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John Kemp

John Kemp is a Reuters analyst.

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Disease X and rethinking the future of cities

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of densely populated cities with crowded accommodation and public transportation systems to the transmission of airborne viruses.

August 29, 2020

US oil inventories point to fragile recovery

US petroleum inventories are gradually becoming less bloated as crude imports remain low and refiners limit fuel production, but the slow pace of the
drawdown underscores the fragility of oil market rebalancing.

August 22, 2020

So you think oil prices are low? History tells a different story

Oil prices are no longer particularly cheap by historical standards.

Perceptions about prices tend to be over-influenced by recent experience so current prices feel very low to producers used to receiving $60-80 per barrel over the 2018/19 period.

June 20, 2020

Steps towards home-working could become a stampede

‘Crises usually accelerate real trends in society and technology, they don’t create or refute them,” chess champion Garry Kasparov wrote on Twitter about the coronavirus epidemic.

May 30, 2020

US commodities watchdog issues warning over oil volatility

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has written to exchanges, brokers and clearers in unusually forthright terms to remind them of their obligation to ensure orderly trading and commodity pricing.

May 15, 2020

US oil production remains near record high

US crude production remained close to a record level in June but growth has slowed significantly since the end of last year in response to lower oil prices and the slowdown is set to extend into 2020.

September 13, 2019

Bubbles in food prices

LONDON: A thoughtful new paper from researchers at the University of Illinois marks a significant step forward in research on how commodity futures prices are formed.

March 28, 2013

OPEC must prepare for big rise in oil supplies

LONDON: High oil and gas prices have unleashed the biggest drilling boom in 30 years.

March 21, 2013

Shale gas licensing round focuses on cash not expertise

LONDON: China’s Huadian Corporation, one of the country’s top power producers, which won four licenses in the second shale gas licensing round last year, will tender for engineering and drilling services to meet its commitment to prospect for gas in blocks across Hubei, Hunan and Guizhou province

March 20, 2013

Gas revolution may close price gap with oil

LONDON: Diesel is now six times more expensive than natural gas on an energy-equivalent basis in the US, a gap that is unsustainable.

March 17, 2013