Oil slips after Saudi Arabia says to restore output

Oil slips after Saudi Arabia says to restore output

London (Web Desk): Oil prices slipped on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia's energy minister said the kingdom will restore lost oil production by the end of the month.

But investors remained cautious about Middle East tension after the United States said it believes the attacks that crippled Saudi Arabian oil facilities last weekend originated in southwestern Iran. Iran has denied involvement in the strikes.

Brent crude oil futures fell 15 cents, or 0.2 per cent, to $64.40 a barrel by 0253 GMT, after tumbling 6.5pc the previous session.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures declined 35 cents, or 0.6pc, to $58.99 a barrel, after sinking by 5.7pc on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia sought to reassure markets after the attack on Saturday halved its oil output, saying on Tuesday that full production would be restored by month's end.

Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said on Tuesday that average oil production in September and October would be 9.89 million barrels per day and that the world's top oil exporter would ensure full oil supply commitments to its customers this month.