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BEIJING (Reuters) -China’s state reserve bureau said on Thursday it is working on a release of reserves although it declined to comment on a U.S. request https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/exclusive-us-asks-big-countries-coordinate-releases-oil-reserves-sources-2021-11-17 to the world’s top consuming nations to tap stockpiles to ease global energy prices.
The National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration told Reuters when asked to comment on the U.S. request that it would disclose the details of the move on its website.
“We are carrying out the work of releasing crude oil reserves. And for any details related to the releasing, we will put out a statement on our website,” a reserve bureau spokeswoman said.
China, the world’s biggest oil importer, rolled out its first public auction of state crude oil reserves to a select group of domestic refiners in September, aiming to stabilise energy prices.
Beijing also said earlier this month it would tap its state fuel reserves to tame the soaring diesel and gasoline prices.
Benchmark prices have gained as much as 69% this year. It retreated 0.4% to $79.97 per barrel on Thursday.
U.S. light sweet crude oil prices dropped 0.8% and touched its lowest level in a month.
China keeps its strategic reserve level a secret. The last public update was in 2019 when the National Energy Administration disclosed the country had oil inventories, including state reserves and stocks at oil firms and commercial tanks, to last 80 days.
Consultancy Energy Aspects earlier this year estimated that China’s state oil reserves hold about 220 million barrels of crude oil, equivalent to 15 days of demand.
“Physical oil markets in Asia remain tight … A coordinated SPR release could have a larger impact, even if also temporary,” said analysts from Citi in a note on Thursday.
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Bypassing sanctions by the EU is included in the list of criminal offenses in the EU
Bypassing European sanctions is included in the list of criminal offenses in the EUThe EU Council decided on Monday to include violations of EU sanctions in the list of criminal “offenses in the EU”.
“The EU has adopted an unprecedented European sanctions list targeting Russia’s economy (…). Their implementation requires joint efforts to achieve results, and today’s decision is an important tool to ensure that any attempts to circumvent these measures will be stopped,” said Czech Justice Minister Pavel Blazek, who holds the EU Council Presidency, as quoted in a communiqué published in Brussels.
Member states currently have different definitions of what is a violation of restrictive measures and what penalties should be imposed in the event of a violation, the document noted. “This could lead to varying degrees of sanctions and the risk of circumvention of these measures, potentially allowing sanctioned individuals to continue accessing their assets and supporting regimes against which EU measures are in effect,” the EU Council communiqué said.
It explains that listing violations of restrictive measures as “crimes in the EU” is the first of two steps aimed at making sure that sanctions are applied equally across the EU and deterring attempts to circumvent or violate EU measures.
This draft directive, Brussels reminds us, must then be discussed and adopted by the European Parliament and the EU Council.
Earlier we reported that the U.S. had decided to extract crude oil in Venezuela.
The U.S. has decided to produce crude oil in Venezuela
The U.S. wants to give the U.S. Chevron Corp., one of the largest oil companies in the country, a license to produce crude oil in Venezuela, according to The Wall Street Journal.
There will be new American oil executives in Venezuela. This is a signal of easing sanctions against the country, the newspaper said. Chevron has decided to regain partial control over oil production in Venezuela’s fields, in which the company paid a share due to joint ventures with Petroleos de Venezuela SA.
Talk of new investment is not yetunderway, because the debts to Chevron are not repaid. This may take several years, the sources say.
In July, Diosdado Cabello, leader of the parliamentary faction and vice president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), accused the U.S. of attacks on the country’s oil facilities. Venezuela has been under U.S. oil sanctions since 2019. In June of this year, the State Department allowed Italian Eni and Spanish Repsol to supply oil from Venezuela to Europe.
Earlier we reported that more than 50% of Germans said they refused to buy new clothes and electronics.
Bloomberg: UAE to boost oil production beyond plan by 2025
UAE to boost oil production. One of Russia’s main competitors for oil exports plans to reach five million barrels per day by 2025. The Middle Eastern country was initially expected to reach this level only by 2030, Bloomberg reported, citing sources.
“Energy concern Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (Adnoc), which produces almost all of the UAE’s oil, wants to be able to produce 5 million barrels a day by 2025. The company planned to reach such a level only by 2030,” – says the material.
But a crude oil production boost will be difficult without additional financing for expenses for the project. Adnoc explained the acceleration of production increase by the policy of the leading countries of the world on accelerated energy transition to renewable energy sources (RES).
“As we embrace the energy transition and focus our business on the future, we will continue to explore potential opportunities that can further add value, free up capital and improve profitability,” the Arab oil company said.
To realize the goal, Adnoc has asked international companies that are partners in its oil fields to increase long-term crude production by 10% or more, sources said. In the case of positive results of the negotiations, the UAE will be able to significantly increase the volume of oil production by 2025, concludes Bloomberg.
On September 19, the Times of India, citing sources in the Indian Ministry of Commerce, reported that the Asian country has saved since February 2022, $439.7 million on imports from Russia of oil at a discount. A total of about 62.5 million barrels of Russian crude were purchased by Indian state and private companies over the last six months. Moreover, volumes of imports have increased many times over as compared to 2021.
Earlier, we reported that Nigeria stopped benefiting from the sale of Nigerian oil due to the lack of dollars.
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