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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

May 23 2018

China's independent refiners embrace old friend fuel oil as taxes, rising crude, bite margins

BEIJING China's independent oil refiners are once again using fuel oil to feed their plants as stricter tax enforcement and rising crude oil prices have squeezed their margins.

May 18 2018

PetroChina cuts gas supplies to major users to prevent shortages

BEIJING PetroChina, the country's top gas producer, has curbed supplies of the fuel to some industrial users in northern and western regions, in the first sign of emerging tightness only two months after China experienced one of its worst winter gas crunches.

May 16 2018

As spring temperatures soar, China coal traders bet on shortages

BEIJING China's thermal coal futures rose to a six-week high on Wednesday as traders bet on a supply crunch as lower hydro power output and forecasts of a summer heat wave spurred expectations of rising demand for the nation's most-consumed fuel source.

May 14 2018

China's crude oil futures boom amid looming Iran sanctions

SINGAPORE/BEIJING A U.S. decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran is supporting China's newly established crude oil futures, and may spur efforts to start trading oil in yuan rather than dollars, traders and analysts said.

May 14 2018

China's night-owl retail investors leverage up to dominate oil futures trade

BEIJING As 9 pm approaches every weekday night in China, a small army of individual investors from around the country log onto trading apps on their mobile phones and laptops.

Apr 26 2018

China's top refiners plan second-quarter maintenance, cast doubts on global oil optimism

BEIJING Some of China's top refineries will shut in May and June for maintenance, cutting nationwide throughput by some 10 percent and dampening oil demand in the world's largest crude importer after record run levels in March, according to a Reuters survey.

Apr 20 2018

China's private chemical giant Hengli wins approval for crude oil quota

BEIJING Chinese private chemical producer Hengli Group has won state approval to import 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) crude oil, the largest quota ever for a private refiner, as it challenges the country's smaller independent plants in an oversupplied Chinese fuel market.

Apr 17 2018

China March refinery runs hit record; crude output near multi-year low

BEIJING Chinese refineries processed a record of more than 12.1 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil in March, boosted by ample government import quotas and steady margins.

Apr 11 2018

Sinopec plans overhaul at largest refinery as it cuts Saudi oil

BEIJING Sinopec Corp will shut down its largest refinery for maintenance throughout May, and at least four independent oil plants have started overhauls this month, curbing China's crude oil demand.

Apr 10 2018

China utilities plan new coal import price index to curb volatility

BEIJING China's major utilities are preparing to launch their own coal price index for imports, an official at China Huaneng Group said, in a move the power firms hope will give them more control over how much they pay for their key raw material.

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