President Obama said today in Washington that he has determined that there will be enough oil in the world market to allow countries to cut imports from Iran. The finding, a requirement under sanctions law, is the latest step by the US toward sanctioning those nations that do not cut their imports significantly and continue their oil-related transactions with the Central Bank of Iran by 28 June. The rising production levels in Libya, Iraq and Saudi Arabia are believed to be the reasons behind Obama’s finding.
Oil analysts also believe oil supplies will be sufficient, though very tight, without some 800,000 bpd of Iranian crude expected to be taken out of the market as the result of the sanctions.
“Right now there are enough barrels,” said Jamie Webster, a manager at Petroleum Finance Corp in Washington. “There is some ability, as Japan has shown, to find alternative barrels to Iran.” [Reuters, 30 March].