HIGH RISKY PRICES
Low oil prices risk causing a lack of investment in conventional oil supply in non-OPEC countries, strengthening OPEC market power and creating additional uncertainty, the IEA's director for energy markets and security, Keisuke Sadamori, said Tuesday.
The shale and tight oil revolution in the US had provided a welcome element of flexibility and elasticity to markets, Sadamori told the Offshore Europe conference in Aberdeen.
However, "if we see quite a substantial decline in upstream investment in conventional sources in non-OPEC countries, then the power to supply the marginal barrel will go back to the hands of the OPEC producers and they are also facing the extremely difficult unstable geopolitical situation," he said.
"Ensuring the security of supply supported by robust upstream and downstream investments will continue to be the priority and that's going to be a huge challenge in the coming decades," he said.
The IEA last month said it expected global markets to be over-supplied well into next year thanks to growing oil inventories, despite revising upwards its projections for global demand.
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GAZPROM - The parties discussed relevant issues related to bilateral cooperation, including the Baltic LNG project. Emphasis was placed on the priority measures aimed at developing a joint design concept (pre-FEED).
BHGE - U.S. Rig Count is up 11 rigs from last week to 1,063, with oil rigs up 8 to 869, gas rigs up 4 to 193, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1. Canada Rig Count is up 13 rigs from last week to 195, with oil rigs up 8 to 127 and gas rigs up 5 to 68.
REUTERS - Brent crude futures had risen $1.02 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $81.28 a barrel by 0637 GMT. The contract dropped 3.4 percent on Thursday following sharp falls in equity markets and indications that supply concerns have been overblown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 80 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $71.77 a barrel, after a 3 percent fall in the previous session. WTI is on track for a 3.5 percent drop this week.
EIA - Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $79 per barrel (b) in September, up $6/b from August. EIA expects Brent spot prices will average $74/b in 2018 and $75/b in 2019. EIA expects West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices will average about $6/b lower than Brent prices in 2018 and in 2019.