The United States and its allies are discussing a possible further coordinated release of oil from storage to help calm oil markets in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Thursday, March 24.
“With respect to the emergency stockpiles, these are ongoing discussions and all those tools are certainly on the table,” Granholm told reporters at a news conference at the headquarters of the International Energy Agency in Paris.
Brent crude oil prices traded around $120 a barrel on Thursday, well above the $105 price on the day of the last release.
Speaking alongside Granholm, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said the earlier release constituted just 4% of the total storage of its member countries, which includes 31 mostly industrialized countries but not Russia.
Birol said IEA countries were united in seeking to radically reduce Russian oil and gas imports, describing a demand by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, March 23, that “unfriendly” countries pay for natural gas in roubles as a “security threat.” – Rappler.com