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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

  • Who Is Seizing Iran’s Market Share?

    Published 24 August 2018 | viewed 11,649 times

    The splendidly-directed movie 'There Will Be Blood' by P.T. Anderson is about the early days of the oil boom. There is an epic scene between…

  • What Happens Next To China’s Crude Imports?

    Published 18 August 2018 | viewed 14,746 times

    Our friends over at Ursa published a blog post yesterday discussing crude inventories at Kyaukphyu in Myanmar, highlighting the seeming political nature of recent crude flows to the storage…

  • A New Booming Market For U.S. Crude Exports

    Published 02 August 2018 | viewed 17,848 times

    The VLCC Tianjin left the Corpus Christi lightering zone in the Gulf of Mexico on June 19 with nearly 2.1 million barrels of US WTI…

  • Core OPEC Ramps Up Production Ahead Of Meeting

    Published 21 June 2018 | viewed 9,072 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 11,686 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 5,540 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 12,328 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 12,778 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 7,591 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 5,999 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 17,023 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 9,110 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 38,178 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 7,838 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 12,295 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 8,968 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 9,017 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 6,208 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 6,099 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 10,180 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,…

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