Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Oil nears bear market territory amid oversupply concerns

Workers at an onshore Iranian oil facility Workers at an onshore Iranian oil facility
Jean Garcia | 09 November, 2018, 13:53

It makes the United States the world's biggest producer of crude. None of the other partners agree with USA decision.

South Korea is a large buyer of Iranian condensate, a super light form of crude oil, used by its large petrochemical industry.

The port in the Sistan-Balochistan province in the energy-rich nation's southern coast is easily accessible from India's western coast and is increasingly seen as a counter to Pakistan's Gwadar Port, which is being developed with Chinese investment and is located at distance of around 80 kms from Chabahar.

Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative on Iran policy, said that the U.S. sanctions extended to insurers and underwriters.

The sanctions aim to isolate Iran by choking off its main source of revenue - oil exports - and they are enforced through the imposition of penalties on companies that continue to do business with Iran. He stated that some "temporary allotments to eight jurisdictions" are being given. Plans to link the port to the Iranian rail system, which connects to Afghanistan and on to Central Asia, featured in the U.S. State Department's decision.

In 2017-18, India imported 22.6 million tonnes of oil from Iran.

"Oil prices continue to decline and are now officially in a bear market, having declined 20 per cent from their (October) peak", said William O'Loughlin, investment analyst at Australia's Rivkin Securities.

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India is, thus, being given time to phase out its oil imports from Iran in a calibrated fashion. This is happening due to the rise in global oil prices and the depreciation in the value of the rupee.

Washington had been pushing governments to cut imports of Iranian oil to zero.

The giving in to USA pressure, which harms India's interests, is now being projected as an achievement. "Because you have a monopoly called OPEC [the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries], and I don't like that monopoly". Understanding the geo-political situation, India has been able to get its way. "The US has given waiver to some countries including India". This is just whitewashing the truth.

President Erdogan of Turkey said that his country would not abide by the sanctions, which he...

Speaking on background Tuesday, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said that Secretary Mike Pompeo had approved carving an exception from sanctions for Iran's Chabahar port. Dark days await the US administration.

There was no need for India to cravenly accept the U.S. sanctions on Iran. Shortly after that the White House announced they would re-impose unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The other signatories to the nuclear deal - Germany, France, Britain, the European Union, Russia and China - have condemned Trump's walkout from the pact.

Unlike India, China has denounced the new U.S. sanctions. This would have been the way to protect India's national interests. In May 2018, however, Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement, making a return of sanctions all-but-inevitable.

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