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  • Singapore grants up to 76% tax rebates to ease carbon tax impact on refining sector

    Singapore is implementing significant tax concessions for its carbon tax in 2024 and 2025, aiming to alleviate financial strain on refiners and petrochemical companies and maintain their competitiveness against global rivals. These rebates could reach up to 76%, providing a substantial buffer for profit margins amid intensifying…

    June 14, 2024
  • China’s oil refining growth faces slowdown amid economic challenges

    China’s longstanding growth in oil refining faces a potential slowdown this year, posing challenges for global oil demand and the ambitions of OPEC+ to stabilize supply levels. Oil processing in China, the world’s largest crude importer, is anticipated to either stagnate or decline for the first time since records began in 2004…

    June 14, 2024
  • US Senate committee reassesses arms sales policy towards Saudi Arabia

    Senator Ben Cardin, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is reassessing restrictions on US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. This move signals a potential warming of ties as the Biden administration seeks a security agreement with Saudi Arabia and aims to alleviate tensions in the Israel-Hamas conflict…

    June 14, 2024
  • US WTI Midland bolsters dated Brent benchmark, mitigating market manipulation risks

    Over the past couple of years, BP has noted concerns about the North Sea crude price benchmark, Dated Brent, facing frequent disruptions due to market manipulations. Initially dominated by a few powerful traders who could influence up to 40% of global crude supplies for specific months, Dated Brent’s vulnerability has been…

    June 14, 2024
  • Beijing prepares targeted response to EU tariffs on Chinese vehicles

    China is poised to respond cautiously to the European Union’s recent decision to escalate tariffs on Chinese electric cars, opting for limited and targeted retaliation rather than a sweeping countermeasure that could escalate tensions further. The EU’s move, which could raise tariffs on Chinese vehicles up to 48% starting next month…

    June 14, 2024
  • China’s surging copper stockpiles signal global market shifts

    The global copper market is currently navigating through significant changes influenced by China’s handling of copper stockpiles, which have reached a 51-month high of 339,964 metric tons as of early June. This surge in inventories contrasts with the usual seasonal pattern of building and subsequent drawdowns that…

    June 14, 2024
  • Right-wing gains in EU elections raise concerns for future of renewable energy projects

    The recent European Parliament elections, marked by gains for right-wing parties across the continent, are expected to impact the development of renewable energy projects in Europe significantly. Populist, nationalist, and eurosceptic parties are projected to secure nearly a quarter of the seats in the next European Union (EU) assembly…

    June 14, 2024
  • Brookfield launches $5 billion fund to boost climate finance in emerging markets

    Brookfield Asset Management has unveiled plans to raise $5 billion for its Catalytic Transition Fund (CTF), aimed at boosting climate finance in emerging markets with the backing of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This initiative, initially announced at COP28 in Dubai last December, marks Brookfield’s first confirmation of the fund’s…

    June 14, 2024

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