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Oman crude rises to $115.60 per barrel

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BUSINESS REPORTER


MUSCAT, JUNE 6


The price of Oman crude (for August 2022 delivery) rises to $3.50 a barrel to settle at $115.60 per barrel in trading on the Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME) on Monday. The price of Oman crude (for June 2022 delivery) has averaged $102.40 per barrel, which is $8.56 a barrel lower than the May 2022 delivery average.


Meanwhile, most international benchmarks slipped on Monday after topping $120 a barrel as Saudi Arabia raised crude prices for July, a number of agencies said. Crude moved lower amid doubts that last week's decision by OPEC+ oil producers to boost their monthly output target would translate into a jump in output needed to ease tight supply.


Brent crude was down 52 cents, or 0.4 per cent, to $119.20 a barrel at 12:40 GMT after touching an intraday high of $121.95. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 54 cents, or 0.5 per cent, at $118.33 a barrel after hitting a three-month high of $120.99.


Saudi Arabia raised the July official selling price (OSP) for its flagship Arab light crude to Asia by $2.10 from June to a $6.50 premium, the highest since May, when prices hit all-time highs due to worries of disruption in supplies from Russia.


The price increase followed a decision last week by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, together called OPEC+, to boost output for July and August by 648,000 barrels per day, or 50 per cent more than previously planned.


The increased target was spread across all OPEC+ members, however, many of which have little room to increase output and which include Russia, which faces Western sanctions.


"With only a handful of... OPEC+ participants with spare capacity, we expect the increase in OPEC+ output to be about 160,000 barrels per day in July and 170,000 bpd in August," JP Morgan analysts said in a note.


On Monday, Citibank and Barclays raised their price forecasts for 2022 and 2023, saying they expected Russian output and exports to fall by around 1-1.5 million bpd by end-2022.


Separately, Italy's Eni and Spain's Repsol could begin shipping small volumes of Venezuelan oil to Europe as soon as next month, five people familiar with the matter said.


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