Newer wells drilled close to older wells are generally pumping less oil and gas and could hurt output, leading frackers to cut back on the number of sites planned and trim overall production forecasts
In the United States, energy firms last week increased the number of oil rigs operating for the second time in three weeks, a weekly report by Baker Hughes said on Friday.
On Monday, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil giant in an attempt to prevent the proceeds of crude sales to the U.S. from reaching the government of President Nicolás Maduro.
The Trump administration has drafted a slate of sanctions but hasn’t decided whether to deploy them, said people familiar with the matter. Earlier this month, White House officials warned U.S. refiners that sanctions were being considered, and advised them to seek alternative sources of heavy crude. Some U.S. refiners worried about sanctions experimented with alternatives last year before ultimately returning to Venezuelan crude.
Crude’s direction in coming weeks may be determined by whether the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia implement output cuts they have promised for the first six months of 2019. Also crucial will be the outcome of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China — the world’s two biggest economies. A deal between the nations could boost flagging global growth that underpins oil demand.
Both crude price benchmarks added to Tuesday’s 2 percent gains and have now been on the rise for eight straight days – their longest rally since June 2017
Iran has urged European countries, which are still committed to the nuclear deal, to oppose the sanctions by creating a financial mechanism that facilitates payments of Iranian oil sales.
Brent crude futures was up 83 cents at $54.05 a barrel by 09:32 GMT, after rising by over a $1 a barrel in early trade to a high of $54.55 a barrel.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were at $45.99 a barrel, up 66 cents, or 1.4 percent, from their last close. WTI also rose more than a $1 in early trade, reaching $46.38 a barrel.
Brent crude prices dropped more than $1 on Tuesday, falling for a third straight session, as reports of inventory builds and forecasts of record shale output in the United States, now the world’s biggest producer, stoked worries about oversupply.
Qatar, a tiny but wealthy country is one of the most influential players in the LNG market due to its annual production of 77 million tonnes. It plans to boost capacity 43 percent by 2023-2024 and will be building four liquefaction trains for the LNG expansion.
As part of its more than $20 billion investment push in the U.S. QP is looking “at gas and oil, conventional and non-conventional”
Crude oil prices have also been supported by OPEC-led supply curbs announced last week, although gains were capped after the producer group lowered its 2019 demand forecast.
OPEC clinched the deal with allied oil-producing nations including Russia at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria on Friday.
International Brent crude oil futures fell below $60 per barrel early in the session, trading at $59.50 per barrel at 01:44 GMT, down 56 cents, or 0.9 percent from their last close.
The influential oil cartel meets at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, with the aim of reaching an accord over production levels for the next six months. The 15-member organization will then hold talks with allied non-OPEC partners on Friday, with markets widely-expecting the energy alliance to announce steep output reductions from January.
The Alaska pipeline that carries crude from the Arctic coast to the marine terminal in Valdez was shut as a precaution
Prices came under renewed selling pressure after data on Wednesday showing that U.S. crude inventories increased again last week, hitting their highest levels in more than a year.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures slumped 2.3 percent, to $53.38 a barrel. Prices earlier fell to as low as $52.82, only 5 cents about the $52.77 level reached on Tuesday, which was the lowest since October 2017.
Most traders have a bleak outlook for oil despite OPEC hinting over the past week that it might decide to cut production by as much as 1.4 million barrels per day when it meets in Vienna on Dec. 6.
Oil prices are almost a quarter below their recent peaks in early October, weighed down by surging supply, especially from the United States.
After the Trump administration threatened a complete halt to Iranian oil exports, prompting other producers to boost output to compensate, the U.S. authorized exemptions to eight countries without disclosing the terms.
U.S. crude futures (CLc1) plunged 7 percent on Tuesday, to settle at $55.69, their lowest level this year, down from a four-year high only a month ago.
Saudi Arabia is discussing a proposal to cut oil output by up to 1 million barrels per day by OPEC and its allies, two sources close to the discussions told Reuters on Sunday.
Analysts with PVM Associates said in a note Friday that the price slump appears likely to continue, unless OPEC and its partners agree to cut production.
WTI has wiped out all of its gains for 2018. The decline has been exacerbated by a U.S. decision to grant eight countries waivers to continue importing from Iran, which it slapped with sanctions earlier this week.
U.S. Oil Enters Bear Market on Rising Inventories, Worries of Oversupply
Dimming hopes of a U.S.-China trade agreement, a lackluster reading on the Chinese economy and a tech-led selloff on Wall Street on Friday contributed to Monday’s subdued trading, after stocks last week mostly rebounded from an October rout.
With Washington poised to curtail Iran’s oil exports, OPEC heavyweight Saudi Arabia and its partners stand ready to ramp up supplies even as market conditions remain uncertain, analysts say.
The Trump Administration seems to be achieving its tri-fold agenda of punishing Iran while balancing the world’s energy needs and keeping oil prices low, as crude markets posted on Friday their largest weekly loss since February.
Oil production from Russia, the United States and Saudi Arabia reached 33 million barrels per day (bpd) for the first time in September, Refinitiv Eikon data showed. That is an increase of 10 million bpd since the start of the decade and means the three producers alone now meet a third of global crude demand.
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StockMarketNews.Today – West Texas Intermediate for December delivery declined as much as 83 cents to $65.99 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and traded at $66.43 at 7:57 a.m. in London. The contract rose 39 cents to $66.82 on Wednesday. Total volume traded was about 5 percent below the 100-day average.
Brent for December settlement fell 41 cents to $75.76 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The contract dropped 27 cents to $76.17 on Wednesday. The global benchmark traded at a $9.32 premium to WTI.
StockMarketNews.Today – The EIA data showed that crude oil inventories rose by 6.35 million barrels in the week to October 19. That was compared to forecasts for a stockpile build of just 3.69 million barrels, after a build of 6.5 million barrels in the previous week.
StockMarketNews.Today – Oil prices ended slightly higher on Friday, but remained at an inflection point after a rough week. December West Texas Intermediate crude, the U.S. benchmark, rose 57 cents, or roughly 0.8%, on Friday to settle at $69.28 a barrel by close of trade on the New York Mercantile Exchange.