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Germany To Replace Nuclear With Natural Gas Plants for $16B

Last April, Germany shut down its last three nuclear power stations, marking the end of the country’s atomic age.
Berlin has unveiled plans to spend €16 billion on 10 gigawatts (GW) of new gas-fired power plants in a major overhaul of the country’s energy grid.
Germany is also abandoning its short-lived love affair with coal.

Occidental’s CEO Sees Oil Supply Crunch from 2025

The ratio of discovered resources versus demand has dropped in recent decades and is now at around 25%.
Oxy CEO Hollub: “2025 and beyond is when the world is going to be short of oil.”.
Oil industry executives have been warning that new resources, new investments, and new supply will be needed just to maintain the current supply levels as older fields mature.

China Awarded Major Contract By Iraq For Supergiant Oil And Gas Field 

PetroChina’s contract to develop the Nahr bin Umar gas field follows the takeover by PetroChina of ExxonMobil’s operator role in the giant West Qurna 1 field.
For China, Iraq’s gas sector is not just potentially massive but is also highly connected to its equally potentially huge oil sector.
Around 70 percent of Iraq’s gas reserves are ‘associated’ with oil fields, and the majority of these fields are located in the southeast of Iraq.

China Breaks Oil Import Records in Landmark Year

China’s oil imports reached 11.28 million bpd in the previous year, an 11% increase from
2022, driven by strong fuel demand at home and abroad.
Domestic crude oil production in China also hit a record, totaling 208 million tons for the year, averaging 4.2 million barrels per day.
China’s substantial oil storage activities and fuel exports, particularly to Europe post-Russian embargo, highlight both domestic and international demand dynamics.

Offshore Oil Is Booming With Vessel Markets Near All-Time High

Despite the recent bearishness, investors are still betting heavily on one corner of the market: offshore oil and gas.
The Clarksons Offshore Index is projected to reach all-time high in 2024.
Rig, OSV and Subsea markets are particularly robust, with oil and gas vessel rates now higher than 2014 levels in the majority of sectors/regions.

Azerbaijani Gas is Bridging the Supply Gap in Europe

Azerbaijan plans to increase its gas exports from 8 billion cubic meters in 2021 to 20 billion cubic meters by 2027.
This expansion requires increased gas production and capacity enhancement of the Southern Gas Corridor pipelines.
Challenges include securing purchase agreements with European buyers and competing with flexible LNG exports.