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Commodities / Energy Resources Nov 23, 2007 - 12:17 AM GMT

By: Joseph_Dancy

Commodities As we have noted for several years now the supply and demand balance for both crude oil and natural gas remains bullish for energy sector investors. Last month the following events occurred in the sector that are of interest to investors:


  • Oil for heating use will cost customers nearly 22 percent more than they paid last winter according the U.S. Energy Information Administration. 
  • "Prices of propane and heating oil have never been higher at the start of the heating season," said Jim O'Neal, energy analyst with Wisconsin's Office of Energy Independence. He's forecasting home heating oil costs to rise by 25% to 30% from last winter, and propane prices to rise by 10 to 15%. Prices of those fuels track closely with the price of crude oil, which touched a record above $90 a barrel
  • The Energy Information Administration projected the cost of heating with electricity will average 7.1 percent more than a year ago. Heating with natural gas will cost 10.1 percent more than in 2006.
  • China is rationing diesel at pump stations in at least four booming coastal provinces in the widest-scale rationing seen since 2003, as rising global oil prices hit output at loss-making Chinese refiners. "We are rationing. Supplies are getting short," said a sales executive with top refiner Sinopec Corp. 
  • In an effort to ease the pressure of diesel shortages, China's economic regulator announced an almost 10% increase in domestic gasoline and diesel prices, calling the move an "urgent step" needed to dampen demand and encourage refiners to ramp up production. The price hike is a means to alleviate the shortages in China as the worst fuel crisis in two years has spread to the capital and other inland areas.
  • Canadian natural gas output could skid by as much as 15 percent in the next two years because energy companies have cut back on drilling to cope with high costs, middling prices and a strong domestic currency, the country's energy regulator said. The National Energy Board said gas delivery from Canada -- the main source of imported supplies for the United States -- could fall to 14.5 billion-15.8 billion cubic feet a day by 2009 from 17.1 bcfd at the end of 2006.
  • Leading figures from the Middle East oil industry added their voices to those warning that the world is struggling to sustain crude oil production. "There is a real problem - that supply may not be possible to increase beyond a certain level, say around 100 million barrels," Libya's National Oil Corp chairman Shokri Ghanem said at an industry conference. "In some countries production is going down and we are not discovering any more of those huge oil wells that we used to discover in the Sixties or the Fifties" added Sadad al-Husseini, a key architect of Saudi Arabian energy production policy for more than a decade. 

 

By Joseph Dancy,
Adjunct Professor: Oil & Gas Law, SMU School of Law
Advisor, LSGI Market Letter

http://www.lsgifund.com

Email: jdancy@REMOVEsmu.edu

Copyright © 2007 Joseph Dancy - All Rights Reserved

Joseph R. Dancy, is manager of the LSGI Technology Venture Fund LP, a private mutual fund for SEC accredited investors formed to focus on the most inefficient part of the equity market. The goal of the LSGI Fund is to utilize applied financial theory to substantially outperform all the major market indexes over time.

He is a Trustee on the Michigan Tech Foundation, and is on the Finance Committee which oversees the management of that institutions endowment funds. He is also employed as an Adjunct Professor of Law by Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas, teaching Oil & Gas Law, Oil & Gas Environmental Law, and Environmental Law, and coaches ice hockey in the Junior Dallas Stars organization.

He has a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, a MBA from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Oklahoma City University named him and his wife as Distinguished Alumni.

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Simon Clarke, Shetland Islands, Scotland
24 Nov 07, 07:09
Fuel Prices

Unleaded petrol is now £1.16 per litre in Lerwick the main town in the county having suddenly lept about 6p in the last week. Shetland has always had large numbers of SVUs but, at these prices Shetlanders are really starting to think about the virtues of smaller cars. I have just bought a Toyota Yaris over a Ford Fiesta even though the ride quality is much poorer - mainly because it is going to save me about £340 per year just on fuel (on an average milage of 10,000). I probably am a bit more thoughtful about this sort of thing than most but I think behaviour is really starting to change, not just car selection but where people live is becoming an issue - commuting from more distant rural areas is now a crippling expense. Who knows where prices might go next if oil production really cannot be increased globally!


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