Andurand says oil must hit $110 before Saudi Arabia eases supply curbs

Oil trader Pierre Andurand said he expects Saudi Arabia to keep its current supply curbs in place until prices reach at least $110 a barrel.

As inventories decline in the coming months, “the market will have to beg for more supply at some point,” the founder of Andurand Capital Management LLP said during a question-and-answer session at Saudi Arabia’s Bloomberg reported.

“The Saudis will have to decide when and at what price to bring supply back,” he added. “For me, an adjustment likely will come around $110 a barrel. So, there’s room to the upside for prices.”

Since July, Saudi Arabia has pledged to implement a unilateral production cut of 1 million barrels a day on top of existing curbs. The kingdom earlier this month said it would keep the curbs in place until the end of the year.

Andurand said Saudi policy remains the deciding factor for crude prices. Global benchmark Brent oil is back below $90, even as the Israel-Hamas war threatens greater conflict in the Middle East, he said.

Andurand sees oil demand reaching a high later this decade, then trailing off. On the topic of metals, he warned of trouble for copper markets, as mining supply is expected to peak while demand accelerates due to the energy transition.

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