sell the oil on a cost-and-freight basis.
"It will be the first cost-and-freight term deal between KPC and China," said the source, adding it would be more competitive than previous contract that Sinopec bought on a free-on-board basis and shipped the oil by itself.
"We look for the best markets which has stability and gives high return to KPC," said Mudaf, the marketing chief.
The agreement with China's Sinopec's trading arm, Unipec, was reached "in accordance with international prices and under purely commercial terms," Mudaf said, adding the quantity was subject to increase, but did not specify by how much.
As Kuwait does not have spare crude production capacity, the incremental supplies to Sinopec would be diverted from other markets such as Japan and Europe, where demand has been weakening, said the trade source, who declined to be named as he's not authorised to talk to media.
An official signing ceremony will be held in Hong Kong in three days, both said.
State news agency KUNA, quoting government data, reported in July that Kuwait's crude oil exports to China in the first half of this year stood at 3.87 million tonnes, equivalent to around 157,000 bpd.
Most of Kuwait's exports go to Asia. The Gulf Arab state pumped 2.81 million bpd in July, according to a Reuters survey.
|December, 15, 13:20:00|
|December, 15, 13:15:00|
|December, 15, 13:10:00|
|December, 15, 13:05:00|
|December, 15, 13:00:00|
|December, 15, 12:55:00|
LUKOIL - The plan is based on the conservative $50 per barrel oil price scenario. Sustainable hydrocarbon production growth is planned in the Upstream business segment along with the growth in the share of high-margin projects in the overall production. In the Downstream business segment, the focus is on the improvement of operating efficiency and selective investment projects targeted at the enhancement of product slate.
BP - BP will acquire on completion a 43% equity share in Lightsource for a total consideration of $200 million, paid over three years. The great majority of this investment will fund Lightsource’s worldwide growth pipeline. The company will be renamed Lightsource BP and BP will have two seats on the board of directors.
REUTERS - Brent crude was up 69 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $64.03 a barrel by 0743 GMT. It had settled down $1.35, or 2.1 percent, on Tuesday on a wave of profit-taking after news of a key North Sea pipeline shutdown helped send the global benchmark above $65 for the first time since mid-2015. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 45 cents, or 0.8 percent, at $57.59 a barrel.
ROSATOM - On December 10, 2017, the construction start ceremony took place at the Akkuyu NPP site under a limited construction licence issued by the Turkish Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK). Director General of the ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev, and First Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Turkish Republic, Fatih Donmez, took part in the ceremony.