EIA report examines oil price trends in 2015

Offshore staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. Crude oil prices ended 2015 below $40/bbl, the lowest level since early 2009, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s “Today in Energy” brief dated Jan. 6, 2016.

The report notes that spot prices for the international crude oil benchmark Brent averaged $52/bbl in 2015, 53% below the level in 2014 and 49% below the average price over 2010-14.

Spot prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil were also down 53% in 2015 compared with 2014, averaging $49/bbl for the year.

Lower crude oil prices in 2015 reflected the sustained excess of crude oil supply over global demand. As a result, global crude oil and other liquids inventories increased steadily through the year. Global inventories increased in each quarter of 2015, with a net inventory build of 1.72 MMb/d, the highest rate since at least 1996, the EIA report said.


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