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US Official Says Oil Price Cap On Russia Crude Exports To Include Products The G-7 plan to impose price caps on Russian oil exports is broadening to refined products, Catherine Wolfram, a deputy assistant secretary at the US Treasury, said on the sidelines of the APPEC 2022 conference in Singapore, Bloomberg quoted.  Treasury and White House officials have been discussing for months a plan to set a cap on the sales price of Russian oil worldwide, a move that would reduce Russia's oil revenues, contributing to their war efforts in Ukraine.  Wolfram said the price cap on Russian crude products would come into effect as early as February.

G-7 leaders also discussed the caps at their meeting in June, where the seven vowed to find a way to enforce it.

And the second is maintaining a reliable supply of oil to the global market and putting downward pressure on the price of energy for people in the US, in the UK, and around the world.” However, it remains unclear how effective a price-cap regime would be (read: Why The Russian Oil Price Cap Won't Work) since the price cap on crude and crude products would also need to be implemented by China and India — which have significantly increased their purchases of heavily-discounted Russian grades this summer.  Moscow has responded to the G-7 plan to impose price caps on energy products, with Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak warning early this month that Moscow will ban exports of oil and other petroleum products to countries that impose a cap on the price of Russian crude.

Furthermore, as we previously detailed, there are three scenarios as to what happens next: Scenario 1: Russia does not cooperate and retaliates – a 3 mbd cut would likely deliver a $190/bbl oil price Scenario 2: China and India don't cooperate – the end of the European insurance dominance Scenario 3: Russia fully re-routes exports from west to east but loses pricing power, prices stabilize in low-$100s Top energy trader Vitol Group said navigating proposed price caps on Russian energy exports is a “minefield” as it seeks guidance from governments.  “We need buy-in from governments, and governments to guide us because it's a bit of a minefield,” Chief Executive Officer Russell Hardy said at APPEC 2022.  “We're conscious that what our customers want is important, what government stakeholders want is important, so I think we're going to absorb whatever new news there is over the next few months,” Hardy said, referring to the cap.

It remains unclear how effective a price-cap regime would be.   Tyler Durden Mon, 09/26/2022 – 07:42.

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