Al Attiyah Foundation Weekly Energy Market Review | 2 October 2021
Each week, Al Attiyah Foundation publishes its energy market review, bringing you the latest global news from the oil, gas and petrochemicals sector.
Oil Settles Near 3 Years High Ahead of OPEC+ Meeting
Oil settled above USD79 a barrel on Friday, 1 October, just shy of a three-year high reached earlier this week, on expectations that OPEC ministers will maintain a steady pace in raising supply. Brent crude rose 97 cents, or 1.2%, to settle at USD79.28 in its fourth weekly rise. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) rose 85 cents to settle at USD75.88 in the sixth week of gains. Brent has risen over 50% this year and reached a three-year high of USD80.75 on Tuesday. OPEC+ is slowly unwinding record output cuts made last year, although sources say it is considering doing more to boost production as the group is facing pressure from consumers such as the US and India to produce more to help reduce prices as demand has recovered faster than anticipated in some parts of the world. Oil is also finding support as a surge in natural gas prices globally prompts power producers to move away from gas. Generators in Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Middle East have started switching fuels. US oil rigs rose seven to 428 last week, their highest since April 2020, energy services firm Baker Hughes said in its closely followed report on Friday.
Global LNG Prices Surged to Record High Last Week
Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices surged to a record high last week on sustained demand from China amid a power crunch and high gas prices in Europe as the winter season begins. The average LNG price for November delivery into Northeast Asia was estimated at about USD32 per metric million British thermal units (mmBtu), up nearly 20% from the previous week, industry sources said. Price agency S&P Global Platts said on Thursday that its Japan-Korea-Marker, which is widely used as a benchmark for spot LNG contracts, rose to USD34.47 per mmBtu. Chinese buyers are seeking more cargoes despite record prices, bidding above market rates as the winter season starts with the country’s gas inventory not full, trade sources noted. Also, US natural gas futures continued their extremely volatile week, falling over 4% on Friday on growing expectations the United States will have enough gas supplies for this winter, after soaring in the prior session to a seven-year high on worries the rest of the world may not have enough fuel this winter. Front-month gas futures for November delivery fell 24 cents, to settle at USD5.62 per mmBtu.
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