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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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21 Jun 2017

Looming Chinese refinery cuts to hit oil demand

BEIJING/SINGAPORE/LONDON Some of China's top oil refineries are having to take the highly unusual step of cutting operations during what is typically the peak demand summer season when hot weather drives up power usage and families take to the road during school holidays.

14 Jun 2017

Secret rebates send European plastics benchmark above true cost

LONDON An unregulated benchmark used to set the price of plastics in Europe has veered above the true cost in recent years, because of secret rebates chemical companies give each other that disguise the price of the main precursor, four sources familiar with the industry say.

09 Jun 2017

Oil comeback for cut-exempt producers threatens to swamp OPEC

LONDON OPEC's battle against an oil glut is under threat as unsold crude from members Nigeria and Libya, which are exempt from a global production-cutting deal, is swamping the Atlantic Basin.

05 Jun 2017

Margins of one of world's most polluting fuels soar after OPEC cuts

LONDON OPEC's efforts to shore up oil prices has made one of the world's most polluting fuels a top performer for European oil refineries, as members of the producer group cut output of sulfur-filled crude grades that yield the most fuel oil.

22 May 2017

Will OPEC look to Nigeria for output cuts as its output recovers?

LONDON Nigeria's last remaining shuttered oil terminal is resuming exports just days before the West African nation heads into OPEC talks - potentially awkward timing for a country that was exempt from the first round of output cuts.

17 May 2017

Europe's refiners must stay nimble to avoid margin squeeze

LONDON Europe's oil refiners will have to carefully manage production, possibly even turning to diesel, to sustain margins as high oil product inventories and uncertain gasoline demand growth threaten a model that has been lucrative over the past three years.

17 May 2017

Glencore, Carlyle team up to rescue bankrupt Moroccan refinery

DUBAI/LONDON Swiss trading giant Glencore and U.S. private equity investor Carlyle Group have teamed up in an attempt to buy Morocco's only oil refinery, hoping to recoup about $600 million in loans they issued to the plant before it went bankrupt, industry sources said.

16 May 2017

Exclusive: Glencore, Carlyle team up to rescue bankrupt Moroccan refinery

DUBAI/LONDON Swiss trading giant Glencore and U.S. private equity investor Carlyle Group have teamed up in an attempt to buy Morocco's only oil refinery, hoping to recoup about $600 million in loans they issued to the plant before it went bankrupt, industry sources said.

13 May 2017

US oil firm Cobalt files for arbitration against Angola for $2 bln

LONDON U.S. oil firm Cobalt said it had filed requests for arbitration seeking more than $2 billion from Angola's state-run Sonangol after the two failed to reach an agreement on licence deadline extensions on two deepwater blocks, company filings showed this week.

21 Apr 2017

Murky oil inventory picture leaves market grappling for clarity

SINGAPORE/LONDON The jury is still out over whether an OPEC-led production cut aimed at tightening oil markets is working, or if the producer club has simply enabled higher prices without making much of a dent in the global fuel supply overhang.

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