Saudi Arabia has announced that it is about to send a wall of supertankers towards the US in order to bring down the artificially inflated oil prices. Whatever the local political moves of the backstage, a stable and healthy global economy relies on reasonable energy prices -- and the patience is running low. At least we can applaud the maritime wall, even if it's a metaphor, let's hope that more oil infused in the US economy will make it just a bit easier...
“This is the first time in several years for [Saudi Arabia] to hit the market with such volume – and in such a short time frame,” says Omar Nokta, a shipping expert at specialist investment bank Dalham Rose & Co.
The hiring spree was the most public move by the kingdom in a series of efforts aimed at bringing down oil prices from $125 a barrel towards $100. “They want to bring prices down. That is it,” says a former Western oil official.
Please consider Naimi calls high oil prices ‘unjustified’
Saudi Arabia’s powerful oil minister Ali Naimi sought to cool overheating oil markets on Tuesday, saying high oil prices were “unjustified” and that the kingdom could boost its output by as much as 25 per cent if necessary.
...Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said on Tuesday that rising energy prices had now overtaken Europe’s sovereign debt crisis as the biggest worry for the global economy. Speaking in New Delhi, she said that while the world financial system had strengthened over the past three months, volatile oil prices would have “serious consequences”.
But Mr Naimi insisted that supply was “much more firm today than in 2008”, the time of the last big oil increase. Saudi Arabia had 2.5m b/d of additional production capacity, which it could bring online if necessary.
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