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Oil prices plummeted in the international market on Friday, as markets largely remained worried about plunging demand due to the coronavirus outbreak. Brent crude slipped by 2%, to $32.55 a barrel. US WTI crude dropped 2.1%, to $30.84 a barrel. After OPEC+ meeting fell apart last week, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have opened the flood gates of low-priced oil into the market further intensifying the pressure on prices.
According to the sources, Saudi Arabia has planned to cut crude supplies to China by at least 500,000 bpd. This decision has been taking keeping in the slower refinery demand after the coronavirus outbreak. China is the world's largest crude importer and takes 1.8 million bpd to 2 million bpd of Saudi crude. Due to slower demand, the refineries in China have also cut their crude processing rate in February.
With the death toll in China still on the rise due to corona virus, oil prices fell by more than 2%. Brent went down by 2.2%, to $59.33 per barrel. WTI fell by 2.4%, to $52.89 a barrel. Saudi's Energy Minister said that markets are being “primarily driven by psychological factors and extremely negative expectations adopted by some market participants despite (the virus’s) very limited impact on global oil demand”.
The energy supermajor, Saudi Aramco informed about a new agreement between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. After this agreement, oil production in the zone shared between two countries can be resumed. "With the signing of this new accord, both parties have reached the consensus that now is the right time to resume production in this zone", said Aramco's CEO.
Oil prices jumped on Tuesday, as OPEC de facto leader, Saudi Arabia pushed the cartel to deepen a supply cut agreement. Brent crude futures rose 0.3%, to $61.11 per barrel. U.S. WTI crude was priced 0.4% higher, at $56.17 a barrel. Sources familiar with the discussions said that the cartel is aiming to increase its existing supply cut by 400,000 bpd and prolong the pact until June.
On Sunday, Saudi Arabia revealed the value of world's biggest IPO. Aramco's IPO will be of up to $1.71 trillion and it will sell 1.5% of the company through this. But the IPO has missed Crown Prince's initial target of $2 trillion. The energy giant has already started taking bids from the investors in a price range of 30-32 Saudi riyals.
Saudi's energy giant, Saudi Aramco has its IPO next month ahead of which climate change and decline in the demand for fossil fuels are seen as key risks. "Climate change concerns and impacts could reduce global demand for hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon-based products and could cause the company to incur costs or invest additional capital," says Aramco. The largest supplier of hydrocarbons will reveal the price of its shares on Sunday.
Uncertainty over the progress of US-China trade talks led to the drop in oil prices on Tuesday. Rise in crude output of Saudi Arabia brought back the fear of oversupply in the market. WTI dropped by 0.3% and was traded at $56.68 a barrel. Brent went down by 0.2% and was traded at $62.04 a barrel.
Oil behemoth, Saudi Aramco has said that it registered a net income of $68 billion during the last nine-month, which ended on September 30. Aramco recorded $244B in revenues and other income related to sales for the same period. The company recently announced its intention to list shares on the Saudi stock exchange. Aramco also said that Saudi nationals subscribing to the listing will remain eligible to receive bonus shares.
Saudi-India strategic partnership has taken a major leap forward on Wednesday. Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited has signed an agreement with energy supermajor Saudi Aramco to lease part of the 2.5 million-tonne Padur storage in Karnataka. This bilateral deal focuses at building emergency crude reserves against volatility of the market.
Saudi Aramco-owned SASREF yesterday informed about the death of two contractors in “an incident” during maintenance work on Sunday. A statement released by the refiner said that the incident also left two others injured. Maintenance work will continue as planned at the facility. SASREF existed as a joint venture between Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell until September when Aramco bought it Shell’s stake in the JV.
Saudi Arabia's crown prince has warned of an unimaginable spike in oil prices lest the world comes together to deter Iran, though he added that a political solution is preferred. Speaking in an interview, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman agreed with a statement made by the U.S. Secretary, Mike Pompeo who referred to Sept 14 attacks as an act of war by Iran.
Saudi Arabia is planning to invest $100 billion in India. Considering the growth potential of the country, Saudi Arabia will invest in energy, refining, petrochemicals, infrastructure, agriculture, minerals and mining. For India, Saudi is the source of over 17% of crude and 32% of LPG requirements. "India's invitation to Saudi Arabia to invest in its strategic petroleum reserve reflects the trust and goodwill the two countries share", said Saudi Ambassador.
Oil prices slipped on Tuesday over weak manufacturing data from Europe and Japan. The data shifted the focus of the market from Saudi crisis to the global demand concerns. Brent went down to $64.42 a barrel. WTI decreased to $58.36 a barrel. On the other side of the world, Britain, Germany and France came in support of the US and blamed Iran for the Saudi oil attack.
Following the biggest-ever attack on its oil installations, Saudi Arabia has assured of its commitment towards India's energy security needs. India and Saudi's relations have been flourishing over the last few years because of healthy energy ties. "We look forward to India's continued partnership. Saudi Arabia has valued India as a close friend and a strategic partner", said the Saudi Ambassador.
Tension in the Middle East escalated the journey of oil prices uphill on Friday. This is the result of a military operation by Saudi in Hodeidah. Brent increased by 7.7% this week while WTI went up and was traded at $58.79 a barrel. Further, US and Saudi Arabia continue slamming Iran for the attack but Tehran denies any involvement.
Oil prices improved after Saudi Arabia assured restoration of full production by September end. Brent increased and was traded at $63.68 a barrel. WTI went up to $58.23 a barrel. Meanwhile, oil analytics has informed about the loss of 3.4 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil output by Saudi. After Saudi pointed fingers at Iran for the attack, Washington has ordered U.S. Treasury to “substantially increase sanctions” on Tehran.
The international market witnessed a drop in oil prices on Monday. The market is waiting for the response on the attack on Saudi facilities which brought down the kingdom's production. Brent dropped down by 1.1%, at $68.25 a barrel. WTI slipped by 1.3%, to $62.08 a barrel. This attack has led to a significant surge in the volatility of the market which otherwise was subdued due to US-China trade war.