OPEC Raises Output

Wednesday, March 29, 2000
OPEC has seemingly bowed to U.S. pressure for cheaper oil by agreeing to higher output limits, immediately agreeing to turn up the taps by 1.45 million barrels daily, or seven percent. Iran, OPEC’s second largest producer, opted out of the deal, saying it feared a price plunge and complaining about interference from Washington. The action, which has been anticipated given the strong political pressures placed on the OPEC ministers, immediately sent petroleum prices into a tailspin, with Brent futures dropping $1.26 to $24.25 per barrel. OPEC won applause from the Clinton administration, which said there was now no need to release national emergency supplies to ease election year political pressure from consumers irate at high gasoline prices. "This decision was made in the interests of producers and consumers in a prudent way. It will have a positive impact and moderate prices," Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said. President Bill Clinton said: "These increases will help sustain worldwide economic growth and provide greater balance between oil supply and demand." Naimi said OPEC was aiming to keep the price of benchmark North Sea Brent in the range $20-$25 a barrel compared to a recent nine-year high of $32. Despite Iran’s complaints, it will nevertheless raise production at the allocation in any case from April 1. That will add another 265,000 barrels daily. "We will not lose market share," Iran's OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili was quoted as saying. "We will certainly do the increase that would have been allocated (and) we will consider our position on increasing beyond that." Non-OPEC Mexico and Norway, having cooperated with OPEC in cutting exports when prices crashed, are shortly expected to announce their own supply increases. Ross of PIRA said net new OPEC oil could be expected to rise by about a million barrels a day. That is not as much as OPEC is offering on paper because of recent leakage over official quotas. U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said Washington had withdrawn its threat to release crude from the national strategic petroleum reserve. He predicted a 28 cent fall in U.S. wholesale gasoline prices by December.
Maritime Reporter July 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

Update: LOOP Terminal Shutdown

LOOP's Offshore Marine Terminal suspended its crude oil offloading operations on August 13 while investigating an oil sheen discovered along the pipeline. According to the terminal,

GoM Sale Yields $110m in High Bids

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, today’s Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 attracted $109,

Motion Compensation Aids Offshore Lifeboat Lift

In a refurbishment program to upgrade lifeboats on offshore platforms, Ampelmann completed a second successful reinstallation using its full motion compensation technology.

Finance

SC Ports’ Earnings, Volumes Surpass Plans

July cargo volumes deliver strong start to new fiscal year SC Ports Authority reported 2014 fiscal year-end operating earnings of $14.3 million, 20.7 percent over the organization's financial plan.

GoM Sale Yields $110m in High Bids

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, today’s Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 attracted $109,

Traders Store Crude for Profit as Contango Takes Hold

Oil traders have begun fixing tankers to take North Sea, West African and Arab crudes to South Africa for storage, hoping for a repeat of the multimillion dollar bonanza they reaped in 2008-2009.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1471 sec (7 req/sec)