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With regards to the tumble in output from Iran and subsequent affect on oil prices, there could be "no formulation of gleaming" how powerful its exports will tumble, Atkinson stated.

Bassam Fattouh and Andreas Economou at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies wrote in a presentation in early September that they expect a total loss of 900,000 bpd of Iranian oil on the market.

US crude oil exports were up by 787,000 b/d (nearly 80 percent) from the first half of a year ago to the first half of 2018.

Brent rose above $80 per barrel during the previous session for the first time since May, spurred by expectations that USA sanctions against Iran's oil exports, which will start in November, will tighten global markets.

Brent crude oil fell $1.56, or 2 per cent, to settle at $78.18 per barrel.

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry met Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih on Monday in Washington, as the Trump administration encourages big oil-producing countries to keep output high.

USA crude production fell by 100,000 bpd to 10.9 million bpd last week as the industry faces pipeline capacity constraints.

"South Korea bought 194,000 bpd from Iran in July", OilPrice said. Next year, consumption is expected to increase slightly, reaching 950,000 million barrels per day.

Crude oil storage tanks are seen from above at the oil hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, March 24, 2016.

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"While we aren't explicitly forecasting Brent to rise to $100 a barrel, we see real risks of this happening".

OPEC in its latest monthly report believes global supplies will be just fine moving forward: it stated that oil supply this year will grow by 2.02 million barrels per day (bpd) despite making a downward revision of 64,000 bpd from its last report; next year, non-OPEC oil supply is expected to grow by 2.15 million bpd, a minor upward revision of 17,000 bpd.

"This is a huge uncertainty on the market – how countries, which buy nearly 2 million barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian oil, will act".

OPEC on Wednesday further trimmed its forecast for 2019 global oil demand growth and said the risk to the economic outlook was skewed to the downside, adding a new challenge to the group's efforts to support the market next year.

That month Russian Federation produced 11.247 million barrels per day, a post-Soviet Union record high.

Russian energy minister Alexander Novak on Wednesday warned of the impact of US sanctions against Iran. He described Iraq, Libya, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia as one of the most critical producers having the spare capability to scrutinize extra output increases within the coming months.

The EIA now predicts ethanol production will average 1.05 million barrels per day this year, falling to 1.03 million barrels per day next year.

Chinese media Xinhua said the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecast on Tuesday that U.S. crude oil production will average 10.7 million bpd in 2018, up from 9.4 million barrels bpd in 2017, and will average 11.5 million barrels bpd in 2019.


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