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Matt Smith

ClipperData

Contributor since: 17 Oct 2012

Matt Smith

Taking a voyage across the world of energy with ClipperData’s Director of Commodity Research. Follow on Twitter @ClipperData, @mattvsmith01

Latest articles from Matt

  • Core OPEC Ramps Up Production Ahead Of Meeting

    Published 21 June 2018 | viewed 7,006 times

    As discussed on CNBC Asia last night, Core OPEC has been ramping up exports this month ahead of tomorrow's OPEC meeting in Vienna. Historically, production…

  • Are Venezuelan And Iranian Oil Exports About To Plunge?

    Published 24 May 2018 | viewed 9,869 times

    The threat of falling oil supply from both Iran and Venezuela looms large amid geopolitical tension, economic fears and sanctions. All the while, both are…

  • Uncertainty Spikes Following Iraqi Elections

    Published 17 May 2018 | viewed 4,515 times

    Iraq’s election on May 12 has upended the political landscape in the country. The incumbent Prime Minister, Haidar Al Abadi, lost the election as voters…

  • The Next Big Threat For Chinese Oil Demand

    Published 30 April 2018 | viewed 10,990 times

    A Bloomberg article about electric buses in China is getting a good amount of mileage (sorry), and rightly so, given its detrimental impact on product…

  • Expect Much Tighter Oil Markets

    Published 25 April 2018 | viewed 10,901 times

    As oil prices hover close to multi-year highs, Saudi's Oil Minister has hit the wires saying that OPEC 'shouldn't be complacent and listen to some…

  • Expert Commentary: What’s Behind China’s Crude Benchmark?

    Published 23 March 2018 | viewed 6,976 times

    After being in the works for well over half a decade, China is finally launching its own crude futures contract next week, with the ultimate…

  • U.S., Europe And Africa Boost Oil Exports To Asia

    Published 20 March 2018 | viewed 4,929 times

    At the good ship Clipper, we like to look at flows from two perspectives: sinks and sources. The sources are the main origins of the…

  • Heavy Sweet Crude Is Heading For A Supply Crisis

    Published 15 March 2018 | viewed 12,266 times

    'IMO 2020' is going to usher in a mammoth sea change for the global petroleum market. On January 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (hark,…

  • OPEC Exports To The U.S. Continue To Decline

    Published 09 March 2018 | viewed 8,504 times

    In the latter half of last year, we highlighted how Saudi deliveries to Motiva's Port Arthur refinery had been surpassed by Iraqi barrels for the first time…

  • One Of The World’s Largest Crude Storage Facilities Has Been Emptied

    Published 02 March 2018 | viewed 35,257 times

    I've had some great interactions with readers lately, be it via blog comments or on Twitter. These discussions inevitably spur on a topic or two to…

  • OPEC ‘Supergroup’ Keeps Oil Exports Subdued

    Published 23 February 2018 | viewed 7,260 times

    I was jesting the other day about who would be on guitar in OPEC's supergroup, but it got me thinking about the various global oil producers,…

  • Explaining Saudi Arabia’s Oil Export Strategy

    Published 16 February 2018 | viewed 10,168 times

    Saudi Arabia continues to keep the market informed about its stance on the OPEC production cut deal, with Khalid al-Falih's latest guidance that Saudi would…

  • India Is Quickly Becoming A Major Player In Oil Markets

    Published 15 February 2018 | viewed 7,143 times

    Indian oil demand rose over 10 percent in January, up for a fourth consecutive month. Although much of the magnitude of the year-on-year improvement is due…

  • Iraq Boosts Asian Oil Exports To New Record

    Published 12 February 2018 | viewed 7,136 times

    We recently discussed Iraqi flows to the U.S., and how they continue to exhibit strength. Iraqi flows to the U.S. last year averaged just under…

  • OPEC Crude Exports To The U.S. Remain Choppy

    Published 05 February 2018 | viewed 5,665 times

    Back at the start of December, we discussed how Venezuelan crude deliveries to the U.S. were sliding, and particularly to Citgo refineries. December ended up…

  • Libyan Oil Exports Rise Amid High OPEC Compliance

    Published 02 February 2018 | viewed 5,295 times

    Back in December we discussed how US oil inventories had been drawn down by a hundred million barrels from their peak last March, channeling Dr…

  • Mexico’s Oil Dilemma Continues In 2018

    Published 31 January 2018 | viewed 7,169 times

    U.S. gasoline exports averaged just over one million barrels per day in 2017, with a strong push higher at the end of the year (hark,…

  • The Least Compliant Country In The OPEC Deal

    Published 19 January 2018 | viewed 7,783 times

    Yesterday's monthly oil market report from OPEC showed that oil production from Kazakhstan likely increased by 180,000 bpd in 2017 to 1.74 million barrels per…

  • Colombia’s Crude Exports Fall Amid Unrest

    Published 17 January 2018 | viewed 6,201 times

    Crude exports out of Colombia in recent years have averaged just over 600,000 barrels per day, with exports typically highest in January, before gradually descending…

  • Two Changing Trends In Oil Shipping

    Published 15 January 2018 | viewed 9,232 times

    Taking a look at our proprietary ClipperData in recent days, there has been two trends that have jumped out: changing oil dynamics in the US,…

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