Crude oil benchmarks gain on Saudi comments

Benchmark crude oil prices gained on markets in both London and New York Mar. 11 after Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said production cuts led by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries likely will continue until at least June.

Speaking before the start of CERAWeek by IHS Markit in Houston, al-Falih told Reuters Mar. 11 that it would be too early to change a production agreement by OPEC and some non-OPEC countries, including Russia, before June.

A Saudi official speaking on the sidelines of CERAWeek said Saudi Arabia plans to cut crude oil exports in April to below 7 million b/d, Reuters reported.

The production cuts have supported oil prices this year. Major producers, both OPEC and some non-OPEC, pledged to cut 1.2 million b/d in crude supply starting Jan. 1. The group is scheduled to meet Apr. 17-18 and June 25-26 to discuss world oil supply.

Argentina Energy Minister Gustavo Lopetegui told a Houston luncheon of industry representatives that pipeline construction contracts worth as much as $1.8 billion could be announced by September.

The pipeline construction would move natural gas from Vaca Muerta to Buenos Aires. Lopetegui said two phases of the pipeline could move as much as 40 million cu m/day of gas, more than half of Vaca Muerta’s current gas production.

Vaca Muerta’s crude oil production is expected to reach 100,000 b/d in this year’s second half compared with current production of 80,000 b/d, he said.

By Paula Dittrick



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *