Aramco Increases Oil Prices for Europe, Asia in April

Aramco Increases Oil Prices for Europe, Asia in April

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Saudi Arabia's energy company, Aramco, announced on Sunday that it will increase shipping prices for Asia and Europe in April due to an expected rise in demand.

The flagship Arab Light crude will experience a rise of up to $2.50 a barrel above the regional benchmark, which is 50 cents more than the level for March.

The official selling price for Arab Heavy, a medium sour crude that contains more sulfur than Arab Light, will also be increased by $2.50 a barrel from March, RT reported.

This is the second consecutive month that the largest oil company in the world has raised prices for its biggest market, Asia. Aramco sells approximately 60% of its crude shipments to the continent, most of which are under long-term contracts, pricing for which is reviewed monthly.

The Saudi producer also said that prices for North-West Europe and the Mediterranean will be hiked by as much as $1.30 a barrel while those for US customers will be left unchanged.

“The demand from China is very strong,” Aramco’s chief executive officer Amin Nasser told Bloomberg last week, adding that demand is also “excellent” in Europe and the US.

China has been ramping up crude purchases just as the country is rapidly recovering from Covid restrictions. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), recovering Chinese consumption will be the main driver in the growth of global oil demand this year, which it expects to rise to 101.9 million barrels per day (bpd).

Meanwhile, the OPEC+ group of major oil-producing nations, led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, has recently suggested it will not increase production until at least next year. Russia announced earlier that it would cut oil production by 500,000 bpd starting March, in response to Western sanctions and price cap on its crude.

Oil prices started the week in decline, with benchmark Brent down slightly on Tuesday around $85 a barrel. US West Texas Intermediate crude was also trading lower, below $80 per barrel.

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