While there’s growing consensus among oil traders and analysts that a global crude glut is starting to erode, the buildup shows how vulnerable the market remains when local demand disruptions arise. French industrial action knocked out as much as 900,000 barrels a day of the country’s refining at one stage in June, about equal to the entire daily shipments of crudes that make up Dated Brent, a global benchmark. “There was a lot of capacity that was offline and tankers could not discharge” at a key port in northern France, said Olivier Jakob, an analyst at Petromatrix GmbH in Zug, Switzerland. “There may have been some redirection of tankers going for storage in ARA.” Eighty-four of the ARA hub’s 153 crude storage tanks at independent sites are now more than 75 percent full, while 55 are between 15 percent and 75 percent full, Genscape’s data show. There are zero empty tanks and only a few are even close to empty, according to Paulo Nery, London-based senior director for oil and shipping of Genscape. Traders also reserve space, meaning that the amount available is probably even lower than Genscape’s figures suggest.
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Tronox Limited announced that the 75-day exclusivity period under its Memorandum of Understanding with Venator Materials PLC has expired without the two companies agreeing on definitive terms of a potential divestiture by Tronox to Venator of the Ashtabula, Ohio, titanium dioxide production complex. On July 16, 2018, Venator and Tronox announced they had entered into the MOU, which contemplated the possible sale of the Ashtabula, Ohio facility to Venator if a divestiture of the facility would be required to secure U.S. Federal Trade Commission approval of the Company’s proposed acquisition of the TiO2 business of The National Titanium Dioxide Company Limited, a privately held global chemical and mining company headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Tronox continues to discuss the possible divestiture of the Ashtabula TiO2 complex as a settlement and potential remedy to allow completion of its acquisition of Cristal to be consummated.
Futures in New York slipped as much as 2.1 percent to the lowest intraday price since March 20. China’s Ministry of Commerce said it would levy 25 percent tariffs on imports of 106 U.S. products including automobiles and aircraft. That wiped out earlier support for prices as Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries output dropped to the lowest in a year in March. “It’s only logical to see profit-taking in light of looming trade tensions and possible financial market turbulence,” said Eugen Weinberg, head of commodities research at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt. Global equities sank after China unveiled its charges, which match the scale of proposed U.S. tariffs announced earlier this week and ratchets up tension in a brewing trade war between the world’s two largest economies. With products ranging from gas turbines to steel and aluminum affected, the spat threatens to raise costs, slow economic growth and hit oil demand. Click Read More below for additional information.