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Russia’s Crude Trades At $52, Well Below The Proposed Price Cap

  • Russia’s flagship crude grade Urals currently trades at around $52 per barrel.
  • Russian crude is already trading at prices below the proposed G7-EU-UK price cap.
  • EU leaders failed to reach a decision on Thursday about the oil price cap.

Russia’s flagship crude grade Urals currently trades at around $52 per barrel, more than $10 a barrel lower than the low end of a proposed G7-EU-UK price cap of $65-$70 per Russian barrel of crude, according to Bloomberg.

No final decision has been taken by the G7 and the EU yet, but the price cap mechanism and the EU embargo on imports of Russian crude by sea are set to enter into force in less than two weeks, on December 5. 

Reports emerged on Wednesday that the EU is discussing capping the price of Russian oil at somewhere between $65 and $70 per barrel. Such a cap, if approved, would not effectively lower the price of the flagship Russian crude currently being traded on the market.  

The EU ambassadors of the 27-member bloc were discussing the G7 proposal of a cap this week but failed to reach a decision on Thursday as EU countries are split over whether a price cap of $65-$70 is too high or too low.

A $65-$70 per barrel price cap for Russia’s oil is not expected to immediately shrink Putin’s oil revenues, considering that this is more or less the price that buyers currently pay for Russian crude, multiple industry sources familiar with the transaction prices told Reuters on Thursday.

Wood Mackenzie’s vice president of gas and LNG research, Massimo Di Odoardo, told CNBC on Friday, “Those levels of discounts are certainly in line with what the discounts already are in the market.” 

“It’s something that doesn’t seem, as it is placed, like it’s going to have any effect [on Moscow] whatsoever if the price is so high,” Di Odoardo added. 

By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on November 25 2022 said:
    This is no more than disinformation and wishful thinking on the part of Bloomberg and its Western supporters intended to give the impression that the G7 proposed price cap of Russian crude oil exports is reasonable and even generous to Russia.

    Anyone who believes that in the current tight global oil market with robust demand and a shrinking spare production capacity Russia would be so desperate to sell its crude at $52 a barrel must be deluding himself or day dreaming. Whatever small discount amounting to a couple of dollars Russia does give to its buyers is a thank you gesture for defying Western sanctions.

    Furthermore, if Russia is allegedly selling its crude at $52, then a suggested price cap of $65-$70 a barrel by the G7 should in principle be acceptable to Russia since it is $13-$18 higher than the $52 Russia is claimed falsely to be selling its crude.

    The proposed Western price cap is doomed to end up in a waste basket.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert
  • lulz lulz on November 26 2022 said:
    That is not the price for any European or American market. It is a special price for the East and Asian one. The proposed price cap will create a major problem to the corrupt european politicians, and eventually a world market problem. OPEC+ will probably decrease even more the production and increase the price.

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