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Oil Market On Edge Following Outages

Oil Market On Edge Following Outages

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Several key outages have left the oil markets anxious despite a promising start to the week. Analysts are keeping a close eye on both Nigeria and Venezuela as political instability threatens to impact supply further.

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– Brazil’s oil production surged this year, jumping to 3.3 million barrels per day (mb/d), up from 3.2 mb/d in 2016 – a figure that includes other liquids production.

– The increase came largely from the pre-salt, which surpassed 1 mb/d in 2017, a sharp 33 percent increase from 2015 levels.

– Brazil is now the 9th largest oil producer in the world.

Market Movers

• Eni (NYSE: E) started production at its Zohr gas field in Egypt. Separately, the Italian oil company said that it restarted production at its Goliat field in Norway’s Arctic after a two-month outage.

• Ecopetrol (NYSE: EC) announced its fourth oil discovery in Colombia this year. “This new discovery shows that we are on the right track to our objective of increasing reserves. We are satisfied with the results of this alliance with Parex, which has underlined the potential of Santander province,” Ecopetrol CEO Felipe Bayon said.

• Total SA (NYSE: TOT) announced a final investment decision for large-scale development of the Libra project in offshore Brazil. The project will consist of a floating production storage and offloading unit with eventual capacity of 150,000 bpd.

Tuesday December 19, 2017

Oil prices initially rose on Monday on news that Nigerian oil workers went on strike, raising fears of a supply outage. The strike was called off, however, leading to a selloff in oil prices. But the lingering outage of the Forties pipeline continues to support Brent prices.

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