Gulf OPEC Delegate: Global Demand To Help Oil Prices Despite US Glut
RIYADH, March 24 (Reuters) - Stronger-than-expected global oil demand should help support crude prices at around $55-$60 a barrel in the next two months despite some signs of a growing glut in the United States, a senior Gulf OPEC delegate told Reuters on Tuesday.
The comments appear to counter some market forecasts that the U.S. oil glut may push prices to as low as $20-$30 and are a sign that the core Gulf OPEC members remain confident about their strategy of defending market share.
"Global demand is definitely growing much stronger than expected. In December, January, and especially February it was beyond what forecasts anticipated," the delegate said.
Low oil prices may have encouraged demand to pick up particularly in the United States but also in Asia, the Gulf delegate, who declined to be identified, added.
Oil prices are expected to fluctuate around $55-$60 a barrel through April, when they may come under pressure because of seasonal refinery maintenance and rising stocks in the United States, the Gulf OPEC delegate said.
International benchmark Brent crude was trading above $55 on Tuesday.
Underlining brimming U.S. supplies, crude stocks rose nearly three times as much as expected, as storage at the Cushing, Oklahoma oil hub reached a new record, a government report showed last week.
View Full Article
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.
- BLOG: What do Rigzone Readers Think of the OPEC/NOPEC Deal? (Dec 07)
- Big Shale Turns OPEC Ally From Foe With Focus on Oil Returns (Dec 04)
- OPEC, Russia Agree Oil Cut Extension To End Of 2018 (Nov 30)