Covid-19 Resurgence Slows China Demand for US Crude

Covid-19 Resurgence Slows China Demand for US CrudeCovid-19 Resurgence Slows China Demand for US Crude

A second wave of Covid-19 infections in China’s capital is threatening to depress the nation’s appetite for American oil just after a pick-up in purchases.
Signs of weakening demand from the world’s largest oil consumer are now starting to weigh on export prices for American crude, according to industry participants, Bloomberg reported.
West Texas Intermediate oil for supply in August along the US Gulf Coast is now trading at about 80 to 90 cents a barrel above Nymex futures, down from a nearly $1.15-a-barrel premium last week, they said.
Before the renewed outbreak in Beijing that has now spread to neighboring provinces, buyers in China were snapping up cheap US oil with crude processing at local refineries climbing even higher last month than before the pandemic began. 
But shipments may take a hit over the next few months after record purchases in May crushed port infrastructure, another signal of limited interest in US crude and weaker pricing to come.
Purchases of about 23 million barrels of American crude oil for loading in May were sent to domestic refineries and only 12 million barrels are en route to China this month, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
A majority of those shipments left from the US Gulf Coast and two departed from the US Virgin Islands. During Covid-19 quarantines, China’s petroleum consumption had dwindled: In April, just 2 million barrels set sail for the Asian nation.

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