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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...

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, made a fortune as the head of an industrial conglomerate selling things like cement, sugar and pasta.

But it’s the energy business where his attention now lies and the eponymous refinery that will turn Dangote into a household name in oil circles.

When complete, the Dangote Refinery i...

It would have been impossible for anyone in the Houston-area to ignore the recent fires raging in nearby Deer Park, where storage tanks holding chemicals that go into making gasoline ignited March 17.

A thick blanket of black, acrid smoke hung over the area for several days creating a public health and environmental cri...

In the early morning of January 23, the northern wall of an open-pit copper mine collapsed in Spain.

Fortunately, no lives were lost, but the land slippage led owner First Quantum Minerals to suspend operations for a week.

When incidents occur, like this one at Cobre Las Cruces (CLC), the copper market is eager for infor...

How would you track the different stages of oil production in the Permian Basin?

The Permian’s spectacular growth has upended the global oil market. And the oil market is hungry for every bit of information about it. Yet significant knowledge gaps exist.

Keeping tabs isn’t easy across 75,000 square miles covering West Te...

The longest streak of consecutive declines in WTI crude futures ended Tuesday at 12 straight days, leaving the oil market wondering: what just happened?

Talk of $100 oil was on the lips of some analysts in early autumn. Then came October. WTI crude fell 10.8%, its biggest monthly percentage drop since July 2016. Nor did...

This week saw a major storm over the Persian Gulf. Literally. Heavy rains caused flooding in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran.

It seems those dark clouds could also serve as a metaphor. The unusual weather for the region coincided with Washington restoring sanctions against Tehran that were lifted under the 2015 Iran nuclear...

The Ursa Team road trip continued this week. Fresh from the Platts North American Crude Export Conference, we flew to Geneva to attend the Argus Global Crude Summit.

Despite crossing the Atlantic, US crude exports were still on the agenda. One speaker called the United States the most exciting place in the physical mark...

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