A price war may be looming in the global oil market as rising output from OPEC+ and the Middle East boosts the competitiveness of the region’s shipments, potentially forcing other suppliers to discount their barrels.
Analysts have warned that non-OPEC oil and gas supply is unlikely to renege on its 2020 losses in the short-term.
Saudi Arabia reduced crude oil supplies to at least 11 refiners in Asia and most buyers in Europe after the kingdom volunteered to cut its production by 1 million barrels a day for February and March.
A “window of opportunity” could present itself for oil producers next year as analysts predict supply deficits may reach their highest level in years.
OPEC+ has made headway toward a deal on oil-output cuts, the first sign of progress after failed talks earlier this week.
Oil rises despite OPEC+ struggle for consensus on output, second day of meeting postponed until tomorrow
Oil erased earlier losses with OPEC+ seeking more time to reach a deal on production policy after a meeting broke down without an agreement.
Oil markets could be saturated with millions of surplus barrels if OPEC+ fails to agree an extension to current production cuts, according to analysis from Rystad Energy.
OPEC+ began two days of potentially complicated talks to hash out the size of its oil-production cuts next year, with the group’s president calling for caution in a fragile market.
OPEC and its allies headed into a two-day meeting with ministers still seeking a compromise on proposals to delay a production boost, after failing to reach consensus in talks on Sunday night.
Oil accelerated gains in the wake of a weakening dollar and as Tropical Storm Zeta leads U.S. Gulf crude producers to shut output.
Libya’s oil industry reached a milestone over the past week with the reopening of the last of its oil fields and ports following a truce in a years-long civil war.
With the shackles of OPEC’s output limits thrown off and a price war under way, the group’s biggest oil producers are preparing to churn out more barrels to protect market share.
Saudi Arabia and other key producers in OPEC signaled their intention to keep oil supplies constrained for the rest of the year, while pledging to prevent any genuine shortages.
Oil headed for a monthly gain as expectations that American sanctions on Iranian crude will tighten global markets outweighed the risk to demand from the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute.
Egypt has said oil shipments from Saudi Arabia to the North African country have been suspended indefinitely, according to a news report.
Oil pared the biggest weekly decline in more than two months as the dollar extended its retreat, increasing the appeal of commodities priced in the U.S. currency.
The global oil surplus in the first half of this year will probably be smaller than previously estimated because of robust demand in India and other emerging nations, the International Energy Agency said.
Growth in global oil demand will ease to around 1.2 million barrels per day (mb/d) in 2016, below the 1.8 mb/d expansion of last year, according to the International Energy Agency.
Explorers once again idled drilling rigs in US. oilfields as crude inventories continue climbing, boosted by a surge in imports.
The influential International Energy Agency sees oil markets rebalancing in 2017 thanks to falling US production but the decline will prove short-lived as efficiency gains will push U.S. output to new records by the beginning of the next decade.
Job cuts, lack of capacity and failure to invest in field development could lead to a oil supply shortage in coming years, according to research by oil and gas consultants Rystad Energy.
Concerns about the climate change impact of burning the world's remaining oil resources mean the reserves will never be fully exploited, BP chief economist Spencer Dale has said.
As I write this, Brent crude is trading at about $130 per barrel. The price has doubled over the last year and quadrupled over the last three.