Oil rises towards $110 on Ukraine tensions

LONDON Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:56pm IST

Related Topics

LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude oil rose towards $110 a barrel on Monday, close to a seven-week high, as tensions mounted in eastern Ukraine and Libya delayed the reopening of a damaged eastern port.

The United States and Europe are preparing new sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine. Pro-Russian rebels paraded European monitors they are holding on Sunday, freeing one but saying they had no plans to release another seven.

June Brent was at $109.90 a barrel, up 32 cents, by 0750 GMT after settling down 75 cents on Friday.

U.S. crude for June delivery added 70 cents to $101.30 a barrel, reversing some of its losses from Friday, when it hit the lowest since April 7.

Western sanctions are likely to steer clear of energy as Europe depends heavily on Russia for oil and gas. But Moscow has indicated a willingness to use gas supplies to pressure Ukraine, raising fears that oil flows could also be affected.

"If the conflict between the countries escalates, increased fuel demand for military use and heightened risk of disruption will likely continue to strengthen global oil prices," Barclays analysts said in a note to clients.

Russia's oil pipeline monopoly Transneft has said it is worried Ukraine may take control of its oil product pipeline to Hungary.

"Russia has shaken up the global energy scene by showing its willingness to employ energy as a political weapon," said David Hufton, managing director of London-based brokerage PVM Oil Associates.

"The world's largest energy supplier and exporter has reminded customers that it is not a reliable source of supply."

In Libya, the government is assessing damage at the eastern oil port of Zueitina following an eight-month oil blockade. Zueitina is one of two ports due to reopen after the government struck a deal with rebels three weeks ago.

U.S. crude narrowed the gap with Brent to around $8.50 a barrel after it stretched as wide as $9.28 on Friday.

Analysts blamed record crude inventories in the United States for depressing U.S. crude prices despite a rise in refinery utilisation rates.

(Additional reporting by Florence Tan in Singapore; Editing by Dale Hudson)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared



Modi In U.S.

Modi In U.S.

Obama, Modi work to deepen improving U.S.-India ties  Full Article | Full Coverage 

Factory Activity

Factory Activity

Factories expand at slowest pace this year in September  Full Article 

Monetary Policy

Monetary Policy

RBI not biased towards either raising or cutting rates - Rajan  Full Article 

Asia & Europe

Asia & Europe

Weak demand hits factory activity across Asia, Europe  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage