Sunday, August 30, 2015

Make Money, Literally Out of Stone! And How Blending Can Help…

I was fortunate to get a grand tour of the Port Of Fujairah in UAE with the gracious harbormaster, Capt. Tamer Masoud (kindly offering me water).

The tour was unforgettable, the ultramodern installations, from the state of the art tugboats to the matrix manifolding connecting the 10 or so different oil tank storage terminals to the port, the control tower, barge and VLCC jetties, deep sea berths, etc. And all this was done by grinding down the mountains to make artificial land…

Truthfully I was more than a bit envious when I recalled some of the decrepit installations we have on the Houston ship channel, where we have always to beg for money to maintain and modernize facilities…
It is no wonder that Fujairah is the second largest bunkering port in the world, in 2014 more than 14,000 vessels called there, fully 60% for bunkering.

Looking to the future, UAE’s ADNOC built a 48 in crude pipeline from the Habshan oil fields to Fujairah, where it is stored in 8 gigantic 1 million barrels tanks for export, all this outside the Straits of Hormuz. IPIC, UAE government investment arm, is building a 200,000 BPD refinery to make refined products for both export and domestic market.

With oil prices expected to vary within $30 to $60/bbl in the next couple of years, UAE’s neighbor, Iran, will also become a big Fujairah customer to meet its ambitious export goals, so it’s a win-win situation…..

To learn more about making money making bunker fuel with smart blending, register for my next bunker blending course in Singapore.  

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

$30 oil is here-I told you so-Blending can help

This week WTI crude price dropped to $38/bbl, and this is BEFORE Iran dumps another couple of million barrels to an oversupplied market, and lousy economic climate.

I Told You So!!!
This was predictable (see my Blending Insight Newsletter of December 2014), but it’s in human nature to avoid “bad news”. Fundamentals have not changed, so the downward spiral will continue…The BIG date is December 2015 when IAEA certifies that Iran has met its obligations under the agreed-upon nuclear deal…So be prepared..

Blending To The Rescue

The product prices take 4 to 6 months to track crude oil prices, thus providing REFINERS and TRADERS that blend fuels (gasoline, diesel, marine bunkers) an opportunity to exploit this time-price gap, and make a “killing” in the market.

To survive $30 oil you need to move fast to exploit the price-time gap, and sell or undersell your competitors to both existing and new customers (there is no shame in stealing your competitors customers). This is where blending excels…so…

Learn how to blend profitably…Ignorance IS NOT Bliss!
  • Blend various components into more than 15 different finished gasoline grades with emphasis on optimizing blend ratios to maximize profitability
  • ·       Learn how to decide to Buy or Not To Buy blend components
  • ·       Calculate blend component prices when not available
  • ·       Manage inventories: learn how to determine whether you have enough required components to blend finished grades 1 week to 2 months in advance

Register Today! London  Gasoline/Diesel Blending Course (Sept 16-18, 2015)

So I hope to see you in London: