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  • 05 May 2017

    Oil’s tumble tests hard-fought recovery at energy groups

    ‘ “After recent disappointments market participants are likely to require more than a few soothing comments,” say analysts at JBC Energy. “In other words, hard facts in terms of more meaningful stockdraws would be needed” ‘

    Financial Times

  • 01 May 2017

    – Trump’s order to review offshore drilling rights aims initially to update seismic data from areas in the  Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic waters.

    – It may lead further down the road to selling drilling rights in those offshore areas.

    – Oil companies are currently spending money to expand onshore shale developments with little appetite for leases in the Arctic.

    – The presidential order underlines Trump’s pro business approach.

    – The market is currently facing US production increases from shale and offshore GoM.

    CNBC Arabia

  • 27 April 2017

    – Oil price floundering due too high expectations on OPEC cuts in the H1 2017, drawdown of floating storage, supply coming from WAF, Caspian & US nevertheless we expect prices to rise back to $55 per barrel May/June due to seasonal demand, possibly higher with cuts from OPEC/non-Opec.

    – OPEC compliance remains high but now the question shifts to whether or not the cuts will be rolled over. From discussions with market participants a second round of cuts is largely expected and probably priced into the market to some extent.  Although our view is that this may not necessarily provide OPEC the best result longer term.

    – Failure to agree a roll over may feed the bears to some extent, although fundamentals should provide support.

    – If the current cuts were rolled over into H2, we could see crude stock draws of some 1.2 million b/d in H2. This is likely to push oil higher.

    – Price increases may seem like good news for OPEC but in reality higher prices are likely to stimulate more supply (especially from the US) which will cause more problems as we enter 2018 and more management of the market will be required.

    – US supply is reacting strongly to relatively healthy prices of 2017. Rig counts have increased dramatically and we expect supply to start to growing again.

    – Trump’s impact on the oil market remains marginal in our opinion.


  • 05 April 2017

    Oil Prices flirt with 1-month peak as US inventories rise – production curbs seen to be helping reduce excess stockpiles and supporting crude

    ‘Although the easing of stockpiles has not been as swift as anticipated, some analysts say industry data now suggest Opec’s output curbs are beginning to tighten the oil market.

    Stockpiles will fall even if the supply deal is not renewed when Opec next meets in May, say analysts at JBC Energy.

    “Even in the event of Opec/non-Opec not extending the cuts into [the second half of this year], the world would still continue to draw stocks at a mild pace of about 200,000 b/d until September, thereby lending support to prices one way or another, ” they said.’

    Financial Times

  • 16 February 2017

    Frenzied Betting, Sleeping Market: Something Must Give in Oil

    ‘Unfortunately for the bulls the oil market itself has fallen asleep after an initial surge[…] “If crude prices are to break out of their recent range in the next few weeks, the risk is to the downside,” JBC Energy said Thursday.

    ‘While the market remains in contango, it is costly for traders to hold on to oil contracts from one month to the next, diminishing the profits of those speculatively betting on rallies. JBC sees no global reduction so far in inventories, although it’s still just six weeks since OPEC and its allies started to implement their cuts’


  • 01 February 2017

    Oil Market waits for Opec-shale tug of war to end

    ‘ “The first half of 2017 was always going to be difficult”, said[…] JBC Energy in Vienna.

    “Opec can tighten the market, but we’ve always doubted they would be permanently able to shift the market balance. The US shale industry has been a game changer because it can respond to price signals in less than a year” ’

    Financial Times

  • 30 November 2016

    – We expect prices around $50 for 2017

    – We don’t expect a low below $35  monthly average as contango plays would come in creating demand and a price floor

    – A price above $55/$60 would be difficult to sustain as this is where shale operators come into play as well as hedging activities


  • 30 November 2016

    – Remains to be seen what will happen after OPEC meeting

    – If a cut is decided on, we have to bear in mind that in the next 6-8 months the market has an oversupply of 1.8 million barrels of crude and condensates.

    – Even a cut of 1.2 million barrels that is being considered is not going to remove the surplus, but will reduce it

    – Going to be tough for prices to raise above $50 on a sustainable basis over 2017

    – Despite the idea touted that the market is going to find a rebalance in 2017, JBC Energy predicts a rebalancing in 2019, and even this is a conservative view.


  • 09 November 2016

    ‘Trump’s sweeping promises on energy reform are scant on details’

    ‘His proposals until now have been scant of details. But at a glance his energy agenda is the antithesis of the current administration’s as well as his opposition candidate’s that favoured cleaner fuels, said analysts at JBC Energy.’

    ‘“Mr Trump has vowed to lead a fossil fuel revival to underpin job growth and has also put man-made climate change denial at the forefront of his energy policy,” they said.’

    Financial Times

  • 20 October 2016

    – OPEC is good at creating expectations and putting a floor under the price

    – The organisation has successfully talked up the market and will face pressure in the next 6 to 9 months so will have to deal with that

    – OPEC would need to cut about 1mb/d


JBC Energy News & Upcoming Events

Upcoming - See us in action

  • 29 June, 2017 - Singapore

    Bunkering and Storage Asia Conference

    Analysis of the implications of IMO specification change on bunker and storage companies


  • 21 - 22 September, 2017 - Vienna

    JBC Energy Matters Seminar

    JBC Energy Matters Seminar – Market Views from Vienna

    21-22 September 2017

    The inaugural “JBC Energy Matters” Seminar will be held in Vienna, Austria, on 21-22 September 2017.

    Hosted by JBC Energy experts, the 2-day Seminar will offer in-depth presentations and workshops on all major areas of our oil & gas markets and industry research.

    What to expect & Why to attend:

    – Face-to-face interaction with our analysts to get the inside story.
    – Intense discussions on oil & gas market fundamentals and pricing, drilling deep down into JBC Energy’s  exclusive research.
    – To hear our analysts’ fully unbiased and independent views on future developments of both the downstream and upstream industries
    – To explore the full complexity of the oil & gas market as well as JBC Energy’s in house Supply, Demand and Pricing (SuDeP) Model.
    – No media! The closed-door, seminar-style of the event guarantees sufficient time for Q&A as well as open and interactive discussions among all participants.
    – Content-orientated and no marketing presentations or sales pitches.
    – Ample opportunities for exchanging views with your peers and attractive social & cultural programme in and around Vienna.
    – Price discounts to existing clients.

    If you are interested in finding out more about the JBC Energy Matters Seminar, or would like to register your  attendance, please contact us at

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In the Past

  • 11 May, 2017 - London

    10th Global Crude Oil Summit

    IMO Spec change and its ramifications on the oil sector

    – What will IMO spec changes and other environmental regulations do for crude price differentials?


  • 06 April, 2017 - Vienna

    23rd Annual BBSPA Conference

    Oil Market Developments:

    – Current Supply developments in light of the OPEC/non-OPEC production cut

    – US Shale revival

    – Oversupply to continue? JBC Energy’s view on balances




  • 29 March, 2017 - Rotterdam

    StocExpo Europe

    2020 refining developments with focus on IMO regulations and implications for storage


  • 16 February, 2017 - Mumbai

    Refining & Petrochemicals World Expo

    Chemtech Foundation

  • 01 - 02 February, 2017 - Antwerp

    7th Annual Middle Distillates Conference


  • 24 - 25 January, 2017 - Amsterdam

    10th Annual European Oil Storage Conference


  • 22 - 24 January, 2017 - Manama, Bahrain


    1st Annual Middle East Refining Technology Conference

  • 05 - 07 December, 2016 - New Delhi, India

    Petrotech 2016

    12th International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition

  • 29 November, 2016 - Vienna

    20th Annual CIS Downstream Summit

    World Refining Association

  • 16 - 17 November, 2016 - Hamburg, Germany

    Tank Storage Germany

    Tank Storage