by Daniel J. Graeber
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
Emerging doubts about the durability of the OPEC-led effort to balance the market and questions on demand sent crude oil prices lower early Wednesday.
Ministers from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other non-member states, like Russia, meet later this month in Vienna to consider an extension to a production agreement credited with pulling oil prices out of a historic slump.
The agreement aims to cut the equivalent of about 2 percent of global oil demand in an effort to drain the surplus on the five-year average in global crude oil inventories. Russia is the largest non-OPEC contributor and was on the fence following talks with representatives from the largest oil companies in the country.
Minutes from the meeting with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak could indicate reluctance to move with much vigor as leaders expressed support for markets "in the current format."
The price for Brent crude oil, the global benchmark, was down 1.1 percent at 9:15 a.m. EST to $61.55 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark for the price of oil, was down 1 percent to $55.15 per barrel.
Novak in May backed a proposal to extend the terms of the original OPEC-led agreement by three months into March 2018. In September, he told Austria's Die Presse newspaper ending the agreement by the summer, when demand was strong, may be a better option.
Demand usually softens during the waning months of the year in part because of smaller drains from the transportation sector, which usually draws most from the energy sector.
The backtrack for crude oil prices followed a report Tuesday from the International Energy Agency that said balance wasn't emerging as strongly as some in the industry would like. While OPEC is drawing down production, non-OPEC members like the United States are seeing support from improved market conditions, increasing exploration and production activity in response.
The American Petroleum Institute reported an increase in commercial crude oil inventories, offsetting weeks of decline. That followed last week's report from drilling services company Baker Hughes of gains in U.S. exploration and production activity.
Oil prices will react later in the day when the U.S. Energy Information Administration releases official data. EIA data confirming a surge in crude oil stockpiles could send markets deeper into negative territory.
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Unless OPEC agrees to cut more production, output from non-member states will leave the market in surplus and limit the rally in oil prices, the IEA said. Some ministers for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said an extension of an agreement that sidelines about 2 percent of the total global demand for oil in an effort to balance the market was necessary next year. ... read more
All About Oil and Gas News at OilGasDaily.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|