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Oil prices edge up on Kazakhstan, Libyan supply worries

Oil prices edge up on Kazakhstan, Libyan supply worries

Singapore (Reuters) – Oil prices edged up on Monday as supply disruptions in Kazakhstan and Libya offset worries stemming from the rapid global rise in Omicron infections.
Brent crude gained 16 cents, or 0.2%, at $81.91 a barrel at 04:06 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 15 cents, or 0.2%, at $79.05 a barrel.
Oil prices gained 5% last week after protests in Kazakhstan disrupted train lines and hit production at the country’s top oilfield Tengiz, while a pipeline maintenance in Libya pushed production down to 729,000 barrels per day from a high of 1.3 million bpd last year.
Kazakhstan’s largest oil venture Tengizchevroil is gradually increasing production to reach normal rates at the Tengiz field after protests limited output there in recent days, operator Chevron said on Sunday.
“Growing supply outages in places like Libya and others have re-centered the spotlight on supply availability,” RBC Capital analysts said in a note.
If Russia invades Ukraine, it could disrupt Russian crude exports to Europe and push oil prices higher, the bank added.
Tens of thousands of Russian troops are gathered within reach of the border with Ukraine in preparation for what Washington and Kyiv say could be an invasion, eight years after Russia seized the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine.
Oil is also drawing support from rising global demand and lower-than-expected supply additions from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and allies.
OPEC’s output in December rose by 70,000 bpd from the previous month, versus the 253,000 bpd increase allowed under the OPEC+ supply deal which restored output slashed in 2020 when demand collapsed under COVID-19 lockdowns.

 

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