The move follows a decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries last week to increase production to try to moderate oil prices that have rallied more than 40 percent over the previous year.
The API also reported that gasoline supply rose by 1.2 million barrels and Distillates by 1.8 million barrels. "U.S. crude is certainly being looked at as it continues to remain competitive for us", an official from an OMC told Mint. "This figure now stands at around 2.5 million barrels, and eliminating it easily and in a period of few months is impossible".
Kirill Dmitriev, the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said this week the coordination with Saudi Arabia, the de facto leader of OPEC, meant Russia was demonstrating a lead role in energy markets.
"Next week, you're going to have a Cushing storage number that includes seven days of the Syncrude outage".
"You had a very significant, nearly overwhelming draw in Cushing", said Thomas Finlon, director of Energy Analytics Group LLC in Wellington, Florida. "So there is no threat of supply disruptions".
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak sits on a committee monitoring compliance for an effort steered by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to ensure an even-keeled market through coordinated production arrangements. "The simple reality", he said, is that there's not enough space capacity in the world to immediately replace all of Iran's oil exports.
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The United States this week demanded that all countries halt imports of Iranian oil from November, a hardline position the Trump administration hopes will cut off funding to Iran.
Although Zanganeh said no producer was allowed to grab the share of those under-producing, Falih made it abundantly clear in subsequent statements that his country and others with spare capacity will pick up the slack and pump more. The move is aimed at depriving Iran, which is increasing its influence in the Middle East, of its biggest source of funds, and drawing concessions from the country.
Russia's Novak said today that OPEC/NOPEC could gradually reverse up to a total of 1.5 million barrels per day of production.
U.S crude futures extended gains after data showed inventories at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub fell by 3.1 million barrels in the week through June 26, traders said, citing data from market intelligence firm Genscape.
Yesterday, oil gained over 3% after the initial announcement from the State Department announced that it would continue to implement the Iranian economic sanctions. Increase in consumption and the price volatility remaining the constant factors, government will have to generate reserves so that any change in the global environment does not affect the domestic economy.