- Crude oil prices traded nearly flat on Thursday.
- China plans to buy more oil to meet its rising energy demand.
- US crude oil inventories have risen with recovery in the Gulf Coast operations.
Crude oil prices traded nearly flat on Thursday as China plans to buy more oil to meet its rising energy demand, offsetting a drop in oil prices from an unexpected rise in US crude oil inventories. December delivery Brent Crude oil futures last traded at US$78.83 per barrel up 0.46%, whereas November delivery WTI crude oil futures traded 0.63% up at US$75.50 per barrel as of 01 October 2021 at 10:33 AM AEST. The prices of both the benchmarks tumbled by nearly US$1 per barrel a day earlier.
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China ensures a reasonable energy supply
Li Keqiang, China's Premier stated that the country will ensure its power and energy supply and try to keep economic operations in a reasonable range.
Meanwhile, British petrol pumps still seeing unprecedented demand with more than 25% of fuel pumps running dry due to the ongoing fuel crisis.
Oil prices have also been weighted by property market concerns of China that have hit the sentiments as the spill out of Evergrande's financial crisis on the world's second-biggest economy is likely to affect demand for crude oil.
Additionally, an ongoing power crisis in the country due to the limited use of coal for generating electricity through coal-fed power plants has also dampened the oil demand.
A rise in US crude inventories
Offshore oil rig | Source: © Tebnad | Megapixl.com
Apart from this, the rise in US crude oil inventories with recovery in the operations of the Gulf Coast has weighted oil prices.
A rise in the US dollar, hitting a one-year high level on Wednesday also made oil more expensive for other currency holders.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries along with its allies, together known as OPEC+ are expected to go with the pact for increasing 400,000bpd for November.
Crude oil prices were steady on Thursday as China plans to buy more oil to meet its rising energy demand, offsetting a drop in oil prices from an unexpected rise in US crude oil inventories.