Shell shut its Appomattox oil platform about 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana, joining BP, Chevron and Equinor in closing facilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico less than one month after Hurricane Laura.
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Chevron, BP, Equinor and Murphy Oil all evacuated some offshore workers from production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, the companies reported. Shell also curtailed production at ceftain platforms.
Crude inventories rose by 2 million barrels in the week to Sept. 4 to 500.4 million barrels, according to an EIA report, compared with analysts' expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.3 million-barrel drop.
A swifter rebound in oil production could create another supply glut. Lately, oil futures have slipped to near three-month lows due to oversupply fears.
Bears will get support from U.S. crude oil production—two years lost in this sector.
Keisuke Sadamori, IEA director for energy markets and security, told Reuters the outlook for oil was in the midst of either a second wave or a steady first wave of the coronavirus.
The State Department also imposed sanctions on five companies for engaging in transactions related to Iran’s petroleum and petrochemical industry, as well as on three executive officers of the blacklisted companies.
Crude oil inventories fell by 9.4 million barrels in week to Aug. 28 to 498.4 million barrels, according to EIA data, compared with analysts' expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.9 million-barrel drop.
The EIA reported total U.S. product consumption has finally reached the levels of the five-year historical range, which, after a five-month roller coaster, could potentially bring the oil sector one step closer to normalization.