SAUDIS - RUSSIA AGREEMENT
FT - Crude producers led by Saudi Arabia and Russia will aim to draft an agreement to formalise their partnership for oil market co-operation by the end of 2018, the UAE's energy minister said.
Opec countries and allies outside of the cartel joined forces in 2017 to curb production and bolster the oil market after a three-year downturn. The 24 nations have pledged to reduce output by 1.8m barrels a day.
Oil officials have said in recent months they sought to institutionalise this alliance beyond the end of 2018 when the current cuts deal expires, but they have not given further details.
Suhail al-Mazrouei, Opec president, told the local National newspaper on Thursday that the charter for the broader group is currently "a work in progress".
He did not elaborate on the nature of the partnership, its purpose or its obligations, but its creation underlines the severity of the recent price crash on oil-rich economies and the need to prevent further falls.
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BLOOMBERG - While Europe as a whole gets more than a third of its gas from Russia, that share is lower in the U.K., which receives the bulk of its fuel from North Sea fields and Norway. Still, Moscow-based Gazprom PJSC was the second-biggest supplier to major industrial consumers in the U.K. last year, according to Britain’s energy regulator Ofgem.
FT - of the six LNG tankers that have made deliveries into the UK so far in 2018 three have carried cargoes originally from Russia, leading to questions about whether Moscow was gaining a foothold in the UK gas market after starting up the Yamal LNG facility in Siberia late last year.
REUTERS - So far this year, two Yamal cargoes unloaded at British terminals for domestic consumption, accounting for about a third of Britain’s 2018 LNG imports after typical supplier Qatar pre-sold the bulk of its winter output to Asia last year.
REUTERS - U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $60.77 a barrel at 0753 GMT, up 6 cents, or 0.1 percent, from their previous settlement. Brent crude futures LCOc1 were at $64.62 per barrel, down just 2 cents from their last close.