• 4 minutes China 2019 - Orwell was 35 years out
  • 7 minutes Wonders of US Shale: US Shale Benefits: The U.S. leads global petroleum and natural gas production with record growth in 2018
  • 11 minutes Trump will capitulate on the trade war
  • 14 minutes Glory to Hong Kong
  • 4 hours Here's your favourite girl, Tom!
  • 5 hours China's Blueprint For Global Power
  • 4 hours Peaceful demonstration in Hong Kong again thwarted by brutality of police
  • 5 hours Brexit agreement
  • 9 hours Australian Hydroelectric Plant Cost Overruns
  • 13 hours Yesterday Angela Merkel stopped Trump technology war on China – the moral of the story is do not eavesdrop on ladies with high ethical standards
  • 12 hours IMO 2020:
  • 27 mins Nigeria Demands $62B from Oil Majors
  • 22 hours The Ultimate Heresy: Technology Can't Fix What's Broken
  • 5 hours 5 Tweets That Change The World?
  • 4 hours Bloomberg: shale slowing. Third wave of shale coming.
  • 24 mins ABC of Brexit, economy wise, where to find sites, links to articles ?
  • 7 hours The Problem Is The Economy, Not The Climate
What Does Brexit Mean For UK Oil & Gas?

What Does Brexit Mean For UK Oil & Gas?

While Brexit is unlikely to…

Kuwait May Suspend Oil Exports Through Bab el Mandeb Strait

oil tanker

Kuwait is mulling over whether to suspend oil shipments via the Bab el Mandeb strait in the Red Sea, a Kuwaiti oil official told Reuters on Thursday, after Saudi Arabia said it was suspending oil exports via the crucial chokepoint in the Middle East following an attack on two of its tankers by the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.

“All options are possible but there is nothing confirmed so far,” Badr al-Khashti, chairman of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC), told Reuters today. Kuwait, a close ally of Saudi Arabia, has not made any decision yet on whether to halt oil exports via Bab el Mandeb, the official added.

On Wednesday, the Houthis targeted a Saudi oil tanker, causing minimal damage, according to the Saudi Press Agency. The attack took place in international waters in the Red Sea, off Hodeidah port—the only port that the Houthis control.

Following the attack, Saudi Arabia temporarily halted crude oil and oil product shipments via Bab el Mandeb until the situation becomes clearer. Initial reports of the attacks only mentioned one tanker targeted by the Houthis, but later it became clear that two Very Large Crude Carriers had been targeted, one of which sustained minor damage.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), also an ally of the Saudis, described the Houthi attack as “totally irresponsible.”

“This is a totally irresponsible act,” the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said in London on Thursday. “The effect of it actually is much wider than the region.”

Related: China’s CNPC To Invest $22 Billion In New Oil Frontier

The Bab el-Mandeb Strait is one of three crucial chokepoints around the Arabian Peninsula. Located between Yemen, Djibouti, and Eritrea, Bab el-Mandeb connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.

An estimated 4.8 million bpd of crude oil and refined petroleum products are being shipped through Bab el-Mandeb, which is a narrow strait limiting tanker traffic to two 2-mile-wide channels for inbound and outbound shipments, and potentially making tankers easy targets.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play