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This week OPEC ministers and allies gathered in Vienna to discuss a coordinated production cut agreement set to expire in March. 

When news broke Dec 5  that the group (called OPEC+) had decided to deepen the cuts by 500,000 barrels per day (bpd), the outcome was both a surprise and expected at the same time.

Deeper cuts...

The world’s top oil exporter will soon sell shares in state-owned Saudi Aramco in what figures to be the largest initial public offering (IPO) in history.

That’s significant because the IPO has forced Aramco to reveal lots of information about the company to potential investors. 

Last week, we reviewed the IPO prospectus...

On November 9, Saudi Aramco released a prospectus ahead of a planned share offering that could rank as the largest IPO in history. 

At 658 pages, the document is a deep dive into Aramco’s corporate structure and physical operations.

What would Aramco disclose about its oilfields? Would we learn anything new about product...

Are you interested in learning how satellite imagery can be turned into valuable data?

If so, and you’re in Houston on November 13, then please swing by a networking event we’re hosting that evening (details and RSVP here). 

Come for the food and drinks. And stay for a presentation highlighting insights into the oil mark...

The latest pipeline being built to carry crude oil from West Texas to the US Gulf Coast is almost complete, marking another step towards the US becoming a major oil exporter. 

The Gray Oak pipeline, with a capacity of 900,000 barrels per day (bpd), has begun to fill with crude and should begin service in November with f...

The amount of crude oil China holds in storage became a pertinent question this month when freight rates to Asia

reached record highs, discouraging flows on key supply routes from the Middle East and the United States.

Were China’s inventories sufficient to withstand declines in imports? Would refineries have to slow dow...

A team from Ursa traveled to Geneva this week for a global oil conference hosted by Argus. The event draws from the large pool of Geneva-based oil traders, as well as folks from around the world.

There was plenty to discuss. The topics included: 

  • The September 14th attacks on Saudi Arabia oil infrastructure 

  • Shi...

What can satellite imagery tell you about China’s oil policy strategy?

That question was on the mind of Gabriel Collins, a research fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Affairs, home to the number one ranked energy think tank in the world.   

Fortunately, we were able to help. Ursa measures crude i...

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