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Russia Expects A Protracted Oil Price Plunge

Even though the new OPEC+ deal is set to come into force this week, oil prices will not rise much in the near future because of very high global inventories, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in an article published in the ministry’s publication Energy Policy on Tuesday.

The oil market could begin to balance in the second half of this year, as demand is expected to recover with easing of travel restrictions and supply is set to be reduced due to the new OPEC+ production cut deal, Novak said.

Russia thinks that the result of the new agreement will depend on how fast the global economy could recover, which would lead to higher demand for energy resources, the minister added.

China is already showing signs of recovering economic activity and we hope that other economies could see positive developments in a few months, too, Novak said, but warned:

“Nevertheless, you should not expect a jump in oil prices in the near term, due to the current oversupply on the market.”

The current situation in the oil market with prices plummeting is tough, but the market shouldn’t be judged by a one-day or even a week-long slump, Vladimir Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said last week, calling for patience and an assessment of the market when the new OPEC+ agreement takes effect on May 1.

Last Tuesday, minister Novak said in a statement that the pressure on the highly volatile oil market would continue until the start of the OPEC+ cuts in May, until production in the countries outside OPEC+ starts coming off the market, and until countries begin easing lockdowns. Attributing last week’s plunge of the WTI Crude May contract to the expiring futures contract and lack of storage, Novak said there was no need to dramatize the situation. OPEC+ countries are following the market closely, and they have all the instruments to react, if necessary, the Russian minister said.    

Oil prices are set to recover with the OPEC+ production cuts and gradual lifting of lockdowns around the world in the second half of 2020, when oil prices “will be $40 starting from the third quarter,” Mohamed Arkab, Energy Minister of Algeria and OPEC president, said on Sunday.   

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  • David Dumas on April 28 2020 said:
    Sounds like a wishful thinking. But the cuts agreed during OPEC+ are in my opinion very far to compensate the plunge of oil demand.
  • Bill Simpson on April 28 2020 said:
    Just so you readers know, Gail the Actuary, said that Russia, China, Canada, Iran(?) and the USA, will be the only countries that will survive the coming societal meltdown, more or less intact, without you having to make friends with the local warlord in order to survive. So yea, oil will be cheap for a while. Russia, Canada, and Iran are loaded with the stuff.
    Except for Iran, it makes sense to me. All of them have a lot of fuel, farmland, water, and factories to make the needed essential industrial items, or they can trade valuable things for what little outside resources they might need. You wouldn't survive the apocalypse without those.
    The quote from Dr. Strangelove comes to mind. "I'm not saying we won't get our hair mussed, but it would be 10 to 20 million dead, tops." So you might want to make your way to one of them, if you can still get in, with the Covid-19 blockades and all. I would consider avoiding Iran and China. And bring a heavy coat for Canada and Russia. There might be a fabric shortage from making Covid masks.

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