Excess crude account swells as oil price leaps towards $80

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Crude oil futures pushed higher again in European morning trading Tuesday, with geopolitical risk remaining elevated and the market still digesting OPEC's higher forecasts for global demand this year.

At the current price, Nigeria generates $33.0 per barrel as excess revenue, amounting to $75.9 million per day.At the current oil price, the excess crude oil account is expected to reach $76 million per day, about 16.2 per cent, up from $65.4 million recorded in April, 2018.

June contract US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil futures climbed 0.5 percent to $71.38 per barrel, also not far from its November 2014 high of $71.89 reached last week.

The surge in oil prices comes at a time of tight supply amid record Asian demand and voluntary output restraint by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC producers, including Russian Federation.

The upcoming restored USA limits against OPEC-member Iran and robust demand for oil are what now keeping prices well supported, according to analysts.

US President Donald Trump is back in the headlines, with his announcement to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran that were lifted in 2015.

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Now the United States has announced that it will impose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, raising fears that markets will face shortages later this year when trade restrictions come into effect.

In China, the world's biggest oil importer, refinery runs rose almost 12 percent in April compared with the same month a year ago, to around 12.06 million barrels per day (bpd), marking the second-highest level on record on a daily basis, data showed on Tuesday.

The tightening market has all but eliminated a global supply overhang which depressed crude prices between late 2014 and early 2017.

USA crude prices are at the steep discount to Brent as a more than 25 percent rise in US crude production to 10.7 million barrels per day has left the American market well supplied.

OPEC also said OECD commercial crude oil stockpiles had declined in March to 9 million barrels above the five-year average.

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