Oil prices slump amid global market rout

Oil prices slumped, extending falls from the previous session as global financial markets tumbled lower in the wake of one of the biggest intra-day falls ever registered on Wall Street. (Reuters)
Updated 07 February 2018
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Oil prices slump amid global market rout

SINGAPORE: Oil prices slumped on Tuesday, extending falls from the previous session as global financial markets tumbled lower in the wake of one of the biggest intra-day falls ever registered on Wall Street.
Brent hit a session low of $66.82 a barrel early in the day, with US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) falling as low as $63.29 a barrel.
“The fall (in crude futures) is mainly attributable to a global sell-off in equities,” said Sukrit Vijayakar, director at consultancy Trifecta Energy.
“People ran to the US dollar as a safe-haven currency. Therefore the dollar strengthens. This makes commodities more expensive to buy, hence oil futures get sold off,” he added.
Financial markets went into a tailspin on Monday after a sharp rise in US bond yields that raised alarms over rising inflation and potentially higher interest rates.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average’s 4.6 percent loss on Monday was its largest in percentage terms since August 2011, and the day’s 1,175 point loss was its biggest ever in absolute terms. The index was briefly down more than 6 percent.
“Suddenly, inflation has become one of the most-talked about issues in markets,” US bank J.P. Morgan said in a note to clients.
The correction in oil is also being driven by fundamentals, traders said.
Despite OPEC and Russia cutting production in order to tighten the market, crude remains in ample supply.
That is largely due to soaring US shale oil production, which has jumped by almost 18 percent since mid-2016 to 10 million barrels per day (bpd), surpassing top exporter Saudi Arabia.
Only Russia produces more, averaging 10.98 million bpd in 2017
And US oil output will likely rise further.
The amount of rigs drilling for oil rose to 765 by late January, more than double the 316 that were in operation during 2016’s production lull.
There is also a seasonal downturn to demand, as many refineries shut for maintenance at the end to the peak-consumption winter season in the northern hemisphere.


Saudi Aramco, Mcdermott sign deal for new oil services facility

Updated 26 March 2019
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Saudi Aramco, Mcdermott sign deal for new oil services facility

  • Aramco signed the lease with McDermott Arabia, a subsidiary of McDermott International Inc

CAIRO: Saudi Aramco signed a land lease agreement with McDermott Arabia Company on Tuesday to establish an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation facility in the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries in Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia. 

A joint press release said that Aramco signed the lease with McDermott Arabia, a subsidiary of McDermott International Inc, to establish a fabrication facility that will be used for large scale fabrication of offshore platforms and onshore/offshore modules. 

Saudi Aramco Senior Vice President of Technical Services, Ahmad Al Sa’adi said the facility would serve as a major engineering, procurement, construction, and installation hub not only the Kingdom, but for the GCC region.