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U.S, allies agree oil reserves release as oil prices so...

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IEA release oil reserves

U.S, allies agree oil reserves release as oil prices soar

Tanker trucks sit in front of storage silos in Sunray, Texas, U.S., on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. After all the trauma the U.S. oil industry has been through this year -- from production cuts to mass layoffs and a string of bankruptcies -- many producers say they’re still prioritizing output over reducing debt. Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg
By Reuters
01 Mar 2022 1

TOKYO, March 1 (Reuters) - Member states of the International Energy Agency (IEA), including the United States, on Tuesday agreed to release 60 million barrels of crude reserves to try to curb soaring oil prices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

  • IEA states agree release of 60 mln barrels from stocks
  • States to consider releasing more as needed – IEA
  • Move aims to cool prices after Russia’s Ukraine invasion
  • Half of pledged amount to come from the United States
  • Oil market unconvinced, Brent tops $106/bbl

By Yuka Obayashi and Noah Browning

But the move appeared to have the opposite effect on prices, with Brent crude LCoc1 rising to nearly $107 a barrel after the announcement, its highest since 2014 as some buyers shunned Russian barrels due to Western sanctions. O/RRead full story

Half of the agreed release will come from the United States, the U.S. department of energy said after the extraordinary ministerial meeting of the 31 members of the IEA, which represents mostly industrialised nations.

“The release of the reserves is notable, but as we saw back in November, it’s just not viewed as a kind of game-changer in any way,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA, referring to an earlier stocks release led by the United States.

“The political risk premium of a crisis involving one of the world’s top oil producers is just too high.”

IEA executive director Fatih Birol said the current situation in energy markets is “very serious and demands our full attention”.

“Global energy security is under threat, putting the world economy at risk during a fragile stage of the recovery,” Birol added in a statement, which said member states would consider tapping stocks further as needed.

The precise share of member countries in the release would be determined in coming days, Japanese industry minister Koichi Hagiuda said, while some IEA members agreed to provide petrochemical products to Ukraine.

A disruption from Russia, one of the world’s top oil producers which exports around 4-5 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude and calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”, could send prices even higher. O/R

The 60 million barrels agreed represent 4% of the 1.5 billion barrels of emergency stockpiles held by IEA members, the agency said, and is equivalent to 2 million barrels a day for 30 days.

 

SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm chaired the meeting of the Paris-based IEA which has coordinated three emergency oil stock releases in the past. Read full story

Founded in 1974 as an energy watchdog, the IEA and defines one of its main roles as helping “coordinate a collective response to major disruptions in the supply of oil”.

Last November, the United States announced a release of 50 million barrels from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a move made in concert with oil consuming nations including China, India and Japan.

The IEA did not oversee that operation, saying at the time it only responds collectively to major supply disruptions. It last coordinated a release amid the oil supply disruption wrought by the Libyan Civil War in 2011. Read full story

China, the world’s No.2 consumer and largest importer, never officially committed to that move and has been buying more for its reserves instead. Read full story

U.S. President Joe Biden has faced strong criticism from political opponents who say his climate-friendly policies have knee-capped U.S. energy production and driven up energy prices.

“We are prepared to use every tool available to us to limit disruption to global energy supply as a result of President Putin’s actions,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in statement on Tuesday after the IEA meeting.

The United States is responsible for about half of the world’s strategic petroleum reserves and the other 29 IEA members – including the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Australia – are required to hold oil in emergency reserves equivalent to 90 days of net oil imports. Read full story

Japan has one of the largest reserves after China and the United States.

(Reporting by Reuters energy newsroom; writing by Noah Browning in London; editing by Jason Neely, Jon Boyle and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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