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IEA boss blames “deliberate policies” of energy producers for price spikes

Energy producers -- not the transition to a greener economy -- are a key reason for soaring natural gas and power prices in Europe, according to International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol.

OPEC expected to take cautious approach to oil demand at December meeting

The oil producers’ group OPEC+ will likely take a cautious stance when deciding this coming week whether to go ahead with planned output increases after the emergence of a new coronavirus variant sent crude prices tumbling, according to Vitol Group.

Oil crashes more than 10% as new Covid variant strikes fear in global markets

Oil crashed more than 10% in both London and New York as a new coronavirus strain sparked fears that renewed lockdowns will threaten the global recovery in demand.

Biden wants the world to go green, while pushing for cheap gasoline at home

President Joe Biden wants Americans to dramatically scale back their use of gasoline. And he wants that fuel to be as cheap as he can get it. If you sense a contradiction there, you’re hardly alone.

Oil prices climb as OPEC preps response to upcoming SPR releases

Oil advanced amid speculation that OPEC and its allies may not add as much supply to the market as previously planned if the U.S. releases crude reserves in coordination with other nations.

Biden to announce multinational oil reserve release as soon as Tuesday

President Joe Biden is preparing to announce a release of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve in concert with several other countries as soon as Tuesday, according to people familiar with the plan.

OPEC considers lowering production to account for oil reserve releases

OPEC and its allies may re-evaluate plans for reviving oil supplies if the world’s four largest consuming countries go ahead with a coordinated release of their strategic petroleum reserves.

U.S. EIA projects declining crude oil prices during 2022

In its November Short-Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that rising production from OPEC+ countries and the United States will lead to global liquid fuels inventories increasing and crude oil prices falling in 2022.

U.S. considers turning an 1890 antitrust law against OPEC to steer oil price

Some U.S. lawmakers are seizing on the energy price surge to revive long-standing legislation that would subject the OPEC oil cartel to the same antitrust laws used more than century ago to break up Standard Oil’s monopoly.

Oil prices fall to six-week low on prospect of strategic crude releases

Oil tumbled to the lowest in nearly six weeks as investors considered the prospect of a release of crude supplies from strategic reserves.

Scale of oil’s swing to surplus is next year’s big market puzzle

The oil market is about to swing into a healthy supply surplus, if the world's big international energy forecasters are to be believed.

ADIPEC: OPEC sees oil market swing to oversupply as early as December

OPEC said the global oil market will switch from being under- to over-supplied as early as next month as the economic rebound from the coronavirus pandemic falters.

IEA sees oil price rally slowing as crude output recovers

The tightness in global oil markets that propelled prices to a seven-year high is starting to ease as production recovers in the U.S. and elsewhere, the International Energy Agency said.

Shell moves HQ to Britain, drops “Royal Dutch” from its name

Royal Dutch Shell Plc announced a major overhaul of its legal and tax structure that will see the company walk away from the Netherlands amid deteriorating relations with what’s been its home country for a century.

ADIPEC: Oxy’s Hollub wants Biden to stop hectoring OPEC and focus on U.S. oil

The ADIPEC conference, running from Nov. 15-18, is taking place in the wake of the COP26 climate talks and with energy prices soaring. Benchmark Brent crude has climbed almost 60% to above $80 a barrel, while gas prices in Asia and Europe hit record highs recently.