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Crude oil stays near multi-year highs on improved outlook demand recovery

June 15/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Oil prices held near multi-year highs, underpinned by an improved outlook for demand as increased COVID-19 vaccinations help lift travel curbs, reported Reuters.

Brent crude was up 14 cents, or 0.2%, at USD72.83 by 0123 GMT. It rose 1.1% last week and hit the highest since May 2019 of USD73.09 on Friday.

US West Texas Intermediate was also up 14 cents, or 0.2%, at USD71.05 a barrel, after reaching the highest since October 2018 at USD71.24 on Friday and rising 1.9% on the week.

Vehicle traffic is returning to pre-pandemic levels in North America and much of Europe and more planes are in the air as lockdowns and other restrictions are being eased, driving three weeks of gains for the oil benchmarks.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies, known as OPEC+, need to increase output to meet recovering demand, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its monthly report on Friday.

The OPEC+ group has been restraining production to support prices after the pandemic wiped out demand in 2020.

We remind that as MRC informed earlier, Indian refiners, anticipating a lifting of US sanctions, plan to make space for the resumption of Iranian imports by reducing spot crude oil purchases in the second half of the year. The world"s third-largest oil consumer and importer halted imports from Tehran in 2019 after former US President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 accord and re-imposed sanctions on the OPEC producer over its disputed nuclear programme.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 744,130 tonnes in the first four month of 2021, up by 4% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. At the same time, PP deliveries to the Russian market were 523,900 tonnes in January-April 2021, up by 55% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whereas shipments of PP random copolymers decreased.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, North America, crude and gaz condensate, medicine, USA.
Category:General News
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