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Average oil price in 2017 to hover around US$61/bbl, gas at US$3.50/mBtu

13 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Brent oil is expected to average US$61/bbl in 2017, peaking at US$70/bbl during the US driving season while WTI’s average is forecast at around US$59/bbl, according to the latest report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoAML). This follows last week’s OPEC announcement to cut crude production by 1.2Mbpd with non-OPEC producers supplying an extra 0.6Mbpd. “This joint curb is a first since 1998 and in our view marks a clear turning point. It will likely tighten global oil market balances a...

Natural gas price to rise but thermal coal to fall in 2017

27 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Global oil production fell in 2Q16 as the decline in no-OPEC fields is no longer offset by OPEC growth but is expected to remain largely unchanged in 2017, particularly has there has been no double-digit growth in new investments. Demand in 2017 is forecast to grow by 1.2mbd, resulting in a Brent price of US$61/bbl, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoAML). Natural gas prices fell in 2016 to US$2.30/mBtu on the back of muted demand and falling US output. However, going forward, B...

US natural gas price to soften before recovery in 2016

24 February 2015, Published under Cement News

As the US faces ample natural gas inventories and high production, US gas prices are expected to further soften this year. “We introduce an end of 2Q15 target of US$2.25/mBtu and lower our 2015 US nat gas price forecast to US$2.85, from US$3.90 prior,” say analysts at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. High production, especially in the US northeast where new pipeline capacity has come online, has helped to raise annual output growth from 1.9 to 5.7bcf/d through 2014, bringing total US ga...

Emerging markets continue to play key role in global energy prices

15 February 2013, Published under Cement News

With a sluggish US economy where the fiscal cliff remains a major concern in 1H13 and a recession-hit Eurozone burdened by unaffordable energy import costs, it is clear that most support for global oil demand hinges on the consumption of emerging markets. The economic benefits of globalisation, urbanization and industrialization have led to major advances in productivity, positively impacting on oil demand in these parts of the world. As the world oil demand improves gradually, non-OPEC s...

Egypt's cement sector faces decline in natural gas supply

30 January 2013, Published under Cement News

In a filing sent to the Egyptian Exchange, Suez Cement reported that Egypt's cement sector is facing a decline in natural gas supply below normal levels. Nevertheless, it said this has not affected the deliveries at its plants because of the group's strategic inventory of clinker. The Ministry of Trade and Industry announced on 20 January 2013 said that it would hike prices of heavy  fuel oil (HFO), for the cement and ceramics industries by 50 per cent to US$225/t from US$150/t. This come...

BAML sees 4Q2012 crude prices strengthen

01 October 2012, Published under Cement News

A tightening market for oil sees upward pressure on prices while gas is expected to remain range-bound. The thermal coal glut is expected to need some time to improve, leaving prices at a low. Oil Although indications are for a weak recovery in the global economy, the emerging markets lead the way in improving momentum, creating demand for real assets such as oil.  Meanwhile, spare productive capacity in the oil market remains low, making for a tight supply side. Outages in the Nort...