Oil prices rise to two-year high after cutting global inventories: OPEC

Group photo 5th JMMC MeetingBrent crude oil prices have increased to the highest level in more than two years after an OPEC meeting in Vienna on 22 September 2017, at which producers stated that the global oil market is in a way of rebalancing

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JMMC reports highest ever conformity level

JMCOPEC and participating Non-OPEC producing countries have recorded the highest conformity ever with their voluntary adjustments in production, achieving a level of 116 per cent, according to the Joint OPEC-Non-OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC)

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KROHNE introduces new large line size coriolis mass flow meters for oil and gas industry

KRHONE 1The process measuring technology provider KROHNE has introduced new large line sizes for its OPTIMASS series, aiming to achieve continuous and repeatable mass flow or density measurement in a wide range of gas fractions and complex flow conditions

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Improving outlook for oil prices

6394081239 744956952d bOil prices rose after the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its monthly oil market report for September that global oil demand grew “very strongly” year-on-year in the second quarter this year, which prompted the IEA to revise up its growth estimate to 1.6mn bpd for this year

This is the second consecutive month in which the agency has lifted its demand growth forecast after it revised up the growth estimate to 1.5mn bpd in August.

Although Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are expected to slow US oil demand growth in the third quarter of this this year, “OECD demand growth continues to be stronger than expected, particularly in Europe and the USA,” the IEA said.

On the other hand, also supporting the oil prices, was the fact that OPEC production dropped in August for the first time in five months, following production disruptions in Libya and other OPEC members producing less crude. OPEC’s members bound by the pact to cut production achieved an 82 per cent compliance rate in August, higher than the 75 percent in July. Year to date, compliance within OPEC stands at 86 percent, according to the IEA.

The OECD commercial stocks surplus over the five-year average dropped to 190mn bbl in July, compared to more than 219mn bbl above the five-year average as of the end of June.

“Based on recent bets made by investors, expectations are that markets are tightening and that prices will rise, albeit very modestly,” the agency said.

The market is tightening but OPEC’s goal to reduce inventories is happening gradually and slowly, perhaps “a little more slowly than they would have liked,” Neil Atkinson, head of oil industry and markets at IEA, told Bloomberg in comments on the agency’s report

"Though difficult to predict, if stockpiles continue to deplete and demand remains fairly steady in OECD economies, whilst emerging Asia (including China) increases energy consumption, crude prices could trade around the US$54-57/barrel range in Q4 2017, rising to US$60 in Q1 2018," commented Moin Siddiqi, economist.

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Basra conference to discuss the opportunities available in the region in oil and gas sector

Ali Shadad Al Fares 300x268Ahead of the international Basra Oil, Gas & Infrastructure Conference 2017, to be held from 30-31 October 2017, Ali Shadad Al Fares, chairman of the oil & gas committee at the Basra council, has highlighted the importance of the conference in accommodating the upcoming projects that plays major role in rebuilding Iraq

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