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Brent Oil Prices Remain Stable

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As market participants were pushed in various directions by an unexpected rise in US crude oil and fuel inventories, uncertainty regarding the state of the world economy, and China’s economy opening up, oil prices remained largely stable on Wednesday.

Brent crude futures were up 43 cents, or 0.5%, to $80.53 per barrel while dipping in and out of the red. The WTI crude futures increased by 25 cents, or 0.3%, to $75.37.

Both contracts rose on Monday and Tuesday, recouping losses from the first week of 2023.

Crude oil stockpiles in the United States increased by 14.91 million barrels in the week ending January 6.

Lower oil prices result from concerns that recession-causing interest rate increases meant to combat inflation will also lower demand for fuel. On Thursday, the United States will release its inflation data.

Analysts believe that the dollar will fall if inflation falls short of expectations. A weaker dollar can boost oil demand by making the commodity more affordable to buyers using other currencies.

Prices have not risen significantly but have received some support from hopes for increased fuel demand in China, the world’s second-largest oil consumer after the United States, after it relaxed COVID-19 curbs and increased crude import quotas by 20%.

Russian oil producers have no trouble securing export contracts despite Western sanctions and price caps. The sanctions put in place after Moscow sent troops into Ukraine on February 24 and the price caps imposed by Western nations last month have had little effect on Russian oil production.

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Norway Is Now Germany’s Largest Gas Supplier

Norway replaced Russia as Germany’s largest gas supplier in 2022, providing 33% of the country’s natural gas needs. Norwegian imports accounted for under 20% of Germany’s supply the previous year.

Norwegian suppliers have seized the opportunity to increase their market share in Germany and secure reliable and long-term demand from Europe’s largest natural gas consumer.

In addition to increasing output from existing fields, new developments, including those approved and under construction and prospective fields above the Arctic Circle, will be critical to extending the plateau of peak production into 2030 or possibly exporting even more gas to Germany in the years ahead.

Norway supplies gas to Germany through several channels. Direct imports arrive via the natural gas pipelines Europipe and Norpipe. These two routes accounted for roughly 23% of Germany’s supply. Indirect imports of Norwegian gas via the Zeepipe from Belgium account for another 10% of Germany’s gas inflow.

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