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Feature: OPEC Guide

June 19, 2018
The S&P Global Platts OPEC Influencers interactive chart is designed to illustrate how various players drive prices through their actions and words. Arrange the characters on the chart in order of importance into price 'hawks' and 'doves'. The most influential figure on each side should fill the final box in the center.
OPEC Influencers interactive chart
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OPEC crude oil output and production vs. cut allocations
OPEC crude oil output and production vs. cut allocations
Since 1988, S&P Global Platts has published a monthly survey tracking OPEC crude oil production by country. The estimates are obtained through a review of proprietary shipping data, news reportage and surveys of knowledgeable sources.

News Headlines

Mexico City (Platts)--17 Oct 2018 516 pm EDT/2116 GMT
Pemex refineries at 32.3% of capacity
New York (Platts)--17 Oct 2018 326 pm EDT/1926 GMT
US crude supply adds 6.49 million barrels
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The Barrel Blog

June 15, 2018
The longer China delays publishing its detailed trade data for April, the more it is feeding speculation about the possible ulterior motives behind withholding the numbers, and hurting credibility.
June 11, 2018
Global oil demand growth was a much heralded sidekick to supply cuts that rebalanced the market in record time. Now the Saudi Arabia-Russia pronged pact is considering reversing course on its output cut deal, while demand growth shows little sign of letting up.
June 08, 2018
Attendance was greater than ever at the IATA Fuel Forum in London. Ease of location was no doubt a factor, with fuel procurement teams flying in to London from all over the world. However, another factor is the current robust health of the airline industry... for now at least.
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Washington and West Texas on the minds of OPEC ministers in Vienna
June 25, 2018
- Capitol Crude discusses how decisions made in Washington and West Texas were a huge topic at the OPEC International Seminar, especially sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, and US-China trade tensions.
Younger generation of shipping executives reconsider scrubbers ahead of IMO 2020
June 20, 2018
- Among shipowners looking at how to cope with tighter marine fuels sulfur limits in 2020, the use of scrubbers to clean their emissions on board has been seen as a niche solution for the past few years. We look at how and why scrubbers might be becoming more popular.
US casts big shadow over OPEC meeting
June 18, 2018
- We talk to the last US official to attend an OPEC meeting, Kent Hance, a former US congressman; and Amy Myers Jaffe, director of the Energy Security and Climate Change Program, on the role OPEC can have in propping up Venezuelan crude supply or protecting Iran from the impacts of the US exit from the nuclear deal.
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Asia Pacific and Middle East Refined Oil Products methodology

Published March 2016

The Asia Pacific and Middle East Refined Oil Products Guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Asia Products assessments.

Asia Pacific and Middle East Refined Oil Products methodology

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