Oil Prices Could Soon Turn Negative As The World Runs Out Of Places To Store Crude
Wednesday, 1 April 2020 19:18 WIB |
Global oil storage could reach maximum capacity within weeks, energy analysts have told CNBC, as the coronavirus crisis dramatically reduces consumption and some of the world™s most powerful crude producers start to ramp up their output.
The coronavirus pandemic has meant countries have effectively had to shut down, with many governments imposing draconian measures on the daily lives of billions of people. It has created an unprecedented demand shock in energy markets, with storage space “ both onshore and offshore “ quickly running out.
At the same time, a three-year pact between OPEC and non-OPEC partners to curb oil output ended on Wednesday, paving the way for oil producers to ramp up production.
OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia has pledged to hike output to a record high.
International benchmark Brent crude traded at $25.33 Wednesday afternoon, down more than 3.8%, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) stood at $20.54, around 0.3% higher.
Source : CNBC