Oil dips on rising output and US sanction wavers

SINGAPORE: Oil prices dipped on Wednesday as rising output and US sanction waivers that allow Iran’s biggest buyers to keep taking its crude reinforced the outlook for a well-supplied market.
Front-month Brent crude oil futures were at $71.99 per barrel at 0552 GMT, down 14 cents, or 0.2 per cent, from their last close.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was at $61.84, down 37 cents, or 0.6 per cent. Brent and WTI have slumped by 17.4 and 19.7 per cent respectively from recent peaks touched in early October.
US bank JP Morgan said the “sell-off in oil was due to excessive crude” from rising production “whilst Iranian supply was still in the market.” Washington re-imposed sanctions against Iran’s oil exports on Monday but granted waivers to its biggest customers, allowing them limited imports for the next 180 days.
Refinitiv Eikon data showed Iranian crude exports have fallen to 1 million barrels per day (bpd) so far in November, down from around 3 million bpd in mid-2018.
But Iran supply is expected to rise after November as waivers are used to start ordering more Iranian oil.
“Waivers are likely to be more extensive than the market expected,” energy consultancy FGE said, estimating that waivers overall would allow 1.2 to 1.7 million bpd of exports. — Reuters