Oil rallies above $80 for the first time since 2018 amid tight supply
As of 5am GMT, the price of December Brent futures grew by 0.85% to $79.36 per barrel, while November futures jumped by 0.83%, to $80.19, reaching $80.35 earlier on Tuesday. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) November futures were also up, gaining 0.85% to $76.09 a barrel.Also on rt.com Global energy supply crunch pushes oil prices to three-year high
The rise in oil prices comes amid signs of an improving outlook for global energy demand. At the same time, global refineries are failing to keep up, as supply is growing at a slower pace despite the efforts of OPEC. The group and its allies, including Russia, have been easing supply curbs initially introduced at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Markets are also awaiting a new OPEC forecast on global oil outlook later on Tuesday, which will detail the group’s views on market fundamentals.
Market experts say prices could continue to grow, with fuel demand projected to reach pre-pandemic levels by early next year.Also on rt.com UK may call in the army to tackle ongoing petrol crisis – reports
“Oil demand could rise by 500,000 barrels a day as high gas prices are forcing consumers to switch to other feedstocks,” Vivek Dhar, a commodities analyst at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, told Bloomberg. The expert says this will increase the supply deficit in the markets, especially given the fact that OPEC and allies’ production increase of 400,000 barrels a day each month will add only about 2% to the world’s supply by the end of the year.
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