- The International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned that crude supplies from Venezuela are at risk of falling sharply.
- The agency’s monthly report indicates that the lower production out of the troubled country could be a “challenge” for the world’s oil markets.
- “Geopolitics has added another complication to the global oil market,” said the IEA.
A major advisor to energy producing nations has suggested that the continued fallout from Venezuela could present a “challenge” for global oil markets.
Other OPEC and non-OPEC nations have stepped in to plug the gap in Venezuela’s shipments, of a similar quality crude, indicating that potential supply chaos would likely be averted but that supply was tightening.
However, “during the past week, industry operations were seriously disrupted and ongoing losses on a significant scale could present a challenge to the market,” said the IEA.
Both Brent Crude and WTI are trading up around 0.2% at $US67.35 and $US58.72 respectively as of 10.05 a.m in London (6.05 a.m ET). Energy prices fell off a cliff in late 2014 but have started to rebound on the back of agreed cuts by OPEC in Vienna last year.
Venezuela’s economy has been in a tailspin in recent years with inflation reaching insane levels while the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro has faced rival claims from opposition leader Juan Guaidó. State-owned oil producer PDVSA’s bonds rose sharply in January after some of the world’s biggest economies backed the leadership challenge.