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Irina Slav


Contributor since: 17 Jan 2016

Irina Slav


Irina is a writer for the U.S.-based Divergente LLC consulting firm with over a decade of experience writing on the oil and gas industry.

Latest articles from Irina

  • Oil Price Drop Imminent If Moscow Says “No” To Extension

    Published 20 November 2017 | viewed 12,963 times

    As the November 30 meeting in Vienna of OPEC and its partners in the oil production cut deal nears, worry has returned among traders: one…

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    Published 20 November 2017 | viewed 14,097 times

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  • China Is The World’s Biggest Energy Market Mover

    Published 19 November 2017 | viewed 4,649 times

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  • Chinese Crude Inventories Fall For First Time In 12 Months

    Published 17 November 2017 | viewed 8,036 times

    The crude oils stockpiles of China fell for the first time in 12 months on the back of a drop in imports to the lowest…

  • Bahrain Security Forces Foil Attacks On Three Oil Pipelines

    Published 16 November 2017 | viewed 4,098 times

    Bahrain’s security forces have prevented a terrorist attack on three oil pipelines as well as attacks on public figures, the Chief of the country’s Public…

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    Published 15 November 2017 | viewed 4,773 times

    Despite improving oil prices, Russia’s economic growth is slowing, with GDP rise for the third quarter at 1.8 percent on an annual basis, versus 2.5…

  • China Resumes Oil Hoarding Despite Higher Prices

    Published 15 November 2017 | viewed 6,452 times

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  • Oil Prices Slip After EIA Reports Builds Across The Board

    Published 15 November 2017 | viewed 9,138 times

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    Published 14 November 2017 | viewed 7,398 times

    Common sense would tell you that the biggest winners in a price rally of a commodity would be the biggest producers of the commodity that…

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    Published 14 November 2017 | viewed 3,547 times

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  • U.S. Shale To Beat Saudi Production Growth

    Published 14 November 2017 | viewed 8,063 times

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    Published 14 November 2017 | viewed 7,341 times

    S&P Global Ratings declared Venezuela in default just as the country’s Vice President Tareck El Aissami met with creditors to discuss the restructuring of its…

  • Don’t Count On An OPEC Deal Extension

    Published 13 November 2017 | viewed 5,015 times

    A year ago this week, markets reeled from the surprise election of U.S. president Donald Trump, and eagerly awaited OPEC’s November meeting as the last…

  • Houthi Rebels Threaten To Attack Saudi Oil Tankers

    Published 13 November 2017 | viewed 9,928 times

    The Houthi rebel group in Yemen has threatened to start attacking oil tankers and warships sailing under enemy flag if the Gulf coalition fighting it…

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    Published 10 November 2017 | viewed 13,752 times

    The new massive data leak that has been making headlines for several days now has revealed that a company with U.S. ownership has been buying Russian gas…

  • Venezuela’s Oil Rival Calls For Full U.S. Sanctions

    Published 10 November 2017 | viewed 9,017 times

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    Published 09 November 2017 | viewed 27,830 times

    Events in Saudi Arabia are unfolding at a blinding pace, with a radical shift taking place within the upper echelons of government. Last weekend, King…

  • Is Saudi Arabia Lying about Its Oil Inventories?

    Published 09 November 2017 | viewed 38,654 times

    Saudi Arabia’s reports about declining crude oil inventories were instrumental in the buildup of trust on the market that OPEC’s—and the Kingdom’s specifically—efforts to rebalance…

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    Published 08 November 2017 | viewed 7,052 times

    When Canada’s federal government issued a five-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic at the end of last year, the environmentalist community…

  • Oil Prices Slip After Surprise Build In Crude Inventories

    Published 08 November 2017 | viewed 21,658 times

    After Brent and WTI both fell yesterday as traders started taking profit on the latest price rally, the EIA reported that U.S. crude oil inventories…

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