Rick Perry will come to Moscow to sort out things on the oil market

Rick Perry will come to Moscow to sort out things on the oil market

Today, in Washington, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry held talks with Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid bin Abdulaziz al-Falih, and on Thursday he is going to Moscow. The Trump administration calls on the world's largest producers and exporters to continue to keep output up.

Oil prices rose on Monday as growth of U.S. drilling braked and investors anticipated lower supply once new U.S. sanctions against Iran’s crude exports kick in from November. As Reuters writes in the article Oil up as U.S. drilling growth stalls, Iranian sanctions bite, Brent crude oil jumped 90 cents to $77.73 a barrel by 10:30 EDT (1430 GMT). U.S. light crude was 67 cents higher at $68.42 a barrel.

“The low rig count set the stage for us to move higher,” said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago. “At the end of the day, you also have storms that could impact inventories for some time to come.” 

U.S. drillers cut two oil rigs last week, reducing the total count to 860, Baker Hughes said on Friday. The growth of the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States has stalled since May, reflecting increases in well productivity but also bottlenecks and infrastructure constraints.

U.S. inventories fell Tuesday through Friday, traders said, citing data from information industry service Genscape. Declining inventories could further support prices. “A higher oil price scenario is built on lower exports from Iran due to U.S. sanctions, capped U.S. shale output growth, instability in production in countries like Libya and Venezuela and no material negative impact from a U.S./China trade war on oil demand in the next 6-9 months,” said Harry Tchilinguirian, oil strategist at French bank BNP Paribas. “We see Brent trading above $80 under (that) scenario,” he told Reuters Global Oil Forum.

Outside the United States, Iranian crude oil exports are declining ahead of a November deadline for the implementation of new U.S. sanctions. Although many importers of Iranian oil have said they oppose sanctions, few seem prepared to defy Washington. “Governments can talk tough,” said Energy consultancy FGE. “They can say they are going to stand up to Trump and/or push for waivers. But generally the companies we speak to ... say they won’t risk it,” FGE said. “U.S. financial penalties and the loss of shipping insurance scare everyone.”

While Washington exerts pressure on countries to cut imports from Iran, it is also urging other producers to raise output hold down prices. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will meet his counterparts from Saudi Arabia and Russia on Monday and Thursday respectively as the Trump administration encourages the world’s biggest producers and exporters to keep output up. Investors are concerned about the impact on oil demand of the trade dispute between the United States and other large economies, as well as the weakness of emerging markets.