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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

  • The Least Compliant Country In The OPEC Deal

    Published 19 January 2018 | viewed 10,228 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 10,738 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 13,102 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,…

  • The Most Remarkable Natural Gas Deal Of 2018

    Published 12 January 2018 | viewed 18,686 times

    The potential first delivery of Russian LNG to U.S. shores is ruffling some feathers, due to sanctions in place on Novatek, one of the partners in the…

  • Another Oil Exporter Unpegs From The U.S. Dollar

    Published 11 January 2018 | viewed 29,509 times

    In an effort to shore up dwindling reserves, Angola has decided to unpeg its currency, the kwanza, from the U.S. dollar - a peg which…

  • Soaring Indian Oil Demand Grabs OPEC’s Attention

    Published 09 January 2018 | viewed 16,644 times

    Last week, we discussed changing trends in Iraqi crude flows into Asia. Total deliveries of OPEC crude to China rose last year by 300,000 bpd, as cartel…

  • Iraqi Oil Exports Grow On Strong Asian Demand

    Published 05 January 2018 | viewed 10,589 times

    It is both the best and worst of times for the current Iraqi oil market. Iraqi oil minister Jabbar al-Luaibi said this week that Iraqi…

  • China’s Natural Gas Consumption Soars

    Published 20 December 2017 | viewed 24,913 times

    Chinese natural gas consumption surged through the first 11 months of 2017, up 19 percent year-on-year. China is the third largest consumer of natural gas in the…

  • Huge WTI-Brent Spread Boosts U.S. Crude Exports

    Published 13 December 2017 | viewed 13,620 times

    CNBC published an article late last week based on our ClipperData, highlighting how deliveries of U.S. crude grades into China climbed to a record in…

  • Oil Imports From Mexico Soar After Hurricane Season

    Published 08 December 2017 | viewed 9,235 times

    Mexican energy flows are reminiscent of Dr. Dolittle's mythical animal, the push-me-pull-you, as they are beckoned and ushered in contrasting directions. U.S. imports of Mexican…

  • The Drastic Drop Off In U.S. Oil Imports

    Published 06 December 2017 | viewed 28,399 times

    While the dust may now have settled on last week's OPEC meeting, the cartel's impact on U.S. oil inventories is set to linger on. Stocks…

  • Venezuela Is Losing Its Best Oil Buyer

    Published 01 December 2017 | viewed 39,986 times

    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said this week that PdVSA is willing to retaliate against financial sanctions from the U.S. by suspending oil exports to the…

  • Visualizing OPEC’s Success

    Published 30 November 2017 | viewed 13,224 times

    The mood in Vienna this week is considerably more chipper than it was in June. This is because the cartel appears - in the words…

  • Iraq Struggles To Keep Oil Exports Elevated

    Published 17 November 2017 | viewed 13,917 times

    Since the Kurdish referendum in late September, when Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted for independence from Iraq, there has been a drop in crude flows through…

  • The U.S. Export Boom Goes Beyond Crude

    Published 09 November 2017 | viewed 14,098 times

    The U.S. export boom continues apace. And not only from crude exports, which clambered above 2 million barrels per day in recent weeks, but from…

  • Can Iraq Dethrone Saudi Arabia In This Crucial Oil Market?

    Published 07 November 2017 | viewed 10,045 times

    We've been harping on in recent weeks about how Saudi has been slashing crude flows to North America, but as we can see in our ClipperData below,…

  • The Radical Transformation Of U.S. Oil Imports

    Published 03 November 2017 | viewed 14,168 times

    Last week we discussed how flows from Saudi Arabia into the U.S. were about to be surpassed by Iraq for the first time since 1985 (teeing up…

  • U.S. Crude Imports Soar Amid Rising Refinery Output

    Published 30 October 2017 | viewed 15,046 times

    I've been on the road - on walkabout as the Australians would say - for the last four weeks, doing a number of speaking engagements…

  • Iraq Seizes Saudi Share In U.S. Oil Market

    Published 26 October 2017 | viewed 12,318 times

    Wowee, 1985 showed a rich vein of form for movies. It was the year that spawned The Goonies, The Breakfast Club, Spies Like Us, Fletch and…

  • Footloose Iraq Cannibalizes Saudi Market Share

    Published 12 October 2017 | viewed 5,693 times

    Saudi Arabia continues to lead the charge in terms of the OPEC production cut deal - not only by keeping exports in check, but also…

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