Oman's Crude Oil Production Rises in February 2016
The Sultanate’s total production of crude oil and condensates amounted during February 2016 to 29,397,683 barrels, a daily rate of 1,013,713 barrels, comprising an increase by 0.72% compared with January 2016 as for the daily average.
The statistics showed that the total quantities of crude oil exported abroad during February 2016 stood at 28,804,712 barrels, a daily rate of 993,266 barrels, comprising a rise by 12.67 compared to January 2016.
The import of China declined by 26.39 per cent in February, compared to the previous month, on the other hand the exports to Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea increased by 7.93, 1.67 and 9.79 respectively in comparison with January.
The United States of America (USA) imported the Omani crude oil during February 2016, comprising 7.99% of the total Omani exported oil.
Referring to the trend in oil price in the international market, the average price of West Texas crude grade in New York touched $32.20 per barrel in February 2016, showing a decline with $ 0.31 a barrel over the previous month.
The average price of North Sea Brent grade reached $33.53 a barrel, an increase of $1.49 per barrel over January.
The trading of Oman Crude Oil Future Contract at Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME Oman) witnessed a rise during February, as same as other oil types in the world. It averaged between USD 31.94 and USD 26.83 per barrel. Meanwhile, Oman oil price (April Delivery 2016) stood at USD 30.23 comprising a rise by 2.83 cents compared to March delivery 2016.
The crude oil prices for most reference oils recovered during February trading compared to settlement prices in January 2016. The prices hovered around $30 per barrel. The Omani crude oil restored some of its profits that was lost last month and increased by more than 10%.
This increase is attributed to a number of main reasons that directly affected the prices, namely the depreciation of the U.S dollars to record level in the past seven weeks. This depreciation makes the raw commodities priced in U.S dollar less costly for holders of other currencies.
It is also attributed to the decline in U.S shell oil production and the recovery of Asian transactions after the release of the U.S data, which showed a decline in the number of oil rigs operating for nine successive weeks.
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Source: Oman News Agency (ONA)
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