Oil rises as Iran exports seen slow to resume after deal

Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:56pm EDT
 
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By Barani Krishnan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil rose on Tuesday, reversing early losses and settling higher after it became apparent that a nuclear deal between Tehran and six global powers will not immediately remove sanctions placed on Iranian crude exports.

Under the agreement, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations are to be lifted in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program. But analysts said the fourth largest crude exporter will be able to raise oil shipments only gradually.

"Oil from Iran will take time to return, and will not be before next year, most likely the second half of 2016," said Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at London-based consultancy Energy Aspects.

A Reuters survey forecast that Tehran will be able to raise crude exports by only 60 percent within a year.

Benchmark Brent crude futures LCOc1 settled up 66 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $58.51 a barrel. Prices had fallen almost $2 earlier, weighed by news of the Iran nuclear deal.

U.S. crude futures CLc1 finished up 84 cents, or 1.6 percent, at $53.04 after declining earlier to $50.38.

In post-settlement trade, Brent and U.S. crude were both about 2 percent higher, after the American Petroleum Institute reported a 7.3 million barrel drop in U.S. crude stockpiles last week. A Reuters poll had called for a drop of just about 1.2 million barrels for last week. The U.S. government will issue official crude inventory data on Wednesday. [API/S] [EIA/S]

While Iran is unlikely to see much benefit from the nuclear deal until it ratifies and verifies its fulfillment, it will get immediate access to around $100 billion in frozen assets and to the international financial system that will allow it to resume some curtailed exports.   Continued...

 
A man (R) refuels his motorcycle at an Aegean Oil gas station in Athens February 10, 2015. REUTERS/ Alkis Konstantinidis