1. Thread: the decision of Saudi Arabia to start a price was is probably the worst decision they made because they really did not understand the implications of their actions.

#OOTT
2. First they failed to realise that Trump and The Us had a floor to the price they were willing to accept oil. I believe Saudi thought a price war would please Trump as it brought down the price of gasoline. Huge mistake as can be seen by their back tracking.
3. It showed that Saudi maybe the biggest producer and with the most spare capacity but the swing producer is the USA not because of shale but because they can make Saudi increase and cut their production.
4. All the Saudi actions since of forcing compliance is the reaction to the bully being bullied. I am surprised countries like Nigeria have gone along with the cuts knowing the Saudis could not punish them.
5. To put this in perspective. Saudi started the Price war as way to increase market share particularly from the US. But it has backfired spectacularly. US exports have likely remained above 3mbpd around the same as before COVID-19. Saudi production has fallen more than 2mbpd
6. It means that outside the US, Saudi market share has fallen compared to the US which was really not what they were after doing when they started the price war.
7. Their actions have left the market completely unbalanced and it is hurting their customers refinery margins.They have left the market unbalanced between too much light sweet crude and too little medium/heavy sour crude.
8. This can be seen with extremely low refinery utilization while at the same time record differentials for Crudes like Urals.
9. Saudi talked this week about being the last and biggest producer. It shows they do not understand Geopolitics. They forget customers buy from producers they trust. After the last 3 months, Saudi have lost a lot of trust. Their assumptions like the price war maybe very wrong

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25 Nov
1. Seen a lot of paper traders telling Physical traders what they should do with regard to the SPR release and how much money they could make. $5/bbl seems to be the consensus level. On 1mb that is a cool $5m profit.

But sadly reality is not like paper trading.
2. Paper traders suggest you sell the prompt month you where you receive the crude oil and then buy back the month you need to return the crude oil to the SPR. Simple!!!!!!!

Not quite.
3. Lets take the costs on the physical transaction part.

First the easy bit. the cost charged by the SPR

For one year it is 3.9% to be repaid in extra barrels.

So 1mb received requires payment of 1,039,000bbls

Cost: $300k
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1. Thread

Now seen what Biden is doing, I have been hearing it is not enough, it is worse than expected, etc. But putting potentially 50 million prompt barrels in market is not nothing. It is 1/9th of total US commercial crude inventories and 3 days of US refinery throughput
2. It is 50 WAF cargoes, or 83 North Sea cargoes. In WAF terms that is equivalent to 1.5 Angolan programs and 1 Nigerian. These two programs are already finding it difficult to sell.

So to stuff that amount into a market in as little as 15 days is huge.
3. Now the argument that I have seen most this last week is about OPEC+ retaliation as if it was some level of equivalence. That by suspending their increases OPEC+ would put it to Biden. So let’s do the numbers.
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1. In Europe data showed that 19% of new cars are of Electric in nature. What is interesting is how that number is occurring.

In Spain, EV prices are not falling even with subsidies. What is happening is gasoline and diesel car prices are going up.
2. A Volkswagen Golf could be found for around €18k brand new before COVID, now lowers price is €23k. Dacia Sandero was €7k now is €8k.

It is happening across the board that new gasoline/diesel prices have risen while EV prices have remained static.
3. So what we are seeing is lower income people being forced out the new car market while those on higher incomes benefit from subsidies. So emissions are not going down, because the market is limited on who can pay the price for an EV.
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1. This is a good listen but the most important factor for the energy transition was barely mentioned which was the backup Energy system. This is the factor that will make or break the energy transition. A reliable back up system.
2. In a push towards renewables, it’s intermittency means a back up system is needed much more and also needs to be much bigger in size. The U.K. saw prices over $3000/ MWh and a significant factor was the loss of its wind generation system.
3. The U.K. has. a 20GW metered system but during the last 3 weeks it was producing less than 3GW. That means the back up system needed to be 17 to 20GW. This is far bigger than if the U.K. lost a nuclear power plant (biggest is 3.2GW) or a Gas Plant (biggest is 1.9GW).
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1. Thread: thought I would put all tweets in one place

Platts and Physical market analysts indicated today that they expect China to release much more from their strategic reserve than previously thought

The believe between 5 and 10 million tonnes (36 and 73mb)
will be released
2. That means before the end of 2021 100mbpd or more could be released from global strategic reserves into commercial inventories for refiners to use

China: 36-73mb
US: 20mb plus crude swaps
India: 4.3mb
3. Why is this significant? because strategic inventories are seen as off market unless an emergency. For China to release from their SPR to affect price suggests that Chinese strategic inventories have more in common with commercial inventories than traditional strategic ones
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1. Thread- The current narrative is crude Supply i.e. production is less than Demand therefore market is tight. This is the narrative put out by the IEA, OPEC etc. But it is wrong Supply is not equal to production and demand is not equal to consumption.
2.
Supply= production + change in crude inventories

Demand= consumption + change in product inventories

In between is refiners trying to balance these equations

Currently product inventory are building while crude inventory draw

Therefore production roughly equals consumption
3. In the case of crude oil a production is being augmented by inventories to equal supply while inventories are being used to store excess barrels of product.

It means the oil market is always in a supply and demand balance while inventories exist.
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