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BBC NEWSCoronavirus: Oil price collapses to lowest level for 18 years

30 March 2020

描述: Oil refinery

The price of oil has sunk to levels not seen since 2002 as demand for crude collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Brent crude fell to $22.58 (£18.19) a barrel at one point on Monday, its lowest level since November 2002.


Meanwhile the price of US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) fell below $20 a barrel and close to an 18-year low.


Oil prices have fallen by more than half during the past month as companies cut back or close production.


In addition to the drop in demand, a price war broke out earlier this month between Saudi Arabia and Russia.


This began when Saudi Arabia failed to convince Russia to back production cuts that had been agreed with the other members of the Opec oil producers' group.

描述: Oil price

The decision came as refineries around the world are processing less crude oil. Demand for transport has been hammered by grounded airlines and fewer cars on the roads as countries bring in tougher measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak.


However, an analyst said a collapse in demand from the measures taken to counter the spread of coronavirus was now the main factor.


"Oil prices failed to keep pace, with growing (coronavirus) lock-down measures and reports that this could drive global demand down 20%, potentially pushing the world to run out of storage capacity," said Morgan Stanley analyst Devin McDermott, citing a forecast by the Paris-based International Energy Agency.

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