Brent crude drops below $83 on expectations Iran will maintain some exports

A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf

Brent crude drops below $83 on expectations Iran will maintain some exports

"Refiners have placed November nominations to lift 1.25 million tonnes (about 9 million barrels) of oil from Iran", a source has told Reuters.

International Olympic Committee and ONGC's refining subsidiary MRPL, (Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd) have placed an order for 1.25 million tonnes of Iranian crude.

Global news agency Reuters reported from Washington quoting an unnamed government official saying that the administration is in the midst of an internal process to consider significant reduction exemptions (SRE) waivers. Pradhan said India has its own energy requirements which need to be fulfilled.

With Iran sanctions still on the table, potential spare capacity constraints and also a slowdown in US drilling, USA bank J.P.Morgan said in its latest cross-asset outlook for clients that it recommended to "stay long Jan '19 WTI on supply risks to crude". On the supply side, there's uncertainty about how much Iranian oil the United States will manage to choke off.

Furthermore, Leszczynski says that if India were to stop or significantly reduce imports from Iran, it would complicate the strategic relationship it is trying to build between the two countries.

The Islamic Republic exported 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude in that seven-day period, Refinitiv Eikon data showed.

Oil also dropped as investors focused on rising output from other producers, such as top exporter Saudi Arabia, to compensate for lower Iranian supplies which have fallen further in October according to export data.

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh on Monday dismissed as "nonsense" claims by the Saudi crown prince that Saudi Arabia can replace sanctions-hit Iranian oil in the market. India had planned to import 25 million tonnes of crude from Iran this year, up from 22.6 million tonnes imported last year -planned before USA withdrew from the nuclear deal with Tehran.

The cost of the Indian basket of crude rose to $84.14 a barrel on 5 October, according to the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell. Also, subsidised domestic cooking gas prices have been increased by Rs 2.89 per 14.2 kg cylinder to Rs 502.40, an all-time high.

Pradhan said he had urged Saudi Arabia's oil minister to keep in mind the interests of oil consuming countries when it came to higher prices.

"In effect, the government has asked the OMCs to sell petrol and diesel at subsidized prices, for which they will not be reimbursed", the report said.

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