The onset of COVID-19 ravaged the oil industry and put an abrupt stop to the longest bull market run in history. Oil and gas companies are making massive cuts to combat the low demand as a first step to recovery.
The CNOOC, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, has made a significant gas discovery in the central North Sea. The CNOOC, joined by Joint Venture (JV) partners Total and Edison, estimate the find to potentially 250 million barrels of oil. Glengorm, potentially the biggest find since 2008, sits 118 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland close to existing fields the Culzean project and Elgin-Franklin platform. “Our strong position in the region will enable us to leverage existing infrastructures nearby and optimise the development of this discovery. Glengorm is an achievement that demonstrates our capacity to create value in a mature environment thanks to our in-depth understanding of the basin.”
Good news for those traveling next week. Oil prices have fallen considerably which is impacting gas prices. Currently, the national average gas price is $2.68 a gallon. While this is higher than the price drivers paid last Thanksgiving, the national average was $2.52 a gallon, it’s still lower than this year’s high of $2.97 a gallon last Memorial Day.
On September 17th I wrote about “Relief at the Pumps,” talking about lower gas prices are on the way. Since then retail gas prices have moved higher. In Pittsburgh, PA 87 grade Unleaded gasoline prices are now averaging $3.15 per gallon with a high of $3.239.
Oil markets finished higher again yesterday continuing the current upward trend. At the close of the session, WTI crude closed up $0.31/bbl to close at $69.61. RBOB and HO also closed higher by $0.0392/gal and $0.0257/gal to finish at $2.1623/gal and $2.1769/gal respectively.
Oil markets finished higher yesterday as they continued to factor in any impact the Iranian sanctions and Venezuelan declining output may have. All three indices closed firmly in the green. WTI crude closed up $1.48/bbl at $68.21/bbl while RBOB and HO also closed higher by $0.0401/gal and $0.0458/gal finishing at $2.1842/gal and $2.2317/gal respectively.
On May 22nd WTI Crude nearly reached $73 / barrel and since then prices have dipped almost 10%.
The US economy is growing and so is the population, both of which are leading freight companies of all types to see increased growth in the number and weight of goods shipped around the country. Truck load (TL) freight volumes increased 2.8% in 2017 over 2016 which is far higher in comparison to 2016 versus 2015. Fourth quarter of 2017 for TL alone was at 7% growth year over year.