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May 12, 2022
Oil & Gas
Fuel Oil
Crude
Diesel
UAE
Gasoline
Saudi Arabia
Russia
Jet Fuel
VGO
Naphtha
OPEC
refined products
Sanctions
Refining

In this insight we shed light on the diverging trends emerging for crude and refined products loadings from OPEC+.

May 3, 2022
Oil and Gas
Export
Diesel
Gasoline
Europe
Russia
OPEC
Insight
refined products
spare capacity
SPR
Refining

Europe has sucessfully made first steps in scaling back Russian oil imports and resupplying from other sources. But only about one third of the diesel challenge has been managed so far, already leading to record pricing. Global refining is severely constrained.

Apr 19, 2022
Event Highlights
Fuel Oil
Crude
China
Diesel
Russia
STS
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
Event News
LNG

On the 19th April, Vortexa's Market Analysis team came together to discuss oil & gas market dynamics in an environment of unseen uncertainty.

Feb 24, 2022
Event News
Fuel Oil
Crude
Oil & Gas
Gasoline
Jet Fuel
Naphtha
Freight
OPEC
LPG
Insight
Event News

Vortexa were proud to host the Energy Market Update 2022 this week, as a pre-IE Week celebration event to bring together industry leaders, held in a hidden venue in Mayfair, London.

Feb 10, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
West Africa
Europe
Russia
Middle East
OPEC
oil price
Insight
oil supply

In this insight, we will drill into the details of export trends among the most important sweet crude producers for the global market.

Jan 20, 2022
Freight
LR2
Crude
CPP / Clean
Diesel
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
Suezmax
East of Suez
Deliveries

Vortexa will make a recap of the key takeaways of crude tanker CPP voyages, while giving a view of whether this trend is sustainable in 2022.

Jan 19, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
OPEC
oil supply
spare capacity
Refining
backwardation
outlook

Global crude liftings are falling short of meeting demand in spite of OPEC+ efforts, and the latest trend is furthermore going in the wrong direction.

Jan 13, 2022
Oil & Gas
Crude
Jet Fuel
OPEC
oil price
oil supply
oil demand
Covid
Refining
inventories
backwardation
outlook

Omicron: pre-emptive supply cuts & resilient demand draw stocks and lift prices

Jan 6, 2022
Oil & Gas
US
Export
Crude
Libya
Saudi Arabia
Europe
Russia
Middle East
VLCC
OPEC
Ecuador

Global crude exports ended 2021 on a high, driven by higher volumes from key OPEC Middle East producers, the US and Russia.

Dec 1, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Russia
OPEC
LPG
oil price
refined products
oil supply
oil demand
economy

Total oil and gas seaborne departures rose to record highs in November. We investigate the main contributors and drivers behind the rise.

Dec 1, 2021
Oil & Gas
OPEC
oil price
oil supply
oil demand
SPR
economy

Within a month the oil market has been turned upside down. A wave of seaborne oil & gas supplies emerged in November, helping to cool prices already ahead of Omicron's appearance.

Nov 16, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
OPEC
oil price
oil supply
spare capacity

Seaborne crude oil supplies made a step higher in October and early November, as core OPEC+ suppliers hike exports. But this is not necessarily bearish as it exposes a lack of spare capacity.

Nov 11, 2021
Freight
Crude
DPP / Dirty
Freight
OPEC
Vessel Utilisation
Tonne-miles
Freight Rates

A rally in rates throughout the month of October was logically followed by an increase in laden crude tankers as seen through Vortexa data. With the physical reality of low tonne-miles settling in however, it remains to be seen whether that rally still has fuel to run on.

Nov 3, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Gasoline
Non-OPEC
OPEC
refinery

Calls on OPEC+ to raise crude supply faster than originally planned may not be the silver bullet some consuming nations expect as Vortexa data shows that OPEC+ sweet crude supplies are not keeping pace with sour barrels.

Oct 26, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
UAE
Saudi Arabia
Asia
Floating Storage
OPEC
margins

Global gasoline cracks are soaring amidst growing market tightness. A cap on gasoline production and high blending costs could see cracks reaching regular 5-year highs this winter

Oct 7, 2021
Freight
LR2
Crude
China
CPP / Clean
Europe
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
MR tankers
Tonne-miles

As the world tries to shake off the pandemic, Vortexa looks at top-level tanker demand trends to understand how the Crude and CPP markets have fared compared to the pre-covid period, the previous quarter and what is in store for the future.

Sep 29, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
UAE
Saudi Arabia
Asia
Middle East
Non-OPEC
OPEC

In this insight we explore the underlying trends for OPEC crude exports, highlighting the importance of Saudi Arabia and UAE in the producer group, and assess the impact of China's import activity.

Sep 23, 2021
Freight
LR2
Crude
China
West Africa
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Asia
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
MR tankers
LR1
East of Suez
Freight Rates
Decarbonisation

Having one eye set to analytical insights and the other on industry events, Vortexa provides a brief outlook on the shipping industry’s future. It seems that the tanker sector will need to surf high and wild waves, both in the short and the long term.

Sep 23, 2021
Oil and Gas
US
Crude
CPP / Clean
Diesel
Gasoline
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
refined products
refinery

Vortexa provides an assessment of the impacts of hurricanes Ida and Nicholas on PADD 3 product and crude flows. Crude imports appear to be in for the greatest impacts. 

Sep 8, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
West Africa
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
Suezmax
East of Suez

West African crude exports fell to a record low in August, underlying the acceleration of a structural decline that can be traced back to back to early 2020.

Aug 19, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
Europe
Non-OPEC
OPEC
refinery
East of Suez

The WTI market is set for structural weakness as rising West of Suez demand is more than offset by drastic policy changes in China and rising Middle Eastern supplies.

Jul 22, 2021
Freight
US
Crude
West Africa
Middle East
VLCC
Freight
OPEC
Far East

Is the OPEC+ output increase considered glad tidings or a false hope for the VLCC market? 

Jul 15, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
Middle East
VLCC
OPEC
Suezmax

With OPEC+ going through a standoff concerning the future production policy, a spike in crude exports in early July raises eyebrows. We investigate how sustainable this development is likely to be.

Jul 14, 2021
Oil & Gas
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
Diesel
Gasoline
Russia
Jet Fuel
OPEC
Insight

A series of domestic policy changes and market headwinds in recent months has upended China’s refining industry, putting a tight lid on the country’s crude imports and product exports. Vortexa sheds light on evolving trends in the country's crude imports and product exports.

Jun 29, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Middle East
Non-OPEC
OPEC
oil price
Insight

Vortexa looks deeply into oil shipments with strong visibility especially into the more opaque corners of the market to evaluate at the status quo of the oil demand recovery and evaluate if there is good reason for OPEC+ to be hesitant in unleashing oil supply onto the market. 

Jan 27, 2021
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
Russia
Asia
Infographic
OPEC
Insight

What are some of the key crude arbs to watch in 2021? We highlight three crucial flows that will influence global oil markets this year.

Dec 16, 2020
Oil & Gas
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Libya
OPEC
Insight

A cargo of Libyan crude is heading to PADD 5 for the first time in almost a year.

Nov 16, 2020
Event News
Webinar
US
Crude
China
Oil & Gas
Iran
OPEC
Event News

On 16th November, our Americas Analyst and Product Specialist team reviewed what the potential impact of the incoming Biden administration and 117th Congress will have on the global oil markets. 

Apr 8, 2020
US
Crude
Oil & Gas
Americas
OPEC
Mar 11, 2020
Market Report
Crude
Oil & Gas
Saudi Arabia
Russia
OPEC
Market Report

The failure of Opec and its non-Opec partners to extend joint production cuts from end-March, the subsequent deep reduction in Saudi Arabia’s official formula prices and pledges on the part of both Saudi Arabia and Russia to raise supply from April have kicked off a global battle for market share between the two nations.

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