US Crude Oil Price Heads Lower Again

Media: Japan halts imports of oil from Iran

Russia investing $64 billion in Iran’s oil and gas

Crude also strengthened on forecasts that inventories at the US oil delivery hub for WTI in Cushing, Oklahoma fell 1.8 million barrels, or 6.2 percent, through Tuesday, traders said, citing energy information provider Genscape. "For the energy renaissance to continue, the U.S. natural gas and oil industry critically needs policies that advance energy infrastructure around the country as well as the access of USA energy to global markets".

According to API, crude oil production hit 10.7 million barrels per day (MMbpd) in June and NGL production reached 4.2 MMbpd during the same period.

The sources did not disclose how much of June's 100,000 barrel per day (bpd) increase came from stocks.

Meanwhile, OPEC and non-OPEC's compliance with oil output curbs declined to around 120 per cent in June from 147 per cent in May, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. Although, markets edged up on Friday in the wake of Saudi Arabia moving to allay some fears of oversupply. Saudi Arabia also said that OPEC+ would no longer focus on country-specific output limits but instead would heed a collective target, a switch that would free Saudi Arabia to ramp up production. The potential release of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve and the pressure from the Trump administration on Saudi Arabia to increase output has increased uncertainty.

After pulling out from the Iran Nuclear Deal on May 8, the US President promised that not only will the US reimpose the old sanctions against Tehran but also a new series of sanctions will be stamped on Iran.

Trade tension between the United States and China could drag on the global economy, BMI Research said. Some countries such as China have rejected US calls and Japan is seeking a waiver.

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After sliding lower early on in the session, crude oil futures cut losses and rebounded into positive territory amid high volatility on Thursday.

The price of USA crude oil is continuing on its downward path Thursday after a modest rally Wednesday on news that United States demand for gasoline and distillates remains buoyant.

The analysis also found that petroleum demand with the at its strongest since 2007. If the purchases of Iranian oil continue, the U.S. threatens to impose penalties on these companies. The company already has begun diversifying its condensate suppliers, said a Hanwha Total Petrochemical official, adding that Iranian condensate may seem to take relatively high portion but it takes up only 30 percent on yearly basis due to high import volume early this year.

In 2017, Turkey imported 24.9 million tons of crude oil in total, mainly from Iran (almost 50 percent) and the rest from Iraq, Russia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. When it comes to domestic oil production, special attention should be given to technological breakthroughs of all sorts.

It was reported an increase to the number of active oil and gas rigs by 2 in the United States last week with oil rigs staying at 863 and gas at 189.

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