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Ali al-Naimi hopeful on stability of oil market

January 19
8:42 PM 2016

Saudi Arabia oil minister Ali al-Naimi said that stability in the oil market will be attained only through the cooperation amid major manufacturers. Naimi told an energy gathering in Riyadh, "As you know, the oil market has witnessed over its long history periods of instability, severe price fluctuations and petro-economic cycles. This is one of them."

The Saudi minister added that although the worldwide oil market has been experiencing an instability for over 12 months, he is hopeful regarding the return and future of the oil market. Oil prices CLG6, -1.12% settled lower $30 per barrel for the first time in 12 years previous week, according to MarketWatch.

In his speech, Ali al-Naimi made an orientation to the 1998-1999 financial crises in Asia when oil was stricken and Riyadh aided production cut along with non-OPEC producers to support prices, Reuters said.

Ali al-Naimi also added that Saudi Arabia will enter into a deal on Sunday to collaborate with Mexico for boosting mutual funds and setting joint ventures. However, Saudi oil minister declined to remark on how the lifting of international sanctions on Tehran might disturb crude oil prices, according to the sources.

The reports said that the lifting of international sanctions from Tehran on Saturday could stir oil market.

Iran is anticipated to boost its oil export of 1.1 million barrels per day by 500,000. The sanctions from Tehran was lifted subsequent to the statement issued by US Secretary of State John Kerry confirming the verification by International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has wholly executed the mandatory commitments, reports said quoting Indian Oil Corporation.

UK Brent soared $1.94 to $29 per barrel on Friday trading, on panorama of more Iranian crude oil barrels. Subsequent to the removal of international sanctions on Tehran, oil industry needs $200 billion as investments to grow, Iranian First VP Eshaq Jahangiri said Shana News. Financial sources endowment is not the one and only function of oil manufacturing, but it is the primary axis of the nation's economic growth, Jahangiri added.

"We are likely to see some price response early in the week, but this was largely expected by the market," The Wall Street Journal quoted a Morgan Stanley report.

Gordon Kwan,  analyst at Nomura Holdings, said Bloomberg that Tehran's surplus crude oil shipments have the capacity to lower prices further, to as low as $25 per barrel. According to Bloomberg, Tehran's emerge from international sanctions has made life worse for its Gulf Arab rivals.

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