Iran Crude Prices Up, Exports above 2 mbpd

Iran's crude oil traded at about $43 per barrel in the week to June 30 amid concerns about rising US crude inventories and limited impact of an OPEC-led scheme to reduce supplies and raise prices.

Financial Tribune - Iran's crude oil traded at about $43 per barrel in the week to June 30 amid concerns about rising US crude inventories and limited impact of an OPEC-led scheme to reduce supplies and raise prices.

Iran Heavy, the country's main export grade, gained 78 cents to reach $43.71 per barrel in the week. Iran's light crude settled $1.79 higher at $43.82 per barrel, IRNA reported on Sunday, citing a report by the Oil Ministry.

The increase comes against a backdrop of a slowdown in global markets and falling crude prices that are struggling to bounce from multi-month lows.

The price of OPEC basket of 14 crudes stood at $46.52 a barrel on Thursday, compared with $47.04 the previous day, according to the latest OPEC Secretariat calculations.

Global benchmark Brent crude settled down $1.40, or 2.9%, at $46.71 a barrel on Friday and US West Texas Intermediate crude futures finished $1.29, or 2.8%, lower at $44.23 a barrel, after trading as low as $43.78. Shana, the official Oil Ministry news portal, said on Sunday Iran's crude exports in June averaged 2.15 million barrels per day with most shipments destined for ports in Asia and Europe.

Average exports in 2017 have been slightly above 2.1 million barrels per day, the report said. European customers have taken in nearly 1 million bpd of Iranian oil this year.

The data exclude the export of condensates, a type of ultra-light crude. According to ministry data, Iran sells between 600,000-700,000 barrels of condensates daily.

Jul 10, 2017
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