Oil prices have climbed up in recent times driven by relaxed coronavirus restrictions and lock-downs in some countries which have allowed some businesses and factories to resume operations. The market was also supported by Saudi Arabia’s decision to further deepen its output cut. Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani, Managing Director of Energyinc Advisors joins CNBC Africa to focus on the global oil market and its implication for Nigeria.
With the global economy grinding to a sudden halt because of the Covid-19 pandemic, oil prices are going through the floor with suppliers fast running out of room to store the stuff. That’s terrible news for oil producers the world over, particularly in countries who rely on hydrocarbon handouts to keep regimes afloat. But if you’re dreaming of free fill-ups, don’t hold your breath. It might not be such great news either for cash-strapped consumers: for one, much of the price at the pump is tax and it will only fall so much.
The price of US oil plunged below zero for a second day on Tuesday, as a supply glut in the market leads to a shortage of space to store excess oil. West Texas Intermediate plunged as low as $-40 on Monday, which means producers were having to pay buyers to take their oil. The plunge has been exacerbated by the fact that Tuesday is the final day for contracts to deliver barrels in May, when demand is expected to remain low.
Lawmakers in Nigeria have directed Committees on Petroleum Downstream, Gas Resources and Petroleum Upstream to investigate the Lagos pipeline explosion and urged the Nigerian government contribute to the emergency relief fund created for residents. This follows initial steps taken by Lagos and Nigeria's state-owned oil company NNPC's explanation even as residents debate the cause of explosion. CNBC Africa's Christy Cole has been following the story.