Continental Resources, Inc. today announced its first-ever sale of Bakken oil specifically for delivery overseas. The company has sold 1,005,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil for November delivery to Atlantic Trading and Marketing , which intends to export the oil to China.Same story over at Oil & Gas Journal.
Daily sales transactions of 33,500 barrels per day in November will take place in Cushing, Oklahoma. ATMI then plans to transport the oil for loading on tankers at Texas ports.
"This new normal was created by the American shale energy revolution and the lifting of the 1977 crude oil export ban. We expect to see many similar industry transactions in coming months and years."In December 2015 the U.S. lifted its ban on oil exports, allowing foreign sales to be transacted without a license. Oil exports have grown steadily in the past two years, primarily to foreign refineries configured specifically to process light sweet crude oil.
"The current $6 discount to Brent should not exist, given the consistency and high quality of WTI, as well as relative shipping costs," he said. "Stabilized U.S. production and increasing industry sales of American crude to international markets will drive down U.S. inventories, correcting much of the recent disparity between Brent and WTI prices. Modern modes of transport in the crude oil sector today eliminate price disparities between markets and allow free markets to work."
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
CLR Makes First Sale Of Bakken Crude Oil Specifically For Overseas Destination -- October 17, 2107
From a CLR press release: