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  • Updated: September 15, 2023

Oil Prices Rises To $94 Per Barrel Amid Global Supply Concerns

Oil Prices Rises To $94 Per Barrel Amid Global Supply Concer

The global crude oil market witnessed a surge in prices as Brent crude reached $94 per barrel, the highest level in 2023.

Tight supply conditions were the driving force behind this increase, largely attributed to oil production cuts in Saudi Arabia and Russia.

This price jump marks a significant rise since the beginning of the year when Brent crude was around $76 per barrel. Currently, Brent crude firmly holds at $94.31 per barrel as of September.

China's decision to reduce banks' cash reserve requirements to stimulate economic recovery and expectations of nearing the end of major global interest rate hikes also contributed to the price hike.

Amena Bakr, the chief OPEC correspondent, outlined the industry's strategy of maintaining tight oil inventories.

The voluntary production cuts by Saudi Arabia and Russia are set to control global oil inventories, particularly leading up to the first quarter of 2024 when inventories typically rise.

Nigeria faces challenges in capitalising on favourable market conditions, including crude oil theft, which persists despite government and security agency efforts. This insecurity in oil installations may affect investor confidence in Nigeria's oil and gas sector.

President Bola Tinubu's ambitious goal of achieving 6% economic growth by next year hinges on significant oil production increases of 300,000 to 400,000 barrels per day.

However, the obstacles, especially rising Brent crude prices, pose a challenge to Nigeria's progress in the sector.

While Nigeria's non-oil sectors, such as services, manufacturing, and agriculture, experienced significant growth in the second quarter of 2023, the oil sector lags behind, as per the latest OPEC monthly oil market report (September 2023).

Achieving President Tinubu's economic goals remains uncertain without substantial progress in the oil sector by early 2024.

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